Series 500 Mics Pre, based on the legendary Quad Eight consoles.
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The P-1 has the highest fidelity of all the A-Designs Audio 500 preamps, capturing the mojo of its older and larger sibling, the extremely popular Pacifica. It has a big low end, slightly forward midrange and extended highs. If you’re a fan of the Quad Eight or API sound, you’ll love the P-1! It shines on vocals, instruments, room mics, piano, and on instruments with sharp transients such as drums and various percussion instruments. If you’re building a lunchbox with drum recording in mind, a pair of P-1s is a superb choice for overheads when you want to capture the entire kit – especially the sizzle of the cymbals.
They’re indeed remarkably beautiful on drum overheads.
I wouldn’t refer to it as a “goto” Preamp.
It’s a special horse and wants to be used in the right applications.
However, if so it will shine like few others and give you loads of vibe and character. ‘Nuff said.