Grace Design model 101

Grace Design model 101

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model 101, Solid-State Pre-amp from Grace Design.

3 user reviews

Grace Design model 101 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Grace Design
  • Model: model 101
  • Category: Solid-State Pre-amps
  • Added in our database on: 03/04/2004

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Grace Design model 101 user reviews

Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 3 reviews )
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 1 user review33 %

mooseherman's review

Grace Design model 101
This is a solid-state mic preamp. There is an XLR input and a 1/4" HI-Z input. This unit features the standard XLR and 1/4" outs, as well as an additional TRS output. This is a rackable unit. This is basically a mic pre, so there aren't any effects or anything too crazy going on.


The sound editing on this mic pre is pretty easy to do. It's got two knobs, gain and trim, both of which are basically output and input level monitors. There is a switch that says "ribbon" which is to bypass the phantom power and raise the impedence for ribbon mics. There is also a switch to turn on the High Pass filter, as well as a switch to turn on the 48V lockout.


The console is one of the more transparent mic pres I've encountered with solid state gear. It really draws out the particular qualities of the microphone that you are using without sacrificing tone. It's especially good with ribbon mics, as the ribbon mode readjusts the qualities of the mic pre to better suit the range of a ribbon mic. The ribbon setting also helps with dynamic mics when you're having a difficult time getting the sound you want. I would say that I've had better results with acoustic instruments with the M101, such as vocals and strings (especially strings!) The acoustic guitar has yielded some good results for me as well. I don't really like it at all when I use it for any mic I'm recording guitar amps with, as they sound kind of weak and flimsy for those things. The high pass filter also helps a lot with noise, which is good when I'm home recording and can't avoid certain sounds.


I think that this is a pretty cool microphone preamp because it has some pretty unique features. It's certainly geared to use with ribbon mics, so I'd say that's its primary market. If you don't own any ribbons, this might not be for you, but then again, it might because it's a pretty good preamp in general. Not the most versatile one out there, but certainly very good in situations that have been known to give other mic-pres trouble. It's a pretty expensive one, but it's light and it's pretty solid. Maybe not worth the price for most people, maybe after purchasing a few more mic pres.
doc benway03/01/2013

doc benway's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" exellent"

Grace Design model 101
a transistor pre-amp with 60dB of gain for the gray version that is no longer produced.
s entry into xlr input jack back and front high Z.
Xlr output.
A knob trim from 0-10db. 48v selectablly course.
Not rackable.


Very easy to use.
I do not have the manual.


Pre-amp assumed to be transparent, that is certainly very good! very punchy, transients are well preserved, beautiful low precise, nothing aggressive and superb presence of what we put into it. Very well built and solid.
The kind of preamp still works and everything!


I've had it a year, I put the same level as my 676 and my telefunken UA6176. Even above which is a preamp UA610 soft enough that I reserve a bass, singing or suddenly bowed. Well over a joemeek, TLAudio or spl GoldMike mk2 for my taste.
The black version should be even more fun, especially for the ribbon! In any case, for the 380th secondhand, it is a big deal.
I can compare to the neve 1081 next week, we'll see how it performs against the best!
Dinasty Prod10/08/2011

Dinasty Prod's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Grace Design model 101
Transistor preamp
No effect
there is no rack model.
Preamp transparent without coloration.


General configuration simple.


Surprisingly good. I do not know him at all. And I think upgrading to multi soon.


I use it for six months, I have already used the Focusrite ISA and the Twin Universal. I have at my disposal of the Orpheus and Prismsound are really terrible.

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