Daking Mic Pre EQ MKII Channel Strip
Daking vintage console input strip featuring Jensen transformer mic input, ¼ in DI, 70dB gain, 4 band inductor console EQ, input trim and output gain, Discrete Class A circuitry, and outboard power supply,1U.
The Daking Mic Pre / EQ is a single channel high end, all discrete Class A transformer balanced (input and output) unit that combines a great mic pre and world class EQ in one single rack unit. Separate mic and line inputs can be selected from the front panel “line” switch without changing wires in back. Both inputs are combo XLR/ 1/4 in TRS. High gain of 70dB handles all types of mics from ribbons to dynamics and condensers. Switched phantom enables secure ribbon mic use and 20dB pad switch prevents overload on high output condensers mics. Front panel Phase switch for inverting input phase and large overall mute button and bypass button help the work flow.
Daking Mic Pre EQ Features:
- Transformer Balanced Inputs and Output
- All Discrete transistor circuitry
- Class “A” amplifiers
- Four Band EQ with hard bypass
- Continuously variable boost and cut: +-16dB
- Stepped frequencies:
- High Shelving 8-10-12-15k-20k
- Upper Mids 1.5-3-5-7-9K
- Lower Mids 125hZ-250hZ-500hZ-1K-2K
- Low Shelving 30-50-80-100-150hZ
- High & Low Pass Filters 25hZ & 15KhZ
- All relay switching w/gold bi-furcated contacts
- Switched +48v Phantom power
- Remoteable Mute and Bypass
- 20dB pad on mic input
- Stainless steel construction for noise immunity
- Aluminum knobs
- Output level control before last stage of gain
Geoff Daking’s famous Mic Pre EQ has Four (4) individual EQ bands and Five (5) Stepped frequencies per band with frequencies specially chosen for effective results. This is thought to be some of the best EQ available for tracking, mixing or mastering. Continuously variable EQ boost or cut of 15dB. 25Hz High Pass 6 db/octave filter for getting rid of low end rumble that ruins tracks and 12dB per octave Low Pass filter at 15kHz helps get rid of extreme top end edginess. Separate overall output level control makes up gain lost in extensive EQ cuts. All relay switching with gold bi-furcated contacts for long term life. Steel construction for strength and noise immunity. An outboard “in line” universal power supply remotes the power to keep the noise floor low.
Who’s using Daking?“…. Over the last few years I’ve used Daking mic pres and compressors on recording for artists such as Carole King, Tracy Bonham, Jane Siberry, Hanson, Michelle Branch, Rufus Wainright, Cafe Tacuba, Julieta Venegas, Juanes and many others…” — Joe Chiccarelli
"If you're looking for that vintage sound of a Trident A Range, and you want to add warmth to the digital recording chain, look no further: the Daking mic preamps add a distinctive sonic character that really make your recordings come alive!" — Butch Vig
About Daking Audio:Geoff Daking started his career as a drummer for the band, The Blues Magoos, who toured with The Who in the ’60s. With two hits under his belt, Daking transitioned to the other side of the glass and engineered records for artists such as Eric Clapton, Hall & Oates, Rod Stewart, Meatloaf, Steve Stills, Cat Stevens, Kenny Loggins, Cyndi Lauper, Joan Osborne, James Brown, Luther Vandross, and many more. Since the ’70s, Daking has built over 20 studios, including facilities for Cyndi Lauper, Joan Osborne, and most recently, a multi-million-dollar facility for Big3 Entertainment.
Back in 1993, audio engineers quickly realized that the new recording equipment didn’t sound nearly as good as the older gear. Geoff Daking decided to do something about it. He approached Phil Wagner at Trident (whose A-Range console designed by Malcolm Toft and Barry Porter is still considered to be the best sounding console for rock & roll) and told Wagner that if Trident produced their preamps and EQs in rackmount form, people would buy them. In turn, Wagner suggested that Daking do it, since Trident had no interest in producing such units. Proving his perceptions correct, Geoff Daking bought the original Trident schematics, borrowed a racked Trident preamp from Lenny Kravitz for reference, and the rest is history.
Using only the finest, best-sounding components, Geoff Daking’s design philosophy is based on the concept of “get home early.” That is to say, Daking products are not loaded down with unnecessary, complex features—just what you need to get the job done right and quickly. Daking Audio makes very musical, solid, high-quality equipment that is very easy to use and cost effective. It’s equally important to recognize that there’s nothing like recording equipment built by someone who not only understands how the electronics work to make the most musical sound, but also has used it to record some of the greatest artists the world has known—and that defines Daking Audio.