Radial Engineering introduces the Cherry Picker, that lets you connect a microphone and select between four mic preamps to optimize your signal path.
The Cherry Picker is a 'straight wire' passive switcher that features a balanced mic input with four outputs. Front panel 'radio-style' selector switches enable the engineer to select the active preamp while the Cherry Picker automatically shuts off the others. Audio signal switching is actually performed using gold contact sealed relays.
To ensure quiet switching when using studio condensers, the Cherry Picker generates its own 48 volt phantom power for a stable supply to the microphone, the company says. This is designed to eliminate turning on and off the phantom power on each preamp. Each output is equipped with a ground lift switch to help eliminate buzz and hum caused by ground loops. A cfront panel mute switch allows the Cherry Picker to be put on hold while the microphone is exchanged without having to readjust signal levels or mute preamps.
Pricing & Availability:
The Cherry Picker will start shipping in November 2012. Estimated retail price: $400 USD.
More information on the Cherry Picker.
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