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Postby Dave Thomas » Fri Sep 30, 2016 9:03 pm

Hi Guys, the MT8016 is finally in production. As, of today we have 3-units completed and expect to have 5 units completed and working by next week.

We expect delivery of the final circuit boards before the end of October and will have more units ready to sell and ship by late Novemeber.

Here is a picture of the first 3 units being tested in the studio today once they passed the bench testing earlier in the day.

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Let us know if you prefer the blue VU lights or the white VU lights?

The MT8016 is fully transformer couple in and out. The transformers are wound by the same folks in the UK who wind transformers for Neve.

I designed this in collaboration with my old friend Malcolm Toft who wanted to be in again on a high end transformer coupled microphone preamp design.

The MT8016 is based on the Trident Series 80 design which like the Neve 1073 did not attenuate the microphones output level before it reach the transformer.

Malcolm selected these transformer to be true to the original Series 80 design. However, we were able to take advantage of the much higher quality components available today. It uses all 1% resistors and high quality capacitors.

Similar to the Neve design the attenuation is after the transformer hence, the gain pot starting at -10db.

Also, the circuit uses the Neve method of using two 30db gain stages so one gain stage does not do all the heavy lifting.

All switches are toggle with LED that light when they are engaged. The variable HP filter can be completely switched out of the audio path.

The MT8016 will sell for $995 USD for two Channels which we hope is affordable for project studios who want a World Class sounding preamp.

Cheers, Dave
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Re: MT8016

Postby Dave Thomas » Sat Oct 22, 2016 10:06 am

Hello everyone, we finally decided to use a white cool diffused LED in the VU meter with the bottom of Vu lens painted blue.

This seems to cool down the white just enough without obscuring the VU scale in low light control rooms.

I have included a picture. We are also adding black rack handles which will hold the front panels onto the chassis and protect the switches and knobs when moving the preamps.

Final circuit boards are in production and will start to be populated with components next week and we will have the new front panels and cases back from manufacturing next week.

It looks like we will have final production models assembled tested and ready to ship by very early in December.

Our good friend Wes Maube and who just won the European PSA Engineer of the Year award wants an MT8016 to review for Mix Magazine.

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Cheers, Dave
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