Bad Eagle Studios, France
The Dark Room, London
Legacy Studios, Netherlands
Miloco Studios,UK The Bridge
Germano Studios, NY
Sittingroom Studio, Copenhagen
Tonstudio Katzer, Germany
TRIXX Studios, Berlin
Unreal Studios, Greece
MEC1A TEC Nominated 1998
Nominated by MIX magazine:
Outstanding Technical Achievement,
Mic Preamplifier Technologi.
MEC 1A Recording Channel
The MEC 1A is an all-tube mono recording channel, combining the classicTUBE-TECH designs:
MP 1A mic preamp, EQ 1A active EQ and CL 2A compressor in one powerful, 2U recording package.
The MEC 1A delivers true TUBE-TECH sound: Full and warm, yet open and transparent.
MEC 1A is a compact and cost effective solution if you need a superior front end that will deliver top quality recordings, no matter what source you are working with.
MEC1A Controls and Features
Video from Zen Pro Audio
demonstrating the MEC1A compressor!
MEC1A Technical Features
Tube based "three-in-one" recording solution :
Freq. response @-3 dB: 5 Hz - 60 kHz
Low noise: < -85 dBU @ 10 dB gain
CMRR: > 60 dB @ 10 kHz
Output gain: Off to +10 dB
Clickless swap relay (EQ <-> comp)
Separate in/out switch per section
Conductive plastic potentiometers
Gold plated switches
Fully regulated power supply with torodial transformer
All-tube design (except PSU & sidechain circuit)
In- and output are transformer balanced and fully floating
Gain: +20 to +70 dB (DI:10-60 dB)
Input impedance: > 1.2 kΩ
+48V phantom power, phase reverse, -20 dB pad, low cut
DI input impedance > 1 MΩ
Active, tube based equalizer
6 low shelving frequencies
6 high shelving frequencies
Bell-type Mid with 12 selectable frequencies & variable Q
Low distortion optical gain reduction element
Ratio: 1.5:1 to 10:1
Variable attack and release
VU meter shows output or compression
Linkable for stereo applications
MEC1A Technical Description
The TUBE-TECH MEC 1A Recording Channel is a one channel recording unit,
featuring a microphone preamplifier equalizer and compressor. At the heart of the shelving and bell filters you will find a tube operational amplifier.
The MEC 1A is all tube based except for the power supply. Input and Output have fully floating transformers. All DC voltages are stabilized, except the anode voltage for the output stage.