Tech 21 unveiled the Q/Strip as part of their display at the 2017 NAMM Show. Developed in a DI format, the device acts as a preamp and direct box with the features of a recording console strip from the ’60s and ’70s.
The Q/Strip features all-analog MOSFET circuitry, which gives “warmth, girth, and larger-than-life tones for which vintage consoles are revered,” the company says. “There are four bands of pro-audio-quality equalization, two parametric mid bands, as well as high and low shelving filters to give you incredible control over how your instrument cuts through on stage or in a mix, be it for guitar, bass, fiddle, etc.”
It also features a high pass and low pass filters for larger sculpting. Its high input impedance accommodates piezos and low impedance sources, while it has XLR and parallel outputs for extra connectivity. The XLR is capable of driving power amps and has a -20dB pad for mic level inputs on mixers and other preamps.
The Q/Strip can be powered via phantom power with the XLR, 9-volt battery, or a 9-volt power supply. It will be available later this year with a street price of $249.
Tech 21 Q/Strip Features:
|Based on Analog Recording Console Strip|
|4-Band EQ with Parametric Mids|
|Switchable HPF and LPF|
|XLR Output with Ground Lift & -20dB Switch|
|Very high impedance accommodates piezos and handles low impedance sources equally well.|
|1/4-inch output with switchable +10dB boost|
|Power: Phantom power via the XLR Output, Standard 9V alkaline battery (not included), or Optional power supply (Tech 21 Model #DC4)|
|Smooth-action custom actuator|