The ORIGIN, single channel (mono) Class A music recording system offering Twin Topology signal paths on every function.
The ORIGIN® STT-1 (tm) is a single channel music recording system offering a selection of Millennia's core vacuum tube -or- solid state circuits, including mic preamps, line input with gain, opto-compressor/limiters, parametric equalizers, DI instrument input with gain, and opto-inductive de-essers.
Virtually every audio function is available with 100% Class A, all-discrete J-FET solid state topology or 100% Class A, all triode vacuum tube topology, each topology selectable with the touch of a button. The Origin also offers a choice of colorful transformer-coupled or transformerless audio paths, all switch selectable. Audio transformers provide an extra layer of "preamp personality" ~ what we call Presonality.
ORIGIN has been called the Mambo Combo
of all-in-one recording channels and could very quickly become among the only front-end analog paths you'll ever need. With 134 different product combinations in one 2U rack chassis, and the associated range of sonic possibilities, STT-1 is designed for the producer/engineer/musician who doesn't have large blocks of time to spend patching and repatching racks of analog front-end gear trying to achieve "that sound." Now, in one chassis, it's possible to easily and quickly patch Class-A vacuum tube equipment with Class A discrete solid state equipment, transformer-coupling and non-transformer coupling, various inputs and outputs; it's -all- here in one compact chassis. The STT-1 vastly expands the range of every artist's sonic palette at a price/performance level previously unknown in professional audio.
For example, select the transformerless M-2 vacuum tube mic preamp feeding the NSEQ discrete solid state parametric EQ. Or select the transformerless solid state line level input feeding the vacuum tube gain amplifier, routed into the vacuum tube TCL compressor and vacuum tube NSEQ parametric EQ. Or plug an electronic instrument (guitar, bass, etc..) into the vacuum tube DI input and feed this to the solid state gain amplifier, and compress it with the TCL solid state opto-compressor. Or use the acclaimed HV-3 solid state mic amplifier, the choice of top audio professionals worldwide, routed via transformer- coupling to both the direct mic preamp output and NSEQ solid state parametric EQ and solid state de-essing circuits.
To select the tube mic preamp, tube line input gain stage, tube EQ, tube compressor/limiter, or tube de-esser, simply press the appropriate front panel switch(es). To use the solid-state mic preamp, s/s line input gain stage, s/s EQ, s/s compressor/limiter, or s/s de-esser, press the switch(es) again. Twin Topology! To use the input transformer, press the associated switch. For transformerless operation, press the switch again. All circuit topologies are designed to deliver a musical optimization of their inherent character. A special collection of vintage vacuum tubes (old Telefunkens & Mullards) are also available for greatly enhanced euphonic character.
TWIN MIC PREAMP PATHS M-2b VACUUM TUBE & HV-3 SOLID STATE
TWIN OPTO-COMPRESSOR PATHS TCL VACUUM TUBE & DISCRETE SOLID STATE (& PASSIVE)
TWIN PARAMETRIC EQUALIZER PATHS NSEQ TUBE & DISCRETE SOLID STATE
TWIN DE-ESSER PATHS VACUUM TUBE & DISCRETE SOLID STATE (& PASSIVE)
TWIN LINE LEVEL PATHS (XLR in) TUBE & DISCRETE SOLID STATE GAIN
TWIN INPUT COUPLING WITH & WITHOUT "COLORFUL" AUDIO TRANSFORMER
VACUUM TUBE INSTRUMENT "DI" INPUT (1/4" high impedance) ROUTE VIA TUBE & S/S GAIN
CLASS-A, 100% DISCRETE, DC-COUPLED LINE OUTPUT AMPLIFIER STAGE
MUSICALLY RICH VINTAGE VACUUM TUBES AVAILABLE
EFFORTLESS, LIFELIKE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE AT ALL DYNAMIC LEVELS
CONSTRUCTED FOR LIFE, COSMETICALLY APPEALING
HIGH VOLTAGE, CLASS-A, DISCRETE MINIMALIST DESIGN
GOLD CONNECTORS, SWITCHES, TUBE SOCKETS, AND RELAYS
SILVER / TEFLON POWER WIRING, NEGLEX OXYGEN-FREE AUDIO WIRING
Twin Mic Preamps - M-2B vacuum tube or HV-3 discrete solid stateTwin NSEQ-2 Mastering-Grade Parametric Eqs - vacuum tube or discrete solid stateThree Opto Compressor/Limiter Paths - TCL vacuum tube, discrete solid state, passiveTwin Opto De-Esser Paths - vacuum tube or discrete solid stateVacuum tube or discrete solid state line level pathsInput coupling with or without MIT-01 audio transformer1/4" vacuum tube DI input - route via tube or solid state gain pathEffortless, lifelike musical performance at all levelsMusically rich vacuum tubes availableGold audio connectors, tube sockets, relays and switches3/8" thick radius extruded aluminum face plateDurable black mirror-gloss anodized finishMil spec 16 gauge cold-rolled steel chassisUltra-clean toroid power supply: internal sub-chassisHand machined aluminum knobs, illuminated IT&T pushbuttonsMogami Neglex OFC audio wiringSilver Teflon power wiringTrue audio VU meter for output level or dynamics gain reduction
Twin Topology Mic Preamplifier Selection:
Switchable, Vacuum Tubes or Solid-State
Twin Topology EQ & Compressor:
Switchable, Vacuum Tubes or Solid-State
Twin Topology Input Coupling:
Switchable, Transformer or Transformerless
Maximum Output Level (Balanced):
+ 32 dBu
Frequency Response +0 / -3 dB (S/S):
Sub 5 Hz to beyond 300 kHz
Equivalent Input Noise:
-131 dBu (SS, Common Source, Direct Out)
THD + Noise 20 Hz - 22 kHz (S/S):
< .05 %, typ < .003 %
Common Mode Rejection Ratio (S/S):
> 40 dB, Typ > 70 dB @ 60 Hz.
Input Impedance (Mic):
Input Impedance (Line):
2,200 ohms (x2)
Input Impedance (Di - Instrument):
> 1 megohm
Output Impedance (Balanced):
24.3 ohms (x2)
Maximum EQ Boost/Cut Range (21 Step Detented):
+/- 15 dB
Low Range Switch (Centers - Peak/Shelf Selectable): 20, 34, 56, 100, 180, 270
Low Mid Sweep: 20 Hz - 220 Hz or 200 Hz - 2.2 kHz. 10X Range switch selectable.
Hi Mid Sweep: 250 Hz - 2.5 kHz or 2.5 kHz - 25 kHz. 10X Range switch selectable.
High Range Switch (Centers - Peak/Shelf Selectable):
4.8 k, 5.8 k, 8.0 k, 10 k, 16 k, 21 k
Q = 0.4 to 4.0 Adjustable on middle ranges
Q = 1.0 Fixed on low & high ranges
Infinite to +20 dBu
2 ms to 100 ms
80 ms to 3.0 s
Compression Ratio Range:
minimum 1.4 : 1, maximum 30 : 1
De-Essing Frequency Switch:
OFF, 4.9 k, 6.8 k, 8.2 k, 10.7 k , 12.0 k
50 watts maximum
Selectable: 100-120, 200-240 V ac, 50/60 Hz
19" W x 3.5" H x 15.5" D, 25 lbs.
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