Outfitted with a vintage vacuum tube for metering, the Fredenstein Magic Pre is a 500 Series microphone preamplifier offering striking visual and sonic appeal for producers, musicians, and engineers. The discrete signal path features input and output transformers as well as Fredenstein's specially designed OPA2 opamp, allowing it to impart a smooth tone along with high-performance noise and distortion specs. A simple press of the Color switch adds harmonics based on select tube circuits, a great way to enhance the sound of your source in a hurry.
The Magic Pre utilizes a single knob to provide a gain range of +15 to +70 dB, so it can adequately serve dynamic, ribbon, or condenser microphones. A front-panel 1/4" jack is provided for direct connection of an unbalanced Hi-Z instrument such as an electric guitar, bass, or keyboard. The pad switch can be used to attenuate the input signal by 20 dB to prevent distortion when tracking loud instruments such as drums. The Magic Eye tube meter opens and shuts to indicate output levels between -15 to +15 dBu.