MPQ568C PRO | Studio Grade Mic Preamp with EQ
- High-Fidelity Recordings with VERUM’70 Circuitry
- Class A Discrete Input Stage for Natural and Smooth Sound
- Low Gain and High Gain Preamp Setting
- Mic Preamp Gain from +12dB to +60dB
- Line Input Gain from -20dB to +6dB
- Easy to Use Musical 2 Bands Shelf EQ
- Discrete Class-A Operational Amplifier in the EQ Section
- Better Tone Control with Independent Filter Circuitry for Each EQ Band
- 2 Settings per Band: 6kHz/12kH | 80Hz/160Hz
- HRK Active Transformer Output
- Drive/Trim Control for Each Colour Module
- Smart Drive Meter for Each Colour Module
- Input and Output Bi-directional LED VU Meter
- Dedicated Active Line Input for DAW Tracking and Mastering
- Low Noise EIN=-128dBu @ 60dB of Gain
- Low Distortions 0.07% THD @ 60dB of Gain
- Pro-Grade Texas Instruments Opamps
- Gloss Black Blue Metalic Pearl Finish
- Twice More Tone-Shaping Options with 2 Colour Slots
- Fully Compatible with DIYRE Colour Module Format
- Direct Sale – Save Your Money on Distributor Fee!
The MPQ568C PRO is a Studio Grade, Low noise, Colour Microphone Preamplifier with Two Bands Shelf EQ and Dedicated Active Line Input for Tracking and Mastering purposes.
The MPQ568C PRO uses VERUM’70 Class A Discrete Input Preamplifier circuitry, which delivers noiseless High-Fidelity recordings and no-compromise THD performance.
The output is coupled with a custom HRK audio transformer driven from Class-A discrete, open feedback loop driver.
The Two Bands, easy-to-use, musical shelf BAX EQ is a powerful tool and will enhance any type of music material. Each band has two frequency settings, selected to provide the flexibility of use.
The EQ section is built with HRK DOPA252 CLASS-A Discrete Operational Amplifier which delivers smooth harmonics and low noise.
The Active Line Input stage handles easily the high-level input signals and it is designed specifically for Tracking and Mastering.
The MPQ568C PRO has two Colour Modules slots, which provides twice more tone-shaping possibilities, compared to other colour format preamps.
The semi-logarithmic Gain control allows to accurately set the recording level or to drive the Colour Modules.
The MPQ568C PRO is a perfect solution for recording and post-processing.
Smooth and Easy to Use EQ
The EQ of the MPQ568C PRO is made of 2 independent filter circuits for the Top and a Low shelf section.
The DOPA252 used in the EQ section delivers smooth transients and low noise. The EQ provide +/-10dB Cut/Boost for each band.
Each band has a switch that allows selecting between two frequencies.
Optimised Gain Control
The Gain control is optimised for using the Colour Modules and for tracking or mastering.
The MPQ568C PRO has two gain ranges. The low gain (+12db to +38dB) mode is better suited for condenser microphones and the high gain mode (+40dB to +65dB) for low-level dynamic microphones.
The Gain control knob works for has semi-logarithmic gain spread across the scale range which is easier to use for recording or mastering.
More information about using the MPQ568C PRO can be found in the User Manual.
Advanced MPQ568C PRO Metering Features
The MPQ568C PRO is equipped with advanced metering tools controlled by an onboard microprocessor.
The main Bi-directional LED meter can display levels from -15dBU up to +12dBu. The levels below the 0dBu are displayed in a conventional way, from bottom to top.
The levels over 0dBu are displayed from top to bottom of the LED bar.
The LED meter can be switched with the MTR button to display the input level present after the gain control section or the total output level from the MPQ568C PRO.
Main LED Bar Signal Level Meter
|Meter LED Bar Reading||Normal Mode Signal Level – Bottom to Top||Inverse Mode Signal Level – Top to Bottom|
The meter is calibrated with Audio Precision Test Equipment in dBu units.
Each Colour Module has a designated Smart Drive Indicator incorporated in the transparent bypass switch. The colour of the indicator changes from green to red depending on the level of colour module saturation.
The Smart Drive Indicator helps to find the correct level of saturation and helps to match the saturation level of the stereo or multichannel setup.
Additionally, the MTR button switches the main VU meter to display the level of the signal present on the input of each colour module. This advanced feature allows setting the level/drive to match multiple MPQ568C PRO units up to 1dB.
Add Vintage Analogue Tone to any Track or Mix.
The MPQ568C PRO Active Line Input is designed for processing the line signals with Colour Modules and the onboard two bands EQ.
You can easily add the magic vintage vibe to any DAW track or the mix and achieve stunning results with your digital recordings.
The MPQ568C PRO Active Line Input is not a simple resistor attenuator mic input PAD, which can be found in many low-quality preamps.
The Active Line Input is a high-quality, dedicated balanced circuit, actively attenuating the signal, without the degradation of the noise performance.
The Line input is suitable for a wide range of signal sources. It provides -20dB of attenuation before the colour modules. As a result, the colour modules saturation can be controlled accurately, delivering a pallete tones.
The microphone and line signals are passed by a high-quality relay with Gold/Silver plated contacts.
Tip: Why you should not use the resistor mic input PAD.
The most common way of adding the Line Input functionality is the mic input resistor PAD.
The mic input PAD is nothing more than resistors added to the input of the microphone preamplifier.
The signal is attenuated and again amplified by the microphone preamplifier. As a result, the signal-to-noise ratio is worsening.
Also, the impedance matching between the source and the mic preamp is disrupted causing unwanted frequency response issues.
Two Colour Modules | Two Times More Creativity!
The MPQ568C PRO has two slots for Colour Modules. Each Colour Module has an independent Drive/Trim control knob.
A perfect solution for recording vocals and instruments. Two slots can hold different Colour Modules which could be used to record different source without a need of replacing the colour for each take.
Both Colour Modules have separate Bypass switches providing hassle-free operation. MPQ568 PRO can also be very useful for mastering and post-processing.
The ability to have 2 Colour Modules gives more flexibility, and the two bands EQ will add the necessary final touch to the track or mix.
LTL Chroma vs MPQ568C PRO main features comparison table:
|Feature:||HRK MPQ568C||LTL Chroma|
|Mic Input||Yes (Max Gain: 60dB)||Yes (Max Gain: 60dB)|
|Line/Mix Input||Yes (Gain: -20 to +6 dB)||Yes (Gain: 0 to +26/56dB)|
|Number of Colour Slots||2||1|
|EQ||Yes – Full EQ – 2 Bands / 2 freq. per Band, +/- 10dB Boost/Cut||Yes – Limited control – LF:+3dB and HF:+4dB switchable boost|
|Input / Output Transformers||Yes||Yes|
|48V Phantom Power||Yes||Yes|
|Level Meter||Yes, Input/Output, Smart Drive Indicator||Yes|