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Retrosonic Pro Audio R8XL301 Original Midas XL3 8-ch Mic Pre and EQ

8 channels of Midas XL301 channel strips in a 7U rack
SKU: R8XL301
€2,900.00
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format_quote UPADATE 12.07.2021 – 2 UNITS ARE READY FROM THE NEW PATCH, IN STOCK AND READY TO SHIP.

THIS PACTH FEATURES A/B SWITCH BETWEEN XLR AND TRS INPUTS, INSERTS AND A GLOBAL PHANTOM POWER SWITCH IN THE BACK PANEL.

CONTACT US FOR A SHIPPING QUOTE AND ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION!

Midas, the leader of the industry since the sixties, was producing this top of the line mixing desk from 1990 until 2000. With only 1000 pieces made, the XL3 quickly became the dream of every front of house engineer.

Designed by engineers with decades of experience and built with the finest components, the XL3 delivers the most pristine and majestic sound out there. And the main reason for that, of course, is the famed channel strip!

Thirty years later our brilliant techs has breathed a new life into the this legendary product. With R8XL301 we have taken 8 original XL3 channel strips and carefully repackaged them into a 7 unit rack with a built-in power supply.

Now every sound engineer and producer has a chance to enjoy the unmatched quality of Midas preamps and EQ in their studio in a in a convenient 7 unit format. This unit consists of a preamplifier with 48v power supply and a pad, a 4 band parametric EQ, a high pass filter up to 400 Hz and a master output trim for each channel with an original LED VU.

All units from the new patch have A/B switch instead of Ground Lift. A/B switches between the inputs of the channel. A - XLR and B - TRS. That enables to have dual connections at all time fitted in and switched between them.

PAD switches between Mic and Line level.

All the modules are re-capped and fixed, all the issues removed.The power supply is linear. Toroid transformer -> Bridge rectifier -> LM317/LM337 adjustable regulation. Regulators are also tied together for safety, so if one power rail looses voltage, the second one follows. This is a very efficient and a good way to power up and power down cycles, removes bumps from audio and protects the IC-s. Phantom voltage is provided through LM317. All the regulator voltages are adjustable by trimpots.

Feel free to contact us for any additional information.

Contact us to order this unique gem. Unit is ready to be assembled, ETA is 2-4 weeks from placing the order. Total of two units are available for sale.
format_quote US parcels are shipped fully insured with DHLExpress and they usually arrive within 2-3 working days from pickup day zero.

EU parcels arrive within 4-6 working days and are shipped with DPD or ACE Logistics.

You are also most welcome to pick up your order from Retrosonic Pro Audio showroom, studio and warehouse in Tallinn, Estonia.

We ship worldwide! Contact us for a personal shipping quote or if you have any questions.

VAT (Value Added Tax) is deducted if you have a company with a valid EU VAT number or if you're based outside of EU. Non-EU buyer pays all and any import duty and tax as regulated by your local customs.
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All the inputs and outputs are electronically balanced.

Attention! +48VDC Phantom power is applied to both XLR and TRS inputs simultaneously. Users are required to be cautious about this because normally TRS inputs have no Phantom available.

Insert is pre-equalizer.

Input gain for input A is +60dB to -15dB. XLR jack.

Input gain for input B is +30dB to -45dB. TRS jack.

Output trim attenuates the signal coming out from the channel.

LED meter displays the level post EQ and Pre output trim. -25dB to +12dB.

Ground LIFT button lifts the ground wire from the input connector.

Input and insert CMRR is set to -85dB @ 100Hz.

Equaliser provides +/-15dB with Treble, two Mid and Bass parameters. Two mid parameters are also equipped with width controls from 0.1 to 2 octave range.

Channel Output is built around the original XL3 direct output buffer.

Rear panel has master Phantom switch, that disables the +48V for all the channels coming from the PSU. +48V switch indicator LED is still active, but the voltage is not present on the inputs.

Technical instructions and descriptions can be found from the "Midas XL3 Long" manual.

Power supply unit is built around 3 linear regulators and transformer. Outputs are adjusted to +48V; +17V; -17V. Adjustment is made with multiturn trim potentiometers inside the unit.

PSU outputs are tied together. This provides protection in case one supply voltage fails, the other will be dragged down. This mechanism also removes the annoying Pop-noise when turning off the unit and protects the op amps inside the channels from failures.

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