Roll Music TUBULE

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A true tube preamp design for API 500 Lunchbox, the Tubule brings harmonic richness!

The RMS5A7 Tubule from Roll Music Systems.

A real, transformer-coupled tube microphone preamplifier in the convenient package you never thought possible.

At long last, all the warm sweet satisfaction of a real transformer-coupled, high-voltage vacuum tube microphone preamplifier in the convenient and cost-effective 500-series modular format.

With the explosion of new modular products for the 500-series frames sold by various manufacturers, user requests for a tube-based module have been met almost universally with claims by designers and engineers that it couldn't be done. We took that as a dare. The result is not only a technological achievement, but a sonic masterstroke.

The RMS5A7 Tubule from Roll Music Systems combines the full-featured convenience of a modern mike preamp module with the rich, satisfying sound of a transformer-coupled, all-tube preamp evocative of the elusive bygone classics. This is not a wimpy starved-plate design, nor is it an op-amp based preamp with a tube stuck on top for marketing appeal. It?s all tubes and iron, with sophisticated modern power management circuitry to generate the high-voltage plate supply and high-current heater supply to power the tube. Careful design of this high-efficiency power circuit allows the Tubule to work within the space and power consumption limitations of a single module.

Robust transformer coupling and flexible, wide-ranging gain controls make the Tubule perfectly suited to everything from low-output vintage ribbon mikes to the hottest modern condensers. The input pad, attenuator and gain control also work together to provide a wide tonal variety. For the cleanest tones, keep the input attenuator up and the gain control low. For more rich tube coloration, engage the input pad and turn the attenuator down in order to use a higher gain setting without overloading the Tubule or other devices in the signal chain. The continuously-variable input attenuator also allows for very accurate gain settings that can be easily recalled.

Roll Music TUBULE Specifications

  • Equivalent Input Noise (66dB gain, 150 source): -121dBu
  • Input Impedance: 1200
  • Recommended Source Impedance: 150
  • Maximum Input Level: +22dBu rms
  • Maximum Output Level: +25dBu rms
  • Output Impedance: <300 balanced
  • Recommended Load Impedance: >10k balanced
  • Gain Range: 3dB steps, 33-66dB
  • Input Attenuator: Variable, -10 to 0dB
  • Input Pad: Switchable, -20dB
  • Frequency Response: +/-1dB, 10Hz-50kHz
  • Power Requirements: optional for optimal headroom
  • +/-16V @ 0.090A: +48V @ 0.003A
  • Vacuum Tube: 12DW7 / ECC832 / 7247
Our ONE WITH EVERYTHING ZEN WARRANTY extends the standard manufacturer warranty by one year, see our ZEN WARRANTY page for details.

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