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992EG

Extra venting isn’t required but it is recommended, especially in warmer environments such as outside venues in the sun.

The 992EG will get warm. Eight vacuum tubes WILL generate heat. For this reason we recommend leaving a single rack space empty above the 992. It’s never a good idea to block or cover ventilation holes that are on top covers of the 992EG.

Yes. But we recommend using the -20 db pad or be comfortable with only rotating the input knob to about 9 o’clock max. With high output mics it is a good idea to start with the input knob at 9 o’clock and the use the output control to achieve line level. From there you can play with coloration and harmonics. Be aware that with high output mics, the preamp is already starting with a very large signal. It is not going to require much INPUT gain to generate harmonics and even distortion. But, then again, that might be what you’re after!

All LaChapell Audio products feature a 2 year warranty on parts and labor for issues relating to manufacturing. The tubes have a 6 month warranty. Please see the Digital Audio Labs Warranty page for more information.

The 992EG features (4) 12AX7’s and (4) 5814’s. The 5814 tube is a ruggedized version of the 12AU7. The 12AX7’s are the tubes that provide the most gain and are driven with the INPUT control.

Yes. The manual will provide guidelines in this regard. The 2-bay 583’s (583E and the original 583S) have square openings that are intentionally designed to allow users access to the 12AX7 and replace with other like tubes for additional flexibility. Generally speaking, it’s the input tubes (the 12AX7s or 12DW7s) that would be replaced if you are looking to alter the sound of the amplifier. The 992’s output tubes require a critical balancing step so, for that reason we don’t recommend messing with these. In any case, if there’s ever a question related to swapping out tubes PLEASE give us a call.

LaChapell Audio has been incredibly fortunate in having a great user base. We’ve had folks like Brad Paisley, Hans Zimmer, Phil Keggy, Depeche Mode, M83 and other personally choose our preamps over others for critical productions. Many studios in Nashville, LA and the rest of the world rely on LaChapell Audio to track the sound they want.

The 992 currently uses the Jensen 115k microphone input transformer and a Jensen JT-11-BMCF line output transformer. We also use the Cinemag CM-DBX for the Hi-Z input stage.

First, it provides for the basic need to attenuate the input signal for “hot” or loud sources. For example, there are some microphones out there that generate such a large signal that a pad is required in order to prevent unwanted distortion.

The second reason is for sonic shaping. All LaChapell Audio preamps place the -20dB pad function in such a way that, when engaged, the gain contribution from the input transformer is effectively eliminated. When that loss of gain is made up by dialing in INPUT gain, the user has essentially traded transformer gain with vacuum tube gain. As a result, the distortion is different, the frequency response is different, etc. User who use this this technique express hearing more “air” and “depth” to the sound. It’s not always preferred but it demonstrates the preamps sonic flexibility. A couple areas where this technique is routinely used are drum overheads and stereo piano overheads.

LaChapell Audio preamps are unique in how they provide gain control to the user. Our Dual Drive knobs provide separate INPUT and OUTPUT gain controls for increased sonic flexibility. This is key to LaChapell Audio’s reputation of being so versatile. In short, the INPUT gain control is where you can dial in harmonic color. The OUTPUT control drives the very clean, natural sounding output stage. The contrast isn’t extreme, but discovering the perfect balance between these controls for whatever might be connected to the preamp is what makes LaChapell Audio preamps so much fun to use.

983S two channel tube mic preamp

983S

Extra venting isn’t required but it is recommended, especially in warmer environments such as outside venues in the sun.

Yes. But we recommend using the -20 db pad or be comfortable with only rotating the input knob to about 9 o’clock max. With high output mics it is a good idea to start with the input knob at 9 o’clock and the use the output control to achieve line level. From there you can play with coloration and harmonics. Be aware that with high output mics, the preamp is already starting with a very large signal. It is not going to require much INPUT gain to generate harmonics and even distortion. But, then again, that might be what you’re after!

All LaChapell Audio products feature a 2 year warranty on parts and labor for issues relating to manufacturing. The tubes have a 6 month warranty. Please see the Digital Audio Labs Warranty page for more information.

The 583 and 983 are the same preamplifier and use one 12AX7 per channel.

TIP: When selecting different tubes for different sounds, use the -20 pad technique mentioned earlier. Engaging the pad and using Input gain to compensate will feature the 12AX7’s character and allow you to hear the differences between tubes much more than if the input transformer was part of the signal.

Yes. The manual will provide guidelines in this regard. The 2-bay 583’s (583E and the original 583S) have square openings that are intentionally designed to allow users access to the 12AX7 and replace with other like tubes for additional flexibility. Generally speaking, it’s the input tubes (the 12AX7s or 12DW7s) that would be replaced if you are looking to alter the sound of the amplifier. The 992’s output tubes require a critical balancing step so, for that reason we don’t recommend messing with these. In any case, if there’s ever a question related to swapping out tubes PLEASE give us a call.

LaChapell Audio has been incredibly fortunate in having a great user base. We’ve had folks like Brad Paisley, Hans Zimmer, Phil Keggy, Depeche Mode, M83 and other personally choose our preamps over others for critical productions. Many studios in Nashville, LA and the rest of the world rely on LaChapell Audio to track the sound they want.

The 983 & 583 preamps currently use the Cinemag CMMI-10PCA microphone input transformer and a Jensen JT-11-DM line output transformer. The Hi-Z input on the 983/583 amps is transformer-less.

First, it provides for the basic need to attenuate the input signal for “hot” or loud sources. For example, there are some microphones out there that generate such a large signal that a pad is required in order to prevent unwanted distortion.

The second reason is for sonic shaping. All LaChapell Audio preamps place the -20dB pad function in such a way that, when engaged, the gain contribution from the input transformer is effectively eliminated. When that loss of gain is made up by dialing in INPUT gain, the user has essentially traded transformer gain with vacuum tube gain. As a result, the distortion is different, the frequency response is different, etc. User who use this this technique express hearing more “air” and “depth” to the sound. It’s not always preferred but it demonstrates the preamps sonic flexibility. A couple areas where this technique is routinely used are drum overheads and stereo piano overheads.

583S

Yes! The 583S mk2 and the 583e have been tested and approved by the VPR Alliance. 

Since the LaChapell Audio TrueTube technology current draw is within VPR limits, you can load up your entire frame with Mk2’s without issues. There’s a wide variety of power supply options in the market today. On top of that, there are several non-tube modules on the market that pull much more current than LaChapell Audio gear. As such, regardless of the module, it’s a good idea to check the user manual of the power supply you are using to make sure it has enough current capacity.

Our modules were designed to meet API’s VPR certification standards. As such, the API series of 500 series power supplies are our first recommendation. But there are others that we’ve found to be very reliable options such as the Purple Audio Sweet Ten.

This is a question that we are asked often and the answer is no. Yes there is a glowing vacuum tube in your 500 series module but it is a 9A type preamp tube. This is the same type used in the AKG C-12, Telefunken 251, etc. While these mics only have one section of the tube active, they also have less internal volume for the tube to cool and yet the surface temp of these mics never exceed room temperature. As long as you don’t block the venting that is already part of the 500 series power supply you will be just fine.

The 583S mk2, 583E, 500TDI and 500DT will get warm but nothing more than any other 500 series module drawing 110-120ma. It’s never a good idea to block or cover ventilation holes that are on top covers of the 500 series power supply.

Yes. But we recommend using the -20 db pad or be comfortable with only rotating the input knob to about 9 o’clock max. With high output mics it is a good idea to start with the input knob at 9 o’clock and the use the output control to achieve line level. From there you can play with coloration and harmonics. Be aware that with high output mics, the preamp is already starting with a very large signal. It is not going to require much INPUT gain to generate harmonics and even distortion. But, then again, that might be what you’re after!

All LaChapell Audio products feature a 2 year warranty on parts and labor for issues relating to manufacturing. The tubes have a 6 month warranty. Please see the Digital Audio Labs Warranty page for more information.

The 583 and 983 are the same preamplifier and use one 12AX7 per channel.

TIP: When selecting different tubes for different sounds, use the -20 pad technique mentioned earlier. Engaging the pad and using Input gain to compensate will feature the 12AX7’s character and allow you to hear the differences between tubes much more than if the input transformer was part of the signal.

Yes. The manual will provide guidelines in this regard. The 2-bay 583’s (583E and the original 583S) have square openings that are intentionally designed to allow users access to the 12AX7 and replace with other like tubes for additional flexibility. Generally speaking, it’s the input tubes (the 12AX7s or 12DW7s) that would be replaced if you are looking to alter the sound of the amplifier. The 992’s output tubes require a critical balancing step so, for that reason we don’t recommend messing with these. In any case, if there’s ever a question related to swapping out tubes PLEASE give us a call.

LaChapell Audio has been incredibly fortunate in having a great user base. We’ve had folks like Brad Paisley, Hans Zimmer, Phil Keggy, Depeche Mode, M83 and other personally choose our preamps over others for critical productions. Many studios in Nashville, LA and the rest of the world rely on LaChapell Audio to track the sound they want.

Not at all. From the beginning we set out to not only make the first tube preamp for the 500 series, but the world’s first HIGH-VOLTAGE tube preamp for the 500 series. Think of the 583, 500DT and 500TDI as having a secondary high-voltage supply within the unit. All LaChapell Audio 500-series modules with tubes feature both a full 250 volts to the plates and a full 12 volts to the filament. This is the proper way of powering a vacuum tube and, more importantly, allows the tube to behave the way it was design sonically without stress from a lack of power.

The 983 & 583 preamps currently use the Cinemag CMMI-10PCA microphone input transformer and a Jensen JT-11-DM line output transformer. The Hi-Z input on the 983/583 amps is transformer-less.

First, it provides for the basic need to attenuate the input signal for “hot” or loud sources. For example, there are some microphones out there that generate such a large signal that a pad is required in order to prevent unwanted distortion.

The second reason is for sonic shaping. All LaChapell Audio preamps place the -20dB pad function in such a way that, when engaged, the gain contribution from the input transformer is effectively eliminated. When that loss of gain is made up by dialing in INPUT gain, the user has essentially traded transformer gain with vacuum tube gain. As a result, the distortion is different, the frequency response is different, etc. User who use this this technique express hearing more “air” and “depth” to the sound. It’s not always preferred but it demonstrates the preamps sonic flexibility. A couple areas where this technique is routinely used are drum overheads and stereo piano overheads.

LaChapell Audio 583e 500 series tube preamp with integrated EQ angle image

583E

Yes! The 583S mk2 and the 583e have been tested and approved by the VPR Alliance. 

Since the LaChapell Audio TrueTube technology current draw is within VPR limits, you can load up your entire frame with Mk2’s without issues. There’s a wide variety of power supply options in the market today. On top of that, there are several non-tube modules on the market that pull much more current than LaChapell Audio gear. As such, regardless of the module, it’s a good idea to check the user manual of the power supply you are using to make sure it has enough current capacity.

YES! This was the intention. Think of the EQ section on the 583E as its own module that can be used as if it weren’t part of the 583 preamp or, as a simple pre+EQ channel strip. Running the EQ separately is accomplished simply by flipping the toggle switch on the lower right to “Pre/EQ”. In this mode, the 583E is now two completely separate units. The EQ path is re-routed to the corresponding XLR input/output jacks on the power supply and can be used however the user wishes. When the same toggle is flipped to “Pre+EQ” the EQ path is patched to serve the preamp. Below are a few ways to apply these functions.

Scenario 1: The 583E is being used to record acoustic guitar but, you realize you need an EQ on a different preamp that’s being used for the vocal track. In this case, flip the EQ toggle to “Pre/EQ”. In this mode, you can still use the 583 preamp on acoustic guitar but the EQ section is now available to be routed to the vocal preamp.

Scenario 2: You’ve finished recording and are preparing to mix. You’re set with in-the-box EQ’s but need something more natural sounding to shape/sculpt the electric guitar track. With the 583E switched to “Pre/EQ” you can patch into the EQ section’s XLR input/output jacks for this task.
Scenario 3: You’re using the 583E to amplify the microphone used to record a violin. You love the mic/preamp combo but would like to nudge a little more low-mids before recording. Flipping the EQ toggle to “Pre+EQ” auto patches the EQ to serve the preamp in this way. In this mode the 583E is functioning as a channel strip.

Our modules were designed to meet API’s VPR certification standards. As such, the API series of 500 series power supplies are our first recommendation. But there are others that we’ve found to be very reliable options such as the Purple Audio Sweet Ten.

This is a question that we are asked often and the answer is no. Yes there is a glowing vacuum tube in your 500 series module but it is a 9A type preamp tube. This is the same type used in the AKG C-12, Telefunken 251, etc. While these mics only have one section of the tube active, they also have less internal volume for the tube to cool and yet the surface temp of these mics never exceed room temperature. As long as you don’t block the venting that is already part of the 500 series power supply you will be just fine.

The 583S mk2, 583E, 500TDI and 500DT will get warm but nothing more than any other 500 series module drawing 110-120ma. It’s never a good idea to block or cover ventilation holes that are on top covers of the 500 series power supply.

Yes. But we recommend using the -20 db pad or be comfortable with only rotating the input knob to about 9 o’clock max. With high output mics it is a good idea to start with the input knob at 9 o’clock and the use the output control to achieve line level. From there you can play with coloration and harmonics. Be aware that with high output mics, the preamp is already starting with a very large signal. It is not going to require much INPUT gain to generate harmonics and even distortion. But, then again, that might be what you’re after!

All LaChapell Audio products feature a 2 year warranty on parts and labor for issues relating to manufacturing. The tubes have a 6 month warranty. Please see the Digital Audio Labs Warranty page for more information.

The 583 and 983 are the same preamplifier and use one 12AX7 per channel.

TIP: When selecting different tubes for different sounds, use the -20 pad technique mentioned earlier. Engaging the pad and using Input gain to compensate will feature the 12AX7’s character and allow you to hear the differences between tubes much more than if the input transformer was part of the signal.

Yes. The manual will provide guidelines in this regard. The 2-bay 583’s (583E and the original 583S) have square openings that are intentionally designed to allow users access to the 12AX7 and replace with other like tubes for additional flexibility. Generally speaking, it’s the input tubes (the 12AX7s or 12DW7s) that would be replaced if you are looking to alter the sound of the amplifier. The 992’s output tubes require a critical balancing step so, for that reason we don’t recommend messing with these. In any case, if there’s ever a question related to swapping out tubes PLEASE give us a call.

LaChapell Audio has been incredibly fortunate in having a great user base. We’ve had folks like Brad Paisley, Hans Zimmer, Phil Keggy, Depeche Mode, M83 and other personally choose our preamps over others for critical productions. Many studios in Nashville, LA and the rest of the world rely on LaChapell Audio to track the sound they want.

Not at all. From the beginning we set out to not only make the first tube preamp for the 500 series, but the world’s first HIGH-VOLTAGE tube preamp for the 500 series. Think of the 583, 500DT and 500TDI as having a secondary high-voltage supply within the unit. All LaChapell Audio 500-series modules with tubes feature both a full 250 volts to the plates and a full 12 volts to the filament. This is the proper way of powering a vacuum tube and, more importantly, allows the tube to behave the way it was design sonically without stress from a lack of power.

The 983 & 583 preamps currently use the Cinemag CMMI-10PCA microphone input transformer and a Jensen JT-11-DM line output transformer. The Hi-Z input on the 983/583 amps is transformer-less.

First, it provides for the basic need to attenuate the input signal for “hot” or loud sources. For example, there are some microphones out there that generate such a large signal that a pad is required in order to prevent unwanted distortion.

The second reason is for sonic shaping. All LaChapell Audio preamps place the -20dB pad function in such a way that, when engaged, the gain contribution from the input transformer is effectively eliminated. When that loss of gain is made up by dialing in INPUT gain, the user has essentially traded transformer gain with vacuum tube gain. As a result, the distortion is different, the frequency response is different, etc. User who use this this technique express hearing more “air” and “depth” to the sound. It’s not always preferred but it demonstrates the preamps sonic flexibility. A couple areas where this technique is routinely used are drum overheads and stereo piano overheads.

500TDI 500 Series tube Direct Box - angle

500TDI

Our modules were designed to meet API’s VPR certification standards. As such, the API series of 500 series power supplies are our first recommendation. But there are others that we’ve found to be very reliable options such as the Purple Audio Sweet Ten.

This is a question that we are asked often and the answer is no. Yes there is a glowing vacuum tube in your 500 series module but it is a 9A type preamp tube. This is the same type used in the AKG C-12, Telefunken 251, etc. While these mics only have one section of the tube active, they also have less internal volume for the tube to cool and yet the surface temp of these mics never exceed room temperature. As long as you don’t block the venting that is already part of the 500 series power supply you will be just fine.

The 583S mk2, 583E, 500TDI and 500DT will get warm but nothing more than any other 500 series module drawing 110-120ma. It’s never a good idea to block or cover ventilation holes that are on top covers of the 500 series power supply.

All LaChapell Audio products feature a 2 year warranty on parts and labor for issues relating to manufacturing. The tubes have a 6 month warranty. Please see the Digital Audio Labs Warranty page for more information.

The 500TDI uses a 12DW7. The first stage, driven by the INPUT knob is a 12AX7 and the OUTPUT stage is a 12AU7. The 12DW7 combines the two tube flavors into one.

Yes. The manual will provide guidelines in this regard. The 2-bay 583’s (583E and the original 583S) have square openings that are intentionally designed to allow users access to the 12AX7 and replace with other like tubes for additional flexibility. Generally speaking, it’s the input tubes (the 12AX7s or 12DW7s) that would be replaced if you are looking to alter the sound of the amplifier. The 992’s output tubes require a critical balancing step so, for that reason we don’t recommend messing with these. In any case, if there’s ever a question related to swapping out tubes PLEASE give us a call.

LaChapell Audio has been incredibly fortunate in having a great user base. We’ve had folks like Brad Paisley, Hans Zimmer, Phil Keggy, Depeche Mode, M83 and other personally choose our preamps over others for critical productions. Many studios in Nashville, LA and the rest of the world rely on LaChapell Audio to track the sound they want.

Not at all. From the beginning we set out to not only make the first tube preamp for the 500 series, but the world’s first HIGH-VOLTAGE tube preamp for the 500 series. Think of the 583, 500DT and 500TDI as having a secondary high-voltage supply within the unit. All LaChapell Audio 500-series modules with tubes feature both a full 250 volts to the plates and a full 12 volts to the filament. This is the proper way of powering a vacuum tube and, more importantly, allows the tube to behave the way it was design sonically without stress from a lack of power.

LaChapell Audio 503 500 series EQ angle image

503

Our modules were designed to meet API’s VPR certification standards. As such, the API series of 500 series power supplies are our first recommendation. But there are others that we’ve found to be very reliable options such as the Purple Audio Sweet Ten.

This is a question that we are asked often and the answer is no. Yes there is a glowing vacuum tube in your 500 series module but it is a 9A type preamp tube. This is the same type used in the AKG C-12, Telefunken 251, etc. While these mics only have one section of the tube active, they also have less internal volume for the tube to cool and yet the surface temp of these mics never exceed room temperature. As long as you don’t block the venting that is already part of the 500 series power supply you will be just fine.

All LaChapell Audio products feature a 2 year warranty on parts and labor for issues relating to manufacturing. The tubes have a 6 month warranty. Please see the Digital Audio Labs Warranty page for more information.

LaChapell Audio has been incredibly fortunate in having a great user base. We’ve had folks like Brad Paisley, Hans Zimmer, Phil Keggy, Depeche Mode, M83 and other personally choose our preamps over others for critical productions. Many studios in Nashville, LA and the rest of the world rely on LaChapell Audio to track the sound they want.

500DT Dual Topology 500 series tube and solid state mic preamp - angle

500DT

The 500DT features a full 12AX7 tube powered by TRUETUBE™ so you get a fully powered vacuum tube and all the harmonic richness and clean gain that only a properly powered tube can deliver.

This is a question that we are asked often and the answer is no. Yes there is a glowing vacuum tube in your 500 series module but it is a 9A type preamp tube. This is the same type used in the AKG C-12, Telefunken 251, etc. While these mics only have one section of the tube active, they also have less internal volume for the tube to cool and yet the surface temp of these mics never exceed room temperature. As long as you don’t block the venting that is already part of the 500 series power supply you will be just fine.

The 583S mk2, 583E, 500TDI and 500DT will get warm but nothing more than any other 500 series module drawing 110-120ma. It’s never a good idea to block or cover ventilation holes that are on top covers of the 500 series power supply.

All LaChapell Audio products feature a 2 year warranty on parts and labor for issues relating to manufacturing. The tubes have a 6 month warranty. Please see the Digital Audio Labs Warranty page for more information.

Yes. The manual will provide guidelines in this regard. The 2-bay 583’s (583E and the original 583S) have square openings that are intentionally designed to allow users access to the 12AX7 and replace with other like tubes for additional flexibility. Generally speaking, it’s the input tubes (the 12AX7s or 12DW7s) that would be replaced if you are looking to alter the sound of the amplifier. The 992’s output tubes require a critical balancing step so, for that reason we don’t recommend messing with these. In any case, if there’s ever a question related to swapping out tubes PLEASE give us a call.

LaChapell Audio has been incredibly fortunate in having a great user base. We’ve had folks like Brad Paisley, Hans Zimmer, Phil Keggy, Depeche Mode, M83 and other personally choose our preamps over others for critical productions. Many studios in Nashville, LA and the rest of the world rely on LaChapell Audio to track the sound they want.

Not at all. From the beginning we set out to not only make the first tube preamp for the 500 series, but the world’s first HIGH-VOLTAGE tube preamp for the 500 series. Think of the 583, 500DT and 500TDI as having a secondary high-voltage supply within the unit. All LaChapell Audio 500-series modules with tubes feature both a full 250 volts to the plates and a full 12 volts to the filament. This is the proper way of powering a vacuum tube and, more importantly, allows the tube to behave the way it was design sonically without stress from a lack of power.

First, it provides for the basic need to attenuate the input signal for “hot” or loud sources. For example, there are some microphones out there that generate such a large signal that a pad is required in order to prevent unwanted distortion.

The second reason is for sonic shaping. All LaChapell Audio preamps place the -20dB pad function in such a way that, when engaged, the gain contribution from the input transformer is effectively eliminated. When that loss of gain is made up by dialing in INPUT gain, the user has essentially traded transformer gain with vacuum tube gain. As a result, the distortion is different, the frequency response is different, etc. User who use this this technique express hearing more “air” and “depth” to the sound. It’s not always preferred but it demonstrates the preamps sonic flexibility. A couple areas where this technique is routinely used are drum overheads and stereo piano overheads.

500CS-500 SERIES Channel Strip Mic Pre with EQ and Compressor - Angle

500CS

The COMP-LINK port is for future stereo compressor functionality (when using two 500CS units).

Absolutely. Think of the EQ and compressor section on the 500CS 500 series channel strip as its own module that can be used as if it weren’t part of the 500DT preamp or, as a complete channel strip. Running the EQ separately is accomplished simply by flipping the SPLIT MODULE switch. In this mode, the 500CS is now two completely separate units. The effects path is re-routed to the corresponding XLR input/output jacks on the power supply and can be used however the user wishes. Below are a few ways to apply these functions.

Scenario 1: The 500CS Channel Strip is being used to record acoustic guitar but, you realize you need an EQ on a different preamp that’s being used for the vocal track. In this case, press the SPLIT MODULE switch. In this mode, you can still use the 500CS preamp on acoustic guitar but the EQ and compressor section is now available to be routed to the vocal preamp.

Scenario 2: You’ve finished recording and are preparing to mix. You’re set with in-the-box EQ’s but need something more natural sounding to shape/sculpt the electric guitar track. With the 500CS switched to SPLIT MODULE mode you can patch into the EQ section’s XLR input/output jacks for this task.

Scenario 3: You’re using the 500CS to amplify the microphone used to record a violin. You love the mic/preamp combo but would like to nudge a little more low-mids before recording. Leaving the SPLIT MODULE  switch disengaged auto patches the EQ and compressor to serve the preamp in this way. In this mode the 500CS is functioning as a channel strip.

All LaChapell Audio products feature a 2 year warranty on parts and labor for issues relating to manufacturing. The tubes have a 6 month warranty. Please see the Digital Audio Labs Warranty page for more information.

LaChapell Audio has been incredibly fortunate in having a great user base. We’ve had folks like Brad Paisley, Hans Zimmer, Phil Keggy, Depeche Mode, M83 and other personally choose our preamps over others for critical productions. Many studios in Nashville, LA and the rest of the world rely on LaChapell Audio to track the sound they want.

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