The LaChapell 983S MK2 is a two channel tube mic pre featuring the innovative True48™ dynamic phantom power supply for improved performance from your condenser mics. Along with the 983M, the 983S MK2 is the first preamp to feature True48, a phantom power supply that provides a consistent 48V for phantom powered mics. Current 48V supplies dip in voltage as the source load changes (such as periods of high transients on many mics). True48 evens out the voltage supply, giving mics greater headroom, quicker transient recovery and a smoother less distorted response.
Each channel on the LaChapell 983S MK2 features a Cinemag input transformer, an ECC83/12AX7 vacuum tube, Jensen output transformer and Burr Brown & THAT Corporation line drivers. Each component in signal path is of the highest quality, carefully selected to sound beautiful and last long.
The LaChapell 983S MK2 mic pre is capable of stunning clean tones and harmonically rich driven tones. Exceptional on nearly any source, the 983S MK2 features high and low pass filters with selectable roll-off frequencies, channel mute, front panel Hi-Z input, pad and polarity switches.
LaChapell Audio is passionate about sound. We live for music. We love recording, electronics, and gear. But when it came time to start a company, we were thinking about all the producers, engineers, musicians, and friends who would be using our gear. Our aim is, and has always been, to design and make the best quality gear with practical, original features that make records sound great.
Scott LaChapell grew up in a home where both music and electronics were a part of life. Piano lessons and electronics kits gave way to professional composing and recording. It was while working in studios in California and Nashville that seeds of LaChapell Audio were planted.
Together with his father, a retired senior design engineer at Lawrence Livermore Labs with a lifetime of experience in electronics, they collaborated and experimented for over nine years to produce the predecessor to the 992 and ultimately the 992 itself. Testing out circuits and prototypes in actual studio sessions allowed Scott to develop a signature unique sound that sits in the mix perfectly. The next products to come off the workbench carried that same signature sound and attention to detail and quality that customers have come to expect from LaChapell Audio.
We are committed to listening to our users. Many of the refinements and new products have come from listening to users talk about what they would like to see and how the product would work better for them. It’s this type of commitment that will keep producing great products that consistently perform above expectations.