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Applied Research and Technology (A R T), leading manufacturer of tube dynamics processing equipment, introduces the Pro Channel, a professional tube-based microphone/line recording channel at this year's Winter NAMM.

Fueled by three hand-selected vacuum tubes, the Pro Channel features three, independent, world-class A R T circuits: the Pro MPA microphone preamplifier, the Pro VLA optical compressor and the Tube EQ parametric equalizer. In addition, the Pro Channel gives you the freedom to select either A R T's award-winning optical compressor or our new Variable Mu compressor. The Variable Mu circuit is fast, fat and a bit aggressive, bringing back the sound of those vintage broadcast limiters. Both compressors feature selectable attack and release times, adjustable threshold and ratio, and output level controls. The preamp section includes over 70dB of gain, +48v phantom power, and a 20dB pad. The four-band equalizer has selectable Q for two sweepable mid-bands in addition to selectable high and low shelving filters.

Insert points (1/4") are available between each of the Pro Channel's three processing sections. These inserts provide direct outputs from the preamp and the compressor for signal routing flexibility. Additionally, these inserts allow the isolation of each processing section for independent use or the modification of the processing sections' order. The Pro Channel also offers a backlit VU meter, which monitors levels at the output or either insert send, and tube character and gain reduction LED arrays.

The Pro Channel features an internal power supply, front-panel power switch and a five-year warranty.

Retail: $799.00 MSRP

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