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Quad Preamp, Tube Guitar Preamp from Mesa Boogie.


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Mesa Boogie Quad Preamp tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Mesa Boogie
  • Model:Quad Preamp
  • Category:Tube Guitar Preamps
  • Added in our database on: 10/12/2003

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Mesa Boogie Quad Preamp user reviews

Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 8 reviews )
 5 reviews63 %
 3 reviews38 %
Audiofanzine FR03/09/2009

Audiofanzine FR's review

Mesa Boogie Quad Preamp
(Originally written by aliascross/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
Guitar preamp with eight 12AX7 tubes.

Two channels and six modes that can be used simultaneously!

Non-switchable FX loop

Main and Rec stereo outputs

UTILIZATION

The settings could be finer... especially the volume knobs!

Channel 2 is not so loud (volume) as channel 1! (it's enervating...)

SOUNDS

Like the previews review, I find this preamp works best when used directly with a mixer. The sound is really nice (better than a POD2, XT or X3) and very authentic. I compared this application with an amp + cabinet + mic setup and the sound is very similar.

It's obviously possible to get better results in the second application but you'll have to use several mics and fine tune their position.

This preamp gives rather average results with a power amp (VHT BB) + cabinets (NOS v30 and G12h100)... To be compared with a CAE 3+SE, which sounds much better in this configuration).

I give it a 10 when connected directly to a mixer and a 6 with an amp.

OVERALL OPINION

I recommend you to connect it directly to a mixer! In such a setup the sound is much better than with a CAA 3+SE plus a Palmer PGA-05. On the contrary, when connected to a power amp the 3+SE is great compared to the Quad...

So I give it a 10 when directly connected to a mixer and 6 with an amp.
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Audiofanzine FR12/14/2008

Audiofanzine FR's review

Mesa Boogie Quad Preamp
(Originally written by aliascross/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
Guitar preamp with eight 12AX7 tubes.

2 channels / 6 modes that can be used at the same time!

Non-switchable FX loop

Main and Rec stereo outputs

UTILIZATION

I find the settings could be finer... especially the volume knobs!

Channel 2 is not so loud (when it comes to volume) as channel 1! (it's annoying...)

SOUNDS

I find this preamp's MAIN advantage is when you use it directly with a mixer. The results sound really nice (better than a POD2, XT or X3) and quite believable. I did a comparison between the DI application and a setup with an amp + cabinet + mic, and the results are very similar.

You can surely get better results but you'll have to use several mics and adjust their position.

This preamp gives rather average results with a power amp (VHT BB) + cabinets (NOS v30 and G12h100)... Compared to a CAE 3+SE which sounds much better in this configuration).

I give it a 10 when directly connected to a mixer and 6 with an amp.

OVERALL OPINION

I recommend it for direct connection to a mixer! In this configuration, the sound is much better than with a 3+SE or a Palmer PGA-05 for example. On the contrary, the 3+SE is great with a power amp + cabinets.

So I give it a 10 when directly connected to a mixer and 6 with an amp.
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PierreMortez10/21/2003

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

Mesa Boogie Quad Preamp
Then the quad is actually a preamp lamps (8 ECC83) with 2 * 2 channels. It's basically two preamps in one!
Each "section" has a rhythm and a lead sound.
It features an instrument input and two outputs jack 6.35, A and B, independent, each of which are proportional knob.
The quad also has a nice reverb, with only one control: the volume. And it's good for a preamp, because all the preamps do not have a good reverb!
PLus an effects loop: a send and return 2.
There is a fiddle with buttons, with push / pull! it looks like a texas instrument!
+ A 5-band graphic equalizer for Series 2 channels, whose frequencies are very well chosen !!!!! This is the formidable weapon!
It can be controlled by the pedal or fu-2 pm (all versions are not midi ...).

UTILIZATION

As usual, the configuration in mesa is not very intuitive! But that's also why we have a lot of possibilities! To find her among all the knobs, the psh / pull and the graphic eq ... Enjoy! It is best to leave the presets basic instructions (available hard mesa site). They are vriment well. After you change a few things depending on the guitar, the style, ... the taste!

SOUNDS

My style is rock, rock California (Lukather, Landau, foo ...) but I like having all kinds of sounds! And it's true that the quad in this style is SUPER!
The sounds are clean .... CLEAN! you can also get pretty good crunch sounds and distos are simply .... majestic!! It can range from U2's enough medium to its hard with a lot more than medium and boost bass and treble ... Sounds!

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for about 2 years I love the sound of all channels, especially the clean and the Lead 2. Before I had a rocktron Gainiac .... nothing to do!
This rating preamp used about 750 euros (and yes, obviously, it does makes more ...)
I would not hesitate remake that choice.
For more info, check out this site: all the schemas of the quad and lots of other preamps: http://www.vanhelden.demon.nl/gear/quad.htm
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zorglub2810/20/2004

zorglub28's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Mesa Boogie Quad Preamp
Go j'me launches. CHARACTERISTICS for I have not much to add from a Previous Notice, except that it is a prampli 3 units, so a prvoir FLy consquent.

UTILIZATION

Oula, the gate has to. J'tais used to a simple config with my ultra 112, Bass middle and treble gain vroom c'tait party. But then, with all the push-pull, 5-band EQ, 4 channels, we get it soon anything (well I'm talking to myself). If j'tais rest on my first try in the store, never bought j'l'aurais bah! Even when I put 6 months (roughly) to get a sound I like. I'm either polio or I'm difficult.

It's best to get the instructions on the site of mesa, and presets from the base to get good sound. APRS is refined ...

SOUNDS

I put a notice now that the sound I like, but if I put a notice when I bought the note would not have t trs good.

So the sound of Clear Channel rythm1 trs is good, it can be done by increasing the cruncher SETTING THE volume. Depending on the rglages Rythm1, you can get a good crunch blues distortion or a large (but not the clearer rythm1) on channel Lead1.

Channel 2 is not for clean sounds, I did not get a Russian, even turning down the volume button (not the master attention).

With time, I get a good Russian with a big distortion *** could gain on channel Lead2 and clear sound super clear channel Rythm1.

The channel serves me Lead1 for me to type trips blues, and the channel Rythm2 actually the same as his lead2 but gain less.

In short, and it sounds pretty good!!

OVERALL OPINION

I have been using The beginning of the year (a little too prs I know), and y'est I love it!
This is a super versatile preamp, and cleans trs clean and a nice little gain that can be used for the metal.

I pay 885 with a mesa 50/50 and has a fly 6u the era, so I think I could make a business *** (I wanted to change, and I believe that I 'well I do).

To all those who intend to buy one, try the long, but long before then to make you a bad opinion!
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