PreSonus RC500 RC500 - Premium solid-state channel strip

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PreSonus RC500 RC500 - Premium solid-state channel strip

RC500 - Premium channel strip. (One-channel, Solid-state) with Mic Preamplifier, FET Compressor, and 3-band Semi-parametric EQ.

The PreSonus RC 500 channel strip gives you the custom-designed FET compressor and semi-parametric EQ developed for the acclaimed ADL 700 tube channel strip, along with a new solid-state high-gain Class A preamp that delivers amazingly transparent, detailed audio with vanishingly low distortion. Built with high-grade components throughout, the full-featured RC 500 sports a balanced analog insert, phantom power, a highpass filter, a -20dB pad, and more. Equip your rack with a delightfully affordable channel strip that sounds like it costs a fortune - the PreSonus RC 500.

  • A superb-sounding preamp
  • Refined, musical equalization
  • Great-sounding FET compressor
A superb-sounding preamp

Solid-state or tube, that is the question. Each has its place in a well-rounded studio. Compared with a tube preamp, the PreSonus RC 500's solid-state preamp gives you better definition at the low and high extremes of its frequency response range. The lows are tighter, and the highs crisper, giving you a transparent-sounding, eminently musical signal with plenty of "air."

Refined, musical equalization

The PreSonus RC 500's 3-band semi-parametric EQ was specifically designed to match the preamp and compressor. Sporting isolated filters and optimized, per-band Q, this equalizer lets you shape your signal subtly and without undesirable artifacts. This EQ even comes with a pedigree: it uses the same circuitry as the semi-parametric EQ in the ADL 700, which has garnered rave reviews.

Great-sounding FET compressor

With fully variable attack, release, and threshold controls (as well as hard bypass), the PreSonus RC 500's FET compressor gives you tons of flexibility without letting you get into too much trouble. What we mean is that it's hard to make this thing sound bad. Again, the compressor design is the one found in the coveted ADL 700 - so it's already a winner, right from the get-go.

PreSonus RC 500 Channel Strip Features:
  • Transformer-coupled, high gain microphone preamp with a Class A hybrid design
  • FET-based soft-knee compressor using hybrid detection methods with switching relays for hard bypass
  • 3-band semi-parametric equalizer with switching relays for hard bypass
  • 48V phantom power, 80Hz highpass filter, and -20dB pad
  • Front-panel instrument and rear-panel microphone and line inputs with Input Select switch
  • VU meter with selectable output level/gain reduction display
  • Analog insert with balanced send and return
  • High-grade components: film capacitors, 1% tolerance resistors, and very low-distortion op amps
  • Master output control
  • Balanced output on XLR and 1/4" TRS connectors
  • Internal toroidal power supply with IEC connector
  • Rugged steel chassis

Equip your rack with the amazing PreSonus RC 500!

Tech Specs

Preamp TypeSolid State
Number of Channels1
Frequency Response10Hz-25kHz (±1 dB)
Phantom PowerYes
EQ3-band (Semi-parametric)
CompressorYes (FET VCA with RMS-based control)
Analog Inputs2 x XLR (Mic, Line)
Analog Outputs1 x XLR, 1 x TRS
Other I/OInsert (1/4" send and return)
Rack Spaces1U
Weight3.26 kg
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Derringers proudly bring you PreSonus:

"We live and work in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Cajun Country, USA. It's a rich jambalaya of jazz, blues, rock, zydeco, metal, folk, and Christian music that constantly fills each of our lives. We record in our bedroom studios, run the sound systems at our churches, and immerse ourselves in the rich local club scene.

Each morning we come to a wonderland disguised as our office building, complete with a custom-designed professional recording studio and first-rate live-sound room. There, we design, test, and experiment with ideas for new products—and we perform and make records because music really is our life."


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