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NEW NV500 Mic Preamplifier

  • The NV500 is our take on the classic Neve 1073/1290 Mic Pre but heavily reworked to give you much more. Firstly the input impedance is fully variable between 200ohm and 1200ohm instead of switched which give you a great tone/speed control to help balance the mic pre tone without adding extra EQ. The NV500 runs directly from the +/-16v rails of any API 500 rack without the use of any inverters.

Features for each Channel

  • Balanced in Rack XLR which is switched to 1meg Fet DI input when jack plugged in.
    48v phantom power switch with red LED indicator for rack XLR in.
    (All below features work for XLR and DI input.)
    Phase switch.
    20dB pad switch
    Input transformer inline.
    Variable Impedance 200ohm to 1k2 with centre detent at starting Z point.
    80Hz HPF switch with orange Led indicator.
    Gain switch in 12 x 5dB steps from 20dB to 75dB.
    Output trim pot with -5dB to 0dB range (with pot knob pulled out -90dB to 0dB range).
    Huge output transformer (same size as Neve LO1166).
    Internal jumper for output ground lift.
    Internal JLM 8 buss connector with jumper settings.
  • Double sided Gold plated rear edge connector.
    And of course the DI jack is backlit soft blue so you can find it in the dark :-)

Sound Samples I am not a big fan of samples because if you didn't hear the original instruments sound in the studio with your own ears then really you don't have a true point of reference to gauge the samples against. These samples are more to show the difference between the Dual99v500 and TG500. NV500 Samples coming soon.

All instruments recorded by Matt Redlich with no EQ or compression. Pres had Impedance left centred in the Z detent and no HPF. Pres were used in there cleanest mode with output trim not pulled to allow for gain overdrive.

Drums - Colin O'Reilly. Acoustic Guitar - Ben Stewart. Electric Guitar - Greg Cathcart.

Drum kit -> Pearl Masters Mahogany Classic 4 piece kit with Zildjian New Beat hats and a Zanki ride with mostly Remo single ply heads.

  • Drum Fill Dual99v500.wma (144KB) (Kick -> Shure Beta 52, Snare -> Beyer M69, OH -> 2 x Calrec CB20c -> 4 x Dual99v500 mic pres -> Cranesong HEDD & OH Audiofire 8)
  • Drum Fill TG500.wma (162KB) (Kick -> Shure Beta 52, Snare -> Beyer M69, OH -> 2 x Calrec CB20c -> 4 x TG500 mic pres -> Cranesong HEDD & OH Audiofire 8)
  • Rock Drum Dual99v500.wma (529KB) (Kick -> Shure Beta 52, Snare -> Beyer M69, OH -> 2 x Calrec CB20c -> 4 x Dual99v500 mic pres -> Cranesong HEDD)
  • Rock Drum TG500.wma (537KB) (Kick -> Shure Beta 52, Snare -> Beyer M69, OH -> 2 x Calrec CB20c -> 4 x TG500 mic pres -> Cranesong HEDD)
  • Acoustic Picking Dual99v500.wma (476KB) (Gibson '95 Blues King -> Neumann CMV551 with JLM mod -> Dual99v500 mic pre -> Cranesong HEDD)
  • Acoustic Picking TG500.wma (467KB) (Gibson '95 Blues King -> Neumann CMV551 with JLM mod -> TG500 mic pre -> Cranesong HEDD)
  • Electric Strumming Dual99v500.wma (782KB) (Gibson Les Paul -> VOX AC15CC1 -> HRM4 Cheap Chinese Large Ribbon Mic -> Dual99v500 mic pre -> Cranesong HEDD)
  • Electric Strumming TG500.wma (782KB) (Gibson Les Paul-> VOX AC15CC1 -> HRM4 Cheap Chinese Large Ribbon Mic -> TG500 mic pre -> Cranesong HEDD)

Customer Reviews

  • Wow, That is the best descriptive I have for both the Dual99v500 and NV500 Pre's.....totally different sounding and both sound fantastic and from my brief time with them, I can nurse quite a few textures out of them.
  • I have three more slots in this rack, and I think you will be getting another email from me when the next jobs check clears.....Yeaaaaaah, thank you for an excellent product.. 
  • Damien Rasmussen
  • smokeandmirrorsaudio
  • San Francisco, CA
  • www.damienrasmussen.com