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NAMM 2012: BAE introduces new Matt Sorum Signature 312B preamp

Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver drummer partners with British Audio Engineering to create signature sound, writes Erica Basnicki

British Audio Engineering (BAE) will introduce the new Matt Sorum 312B microphone preamplifier at NAMM this year. The 312B, based on the popular 312A model, carries the same dynamic range, frequency response, and noise performance the BAE 312 series is known for. The Matt Sorum 312B features a modified gain structure that utilises an alternative Jensen input transformer designed to complement louder sources before needing the pad. Matt Sorum, pictured left with British Audio Engineering CEO Mark Loughman remarked: “I’ve always loved the 312A, but in certain situations I found them a little too hot. After talks with BAE, they came up with the solution, which I’m proud to say is now the Matt Sorum signature preamp.” Sorum is most famous for his seven-year stint in Guns N’ Roses (1990-1997) and supergroup Velvet Revolver (2002-present). Due to its high gain structure, the 312A occasionally required the pad to be used with louder sources, such as a hot microphone on drums. BAE designed an option, adding an alternative Jensen transformer to create the Matt Sorum 312B. The new model provides equal performance and 7dB less gain to assist recordings with a more adequate level for louder sources without losing the dynamic characteristics of the 312A. This allows engineers the option of owning the 312A as a preamp geared towards higher gain and the 312B for lower gain. The 312B, as with the 312A, features the Avedis 1122 discrete operational amplifier with Jensen input and output transformers, which use direct-coupled circuitry with no capacitors in the signal path. The input impedance of the 312B has been enhanced to remain consistent, even after the pad is engaged, providing a steady load to the microphone. The 312B comes in a 500 Series module format or as a fully loaded lunchbox. It includes a custom pull-on switch tailored to accentuate higher frequencies, a DI for instruments, a phase reverse switch, 48V for phantom power, and a pad switch.

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