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  1. Black Lion Audio Auteur Quad

    MFR#: AUTEURQUAD
    Four-channel version rack mount of the ever popular Auteur MK2 preamp
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    • Free shipping to the lower 48 states for online orders of $99 and up.Free Shipping (USA)
    • We add an additional year of coverage for additional peace of mind.Free Extended Warranty
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    $799.00
    No interest if paid in full within 12 months
  2. Black Lion Audio B173 Preamp (Demo Deal)

    MFR#: B173 Mic Preamp
    Neve 1073-style microphone preamp
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    Orders placed by 4:30pm ET M-F will ship the same day.
    • Free shipping to the lower 48 states for online orders of $99 and up.Free Shipping (USA)
    • We add an additional year of coverage for additional peace of mind.Free Extended Warranty
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    $649.00

    $459.00 (You Save 29.3%)

    No interest if paid in full within 6 months
  3. Black Lion Audio B173 500 Preamp

    MFR#: B173500
    Classic 1073 sound in 500 format
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    In Stock
    Orders placed by 4:30pm ET M-F will ship the same day.
    • Free shipping to the lower 48 states for online orders of $99 and up.Free Shipping (USA)
    • We add an additional year of coverage for additional peace of mind.Free Extended Warranty
    • If you don’t love it in the first 30 days, just contact us for a return authorization.30-Day Easy Return
    • Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is here to support you before, during and after your purchase.Free Tech Support
    $399.00
    No interest if paid in full within 12 months
  4. Black Lion Audio B12A MKII 500 Pre

    MFR#: B12AMK2500
    Single-channel, 500 series microphone preamp in the style of an API 312A
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    Ships directly from Black Lion Audio
    • Free shipping to the lower 48 states for online orders of $99 and up.Free Shipping (USA)
    • We add an additional year of coverage for additional peace of mind.Free Extended Warranty
    • If you don’t love it in the first 30 days, just contact us for a return authorization.30-Day Easy Return
    • Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is here to support you before, during and after your purchase.Free Tech Support
    $399.00
    No interest if paid in full within 12 months
  5. Black Lion Audio Auteur MKII 500 Preamp

    MFR#: AUTEURMK2500
    Great "bang-for-your-buck" 500 Series mic pre
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    Ships directly from Black Lion Audio
    • Free shipping to the lower 48 states for online orders of $99 and up.Free Shipping (USA)
    • We add an additional year of coverage for additional peace of mind.Free Extended Warranty
    • If you don’t love it in the first 30 days, just contact us for a return authorization.30-Day Easy Return
    • Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is here to support you before, during and after your purchase.Free Tech Support
    $199.00
    No interest if paid in full within 12 months
  6. Black Lion Audio B173 Preamp

    MFR#: B173
    Ships directly from Black Lion Audio
    • Free shipping to the lower 48 states for online orders of $99 and up.Free Shipping (USA)
    • We add an additional year of coverage for additional peace of mind.Free Extended Warranty
    • If you don’t love it in the first 30 days, just contact us for a return authorization.30-Day Easy Return
    • Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is here to support you before, during and after your purchase.Free Tech Support
    $499.00
    No interest if paid in full within 12 months
  7. Black Lion Audio B12A MKII Mic Preamp

    MFR#: B12AMK2
    Single-channel microphone preamp in a 1u, 1/2 rack chassis
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    Ships directly from Black Lion Audio
    • Free shipping to the lower 48 states for online orders of $99 and up.Free Shipping (USA)
    • We add an additional year of coverage for additional peace of mind.Free Extended Warranty
    • If you don’t love it in the first 30 days, just contact us for a return authorization.30-Day Easy Return
    • Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is here to support you before, during and after your purchase.Free Tech Support
    $499.00
    No interest if paid in full within 12 months
  8. Black Lion Audio Auteur MKII Preamp

    MFR#: AUTEUR MK2
    Two channel preamp that features high-speed input stages that capture lots of detail and nuance - transformer-coupled output stages impart a vintage vibe
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    Ships directly from Black Lion Audio
    • Free shipping to the lower 48 states for online orders of $99 and up.Free Shipping (USA)
    • We add an additional year of coverage for additional peace of mind.Free Extended Warranty
    • If you don’t love it in the first 30 days, just contact us for a return authorization.30-Day Easy Return
    • Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is here to support you before, during and after your purchase.Free Tech Support
    $399.00
    No interest if paid in full within 12 months
  9. Black Lion Audio B173 Quad Preamp

    MFR#: B173Quad
    4-channel mic preamp with transformer-balanced I/O and DI Inputs
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    • Free shipping to the lower 48 states for online orders of $99 and up.Ships Free With Orders Over $99
    • We add an additional year of coverage for additional peace of mind.Free Extended Warranty
    • Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is here to support you before, during and after your purchase.Free Tech Support
    $1,499.00
    No interest if paid in full within 12 months
  10. Black Lion Audio B12A Quad Preamp

    MFR#: B12AQUAD
    4-channel mic preamp with transformer-balanced I/O and DI inputs
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    More On the Way!
    • Free shipping to the lower 48 states for online orders of $99 and up.Ships Free With Orders Over $99
    • We add an additional year of coverage for additional peace of mind.Free Extended Warranty
    • Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is here to support you before, during and after your purchase.Free Tech Support
    $1,199.00
    No interest if paid in full within 12 months

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Pairing the right microphone to the right preamplifier is key to achieving the best possible results in the recording studio. Preamps are what add that special magic when recording, for many years, engineers were limited to the preamps built directly into their large format console. Nowadays, there are so many outboard options available, you can get a variety of classic analog sounds, or modern aggressive sounding preamps to fit any style of music you may be working on.

Recording preamps come in all shapes and sizes, Vintage King offers everything from single channel preamps, to 32 channel preamps and more. Ranging from the standard rack-mountable design, desktop style, and 500 series modules. For home studio or production use, a single channel preamp or dual channel preamp might be the way to go. For a larger studio setup, you can look into the eight channel and beyond type setups. Get with your Vintage King sales engineer to find what is right for your studio setup.

When recording a vocal, you might want to go with a tube preamp such as the Universal Audio 6176, or Manley VoxBox. Tube preamps tend to be much softer sounding when in the sweet spot, or you can drive them to get a pleasant sounding tube overdrive, often heard on classic rock and Motown records.

When recording drums or guitars, you may want to go with a solid state preamp like the API 512c, or Neve 1073. These style preamps are typically much clearer sounding than a tube pre, and have more focus in the midrange frequencies. Overdrive them to get an amazing saturated signal, which is great for drums, guitar, bass, and sometimes vocals. The oversaturated solid state preamp sound is how The Beatles achieved the guitar tone on “Revolution”.

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