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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.


arent the 500 series pres suppose to save you $$$?

Is there any skimping in quality on the lunchboxes though? I was looking at getting the a-designs p1 and peq, but I read in a couple of places that the p1 used inferior transformers to the Pacifica. Any validity to this?

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16 channels of the same mic pre. which one?

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