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Black Lion Audio Releases 500 Series B12A MKII

Single Channel Mic Pre Features Upgraded Transformer, High Gain, Low Noise
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Black Lion Audio, an independently owned hardware manufacturer, today announced the release of the B12A MKII 500, an API®-style single channel microphone preamp just like the popular B12A MKII 1Ž2 rack unit, but in the convenient and flexible 500 series format. All Black Lion Audio products are designed and manufactured in Chicago, Illinois.

Already known for that classic API® American rock sound, the MKII version features an upgraded input transformer, higher gain, and lower noise than the original B12A. It also features an output transformer, a Hi-Z input, phantom power, pad, and phase.

"The original B12A was very popular, but we were continually being asked by customers to modify them for more gain," commented Nate Bierdeman, Director of Marketing for Black Lion Audio. "So we created the MKII with higher gain and lower noise. This revision also gave us the opportunity to integrate a nicer input transformer, and has resulted in an incredible-sounding preamp with lots of API®-style gain. Now it's available in the popular 500 series format."

The B12A MKII 500 is available at Black Lion Audio dealers worldwide immediately for a MAP of US $599

Full B12A MKII 500 specifications:

Features

  • 500 Series format (lunchbox® required)
  • Cinemag Input Transformer
  • Edcor Output Transformer
  • 70dB Gain
  • Hi-Z Input (passive, unbalanced)
  • Phantom Power
  • 18dB Pad
  • Phase Switch

Specs
Mic Section

  • Max Microphone Input Level: +1dBu
  • Input Impedance: 200Ω
  • Pad: 18dB
  • Gain (no pad): +26dB to +70dB
  • Equivalent Input Noise (noise floor): -120dB
  • THD+N:
  • Bandwidth (1kHz, 150Ω source, unweighted): 10Hz to 30kHz
  • .01% @ +26dB Gain
  • .011% @ +40dB Gain
  • .049% @ +60dB Gain
  • .15% @ +70dB Gain

D.I. Section

  • Max D.I. Input Level: +18dBu
  • Input Impedance: 500kΩ
  • Pad: none
  • Gain: +10dB to +53dB
  • Equivalent Input Noise (noise floor): -94dB
  • THD+N:
  • Bandwidth (1kHz, 600Ω unbalanced source, unweighted): 10Hz to 30kHz
  • .008% @ +10dB Gain
  • .01% @ +25dB Gain
  • .03% @ +40dB Gain
  • .15% @ +53dB Gain

Output Section

  • Max Output Level: +28dBu
  • Output Impedance: 600Ω

Power Supply

  • +/- 15v (lunchbox® supply)

Product Dimensions

  • 1.5” x 6.5” x 5.25”

Product Weight

  • .8 lbs

Shipping Dimensions

  • 13” x 11” x 5”

Shipping Weight

  • 1.8 lbs

About Black Lion Audio
For close to a decade, Black Lion Audio has been shattering the barriers surrounding phenomenal sound at an unbelievable price. Based on the north side of Chicago, B.L.A. was started to help audio engineers upgrade the sound quality of their gear, and has since expanded to include its own line of boutique digital and analog recording equipment. From the legendary Micro Clock Mk2, Sparrow MkII ADC, and Sparrow DAC, to the new Micro Clock MK3, Black Lion Audio has been stirring up quite a storm! Get ready to hear what you’ve been missing!