Altec Lansing 1567A
moosers 07/04/2010

Altec Lansing 1567A : moosers's user review


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The Altec Lansing 1567A is a vintage tube preamplifier. It's a five to one channel mixing amplifier. We've got it in the studio where I work, and most of the time it gets used to get a sort of vintage, garage band type of sound. It is a rackmountable piece of gear and will take up three spaces in a traditional style rack casing.


There isn't all that much to know about using the Altec Lansing 1567A, as it's generally pretty simple. Each of the five channels have their own leveling knobs, and then there is a master volume knob as well. There's also both treble and bass equalization knobs, and a knob for setting the VU range, which goes from 0 to +12. If you want to access the guts of the 1567A, it's pretty easy as the whole front panel can be titled down. I doubt you'd be able to find a manual for the 1567A since it's so old.


The sound of the Altec Lansing 1567A is definitely a vintage sounding one! It's got a lot of grit and bottom end to it, making it great for recording a little drum sub mix or something similar to it. If you're looking for a clean tube preamp, this isn't going to be it, but if you're looking on the opposite ends of things and want something with a really warm and thick tube sound, the 1567A will be right up you're ally. It's definitely a little strange that it's a five to one channel mixer, but if you use it in the right situations, this can definitely work to your advantage...


I don't know that the Altec Lansing 1567A is for everyone, but when it works, there's no denying that it works. It isn't the type of thing that you'd want to use on an everyday basis, but for getting a vintage tube kind of sound, it's awesome. It's definitely most useful in a professional studio where you'd want to have every type of sound possible on hand, just in case a client is looking for it. I don't think you'll find too many of these around anymore since this is from the 1950's, but those who do have it around should definitely enjoy using it.