Some may know from previous posts that I have been developing a new equalizer, called the Arque Equalizer. This is a mono, passive EQ with a crazy ton of controls and it will be introduced to the market at a very low price point. About 2 days ago I finally completed the first prototype after a great deal of real world use in the studio and many modifications to the design. Next on the road to production is a second prototype, which looks more like what the final product will look like. This next prototype is more for the front panel layout design than anything else. I plan to have the product ready for release before the year is out.
Simultaneously I've also been developing a new dual channel mic preamp. I started with the 1401 preamp and began making changes to it. It was originally intended to be Rev. B for the 1401, but its now so radically different I can't justify giving it the 1401 label. The new preamp offers 2x as much gain as the 1401, while amazingly exhibiting a lower noise floor. It has VU meters for both channels, front panel DI inputs (which sound incredible, BTW), and maintains the 1401 treble cut filter circuit and gain control. The preamp currently has a slight deficiency in treble which I'm currently working to iron out. After that's complete, the next phase is adding on phantom power, a low cut switch, and line input switches. There's still a lot of work to do before its ready for production, but as with the Arque Equalizer, I'm aiming to have this product complete by years end.
The mighty Flux Bender goes on its second bender today. This afternoon I'll be shipping off a Flux Bender to world renown Mix Engineer, Ronan Chris Murphy for his professional review of the EQ. Keep an eye out on his youtube channel for that review in the coming months!
About the Author
Mike Congilosi II, Owner/Designer/Electronics Engineer at Lightning Boy Audio and Owner/Audio Engineer/Music Producer at LBA Studios.