Superior dual-channel preamp, EQ, and DI, meticulously engineered to enhance microphone performance, particularly for ribbon types. It boasts 85dB of JFET gain, high-frequency CurveShaper EQ, and high-impedance circuitry, ensuring rich, detailed sound capture with minimal noise. Tailored for ribbon microphones, the RPQ3 amplifies subtle sounds and controls unwanted noise thanks to its high output and low noise gain. Additionally, its innovative CurveShaper EQ and high input impedance of 68K Ohms significantly improve sound quality, providing a robust, clear, and articulate audio output. As part of AEA's legacy in preamp technology, the RPQ3, along with its counterparts RPQ500, TRP3, and TRP500, represents the pinnacle of clean gain and high impedance, ensuring an authentic and high-quality recording experience.
At a glance
- Two channels with 85dB of sweet, quiet, and mouthwatering JFET gain
- High-frequency CurveShaper™ EQ and low-frequency proximity control
- 68k ohm high-impedance circuitry providing better overall transients, frequency response, and higher output sensitivity
- Post-Mic and Pre-EQ Inserts for convenient routing options
- Switchable phantom power and polarity invert
- Made in the U.S.A.
The AEA RPQ3 is a high-quality dual-channel preamp, seamlessly integrating an EQ and a DI to maximise the performance of your microphones. This microphone preamplifier from AEA distinguishes itself through its adept amplification, delivering high output and low noise gain, meticulously engineered to complement and elevate your microphones' natural characteristics.
Unparalleled Sound Quality
The device boasts an impressive 85dB of JFET gain, ensuring a rich, nuanced sound capture. The high-frequency CurveShaper EQ and low-frequency proximity control are expertly designed to sculpt your sound precisely. With its 68k ohm high-impedance circuitry, the RPQ3 enhances overall transients, frequency response, and sensitivity, elevating your recording experience to professional heights.
Tailored for Ribbon Microphones
Specifically crafted for ribbon microphone enthusiasts, the AEA RPQ3 draws out the natural warmth and lush soundscapes that ribbon microphones are renowned for. It ensures that recordings are imbued with a rich, authentic, and full-bodied sound, courtesy of its high-output, high-impedance, and low-noise gain capabilities.
A Powerhouse of Gain
The RPQ3 stands as a formidable device, providing an extraordinary 85dB of JFET gain. This capability ensures that even the most subtle auditory details are captured with pristine clarity and free from intrusive noise. This third-generation design by AEA marks a pinnacle in achieving a clean and harmonious sound production.
Masterful Noise Control
With the RPQ3, recording quiet sources with ribbon microphones becomes a worry of the past. The device's high-output capacity guarantees that every sound, however faint, is captured with absolute clarity. It's especially beneficial for recording soft instruments or in setups with long cable runs, ensuring that every recording is free from unwanted noise or softness.
Innovative CurveShaper EQ
The RPQ3's CurveShaper EQ stands as a groundbreaking feature, offering unmatched control at the initial stage of the signal path. Its adjustable boost/cut controls for low and high frequencies adeptly manage proximity issues and add high-frequency extensions with sophisticated slope control. This feature enhances your recordings, adds presence and air, and efficiently manages bass build-up.
The Importance of High Impedance
The RPQ3's high impedance, rated at 68K Ohms (with phantom power off), plays a crucial role in unveiling the true character of your microphones. This high impedance ensures an enriched sound profile with a solid, low-end, crisp top-end, and articulate transient response applicable to passive, active, or condenser microphones.
The AEA Legacy in Preamps
AEA stands at the forefront of preamp technology, offering a range of transparent preamps, including the RPQ3, RPQ500, TRP3, and TRP500. These devices are the top choice for discerning recordists who demand complete control over their signal path. While all AEA Ribbon Preamps share a foundational sound and topology, each model offers unique EQ features and form factors, catering to various recording needs and preferences.