The Tone Beast is a great mic pre with loads of gain that can effortlessly capture an array of sources very well. With top notch CineMag transformers and multiple discrete signal paths, it's hard to beat its big, bold, fully-professional sound at its price.
The Tone Beast is a mic pre that likes to be pushed and when pushed will colorize your signal ever so sweetly. The 2 opamps and 2 output transformers at the flip of their switches won't appear to be much different, but as one drives the pre into harmonic distortion, the unique character of each of these components becomes apparent.
Additionally the Tone Beast is customizable and allows for other opamps to be sourced and easily swapped into the unit. I've pulled my best tones from this pre right at the saturation point (as loud as I can push the gain before clipping). The output control on the TB12 allows you to limit the signal exiting the preamp even when pushing the gain to really hot levels, giving you maximum control. Our goal was to make a microphone preamplifier affordable for the first time, without compromising the quality and design parameters that make this type of microphone preamplifier so desirable.
Utilizes premium grade CineMag USA Transformers
71db of gain
Transformer selection provides both Steel and 50% Nickel CineMag output transformers for varying character
Transformer bypass switch allows for removal of the output transformer from the circuit
Discrete Opamp selection allows for choosing between a 1731(vintage) and 918(cleaner) style opamp. These are socketed/swappable with your choice of 2520 6 pin footprint opamps.
Impedance switch labeled TONE to switch between 150 and 600 ohms input impedance
2 Meg Ohm True HI-Z input on front panel sends instrument signal through entire circuit including both Cinemag Transformers and the discrete operational amplifier. Great for guitars, bass, keyboards and other instruments that have a 1/4″ output jack.
Capacitor selection between Tantalum and Electrolytic for different characters
80hz hipass filter
+48V phantom power
Output attenuation allowing for saturation flexibility of both the opamps and transformers
¼" insert for the use of inline compressors, eq's etc..
Balanced XLR mic (front and back), balanced TRS line, and ¼" instrument inputs
Balanced XLR and TRS outputs
LED VU Meter
External line-lump 24V AC power transformer for low noise