The Mic Pre II is a premium two channel, dual mono, microphone preamp.
The Mic Pre II combines two of Daking’s celebrated stand-alone Mic Pre One units in a single rack space form factor for the surprisingly low price. Like the Mic Pre One, the Mic Pre EQ, and the Mic Pre IV, the Daking Mic Pre II circuitry is based on a classic console design of the ’80s with some upgrades: Variable High Pass Filters on each channel, Jensen input transformers, class “A” amplification, extremely high headroom (+24) and a single-sided 48V power supply.
The Mic Pre II’s high pass filter is continuously variable from 10-200Hz, and drops at 12dB per octave. It seems to have a magical ability to clean up the muck while making what remains sound even better. It is extremely helpful to DAW users who inadvertently record subsonics that muddy up tracks and mixes.
Mic Pre II
Stereo Microphone Preamplifier
Transformer balanced input
THAT Corporation differential amp output
Discrete transistor circuitry
Class "A" amplifiers for the preamp and High Pass Filter
We started making audio gear back in 1993 when there were only a few making outboard equipment for small home studios. Since then, hundreds of small and large manufacturers make gear. Just open the Sweetwater catalog. I like to think we are pioneers in this little industry. A lot of this grew from dissatisfaction with modern audio equipment. More and more people commented that new audio equipment did not sound as good as older equipment. Plus, there were almost no first rate manufacturers offering products to the rapidly growing “Prosumer” market.
We looked at the products that engineers and producers chose to use, and the ones that they chose not to use. We found ingredients that were common to equipment that was universally liked, and ingredients that were common to equipment that was not. Almost without exception, the cause for the difference came down to money. The elements that made the great ones great were missing from the newer equipment because they were expensive. If you look at the equipment lists of world class studios, rental companies and vintage dealers, you see equipment that falls on our first list, products like API, Neve, and Trident. Those have the character and performance that’s impossible to achieve when good design is overruled by bookkeeping. Since 1993 we have been building equipment that uses elements which, along with good design, we have found to make all the difference. And because of new production techniques and increased volume, our products are less expensive than 2 decades ago.