PAU Audio, a small concern of engineers and musicians from Calgary, Canada, has debuted the 805 preamp. They claim their four-channel, mic preamp sounds clearer, crisper, and more transparent is better than the competition, allowing engineers to capture better mixes, faster.
» Microphone Gain: +13.5 dB to +66 dB
» D.I. Gain: +6.3 dB to +60 dB
» Input Headroom: +13 dBu
» Output Headroom: +26 dBu
» Noise (EIN 150 Ohms): -128 dBu
» Mic Input Impedance: 1.6 kOhms
» D.I. Input Impedance: 2 MOhms
A clean (but not sterile) preamp like the 805 allows for fast setup and tracking without worrying about making permanent decisions on distortion, eq, or compression on the input audio path. It’s our philosophy to track in this way to allow maximum flexibility while mixing. We had the opportunity to work with and measure most of the preamps and discrete opamps on the market while designing the 805 preamp, and we fully believe that we’ve created something special with the 805 preamp design.
There’s not much more to go on based on the initial product materials, but you get four Pre/DIs in a single rack with Neutrik XLR rear inputs, plus four front panel DI inserts.
Pau Audio’s 805 Four-Channel PreAmp is available now for $1680.