"The Burl B1 Mic Pres are of superior sonic quality, and by utilizing variable gain and level combinations, the B1s can be used in virtually any recording situation." -Joe Wissert, Producer, Earth Wind and Fire, Boz Scaggs, The Turtles, Ruffworld Studio...
Based on the API 500 series form factor, the B1D was designed to compliment the B2 Bomber ADC, and give you multi-channel pleasure. With the proprietary BX3 input transformer and all iron BX4 output transformer, the B1D Mic Pre delivers warmth with depth and clarity. The B1D is a step up from the original B1, which is outfitted with a nickel BX2 Output transformer. The difference means that the B1D has the utterly terrifying hard rock sound you desire. An all discrete transistor, class-A, direct coupled, capacitor free circuit path, gives the B1D amazing punch on drums, beautiful tonality on guitars, and warmth with presence on vocals.
The B1D comes complete with both Gain and Level controls. If you want that heavy, gainy tone, crank up the stepped gain control and offset that with the level control. If clean tone is your thing, turn the gain down and crank up the level. For ribbon mics and other low impedance sources, the B1D has a transformer coupled impedance select. The B1D was rigorously tested with the popular Royer R-121 in the low impedance setting. The B1D gets the best out of any microphone, whether it be dynamic, condenser or ribbon.
Use the B1D’s 1/4” instrument/line input on the front panel, plug in, crank up the gain and go. The PAD switch allows for hot signals and balanced line inputs through the mic XLR on the back panel. Run your tracks or mixes through the B1D for warmth and glue. The B1D was designed to rock. Run multiple B1D channels for your rhythm tracks and you are there. Replace EQ and compression with true analog PHAT. Run your primary tracks through the B1D mic pre, follow with a B2 Bomber ADC and that’s about all you will need.
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