Essential Channel Strip High quality channel strip featuring Aphex Class A preamp, optical compressor, Aural Exciter & Big Bottom processors. Microphone and instrument inputs plus balanced analog and S/PDIF digital outputs.
Combine a Class A microphone preamp and classic optical compressor with Aphex’s patented Big Bottom and Exciter processors into an easy to use channel strip and you’ve got everything you need to get a fully sculpted signal. Rear panel analog I/O, digital output and front panel instrument input make the Project Channel flexible enough for any situation.
The Aphex logo glows green when the unit is on and
ready for use.
CLASS A MIC PRE
The Project Channel works well with all professional
microphones. There is a red LED clip indicator that
will light when too much input signal is overloading
the preamp. When this happens, lower the input gain
knob until the peak LED stops flashing. If the input
gain knob is turned all the way down and the peak
LED is still flashing, you’ll need to engage the -20dB
pad and adjust the input gain knob appropriately.
The clean and stable 48V phantom supply is suitable
for even the most expensive microphones. The 12dB/
octave low cut filter starts at 70Hz. The filter is a
useful tool for removing unwanted low frequencies like
air conditioner hum or street rumble.
The Project Channel includes an optical compressor
which has proven to be outstanding. It is very simple
to use with only an on/off button and ratio control. To
get deeper compression, turn up more Gain. To achieve
more gain reduction, turn up the ratio control. Note
that the units output level may need to be boosted once
the compressor has been used to control the dynamics
of the signal.
TONE ENHANCEMENT BLOCK
This section includes the popular Aphex Big Bottom
and Aural Exciter processors. These features increase
power, punch and presence without adding noise or
an increase in output level. As a real plus, they are also
very easy to adjust.
Meters are provided for peak output level and the compressor’s
gain reduction. The output level bar graph
will move upwards indicating level, and the gain reduction
bar graph will move downwards indicating gain
The output level meter is DBFS. It is meant to match
the digital input meter of your DAW when using the S/
PDIF coaxial digital output of the Project Channel with
an audio interface.
Once all processing is set where you want it, the output
level may need to be adjusted. 0dB on the peak meter is
equal to +24dBU for the analog outputs.
The Project Channel supplies an industry standard, coaxial, stereo S/PDIF digital audio output. The signal appears
on both channels as a mono signal. Sample rate options are available at the front panel.