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B12A MkII Mic Pre

$649.00

What happens when you take the stately B12A and add some extra special sauce? You get the B12A MkII! With a titillating CineMag input transformer, less noise, and more API®-style gain than ever before, the B12A MkII will sweeten your preamp collection for years to come! According to Phil O’Keefe at Harmony Central, “Black Lion Audio’s B12A MkII is one of the best ways to get into a 312A style preamp at a reasonable price,” (full review here)Get ready to hear what you’ve been missing!

Additional 1 year warranty (3 years total)

We offer an additional one-year warranty on top of the standard two-year warranty on defects in materials and workmanship for this item from the date of purchase. See Disclaimer & Warranty tab for more info.

SKU: B12A MKII Category:

Product Description

Inspired by the classic American rock sound of the original API® 312A, the B12A MkII delivers the high-end sound and rugged quality you’d expect from B.L.A., at an amazing price! The B12A MkII is a single-channel microphone preamp in the style of an API® 312A, and 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, phase, and is housed in a 1U, 1/2 rack chassis.

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“Black Lion Audio’s B12A MkII is one of the best ways to get into a 312A style preamp at a reasonable price.”

– Harmony Central (full review here)

 

“Direct guitars and basses have a warmth and depth that’s musical and sweet. It doesn’t tend to color the sound, just gives more. It really excels at warming up sterile sonics. It’s a classic sound, and considering that the API 312A was an inspiration in its design, it lives up to that in spades.” ‘

– Performer Mag (full review here)

 

“…we were impressed time and again with the B12A’s faithful recreation of the classic API sound. Its character is big, warm and quite muscular with plenty of punch. The bottom-end is solid and weighty while the upper frequencies are clear and reasonably extended.”

– MusicTech (full review here)

 

“If you crave the vintage API sound but the budget is a little tight… [the B12A MKII’s] one that you ought to listen to.”

– Sound On Sound (full review here)

Features

• Cinemag Input Transformer

• Edcor Output Transformer

• 70dB Gain

• Hi-Z Input (passive, unbalanced)

• Phantom Power

• 18dB Pad

• Phase Switch

• XLR Microphone Input

• TRS Line Output (balanced)

Specs

Mic Section

• Max Microphone Input Level: +1dBu

• Input Impedance: 200Ω

• Pad: 18dB

• Gain (no pad): +26dB to +70dB

• Equivalent Input Noise (noise floor): -120dBu

•THD+N (@ +4dBu output):

•.012% @ +22 dBu
•.013% @ +36 dBu
•.046% @ +56 dBu
•.145% @ +66 dBu

• Bandwidth (1kHz, 150Ω source, unweighted): 10Hz to 30kHz

D.I. Section

• Max D.I. Input Level: +18dBu

• Input Impedance: 1.1MΩ

• Pad: none

• Gain: +10dB to +53dB

• Equivalent Input Noise (noise floor): -102dB

• THD+N (@ +4dBu output):

•.013% @ +10 dBu
•.124% @ +36 dBu

• Bandwidth (1kHz, 600Ω unbalanced

source, unweighted): 10Hz to 30kHz

Output Section

• Max Output Level: +28dBu

• Output Impedance: 600Ω

Power Supply

• 24VAC, 500mA External Supply

Product Dimensions

• 9.5” x 6.5” x 1.75”

Product Weight

• 3.2 lbs

Shipping Dimensions

• 13” x 11” x 5”

Shipping Weight

• 5.5 lbs

B12A MkII Manual Screenshot

PRODUCTS

ORDERING

Online:

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Mail

Believe it or not, orders can be placed by mailing a lovely card to:

Black Lion Audio
1801 W Belle Plaine Ave
Ste 102
Chicago, IL 60613

Payment Methods

We accept credit and debit cards (MasterCard, VISA, American Express, and Discover), PayPal, checks, money orders, and real estate deed transfers (no mortgages or liens, please).

Order Fulfillment

Our products typically ship within 1-3 business days after payment has cleared. We will contact you if we’re experiencing longer-than-usual order fulfillment. You will be emailed a tracking number when your order ships.

Shipping

We use UPS (signature required) for shipping within the continental U.S., and USPS for shipping elsewhere. We can accommodate DHL and FedEx shipments upon request. You will be emailed a tracking number when your order ships.
We won’t adjust invoices to help international shipments avoid import duties, so please don’t ask. Your time is better spent lobbying your local government.

Returns & Exchanges

If you aren’t completely satisfied with your purchase, you can return or exchange it for up to 14 days from the time you receive it. Items must be in their original packaging and in “new” condition to be eligible for a return or exchange. Refunds will only be processed after a returned item has passed our quality control inspection. We can only accept returns or exchanges for items bought directly from us. Please email us at info@blacklionaudio.com to request an RMA form. Returns and exchanges that don’t include a completed RMA form in the box cannot be processed. Return shipping is not covered by B.L.A.

Warranty

We extend a two-year warranty on defects in materials and workmanship for all Black Lion Audio products from the date of purchase. This does not cover user error, wear, tear, or abuse. Should your B.L.A. product experience any problems or failures during the warranty period, please email us at info@blacklionaudio.com to request an RMA form. Warranty repairs that don’t include a completed RMA form in the box cannot be processed.

Non-Warranty Repairs

If your B.L.A. product is in need of a repair that isn’t covered by our warranty, please email us at info@blacklionaudio.com to request an RMA form. Repairs that don’t include a completed RMA form in the box cannot be processed. We charge a nominal bench fee that covers most repairs. If the cost of a repair exceeds the bench fee, we will contact you.

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