AEA RPQ2 preamp and EQ provide two channels of high-output, high-impedance, and low-noise gain with a rich and natural sound that brings out the full potential of your microphones.
ENHANCE YOUR RIBBONS
The AEA RPQ2 Ribbon Preamp and EQ provide two channels of high-output, high-impedance, and low-noise gain with a rich and natural sound that brings out the full potential of your microphones.
Specifically designed for ribbon microphones, the RPQ2 excels at drawing out the warmth and lush sound that ribbons are uniquely known for.
A GAIN POWERHOUSE
The RPQ2 is a powerhouse that provides unparalleled high gain with low-noise. With 81db of JFET output, the RPQ2 gives you enough juice to record soft sources without ever having to worry about noise.
The RPQ2 is the tool of choice for all microphones whenever a true and pristine signal path is desired.
LESS NOISE THAN OUTER SPACE
With the RPQ2, you will never consider a source too quiet to record with a ribbon mic ever again. Passive ribbons with low output levels require preamps that supply a high level of output. If the preamp you use doesn't have enough clean gain, the mic signal may seem too soft or noisy which may be apparent when recording quiet acoustic guitars or strings, especially at a distance or with long cable runs. The RPQ2 eliminates this concern.
The RPQ2's CurveShaper EQ is a powerful tool that gives you the ability to control your ribbons right at the start of the signal path. Adjustable low and high-frequency controls allow you to tame proximity problems and provide high-frequency extension with slope control.
The high-frequency filter boost enables you to add presence and air to your source -perfect for sources like ribbons and 2-busses that often benefit from some extra top-end. The low-frequency control easily removes bass build-up in a fast and unobtrusive way.
HIGH IMPEDANCE MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE
The sound and tonality of dynamic microphones like ribbons and moving-coils are directly affected by the impedance of a preamp. The higher the impedance, the better the sound. The RPQ2 boasts an extra high input impedance of 63K Ohms.
Preamps with an impedance of under 10k ohms will limit the lows, highs, and transients of your passive microphones. The RPQ2's high impedance will reveal your microphone's true nature- a thick low-end, open top-end, and articulate transient response that you will need to hear to believe. Both condensers and active microphones will also benefit from the RPQ2's impedance.
Passive microphones, coupled with AEA's range of ribbon-specific preamps, are the key choice for discerning recordists who want total control over their signal path.
AEA offers the RPQ2, RPQ500 and TRP2 microphone preamps, all of which provide unmatched clean levels of gain and high impedance. All AEA Ribbon Preamps all share the same topology and sound. The differences between each unit come down to extra features and form factor.
Two channels with 81dB of sweet and quiet JFET gain
High-frequency CurveShaper EQ and low frequency proximity control
63k ohm high-impedance circuitry providing better overall transients, frequency response, and higher output sensitivity
Mic/Line mode with Post-Mic and Pre-EQ Inserts for convenient routing options
Switchable phantom-power and polarity reverse
Made in the U.S.A.
Gain at 1kHz: 81dB of gain at 1kHz, balanced-in to balanced-out in Microphone Input mode Noise figure, rms A-weighted: <2dB Noise figure, rms unweighted: <3dB, 20 kHz LPF bandwidth EIN: <-130 dBu A-weighted, 150 Ohm resistive source Frequency Response: -3dB <1Hz and >100 kHz THD: <0.02% at 1 kHz Input Impedance: 63K Ohms Input Impedance (P48 Engaged): 10K Ohms Line Input Impedance: 18K Ohms Hi-Z Input Impedance: >5M Ohms Mic Gain Control: Twelve-position switch provides from +13dB to +62dB of gain for the preamplifier circuit, as measured between the input and the before the output line driver. Switched LF Shelving filter: -3dB break-frequency tunable from 22 Hz to 515 Hz; maximum reduction -20dB. Switched CurveShaper EQ: +3dB break-frequency tunable from 2.5 kHz to 30 kHz; HF gain adjustable from +0dB to +20dB; the slope of the HF filter varies interactively and directly with the CurveShaper frequency and gain settings. XLR output maximum level into 600 load: +28 dBu, balanced; 0 dBu = 0.7746 V rms XLR connectors polarity: Pin-1 is ground, pin-2 is high, pin-3 is low LED signal level indicators: The green LED snaps on at -20 dBu to indicate the presence of signal; the yellow LED snaps on at 0 dBu; the red LED snaps on at +24 dBu to warn of approaching signal overload. Dimensions: 1U, Full-rack measured with knobs and switches: 19" w, 9" d, 1.75" h (48.5 cm x 23 cm x 4.45 cm) Weight: 4lb 5oz (~2 kg)