The A-Designs MP-2A is an all-tube stereo microphone preamp known for its versatility and flexibility. It also features a great sounding instrument preamp/DI to add life and depth to guitars, basses and keyboards.
Built to audiophile-quality standards, the MP-2A has no integrated circuits in the signal path - it relies solely on discrete components: the perfect combination of tubes (EF86 for the inputs, 6N1-P on the outputs), Audience capacitors, custom Cinemag Output transformers, and is meticulously hand crafted with point to point wiring. Each channel sports a -20dB pad, a pair of Tone switches providing four distinctive possible sonic signatures on each channel, and up to 60dB gain for use with even the most power-hungry ribbon mics. Cinemag input transformers coupled with custom-wound output transformers ensure the low noise top-quality performance expected from a top shelf preamp. Additional features include balanced Neutrik XLR inputs, true VU metering, 48v phantom power, polarity switches, and front-panel Hi-Z input jacks.
Many preamps tend to have only one narrow range, or “sweet spot”. Move past it…and the magic is gone. The problem with a small sweet spot is that you can’t always run the preamp there, since the strength of the input signal can vary dramatically from sound source to sound source. Not so with the MP-2A - its fixed-gain amplifier/output attenuator combo performs with a very high degree of consistency, delivering “the magic” across a much greater range of input signals. Polarity switches allow recording a stereo sound source out of phase in order to enhance stereo imaging, or taming undesirable bass via cancellation. Factor in the unique tone switches that deliver a sonic palette of four unique flavors on each channel (what other preamp offers that???), and you can easily see what we mean when we say you could make an entire record with just this one incredibly versatile device.
Whether you’re looking for clarity and transparency, or the rich, euphonic sound of input tubes, the MP-2A delivers all that in spades, and more! Get one into your rack today, it’ll never leave!