Oi, Keep the noise down! - Hi quality mic pre Mini-MP
New at AES from Apogee Electronics Corporation is the Mini-MP, Apogee’s latest addition to their Mini-Series, which includes the award winning Mini-Me and Mini-DAC. Mini-MP, a 2 channel, analog mic/instrument pre-amp, takes the reference quality of Apogee’s legendary Trak2 and the premium pre-amps of the Mini-Me to a new level of sound excellence.
Featured in the Mini-MP are two, low distortion, ultra-fast, high-gain pre-amps that offer a full 70 dB of gain. The step-less adjustment of Mini-MP’s gain knobs provides a smooth alternative to switch mode gain adjustment and is ideal for those who like to “ride the gain” without pops or other gain-change artifacts becoming part of their recording.
Input/output options on the Mini-MP are strong and flexible. The phantom powered microphone inputs are capable of handling level of up to +18dB and the auto select High-Z inputs are a great feature for instruments and consumer level equipment are ideal for giving direct guitars, basses and keyboards that warm analog sound. On the output side Mini-MP uses Apogee’s newly developed electronically balanced line drivers, which simulate true transformer behavior and allow for perfect symmetry when used in balanced mode and no increased distortion when used unbalanced.
Other useful Mini-MP features include Middle-Side Mode, great for recording audio using an M-S configured mike setup, an 80 hZ High-pass filter, very helpful for eliminating unwanted lows frequencies, and a phase switch. On the introduction of the Mini-MP Apogee Co-Founder and CEO Betty Bennett had this to say, “The Mini-MP is a jewel in a sea of mic-pres and it offers so much value for the price point.”
Mini-MP card at a glance:
Superb two-channel microphone preamplifier with phantom power and HI-Z instrument inputs
Low distortion pre-amps with 75dB of gain. THD+N: –105 dB at unity, -85 dB at 60 dB of gain
Ultra-linear gain control
Mid-Side (M-S) feature
80 Hz Hi Pass filter with a roll off of +18dB/oct
Low power consumption allowing the use of several types of batteries and third party power packs
Availability: November '03