The A-Designs EM-Blue is part of a new line of microphone pre-amplifiers introduced by A-Designs. These Pre-amplifiers are original designs stemming from our inspiration of the "Quad Eight Sound". Each has its own unique character. Depending on which microphone you use, you will be able to open a world of color and sound to inspire you and your recordings.
The A Designs "EM Series" is a twist on the P-1. Each color has its own sound. This was accomplished by using different custom wound output and input transformers.
The A-Designs EM-Blue is equipped with a "Nickel" custom wound output transformer. This translates into "Highs" which will produce a much more airy top-end-ish tone. Used with a "dark" sounding microphone or a alto vocalist it can produce a "heavenly" sound.
You will also find this pre useful for recording a snare drum for a "crisp crack" sound. And if you use the DI Feature you just might want to hear what an electric guitar sounds like going thru the nickel transformers.
As with all the A Designs Audio modules, there is a -20dB PAD Switch. So, to get down and dirty with an electric guitar you will want to pad your input and crank the gain for a slight growl.