Model: 583S mk2 Tube 500 Series Microphone Pre-Amp
Retail: $1149 USD
Street: $945 USD
Category: Analog Outboard
Our Description: The LaChapell 583S microphone preamp is one of the few tube preamps for the 500 series. This is a great sounding preamp (not as good as the LaChapell 992EG All-Tube Preamp) but it sounds really great while not being overly colored. It is the mk2, replacing the 583s, which took up two spaces in the 500 series rack and was quite a bit more pricey, so this a nice improvement over the first model.
Level – Professional
Features – Basic
Ease-of-Use – Super Easy
Sound Quality – Sounds Amazing
Reliability – Solid
Bang-For-The-Buck – You Get What You Pay For
Build Quality – Excellently Put Together
Manufacturer Description: The LaChapell Audio Model 583s is the world’s first vacuum tube preamplifier designed for the 500 series format. Now the 583S mk2 is a single bay unit! The LaChapell Audio 583S mk2 is the latest example of our legendary 583 vacuum tube preamplifier for the 500 series format. Based largely on our 992EG, the 583s mk2 is the perfect solution for those looking to add that extra warmth and character to their “lunch box” with versatility that only a properly powered 12AX7 vacuum tube can provide. POWER SUPPLY The 583S mk2, was built to meet API/VPR certification requirements. Using multiple internal DC/DC converters, the 583’s 12AX7 tube enjoys proper power for both plate (250 volts) and filament (12 volts). Unlike some other tube preamps for the 500 series, we do not starve the tube of voltages in any way. And, since this all occurs within the 583 module, there is no worry of harming your 500 series power supply. COMPONENTS The 583s mk2 features the CineMag CMMI-10 microphone input transformer and Jensen’s best line output transformer; the JT-11. Typical preamplifier features are available as well including 48v, a 20 dB pad and polarity reverse. The mk2 also sports an auto-switching, transformer-less Hi-Z input for instruments. CONTROLS In operation, the user has individual control over the input and output gain stages via 41-position potentiometers. This, like its 992 older brother, provides total flexibility to explore the 583s’ broad sonic pallet; enhancing its versatility for all of your recordings. The new mk2 also includes a convenient handle for easy insertion and removal.