At NAMM 2018, hi-end audio distributor TransAudio Group showcased the Daking Mic Pre 2. Created by drummer, audio engineer, and electrician Geoff Daking, the preamp basically combines a pair of standalone Mic Pre One units in 1U rackmount form. The circuitry is based on a classic console design from the 80s, upgraded with variable high-pass filters on each channel, Jensen input transformers, class “A” amplification, +24dB of headroom, and single-sided 48V power supply. Not bad, not bad at all!
Notably, the variable high-pass filter offers a continuously-variable cutoff between 10Hz and 200Hz, dropping at 12dB per octave. According to TransAudio’s Brad Lunde, the filter is very helpful when it comes to cleaning up muddy-sounding recordings and excess subsonics.
Furthermore, the Daking Mic Pre 2 has a generous 70Db of gain, switchable polarity, VU and LED meters, 20dB pad switch with constant reflected impedance, switchable phantom power, direct 1/4-inch instrument inputs on the front panel, and balanced XLR & 1/4-inch outputs.
Overall, the Daking comes off as a very capable mic pre that’s also priced quite reasonably. Let’s see!
Price & availability
TransAudio & Mr. Daking are only asking 1099 USD for this unit, which is more than fair considering its a good quality preamp. The first shipments will begin in February.