Groove Tubes The Brick - Tube Mic preamp
This is the ultimate DI box and instrument preamp for both stage and studio. Allows for isolated balanced low impedance output for all instruments. Provides either unity gain or use the variable output level control for up to 55dB of all tube gain! perfect tube tone and isolaton for vintage keybords, electric bass and acoustic/electric guitars with iternal transducer type pickups. Onboard phantom power allows the use of high quality condensor mics on stage.
Perhaps the most fully featured piece
of studio or stage gear, The Brick does a lot in a
- This is a tube mic pre for the studio. With
Phantom power, and true transformer output, plus an available gain of +55db,
The Brick will handle dynamic mics, consensor mics, and ribbon mics.
- A tube mic pre for the stage - with onboard phantom
power, you can now use higher grade large diaphram mics on stage. Forget
about those long cable runs back to the "house system" or house console, The
Brick can run 1000 feet and more without the losses of simple direct boxes.
- A tube line driver
- A tube instrument preamp for the studio - based on our
exclusive ViPRE technlogy.
- A tube instrument preamp for the stage.
Some other uses for The Brick:
1. Direct to console - Use acoustic/electrified guitar - input directly
to a recording console for warmth and proper matching.
2. Live to sound reinforcement console - In a live performance, long
unbalanced cable runs can compromise your tone. When using with keyboards
or rack systems, you can now set your equipment levels to the settings for best
signal to noise ratio. Bring up or down the overall signal for those long
cable runs with an improvement in sound.
3. A must for guitar players with pedal boards - You have a large
investment in a pedal board. These are versitile devices, out on stage
with the player. Unfortunately, the long cable run (over 25' in many
cases) back to your amp, does little for sound quality. Let "The
Brick" handle the task of proper balancing and drive of the signal with
ease. Once again, set the effects for the proper level for the best sound,
rather than using the last effect in the chain to handle this task with it's own
internal little op-amp that is not the best designed component for
4. POD 2.0 and POD xt users - whether direct recording or in live
performances, placing The Brick between the POD and the amp, recorder,
console, or house system will give a warmth to your signal and tube feel, sound,
and playing dynamics. Proper output level can now be set on the POD output
control so signal to noise ratio is optimized, rather than trying to have
the POD generate the desired gain. In the high gain POD models, this
can really help the background noise to the amp, console, or recorder for a cleaner and quiter signal.
5. Make your guitar, bass, keyboard, or less expensive dynamic
microphone sound better - the transformer balanced tube circuitry are the keys
for proper matching to your instrument.
Some other "Brick Tricks" ....
The Brick makes a great preamp for use with many amps which have effects
loops. In an amp such as a Marshall or Mesa, which have their own
signature tone which comes from their preamp design, one can run their guitar
into The Brick, and take the XLR Brick output with an XLR to 1/4"
cable. Run the 1/4" end of the cable to the amps effects return. You
have now bypassed the amplifiers preamp and your amp will now allow the output
section to be very clean. This is great for clean sounds, and some folks
love this for acoustic guitar work. This effectively doubles the use of
many amps. The latest Fender Pro Tube series amps (Pro Twin, Pro Concert,
and Pro Reverb) have a pre out / main in set of jacks. Use the main in, as
it is specifically designed for this sort of use.
Use The Brick in live applications with the guitar plugged into "THE
BRICK'S" 1/4" input, and then run a cable from the second 1/4" input to your
amp. There will be no processing on your signal to the amp. Then
take the XLR output to the house system. This allows a mix of your
amps output and also allows you to control what level goes to the house
system from the stage.
The Brick uses engineering thinking of it's big
brother the ViPRE. The ViPRE is now used in many major studios, as
has many awards, nominations, and testimonials to it's own credit.