Who is Black Box Analog Design?
While most things these days are made over seas in huge factories with the singular goal of maximizing profits by cutting corners and using the cheapest components, we do things differently. In fact we take a different approach to most things. We are not interested in creating clones of old gear or building derivatives of popular gear. We are interested in creating gear that does something that hasn’t been done before, addresses a need we come across in the studio and takes a new approach to a problem or design.
We didn't set out to be gear designers. We come from the studio world and years ago, in our quest to solve certain problems we developed ideas that lead us to begin tinkering with circuits of our own. In particular, our frustration with even high end microphone preamps when it came to recording vocals sparked the first design. Since we came from an audio engineering background and not a circuit design background we weren’t influenced by standard designs or restricted by thoughts of what we “should” do. Instead we allowed our ears to lead us in the right direction.
Years, and MANY revisions later we have arrived at a preamp that not only sounds incredible but offers an extremely powerful and unique control over how you capture the sound. We use a real, high voltage, linear power supply, custom wound ‘Cinemag’ transformers and the best quality components made. This approach to creating something is MUCH more labor intensive and costly but the end result is truly a work of art that looks, feels and sounds incredible!
Vacuum Tube Microphone Preamplifier & DI
The Black Box Analog Design Preamp is an entirely new approach to capturing audio. It is not based on any existing circuit but designed from the ground up, using the best parts and ignoring the standard ideas of how a preamp “should work”. The result is a piece of gear that shatters the idea of what a preamp can do!
Tonal Control Like Never Before
Until now, preamps simply amplified the signal. You essentially get one sound and the ability turn it up or down. The Black Box mic pre on the other hand allows you to subtly or drastically shape the response, tone and character of what you are recording right at the very first stage! Click to read more...
Harmonics for days...
There seems to be an obsession with THD when it comes to mic pre designs. Manufacturers boast about how "clean" their designs are and how low the THD is as if these harmonics are the plague yet the fastest growing trend in plug-in design is creating plug-ins that add back these harmonics! Tape, console, tube and various analog emulations that add pleasing harmonics and distortion are more in demand than ever! Why? Because the human ear LOVES harmonics! So why are manufacturers bragging about how they have managed to remove them from the design while mixers are having to add more emulations on to compensate? We have no idea but we certainly aren't! We love harmonics and our pre has been designed to SOUND amazing! We give you the ability to add a ton of rich, beautiful and musical harmonics and give you unprecidented control over it! Click to read more...
All Tube, All Analog
Our entirely analog audio circuit uses only tubes for amplification and is entirely free of op amps, ICs and transistors! From precisely, hand matched resistors and capacitors to custom wound Cinemag transformers, every part is selected and built for the absolute highest quality sound.
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