Aphex has introduced several new 500 Series modules, including the J PRE 500 mic pre; EQF 500 parametric equalizer; Dual RPA 500 mic pre; A PRE 500 mic pre, and the COMP 500 optical compressor.
The new modules join the previously unveiled EX•BB 500 Aural Exciter/Big Bottom module.
The J PRE 500 mic pre is inspired by the flagship Aphex 1788A remote controlled preamp. Both have the same Jensen JT11K8 nickel input transformer and Aphex patented mic limiter technology. The J PRE 500 also features a Jensen JT-11DL nickel output-balancing transformer.
The EQF 500 reissue is a modern take on the classic Aphex EQF-2 500 series three-band equalizer that was originally introduced in the 1980s. With a Jensen output balancing transformer and 2 5Hz to 20 kHz operation, the EQF 500 is extremely versatile.
The DUAL RPA 500 mic pre is a two-channel solid state/tube hybrid preamp. The solid-state front end provides a fast transient response while the tube back end provides warmth and punch. It also has the Aphex patented mic limiter technology.
The A PRE 500 mic pre is inspired by the Aphex 188 eight-channel preamp. They both use a custom designed Aphex input transformer. Like the 188, the A PRE 500 also features a Jensen JT-11DL nickel output balancing transformer.
The new COMP 500 module is an optical compressor with an electronically balanced input, using a Jensen JT-11DL nickel output balancing transformer. The optocoupler was specified to be as fast as possible and, is produced exclusively for Aphex.
The OC-500 features stereo linking, and provides all the transparency of an optical compressor with the abiilty to get aggressive compression when needed.
The EX•BB 500 is a mono, 500 Series module version of the popular Aphex Aural Exciter and Optical Big Bottom processors. Each processor has a dedicated, lighted enable button.
“The expansion of our 500 Series with these five new modules further illustrates Aphex’s commitment to providing a comprehensive range of digital signal processors,” states Rick McClendon, Aphex general manager. “The addition of three new mic pres, a parametric EQ and an optical compressor, which join our highly successful EX•BB 500 Aural Exciter/Big Bottom module, offers audio professionals a wider palette of processing options.”
Aphex CEO David Wiener adds, “Remember that our Aphex technologies and products have been used by major artists, engineers and producers through popular music history, from Paul McCartney and Pink Floyd, to today’s Grammys, Oscars, and the upcoming Soul Train Awards.
“Aphex has had a huge impact and now, with our new 500 Series, we’re making these powerful tools available to pros and the new talent coming into the audio and entertainment industry. It’s really exciting to see our tech become small, portable and accessible to everyone.”
J PRE 500—$749
DUAL RPA 500—$999
A PRE 500—$629