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Grace Design M201

"The Grace M201 is, in every way, a stunning microphone preamp. The build quality is uber-impressive, the feature set is comprehensive, the options are well thought out, the A‑D stage sounds sublime, and the preamp itself is about as good as it gets."- Hugh RobJohns, SOS Magazine

"What I love about the m201 is the sheer size and detail of the sound that comes out. The sound is honest, no hype, no "extra", no missing details, no noise, no loss in fidelity at all. It is truly a no-holds-barred audiophile sound. It is clean and clear and with ridiculous headroom." - Gearslutz

Like the rest of our line, the new m201 delivers unmatched audio performance, with massive headroom, ultra-wide bandwidth and a very open, musical character. The signal path has been hot-rodded to be fully balanced from start to finish, resulting in a wider dynamic range, while new high-current output drivers enable even longer cable runs without signal loss. This means the m201 can translate a sonic picture of astonishing clarity and detail, which serves to capture the essential character of the music being recorded.

We offer the m201 with our state of the art 24-bit/192kHz A/D converter option, from the factory or as a retrofit to existing units. With the A/D converter module installed, the microphone preamplifier section or the M+S matrix can be routed to the A/D converter input directly for standard recording applications. Or, with the additional analog line inputs on the A/D converter module, the mic preamplifier and A/D converter sections can be used separately, which allows for external processing to be inserted between the mic amp and the A/D converter. External synchronization to word clock or Digidesign LoopSync is available, and features our proprietary dual stage PPL with s-Lock for extremely low jitter and rock solid digital stability without the use of sample rate conversion.

Our exclusive ribbon mic mode is standard, which shifts the gain range up 10dB while deactivating 48V phantom power, bypassing the decoupling capacitors and optimizing the input impedance. Each channel has an ‘input mode’ rotary switch which selects between a standard 48V phantom input, ribbon mic mode or the front panel DI input.

Included is our newly designed M+S (mid side) decoder circuitry with a built-in width control. The front panel width control is wired with a precision 12 position rotary switch which provides a ratio range from 100% mid (mono) to 30% mid / 70% side. The ultra-precision summing and difference amplifiers feed a set of dedicated outputs, allowing simultaneous recording of discrete mid+side signals as well as the stereo matrix.

The new front panel mounted HI-Z inputs are designed to accommodate a wide variety of high impedance input sources, making the m201 an excellent choice as a DI box which will flawlessly preserve the sound of any plugged-in instrument. Imagine the same resolution and detail as our microphone preamplifiers available for DI recording situations.

Whatever the application, the remarkable sonic performance and functionality of the new m201 will help you make the finest recordings of your career.


  • fully balanced, transformerless design
  • dual parallel XLR outputs for each channel
  • ribbon mic mode
  • front panel DI / instrument inputs
  • built in M+S decoder with dedicated outputs and front panel width control
  • precision 24 position gold contact rotary switch gain controls
  • new, higher current outputs drive even longer cable runs
  • no electrolytic capacitors in the signal path
  • sealed gold contact relays for all signal switching
  • 5large two color, bi-phase LED peak indicator
  • regulated linear power supply with custom wound toroidal transformer
  • highest quality components used throughout
  • 5five year transferable warranty on parts and labor
  • 20 Year EON transferable warranty on parts and labor
  • Built in the USA


Full details at: http://www.gracedesign.com/products/m201/m201.htm


  1. Equipment Type: Channel Strip
    2. Brand: Manley
    3. Model: Voxbox
    4. Series: (as the case may be)
    5. Location & Quantity: Studio A
    6: Main Tech Specs:
  • MANLEY transformers w/nickel laminations in mu-metal cases
  • 2 kOhm MIC INPUT Z w/High current 48V Phantom power built-in
  • Hi-Z (100K) Direct Instrument Input
  • LINE & INSERT INPUTS (balanced XLR & 1/4")
  • PREAMP & EQ outputs LO-Z (50 Ohms)
  • Transformer balanced XLR outputs
  • Transformerless unbalanced 1/4"outputs
  • STEREO LINK for Compressor & De-esser/Limiter
  • THD + N (1KHz @ +20 dBu): 0.3%
  • Maximum output: +31dBu

7: Short Description: Channel Strip with Class A Microphone Preamplifier, Pultec-style Equalizer, Optical Compressor, De-esser/Limiter, and Switchable VU Meter
8: Who's Who: (legenta/poveste, cine l-a mai folosit, etc.)
9: Further Details: Full of features, timeless style, robust build quality, and that world-famous "Manley Sound".
10: Links: http://www.manley.com/products/view/mvbx

Empirical-Labs Compressors / Distressors

  1. Equipment Type: Compressor
    2. Brand: Empirical Labs
    3. Model: EL8
    4. Series: Distressor
    5. .Location & Quantity: Studio A,
  2. Quantity: 2

6: Main Tech Specs:

  • Freq. response is 2 Hz to 160 kHz in clean audio mode (+0, -3 dB). Response is shaped in distortion modes (Dist 2, Dist 3).
  • Dynamic range 110 dB from max. output to min. output in 1:1 mode. Greater than 100 dB signal to noise in distort 3 mode.
  • Distortion ranges between .02% and 20% depending on distortion mode and release times set on front panel.
  • DC coupled output - High quality input caps.
  • Input impedance is 20K Ohms, Output impedance is < 75 ohms
  • Time constants - Attack range 50uS - 50mS. Release range .05 sec to 3.5 seconds, normal modes and up to 20 seconds in 10:1 opto mode. Time constants are dependant on ratio.

Further Details.

8: Who's Who Use It: With over 22,000 units in the field, it’s safe to say that the Distressor is one of the best selling high end compressors of all time….if not THE best selling.
9: Uniqueness: The Empirical Labs Distressor is a unique analog compressor that allows the user to add 2nd or 3rd order harmonic distortion to the signal, emulating tape saturation and the classic tube compressor sound of the '60's and '70's. The Distressor also offers advanced sidechain EQ, eight unique curves and Empirical Labs' exclusive "Binary Stepped Interface" providing hundreds of options with just a few control settings.
10: Links: http://www.empiricallabs.com/distressor.html

Rack Equipment

Short Description # 1: Virtual Analogue Synth Module.

Brief Tech ID:

1. Equipment Type: Synthesizer Module
2. Brand: Access
3. Model: Virus Rack
4. Series: (as the case may be)
5. Location & Quantity: Studio C

6: Main Tech Specs:


  • Polyphony: 16 notes.
    • Multitimbrality: 16 parts.
    • Oscillators per Voice: Two (plus one sub-oscillator).
    • Analogue-style waveforms: Sawtooth, variable pulse, sine, and triangle.
    • Spectral waveforms: 62.
    • Number of filters per voice: Two.
    • Filter modes: Low-pass, high-pass, band-pass, band-reject.
    • Maximum filter cutoff slope: 36dB per octave.
    • Number of LFOs per voice: Three.
    • Envelopes per voice: Two.
    • Number of arpeggiators: One per part.
    • Part effects: one chorus and one 'boost' per part.
    • Master effect: Delay/reverb.


  • Number of ROM Programs: 256.
    • Number of RAM memories: 256.
    • Number of Multis: 128.


  • Number of inputs: Three.
    • Number of outputs: Four.

Furher Details:

Equipment # 2 :
1. Equipment Type: I/O
2. Brand: Digidesign
3. Model: MIDI I/O
4. Series: (as the case may be)
5. Location & Quantity: Studio A and B, Quantity: 2
6: Main Tech Specs:
7: Short Description: MIDI I/O
8: Who's Who: (legenta/poveste, cine l-a mai folosit, etc.)
9: Further Details: (pe care le considerati voi necesare / importante,
incepand de la alte fotografii pe care le avem cu el, povesti cu el din
istoricul INES, etc.)
10: Links: (pe pagina producatorului, daca mai este in productie, pe pagina
unor celebritati, si/sau review-uri importante, articole in reviste de
specialitate, etc.).

Equipment # 3:
1. Equipment Type: Sampler
2. Brand: Korg
3. Model: Triton Rack
4. Series: (as the case may be)
5. Location & Quantity: Studio C
6: Main Tech Specs:

The Triton Rack is a 60-note polyphonic, 16-part multitimbral synth module, with a full-featured built-in sampler which can load AIFF, WAV and Akai S1000/3000 sample data. This programmable instrument provides a wide selection of high-quality sounds ranging from traditional, orchestral and electronic instrument emulations to synth, pad and drum sounds, produced using the powerful HI (Hyper Integrated) synthesis system. Built-in multi-effects run to two master treatments, five insert effects and one master EQ, and dual polyphonic arpeggiators are featured, as is a pattern sequencer and real-time pattern-play facility. New sounds can be added to the synth via the MOSS Z1 synthesis board option and up to eight PCM expansion boards.
7: Short Description: Expandable Sound Module/Sampler

Equipment # 4:
1. Equipment Type: Sampler
2. Brand: AKAI
3. Model: Z8
4. Series: Z
5. Location & Quantity: Studio A
6: Main Tech Specs:
• Sampling formats: 24- or 16-bit at 44.1kHz, 48kHz and 96kHz with 64-times oversampling A-D converter and 128-times oversampling D-A converter.
• Memory: 16MB as standard, expandable to 512MB using 168-pin DIMMs.
• Polyphony: 64 voices (32 voices when system clock is set to 96KHz).
• Multitimbrality: 128 parts.
• Envelope generators: three digital envelope generators.
• Filters: three two-pole filters with resonance, 32 filter types.
• LFOs: two multi-wave LFOs.
• Connections: Record In (two balanced quarter-inch jacks), Stereo Out and eight assignable analogue outs (all on balanced quarter-inch jacks), headphones, two MIDI Ins, two MIDI Out/Thrus, SCSI (50-pin connection), S/PDIF digital I/O, two USB sockets (one host socket, one slave).
• Multi-effects: four-buss design with more than 40 effect types.
• MIDI: 32 channels.
7: Short Description: Hardware Sampler