Perhaps the most fully featured piece of studio or stage gear, The Brick does a lot in a single package.
This is the ultimate DI box and instrument preamp for both stage and studio. Allows for isolated balanced low impedance output for all instruments. Provides either unity gain or use the variable output level control for up to 55dB of all tube gain! perfect tube tone and isolaton for vintage keybords, electric bass and acoustic/electric guitars with iternal transducer type pickups. Onboard phantom power allows the use of high quality condensor mics on stage.
- This is a tube mic pre for the studio. With Phantom power, and true transformer output, plus an available gain of +55db, The Brick will handle dynamic mics, consensor mics, and ribbon mics.
- A tube mic pre for the stage - with onboard phantom power, you can now use higher grade large diaphram mics on stage. Forget about those long cable runs back to the "house system" or house console, The Brick can run 1000 feet and more without the losses of simple direct boxes.
- A tube line driver
- A tube instrument preamp for the studio - based on our exclusive ViPRE technlogy.
- A tube instrument preamp for the stage.
Some other uses for The Brick:
1. Direct to console - Use acoustic/electrified guitar - input directly to a recording console for warmth and proper matching.
2. Live to sound reinforcement console - In a live performance, long unbalanced cable runs can compromise your tone. When using with keyboards or rack systems, you can now set your equipment levels to the settings for best signal to noise ratio. Bring up or down the overall signal for those long cable runs with an improvement in sound.
3. A must for guitar players with pedal boards - You have a large investment in a pedal board. These are versitile devices, out on stage with the player. Unfortunately, the long cable run (over 25' in many cases) back to your amp, does little for sound quality. Let "The Brick" handle the task of proper balancing and drive of the signal with ease. Once again, set the effects for the proper level for the best sound, rather than using the last effect in the chain to handle this task with it's own internal little op-amp that is not the best designed component for this task.
4. POD 2.0 and POD xt users - whether direct recording or in live performances, placing The Brick between the POD and the amp, recorder, console, or house system will give a warmth to your signal and tube feel, sound, and playing dynamics. Proper output level can now be set on the POD output control so signal to noise ratio is optimized, rather than trying to have the POD generate the desired gain. In the high gain POD models, this can really help the background noise to the amp, console, or recorder for a cleaner and quiter signal.
5. Make your guitar, bass, keyboard, or less expensive dynamic microphone sound better - the transformer balanced tube circuitry are the keys for proper matching to your instrument.
Some other "Brick Tricks" .... The Brick makes a great preamp for use with many amps which have effects loops. In an amp such as a Marshall or Mesa, which have their own signature tone which comes from their preamp design, one can run their guitar into The Brick, and take the XLR Brick output with an XLR to 1/4" cable. Run the 1/4" end of the cable to the amps effects return. You have now bypassed the amplifiers preamp and your amp will now allow the output section to be very clean. This is great for clean sounds, and some folks love this for acoustic guitar work. This effectively doubles the use of many amps. The latest Fender Pro Tube series amps (Pro Twin, Pro Concert, and Pro Reverb) have a pre out / main in set of jacks. Use the main in, as it is specifically designed for this sort of use.
Use The Brick in live applications with the guitar plugged into "THE BRICK'S" 1/4" input, and then run a cable from the second 1/4" input to your amp. There will be no processing on your signal to the amp. Then take the XLR output to the house system. This allows a mix of your amps output and also allows you to control what level goes to the house system from the stage.
The Brick uses engineering thinking of it's big brother the ViPRE. The ViPRE is now used in many major studios, as has many awards, nominations, and testimonials to it's own credit.