Thermionic Culture Freebird
The Freebrid is a 3 Channel valve EQ, "We've introduced a new product that can be considered as part of a modular system, in our own unique style of course. The Freebird has 3 channels of broad but versatile valve EQ. The unit is a half rack design but can be put together in a 19 inch rack case with another unit to give 6 channels of EQ."
According to company director Nick Terry, "there will be other products in this format to follow, so plenty of opportunity to mix and match."
The unit is 4 U high, with large knobs and indented pots, designed to make recall of settings quick and easy. With the Freebird you’ve got 1 stereo and still 1 mono left over.
According to Terry, "at the heart of the EQ is a baxandall type circuit, effectively giving 2 shelving equalisers, one for low frequencies and one for high frequencies. The EQ point of these shelves can be switched between 2 positions for each shelf. There is also a unique circuit, originally designed in 1960, which controls the amount of presence in the signal. This is a uniquely shaped, active mid lift type EQ. We’ve included a fixed frequency mid cut similar to that found in the Rooster. We’ve also included a single position hi-pass filter to remove problem low frequency content. The gain control is there to help reduce unwanted distortion when using lots of additive EQ. You can level match the EQ’d signal to the original signal by using the gain control and bypass switch too, as the bypass completely removes all circuits from the signal path."
The Freebird is inspired by a design that was developed years ago by Vic Keary. The unit is transformer balanced balanced.
Pricing & Availability
£2,395.00 INC VAT, available now.
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