Useful Arts Swarm 4-Channel Microphone Preamp/DI
4 Hornet solid-state preamps housed in a single 1U rack-mount chassis with Color Control for enhancement plus extra features including high-pass filter, 22 dB pad for high-SPL sources, and a polarity reverse switch
First came the Hornet — an affordable, handheld preamp/DI that sounds as good or better than any of the $1000+ solid state preamps on the market. Discrete transistors and transformers on both the input and output – combined with the Useful Arts exclusive color control – give the Hornet a positively huge sound.
Now, make room for the Useful Arts Swarm – a single rack space unit, hand-built in the USA, with four independent Mic/DI channels that takes the Hornet to a whole new level. Sonically, the Swarm delivers the same huge sound as the Hornet, but its rack-mount form factor makes room for extra features including a high pass filter, 22 dB pad and phase control. Like the Hornet, the Swarm features discrete gain cell topology, a custom Cinemag input transformer, and a JFET DI. Dial in the Color control, and the personality of your microphone or instrument is enhanced and thickened without the need for compression or EQ.
Preamps in interfaces are everywhere, but they don’t have much of a sound. The Swarm makes your music sound like a record even before it hits the interface. If you’re looking for a versatile front end that can handle a whole drum kit, or a combination of microphones, bass, guitar and keyboards, it’s here. And it’s affordable.
- 4 Hornet solid-state preamps housed in a single 1U rack-mount chassis
- Color enhances and thickens without the need for compression or EQ
- Extra features including high-pass filter, 22 dB pad for high-SPL sources, and a polarity reverse switch
- Discrete gain cell topology, a custom Cinemag input transformer, and a JFET DI
- 48V phantom power for powering condenser mics, active ribbon mics, and in-line signal boosters
|Tube or Solid State||Solid State|
|Input Connectors||1/4-inch TRS, Analog XLR|
|Output Connectors||Analog XLR|
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