Miami, FL-based A/V design, integration, and distribution firm AVN | SYS has announced that it’s now the exclusive North American distributor for boutique audio product designer 2ubes, maker of the VTX-1 preamplifier.
“Working alongside some of the most prominent artists and producers in the business has kept us constantly on the lookout for the ‘next big thing’ in pro audio technology,” says AVN | SYS founder PK Pandey. “With 2ubes, they offer a truly unique bridge between the worlds of time-tested and beloved tube sound and the possibilities presented by remote WIFI control of physical devices with the VTX-1. We’re thrilled to make them a part of the AVN | SYS family.”
2ubes president and chief designer Larry Janus is a fan of classic push-pull preamps from the 1950s and 60s and has utilized his knowledge of micro controllers and coding to add a new layer of controllability to an analog world. “In the world of recording, there still is something of a disconnect between the analog and digital worlds,” he explains. “We love the sound of analog, but to integrate it into the world of DAWs and digital gear, we still need to operate it in an analog way.
“Many engineers work out of small private studios and have to operate all of this gear by themselves. I saw an opportunity to utilize my knowledge to design a preamp that can be controlled remotely over WIFI – making it much simpler to integrate these amazing sounds into a modern digital recording rig.”
The VTX-1 is a balanced two-tube triode push-pull design with headroom and custom-designed AMI audio transformers intended to provide a “warm, vintage” sound. It incorporates a motorized gain pot and relay control for operation from a phone or tablet. All settings are saved into memory so users can pull up your preferred settings every time the unit is powered on.
“Push-pull tube designs are beloved by guitar players due to their associations with classic amplifiers, so when you use the VTX-1 with amp modeling software, it sounds warm and true while being effortless under the fingers,” Pandey says. “It has quickly become an essential part of my favorite recording signal flow, and its industry-first remote capabilities offer an endless array of possibilities for integrating it into a studio setup.”