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Joemeek Twin Q Studio Channel Strip

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Product Description

The Joemeek TwinQ is everything you ever wanted in a dual studio channel - and then some!
Joemeek started with high quality Burr-Brown IC's for the preamp, added an extremely musical EQ section and an optical compressor for that signature Meek sound. Then they included some new and innovative features, like an Iron switch that switches the IC front end to a transformer - completely changing the topology of the circuit. It even has 24bit, 96k A/D converters built in. All of this comes housed in a rugged 2u chassis with a beautifully sculpted aluminum faceplate.

With sonic quality rivaling mic pre's priced thousands of dollars more, the twinQ sets a new standard for dual channels!

Think of the twinQ as four separate pieces of equipment (twice!):

  • A preamplifier
  • A Joemeek optical compressor
  • An equalizer
  • A fader
The twinQ takes microphones or instruments, amplifies them, compresses and equalizes them ready to be recorded. Simple to use yet extremely powerful, the twinQ will bring out the best in any microphone or instrument and give the gloss of a professional studio production to all your performances. As well as recording it will also be found useful for live work.

Digital Interface
The Joe Meek Digital Audio Interface provides high quality digital audio outputs plus the ability to synchronize to an external word clock. The digital audio outputs are compatible with most digital recorders, as well as Digital Audio Workstations and mixers. S/PDIF format is available from the RCA phono connectors, while the transformer coupled XLR connector provides an AES3 compatible output.
The Joe Meek Digital Interface has highly stable onboard master clocks for low-jitter, hi-fi results. Internal sample rates of 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz or 96kHz are selected by means of rear panel switches. 44.1kHz is the standard used for audio CD's, while 48kHz and 96kHz are widely used in recording studios. In general, the higher the sample rate, the better the audio fidelity, but the more disk space is required for the recording. For example, recording at 96kHz requires twice as much storage as 48kHz. Consult the manual of your recorder or DAW as to what sample rates it will accommodate.

Alternatively the twinQ may be set to the frequency of an external master word clock, generated, for example, by the studio's recorder or DAW. When connected to the BNC socket provided, a suitable external word clock will be detected automatically and will override the twinQ's internal word clock.

The front panel LED labeled 'EXT CLK' illuminates when the twinQ is successfully locked to an external word clock. To avoid distortion, care should be taken not to overdrive the input to the Digital Interface. The red LED next to the Output Gain control is labeled "PEAK FSD" which stands for "Full Scale Digital". Occasional flashes are OK but if it is on all the time, turn something down!

Product Specifications

Joe Meek twinQ Specifications

  • Input Impedances:
    • Mic: 1.2kohm
    • Line: 20kohm
  • Pre-amp Overall Gain: 0dB to 60dB
  • Common Mode Rejection: 70dB
  • Equivalent Input Noise: -128.5dBu (unweighted)
  • Distortion: 0.001% (below Compressor threshold)
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz to 70kHz (-3dB)
  • Maximum Input Before Clipping:
    • Mic: +21dBu
    • Line: +45dBu
  • Headroom Before Clipping: +21dBu
  • Compressor Threshold: -6dBu to +22dBu (variable)
  • Compressor Ratio: 1:1 to 10:1 (variable)
  • Compressor Attack Time: 1 msec to 100 msec (adaptive)
  • Compressor Release Time: 0.1 sec to 3 sec (adaptive)
  • Nominal Output Levels: +4dBu/-10dBv
  • Output Impedance: 75ohm
  • Output Level Switch: 12dB attenuation
  • Noise Floor: -85dBu (typical, with ~40dB mic gain)
  • VU Meter: Analog movement
  • Power Supply: 115V / 230V ac mains, 50/60Hz
  • Power Consumption: 30W
  • Mechanical: 482W x 88H x 220D (overall) (approx. 19 x 3.5 x 8.7)
  • Weight: 3 kilos (approx. 6.6 lbs.)
  • High Pass Filter: 12dB per octave cut below 80Hz
  • EQ Boost and Cut: +/-15dB (zero phase-shift bell response)
    • LF Frequency : 40Hz to 650Hz variable
    • MID Frequency : 300Hz to 5kHz variable
    • HF Frequency : 6kHz/12kHz switchable

Digital Output Specifications

  • Sampling: 24 Bit
  • Sampling Rate: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz or 96kHz selectable
  • Output Formats: AES3 compliant (balanced), S/PDIF electrical
  • External Word Clock input: 75ohm, 1.25V - TTL level, 44.1kHz to 96kHz (auto synchronizing)


Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  310-323-9050 Warranty:  1 Year
Ivan from Seattle, WA
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Amazing sound at an unbelievable price
Quality
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
I don't know how durable this product is - I had to send one back for a faulty switch before I got the one that works. If you want something more durable with the same features it's going to cost you a lot of money though.
Features
What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could?
I love the sound of the compressor and the "iron" switch - it gives the sound some extra oomph that you usually don't get in this price range. The EQ sounds great and the digital out is very handy too.
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This things sounds awesome! It's close to Manley and Avalon gear sound-wise.
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I love the sound of this thing. I can get a nice clean signal or I can mess with it and add some vibe. You can't hit it hard like you can with MANLEY gear or it will distort but that's just fine with me considering the price.
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