The Traverse Analogue 652 is a dual-channel vacuum tube preamplifier with mic, line, and instrument inputs. The unique circuit provides up to 60 dB of gain using the vacuum tube input stage, followed by a master attenuation control in the discrete output buffer stage. Want a clean yet musical replication of the source? How about the creamy saturation of an esoteric vintage preamplifier?
The 652's gentle drive characteristics allow for a broad tonal palette, depending on the gain selection and how hard you hit it with signal. It can be used with all types of microphones (including ribbons) and the line level input pad allows you to add warmth and coloration to any track from a digital audio workstation. The switched ¼” DI jack on the front is perfect for the direct recording of unbalanced instruments.
Vintage sound, feel, and vibe. Hand-soldered and crafted with passion. The ultimate stereo tube preamp for the modern studio.
Vacuum tube (12AX7) input stage with 12-postion GAIN rotary switch (5 – 60 dB)
High voltage transistor buffer output stage with MASTER variable attenuator
Sifam AL20SQ isolated VU metering with traditional “ballistics”
Class A operation, low noise topology
Custom Lundahl input and output transformers
Sealed switching relays with gold-plated contacts
Input impedance switch for XLR (300 ohms, 1200 ohms)
Line-level pad switch for XLR (15K ohms)
¼” DI instrument input (4.7 Meg ohms)
Phase inversion switch
High-pass filter switch (80 Hz)
Phantom power switch (+48V DC)
Regulated linear power supply with current limiting
High-quality Beldfoil shielded wiring used throughout
16-gauge steel chassis with 3/16” thick anodized aluminum front
In a short period of time, Julian Traverse has made a name for himself around the world with the brilliant Traverse Analogue 652 dual-channel mic preamp. Traverse Analogue's reputation is staked on boutique-level craftsmanship and the 652's tube-based circuitry, which lights up any source passing through it with plenty of rich harmonic content.
We recently sat down to talk with Julian about the company, his journey into pro audio, his mentors, and more. Watch our demo of the Traverse Analogue 652 below and continue on after to read our full Behind The Gear conversation. Continue reading →
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