A-Designs Audio Pacifica (Demo Deal) MFR# PACIFICA
A-Designs Audio Pacifica (Demo Deal)

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Solid state stereo microphone preamplifier
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What we're going to do is go back... WAY back... back into time to the early 1970s, when the recording industry was starting to bloom with the new technology of solid state (dig?). Hit products were pumped out as fast as hit records – one after another. There was a creative industry within the audio world. It was, without question, a golden age. Some companies that emerged during that period were Neve, API and Quad Eight. Although it’s been decades, the benchmarks they set are still held as industry standards today. Little is known about Quad Eight, though many feel that they were the best in their field. While debating is usually best left to the history books, A-Designs took up the challenge to take a closer look into the past and decide on its own. With much research, interviews, and listening, we came up with a product that we feel needs to see the light of day again. With Quad Eight Ventura, Coronado and Pacifica console preamplifiers for reference, we closely examined the design and composition of the heart and soul in the consoles of these great pieces. After much design, A/B-ing, and beta testing, the result is a solid state, single space, rack-mounted microphone pre amplifier from the “glory days.” Cloning being what it is (same old same old), we decided to head outside the box and make the tribute something other than the legacy. We added our own touch to bring it to present day applications of the recording world. And so the new A-Designs PACIFICA was born.

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Recording Saxophone with A-Designs Pacifica and EM-PEQ
Recording Piano with A-Designs Pacifica and EM-PEQ
Recording Acoustic Guitar with A-Designs Blue and Hammer
Recording Male Vocals with A-Designs Pacifica
Recording Female Vocals with A-Designs Hammer
Recording Electric Guitar with A-Designs Hammer

Technical Specifications

Additional Information

Condition Demo / B-Stock
Channels Dual-Channel
Chassis 19-in Rackmount
Rack Spaces 1u
Direct Input Yes
Digital I/O No

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Q & A
  • Jeremy Harding
    "They have a certain mid-range energy that really makes synth sounds come to life, particularly on soft synths and virtual instruments. Nice for cutting guitar sounds too - very forward without sounding harsh or EQ'ed. A great secret weapon pre that always has people saying 'What are you tracking that sound through?'"
    Jeremy Harding
    Jeremy Harding is an engineer, producer, musician, DJ and manager whose 2 Hard recording studio (and label of the same name) has a prominent hold on the music scene in his native Kingston, Jamaica. Learn more about Jeremy and his favorite gear in our Producers Corner.
  • Tony Shepperd
    "The A Designs Pacifica has the depth of the Neve, the top end of a GML and the punch of the API all rolled into one great mic pre."
    Tony Shepperd
    Producer/engineer/mixer Tony Shepperd has worked with Back Street Boys, Lionel Richie, Kenny Loggins, Melissa Etheridge and Elton John. In 2008, he released the Tony Shepperd Master Series 1 - Tracking and Mixing DVD.
  • Russ Long
    "The A Designs Audio Pacifica is astonishingly close both sonically and visually to the original Quad Eight desk. It's an excellent choice for anyone who wants a clean, punchy microphone preamp packed full of character and versatility."
    Russ Long
    Wilco, Sixpence None The Richer, Dolly Parton, Reliant K