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Seventh Circle Audio N72 Neve Clone Preamp Kit

Reviewing: Seventh Circle Audio N72  |  Rating:
Geoff Wadhams By Geoff Wadhams on
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Listen to any great classic album from the 60's 70's and 80's and you will hear the sound of the big studios. For us little guys, the electronic recording chain that produced these hit tracks has been prohibitivly expensive. SCA has introduced a series of world class recording preamp kits to bring the classic console flavors to any sized studio. If you can solder(and it's not hard to learn) you can build preamps and save lots of money in the process. The N72 I built is virtualy the same circuit as the famed Neve 1272, which is a class A transformer balanced preamp with no capacitance in the signal path. This yields a very detailed high quality recording without adding substantial noise. In addition, when pushed hard, this pre will add a very musical

coloration mostly due to transformer saturation. Availible gain is on the order of 70db which is more than adequate for any recording application. Features include a 12 position stepped (greyhill) attenuator, gain trim pot, phase switch and phantom power. Phantom voltage is ramped up slowly to prevent audible thump when engaged. This thing sounds great, even with cheap mics. You can get that Karen Carpenter "sing in your ear" sound or aggressive screamo cookie monster vocals. Everything I put through this sounds better. The build was smooth and now SCA ships many components on strip roll in order of assembly to help prevent placing the wrong part in the wrong place. Wiring the input transformer and soldering the Grayhill attenuator switch were the hardest part, but everything worked fine the first time. Tim offers endless support if you need it. Did I mention this thing sounds great? Tim offers a package deal on your first pre with a rack case and power supply. The case has 8 slots, so you will want to keep bulding! Good marketing. He also offers API and Jensen Twin Servo clones amongst others. These pres use the highest quality parts and stand up to the best stuff out there. Build, save, listen and believe.