The Empirical Labs EL-9 Mike-E is a digitally-controlled mic preamp with a unique compressor and saturation circuit.
The Empirical Labs EL9 Mike-E is extremely quiet with a noise floor far below the self-noise of any microphone thanks to a low-noise transformer input amplifier. A unique digitally-controlled stepped gain control is provided with up to 60dB of input gain which combined to the 14dB output gain provides up to 74dB. A Bad LED indicates when the signal is overloading the circuit. 48V phantom power, polarity reversal and a fixed 80Hz High-pass filter are provided.
The Mike-E also features a unique CompSat circuit which combines compression and saturation to offer great tonal options. The compressor is based on the Empirical Lab’s own distressor but features only five dedicated ratios (1:1, 2:1, 4:1, 8:1 and Nuke), and much longer attack time as well as a dry/wet control for parallel compression. The saturation circuit uses a multi-stage soft clipping circuit which imparts tube-like saturation at lower levels or Germanium saturation at higher levels for a grittier sound. Again a Bad! LED is included to indicate when harder unmusical clipping is occurring.
An emphasis control is included in the CompSat circuit which boosts the high frequencies before the compressor and saturation circuit. A De-emphasis control then cuts complimentary frequencies after the CompSat circuit. Using the Emphasis control improves signal-to-noise ratio and is reminiscent of working with Tapes.
|AT A GLANCE|
|Demo in Store||No|
|Short Description||Digitally-controlled mic preamp with low noise, stepped gain and unique compression and saturation circuit|
|Valve / Solid State||Solid State|
|Channel Count||Single Channel|
|Side Chain Input||No|
|High Pass Filter||No|