Manufacturer: Shadow Hills
Model: Mono Gama 500 Series Microphone Pre-Amp
Retail: $980 USD
Street: $820 USD
Category: Analog Outboard
Our Description: The Shadow Hills Mono Gama is a 500 series microphone preamplifier like no other. This preamp switches between three different modes giving you the color and attitude of three preamps in one unit. The tonal opportunities in this preamp are just amazing. Shadow Hills has successfully managed to squish the features of their full unit into the compact 500 series format.
Level – Professional
Features – Basic
Ease-of-Use – Super Easy
Sound Quality – Sounds Amazing
Reliability – Works Every Time
Bang-For-The-Buck – A Great Buy
Build Quality – Excellently Put Together
Manufacturer Description: The Mono is the single channel API 500 series version of the GAMA (Golden Age Microphone Amp), with all the capabilities, features, and quality of the original. The Shadow Hills Mono Gama is centered around our custom discrete op-amp. This no-compromise design exudes hugeness, fidelity, punchiness and depth, across the full frequency range, without becoming veiled or choked.
The preamplifier input is transformer balanced and utilizes an original Jensen input transformer. We couldn’t decide which vintage output transformer we liked best, so we had our favorites perfectly recreated, and included them all. You can change the output transformer by cranking the knob, thus changing the tonal capabilities to compliment to whatever material you are recording. This allows you to audition different settings to find the perfect match for microphone or direct input without patching and un-patching other preamps, and possibly alleviating the need for EQ. Choose between Nickel, Discrete, or Steel settings. Each transformer position is stellar unto itself, but the capability of switching between them is like having three great pre’s in one.
All the standard Mic-pre features are present: phantom power, phase reverse, a twenty dB pad, and direct input. We have also included the ability to pad and reverse the phase of the Direct Input.
Quality is unmatched. Engraved front panels, a twenty four position swiss made attenuator for gain control, custom made knobs, and engraved serial number plates, set the build apart.