Channel Strips are everything you need in your recording studio's outboard rig to achieve any desired tone, all in one box. They combine the Preamp, EQ, and Compression all into one unit, similar to large format consoles such as an SSL G Series, Neve 88r, or API Vision.
When tracking a vocal, often times it is nice to have a little bit of compression to tame the loud peaks of the performance. With a model like the Universal Audio LA610, you can get the tube warmth of the preamp, then run through the compression circuit modeled after the world renowned LA-2A. If something is still missing from the sound, you then have the option to add EQ to open up the top end, or carve out the muddy low frequencies. Some models have the ability to switch the EQ pre or post dynamics.
The Avalon VT-737SP is an example of a much more involved channel strip. First running through the mic pre with fixed gain stage intervals, then into the hi-pass filter to get rid of those unwanted low frequencies. In the standard mode, will then run directly into the compressor, but with the option to make the EQ pre compression. Equipped with every compression parameter to dial in the perfect amount, and the option to switch to main VU meter to display gain reduction. Top it all off with a four band EQ with a wide variety of selectable frequencies, and an output dial to make sure the right amount of level is hitting your A/D D/A converters.
With so many options available, make sure to get with your Vintage King sales engineer to find the right fit for your studio.