Tags : : preamp
I have developed and prototyped a mic preamp designed to match well with ribbon mics. I’m looking for opinion’s regarding the viability of another dedicated ribbon mic preamp, as a niche product in the market.
There are other very fine preamps dedicated to ribbon mics such as the AEA Trp. I’m offering an alternative that also has 2-channels in a 1u rack mount case, internal power supply (with on/off switch), and 24-position switched gain control.
My main design goals were the following:
- Very low noise and distortion.
- High-gain (80db), high-input impedance.
- No phantom power and its associated circuitry.
- High slew rate and wide frequency response.
- High-quality power supply (I feel this is very important in a quality preamp.)
- Completely balanced and no electrolytic capacitors in a minimal signal path.
- High-quality components and build.
- Estimated sell price: $1,200 for two channels.
I have built several prototypes and tested them at local/regional studios with very good results. My next step involves building several beta units to be used for trial periods at various studios. If beta trials are successful, I’d move to a final production build.
I’m seeking opinions to help me decide whether to continue this effort. Does anyone think there’s a market for another dedicated ribbon mic preamp? I would appreciate any feedback.