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Presonus Studio Channel

We named this channel strip the Studio Channel, and indeed it's a wonderful studio tool. But it's great for live performance, too.

Featuring tube preamplification, a VCA-based compressor, and three-band EQ, it delivers a huge variety of timbres. Produce luscious, in-your-face vocals, dynamic acoustic piano, and fat, solid bass guitar, not to mention crystal-clear acoustic guitars and cracking snare. Yes, we got the name wrong; we should have called it the Anywhere Channel. But we got the design right.

Impressive headroom and a huge variety of fat sounds.
The Studio Channel's Class A preamplifier starts with a high-output 12AX7 tube that operates on voltages double that of other preamplifiers in its class. The result is lots of headroom and big tone. Gain and Tube Drive controls enable a wide range of sounds, from transparent and clear to edgy and overdriven. A -20 dB pad, 80 Hz highpass filter, and polarity reverse let you tweak your signals to sit properly in the mix.

Fast, smooth, musical VCA compression.
Our VCA-based compressor is known for musicality and fast attack, with the ability to tame the fastest transients. From slap bass, to snare drum, to vocals, the Studio Channel's compressor allows you to record blazing-hot signals with accurate dynamics control. In addition to ratio, threshold, attack, release and gain controls, it offers a convenient Auto Attack/Release feature with preset attack and release curves. The backlit VU meter can display gain reduction or output gain.

Sweet three-band EQ-before or after the compressor.
The three-band equalizer in the Studio Channel is a precision tool, with the ability to carve out unwanted frequencies as well as tailor your tone to enhance your sound. The EQ can be pre- or post-compressor, and you can bypass each stage independently. Custom-designed amplifiers deliver sweet-sounding gain and cut for smooth highs; deep, solid lows; and clear midrange. The midrange band is fully parametric, with variable Q, while the high- and low-frequency bands are semi-parametric, with Frequency and Gain controls but fixed Q, and can be either shelving or peak bands.

Tasty spices that work with virtually everything.
In the lunch room at PreSonus'® Baton Rouge headquarters, it's an article of faith that Cajun spices taste great with almost everything. The Studio Channel is equally versatile, delivering great sound for virtually any type of recording or live music. And with separate XLR mic, balanced ¼-inch line, and unbalanced ¼-inch instrument inputs and balanced XLR and ¼-inch outputs, you can connect it to almost any recording interface, amp, or P.A. This really is an Anywhere Channel! Hear it for yourself at your favorite PreSonus dealer.
Features
1 channel with Class A 12AX7 vacuum-tube mic/instrument preamplifier
Gain control with +10 dB to +54 dB gain range
Tube Drive control
48V phantom power switch
80 Hz high-pass filter
-20 dB pad
Polarity-reverse switch

Fully Variable VCA compressor
Attack, Release, Ratio, Threshold, and (makeup) Gain
Auto Attack/Release switch
Soft/Hard Knee switch
Bypass switch

3-band parametric equalizer
Gain, Frequency, and Q controls (mid band)
Gain and Frequency controls (low and high bands)
Shelving/peak switches (low and high bands)
Switchable pre-/post-compressor
Bypass switch

Master level control
Backlit VU meter
Gain Reduction to Meter switch (selects gain reduction or output gain)

Input/Output
1 unbalanced ¼" instrument input (front panel)
1 balanced ¼" line input
1 balanced XLR mic input
1 balanced ¼" line output
1 balanced XLR line output

Physical
1U 19" rack-mountable, rugged steel chassis
Sealed, detented, metal rotary controls
External 16 VAC power supply
Specifications
General
Channels: 1
Dynamic Range: >115 dB
Frequency Response: 10 Hz to 50 kHz
Internal Operating Level: 0 dBu = 0 dB

Microphone Preamp
Gain: -6 dB to +66 dB (± 10 dB trim on line input)
Noise Floor: -96 dBu
EIN: -126 dB
THD + Noise (0% Tube Drive): < 0.050%
THD + Noise (100% Tube Drive): < 0.10%
Microphone Input Connector: XLR
Microphone Input Impedance: 1.3 k
Instrument Input Connector: ¼" TS
Instrument Input Impedance: 1 M
Line Input Connector: ¼" TRS
Line Input Impedance: 10 k
Phantom Power (switchable): +48V
Pad (switchable): 0 dB / -20 dB
Phase (switchable): 0°, 180°
High-pass filter (switchable): -3 dB at 80 Hz

Compressor
Threshold (variable): -40 dBu to +-2 dBu
Ratio (variable): 1-10 (1:1 to 10:1)
Attack (variable): 0.1 to 200 ms
Release (variable): 0.05 ms to 3S
Gain Makeup: -10 dB to +10 dB
Metering: Analog VU (Gain Reduction / Output)

Equalizer
LF Band Controls:
Frequency:Variable from 40 Hz to 500 kHz
Gain: Variable between ±10 dB
Q: 0.7 (on Peak setting)
MF Band Controls:
Frequency: Variable from 200 Hz to 3 kHz
Gain: Variable from -10 dB to +10 dB
Q:Variable from 0.7 to 2.5
HF Band Controls:
Frequency:Variable from 2 kHz to 20 kHz
Gain: Variable between ±10 dB
Q: 0.7 (on Peak setting)

Master
Output Fader: -80 dB to +10 dB
Output Connectors: XLR Balanced and ¼" TRS Balanced/Unbalanced
Output Impedance: 51
Metering (Output level): Analog VU (-20 dBu to +6 dBu)
Metering (Gain Reduction): Analog VU -20 dB to 0 dB
Output Headroom: +22 dBu

Power Supply
Type: Linear
Input:16 VAC / 1000 mA
Power Requirements (Continuous): 16W
Transformer: External (country specific)

Physical
Dimensions: 1U rackmount
Height: 1.75" (44.45 mm)
Depth: 5.5" (139.7 mm)
Width: 19" (482.6 mm)
Weight: 5 lbs. (2.27 kg)
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Additional information
For more information about the Studio Channel, please visit the website of Presonus
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