Latvia-based, JZ Microphones has put its 20 years of experience into the production of the company’s first channel strip. The JZ Track, produced by SPL in Germany to JZ specifications, will be showcased at NAMM 2014. It is a 1U mono unit pre-amplifier carrying a de-esser, compressor/limiter stage, output stage with metering and a 3-band EQ stage.
Linking the compressor to a second JZ Track compressor will allow for the coherent stereo operation of two units. The company will also offer an optional A-D card with SPDIF and ADAT outputs. “When JZ Microphones asked us to make a special channel strip for them we were excited and proud at the same time,” says managing director of SPL, Hermann Gier. The company writes that the JZ Track has been made to match the impedance of JZ microphones perfectly and will furthermore “excel their unique characteristics and expanded harmonic range.” “Our Track One was the ideal starting grid for the ‘JZ Track’ project,” explains Gier. “Besides changing the looks we also did some nice refinements internally to give the JZ Track its individual sonic touch.“ www.jzmic.com