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 Category : 500 Series >  Brand : Warm Audio > TB-12 500

Warm Audio TB-12 500
Tone Shaping Microphone Preamp

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    Warm Audio TB-12 500
    Tone Shaping Microphone Preamp
    The Tone Beast is a great mic pre with loads of gain that can effortlessly capture an array of sources very well. With top notch CineMag transformers and multiple discrete signal paths, it’s hard to beat its big, bold, fully-professional sound at its price.

    The Tone Beast is a mic pre that likes to be pushed and when pushed will colorize your signal ever so sweetly. The 2 opamps and 2 output transformers at the flip of their switches won’t appear to be much different, but as one drives the pre into harmonic distortion, the unique character of each of these components becomes apparentThe x731 (Melcor 1731) and x18 (Dean Jensen’s 918) Op Amps saturate a bit differently. The 1731 breaks up faster and has more color when pushed. The 918 is fairly linear/clean with a smidge of character and does not break-up/saturate as quickly. The 100% steel output transformer colors the signal more than the 50% nickel transformer when pushed. However, both are designed to impart character. The 50% nickel transformer will impart less character and provide greater high and low frequencies. For an ultra clean, character-lacking tone, try the x18 while bypassing the output transformers completely.

    Have no fear of hurting the Beast, you can push it very hard into full-on distortions if you wish, and these can sound quite nice on electric guitar, bass or anything else that likes some nice grit.. Additionally the Tone Beast is customizable and allows for other opamps to be sourced and easily swapped into the unit. I’ve pulled my best tones from this pre right at the saturation point (as loud as I can push the gain before clipping). The output control on the TB12 allows you to limit the signal exiting the preamp even when pushing the gain to really hot levels, giving you maximum control.

    • An amazing preamp that adds the sound of 24 signal paths to your 500 Series rack
    • Separate gain and output volume controls let you saturate your circuitry, without overloading your rig
    • Selectable input impedance (600 or 150 ohms) offers a dramatic shift in character and response
    • Choose between Melcor 1731 and Jensen 918 op amp styles for more or less colored tone
    • Op-amps are 6-pin socketed and swappable with any standard 2520-type op amps for further customization
    • Select tantalum or electrolytic capacitors with the Clean/Vintage switch for even more character variation
    • Switchable CineMag 100% steel and %50 nickel output transformers offer highly colored or mildly colored sound
    • Bypass the transformer section altogether for extremely clean sound
    • Additional options include an 80Hz highpass filter, -20dB pad, +48V phantom power, and both instrument- and line-level inputs
    • LED VU meter lets you monitor your levels
Warm Audio TB-12 500 - Tone Shaping Microphone Preamp