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AEA TRP2 Preamp
Old 11th January 2018
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AEA TRP2 Preamp

Saw this on the AEA website today. It looks like they added phantom power, upped the impedance and made it easy to rack mount. A solid update!





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Introducing the NEW AEA TRP2 Preamp

A ribbon mic’s sound is significantly enhanced by the ideal high-gain, high input impedance signal path. The original TRP was the first preamp designed specifically with ribbon mics in mind. In response to the rise in popularity of ribbon mics in studios, we added key features to the TRP2 that allow studio users greater flexibility with modern equipment.

Phantom Power

The TRP2 preamp now includes phantom power. Though ribbon mics are historically passive in design, trends have gradually shifted toward active electronics. Nearly half the microphones in the AEA line require phantom power.

No Blow Mode: Phantom Power Lock Out

For the cautious engineer’s peace of mind, each channel of the TRP2 is equipped with an internal phantom power toggle switch. The internal toggle switch can be armed to prevent accidental phantom power activation from the buttons on the TRP2 front panel.

Higher Impedance and More Output

Like the RPQ2, the new TRP2 has a higher input impedance of 63K Ohms and will have 85dB total output. The TRP2 delivers more gain than almost any other preamp available today.

Universal Switching Supply

In consideration of our many non-US users, the TRP2 includes a universal switching supply that eliminates the need for those users to swap out power supplies.

Rack Ears

Additionally, the TRP2 can be purchased with a set of rack ears that allows mounting a single TRP2 in a single rack space.

Genuine Half-Rack

Two TRP2s can be mounted next to each other in a single-space Mid-Atlantic Shelf. On the bottom of the TRP2 is a hole that allows you to screw through the prefabricated holes on the shelf. Two TRP2s can fit on this shelf and will only take up a single rack space.



Visit us at booth 16212 at Winter NAMM 2018 to hear the new TRP2 preamp in action.
Old 15th January 2018
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This looks great!

I was thinking about picking up a pair of RPQ 500’s, but wasn’t really into the idea of paying for the EQ on those that I wouldn’t use much. The only reason I was reluctant to go for the TRP was the lack of phantom power, so problem solved! And it’s gonna save me a couple hundred dollars and some 500 slots!
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Originally Posted by lm183902 ➡️
This looks great!

I was thinking about picking up a pair of RPQ 500’s, but wasn’t really into the idea of paying for the EQ on those that I wouldn’t use much. The only reason I was reluctant to go for the TRP was the lack of phantom power, so problem solved! And it’s gonna save me a couple hundred dollars and some 500 slots!
Yeah, but the EQ on the RPQ is really nice. FWIW.

JSL
Old 29th April 2018
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Has anyone tried this?
Seems like great value!
Looking for something that works well with Coles 4038.
Old 30th April 2018
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I'm really tempted to trade out my first gen TRP for one of these to pair with a cloudlifter. You could have around 100 dB of clean gain, crazy!
Old 11th May 2018 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by Zeppelin ➡️
Has anyone tried this?
Seems like great value!
Looking for something that works well with Coles 4038.
Just picked it up! I’ll track some guitars tomorrow (with a R121 though) and report back.
Old 21st May 2018 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by Zeppelin ➡️
Has anyone tried this?
Seems like great value!
Looking for something that works well with Coles 4038.
I’ve had one for about a month now and I’m loving it! I don’t have 4038’s but I’ve used it with Beyerdynamic M160’s, and AEA R44, R84 and R88 and have been extremely happy with the results. 85dB of very quiet gain has been more than enough for any of my needs.

All of my other preamps are transformer based and I was a bit worried that it would be sterile or boring, but that hasn’t been the case at all. The crazy-high impedance seems to open ribbons up a bit on top, which I’ve really liked on drum overheads especially.

Your studio is incredible, BTW! I saw the CNN story on it recently and was blown away! What a joy it must be to make records in such a beautiful place.
Old 22nd May 2018 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by lm183902 ➡️
I’ve had one for about a month now and I’m loving it! I don’t have 4038’s but I’ve used it with Beyerdynamic M160’s, and AEA R44, R84 and R88 and have been extremely happy with the results. 85dB of very quiet gain has been more than enough for any of my needs.

All of my other preamps are transformer based and I was a bit worried that it would be sterile or boring, but that hasn’t been the case at all. The crazy-high impedance seems to open ribbons up a bit on top, which I’ve really liked on drum overheads especially.

Your studio is incredible, BTW! I saw the CNN story on it recently and was blown away! What a joy it must be to make records in such a beautiful place.
This sounds perfect, just what I am looking for!
Some extra high-end is usually always welcome with ribbons.
Good to hear about the quiet gain, especially for sparse music this is very useful.
I've been thinking about keeping the preamp in the recording room, since we have a bit long cable runs to the control room which doesn't really help these low signals from the ribbons.

Very cool that you saw that CNN story. The camera guy/director were a musician as well so he did a great job in conveying the right "studio vibes" :-)

We've had a jazz trumpetist over from Denver, even got some Denver Broncoshats lying around!
Old 23rd May 2018
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I tested it for a few days now. This thing is amazingly quiet. Even with an r121 as “S” mic on a fingerpicked acoustic guitar.

As mentioned in above it opens up a bit the high end. The HPF cuts around 100Hz and helps with proximity.

Worked great with an u87 (as a M mic on the acoustic), e609 as second mic on a guitar cab, etc.

The one thing I didn’t like that much are the three leds on the front panel which are supposed to help with setting the gain. Following the instructions on the manual I end up with setting it way too hot. With the gain level I find “right” the green led hardly turns on instead. Anybody having the same experience?

A.
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