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Buzz Audio Elixir

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design features

There is an overwhelming number of 500 Series mic preamps to choose from, many of which are clones or copies of vintage units. So, as a breath of fresh air, we present the elixir 500 series module.

audio path quality

All discrete signal path using our class-a BE40 amplifiers at the input and BE50 high current line drivers to excite the Lundahl LL1517 output transformer. The topology is quite different to most other mic preamps in that it is balanced from input to output. The instrument input features our BE43 "bootstrapped FET" high impedance interface that really pumps as a bass DI.

mojo not mud

The elixir is an ideal compliment to other 500 series preamps that feature a dark sound. The wide frequency response and fast transient response plus color from the output transformer generate a "warm sweet liquid" sound quality that sets it apart from that crowd. These attributes make the elixir particulary good at recording percussion, drums, vocals and stringed instruments.

specs that matter

As with all our preamps, the elixir noise floor is as low as we can make under the laws of physics and there is plenty of gain for low output ribbon and dynamic microphones. The output headroom at +34dBu is outstandingly unique in the 500 series format, and adds a feeling of real effortlessness to the sound quality. The transformer-less mic input presents a "non-reactive" load to the microphone which means you hear exactly what the microphone manufacturer intended, without the unpredictable nature of an input transformer.

controls and functions

GAIN - 41 detented pot that sets gain between +22 to +70dB.
PHASE - normal or reverse polarity switched at the input.
-20dB - this switch introduces a 20dB pad right at the mic input for high level signals.
HI Z - selects high or low input impedance and this affect both the mic and DI input.
+48V - switches on the phantom power for condensor microphones and powered DI boxes.
METER - four leds give visual indication of peak output level

other 500 series modules - essence opto compressor | tonic inductor equaliser

user comments

Joe Frizalone

I just wanted congratulate your team on producing a fantastic mic pre. I searched and searched for a mic pre to record my daughter who has a very powerful dynamic detailed voice and I tried every pre that was talked up on the forums. For my needs your pre blew them all away including the Avedis MA5, Lachapell and the A Designs. Those pre's get talked up a lot and your pre is the best out of all of them. Clean and detailed with MOJO. More artists need to find out how great your work is...... A master piece. Thanks!

Warranty Information

standard product warranty

Buzz Audio guarantees the Product to be free of defective materials and/or workmanship for a period of 1 year (12 months) from the date of sale, and will replace defective parts and repair malfunctioning Products under this warranty when the defect occurs under normal installation and use - provided the unit is returned to our factory (or duly authorised service centre) via prepaid transportation with a copy of the proof of purchase, ie, sales receipt. This warranty provides that examination of the returned Product must indicate, in our judgement, a manufacturing defect. This warranty does not extend to any Product that has been subjected to misuse, neglect, accident, improper installation, or where the date code has been removed or defaced. The standard warranty is not transferable to a new owner should the Product change hands during the 1 year period.

product warranty extension

The Standard Product Warranty may be extended to a period of 2 years (24 months) from date of sale provided the Product is registered with us within 4 weeks (28 days) from the purchase date. The extended warranty is transferable to a new owner should the product change hands within the 2 year period.

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