Looking for a new front-end for your recording setup? Sontronics has announced the launch of a hybrid preamp to complement its range of microphones, and this might just fit the bill.
The single-channel Chimera features XLR and jack inputs and enables you to run your audio signal through a solid-state or valve preamp. You can choose which of these modes you want Chimera to operate in just by flicking a switch, while variable high-pass filter, three-stage attenuation and phase controls are also included.
Thanks to a near-linear frequency response - 20Hz to 20kHz - Sontronics is claiming that the Chimera will preserve the sonic characteristics of your mics and instruments.
Slated to ship in March 2008, the Chimera will retail for $1399/€999/£680 (these prices exclude tax or VAT). Detailed specs are available on the Sontronics website.