PreSonus Studio Channel is a professional channel strip combining a Class A tube preamplifier, a VCA-based compressor, and a 3-band parametric equalizer. PreSonus Studio Channel is perfect for all levels of studios. Ideal for all types of microphones, instruments, keyboards, and synths, the PreSonus Studio Channel has the sonic power and flexibility to achieve any tone you can dream of, including luscious in-your-face vocals, crystal-clear acoustic guitars, fat, solid bass guitar, dynamic acoustic piano, cracking snare, punchy bass, huge MPC tracks, and more.
Enhance your signal path
The Presonus Studio Channel was designed to outperform preamplifiers that are built-in to most recording interfaces and affordable mixers. Add a VCA-based compressor and studio-grade equalizer to the class A tube preamp and you get not only big, fat, tube tonality but also complete control of your tone and sounds. Since much of the recording process is accomplished one track at a time, you need a signal path that can deliver a variety of high quality tones and sounds, which is why the Studio Channel is a prime tool for any studio.
Class A Tube Preamplifier
PreSonus Studio Channel has everything needed to deliver big tone. The preamplifier stage of the Studio Channel is based on the award-winning BlueTube preamplifier with a high-output 12AX7 vacuum tube operating on voltages higher than other preamplifiers in its class. PreSonus Studio Channel delivers high headroom and big tone. Dual control Gain and Tube Drive enables a wide range of sounds from transparent and clear to edgy and overdriven.
Full-Featured VCA Compressor
The compressor in the channel strip is a fully variable ultra-fast and smooth VCA-based circuit with all of the controls needed for a wide-range of compression settings: ratio, threshold, attack, release, and gain make up. The VCA-based compressor is known for musicality as well as ultra fast attack with the ability to tame the fastest transients. From slap bass, to snare drum, to vocals, the Studio Channel's compressor stage allows you to record as hot as needed without clipping giving you total dynamic control.
Three-Band Parametric EQ
The equalizer in the PreSonus Studio Channel is like a Swiss Army pocket knife, with the ability to carve out unwanted frequencies as well as tailor your tone to enhance your sound. The custom-designed amplifiers in the EQ deliver sweet-sounding gain/cut for ultra smooth highs, deep, solid lows, and clear midrange. The mid-band of the EQ section has variable Q for controlling the width around the center point of the selected frequency. PreSonus Studio Channel's high and low frequency bands give you the option for selecting peak/dip or shelving frequencies.
PreSonus Studio Channel Class A vacuum tube microphone / instrument preamplifier
Tube gain and tube drive
Variable VCA compressor (threshold, ratio, attack, release, make up gain, auto, soft)
Three-band parametric EQ
Precision analog VU meter for gain reduction and output
EQ Pre/Post compressor switch
80Hz high pass filter
Rugged metal chassis
Number of Channels: One
Inputs: 1 XLR, 1 Unbalanced 1/4" T
Outputs: 1 XLR, 1 Balanced 1/4" TRS
Frequency Response: 10Hz to 50kHz
Gain Range: -6dB to +66dB (+/- 10dB trim on line input)
Maximum Output: 22dBu
Phantom Power: +48V
Threshold Range: -40dBu to +2dBu
Ratio: 1-10 (1:1 to 2:1)
Attack Time: 0.1 to 200ms
Release Time: 0.05ms to 3S
Frequency Bands: Low frequencies = variable from 40Hz to 500kHz
Mid frequencies = variable from 200Hz to 3kHz
High frequencies = variable from 2kHz to 20kHz
Dimensions (WxDxH): 19 x 1.75 x 5.5" (482.6 x 44.45 x 139.7mm)
1U (one rack space)
Weight: 5 lbs (2.267 kilograms)
Specialties: Tube gain and tube drive
EQ Pre/Post compressor switch
I bought this channel strip for a small home studio and it works beautifully, sounds great. Definitely recommended as with all Presonus products, especially the Studio One software.
i'm going to get a 2nd one so i can do 'stereo' work. These bad boys offer exactly what they say - i see myself using it for a long time yet. Get one!
This thing sounds GREAT and adds almost no noise to the signal. Other similar devices I've used, especially at this price point, add a noticeable hiss to the sound which gets annoying fast. This thing is almost crystal clear. All the features it offers is incredible, and each works very well. Good response on the parameters you can tweek, allowing you to get a broad range of tones and colors. Well worth the money, would buy another if mine broke.
I needed a quality tube compressor for my bass rig and this PreSonus delivers. The warm sounding tube preamp and para EQ add up to make this a better value than other stand-alone compressors (rack or stomp-box) that I’ve tried.