A-Designs Ventura SE
The A-Designs Ventura SE is the updated version of the brand's famous channel strip. It features a microphone preamp, an instrument preamp and a three band parametric equalizer, with versatile set of configurations and routing options.
The microphone preamp is a balanced single-stage discrete opamp, transformer coupled design. It includes switches for: phase reverse, -20 dB pad, +48V phantom power with LED indicator and a gain control knob. Running at normal levels, it gives a very clear and transparent signal with all the detail, push it a little harder and the output transformers will saturate giving a more colored character while still retaining clarity.
The Ventura SE features a 3-band modified Quad Eight console style Parametric Equalizer featuring 33 frequencies. There are three bands of overlapping ranges from 50Hz to 15 KHz. Both the frequency selection and the boost/cut controls are stepped for precise recallable settings. Each band has its own Q switch with three fixed positions of Sharp, Wide and Narrow. The low and high bands are a peak/dip type with switches to change their characteristic to a shelf type. The shelving switches disable the Q feature on high and low bands only.
The high-impedance unbalanced preamplifier is designed for guitar/bass pickups and keyboards. Independent from the mic-pre, it uses a single-stage discrete opamp. It includes a front-panel 1/4″ TS Switchcraft input jack with a gain pot and on the back panel a Hi/Low gain switch. Also featured is the addition of a separate unbalanced instrument direct output jack that breaks the signal feed to the Output Mult and EQ sections. This allows the Instrument section to be truly independent. The Source Switch has no effect when using this output jack.