Shadow Hills Industries Mono GAMA

Microphone preamp

  • System 500 version of the legendary GAMA
  • With the same basic characteristics, various nuances of the basic sound can be retrieved by means of switchable transformers (nickel, steel, discrete construction)
  • Integrated DI input for instruments
  • Very powerful and rich tonal capabilities without losing transparency and precision

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Pre-Amp Yes
48 V Phantom power Yes
compressor No
limiter No
equalizer No
De-Esser No
other processors No
Rack/Frame No
supplies No
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After that I have been looking for a long time!

Sound-Freak, 10.01.2013
The Shadow Hills Mono Gama is exactly what I've been looking for in recent years! I have used preamps for a long time, which should bring color and character into my recordings, the result was often individually really good and chrarakterakter sound signals, which could not be achieved in the mix any longer. The problem is often that such single signals simply sound too dense / saturated and no longer have a chance against a guitar wall or synths. Cleane preamps like SSL or the preamps of an RME interface brought the signal clear with a lot of air and transparency, but did not bring the character with me, which I expect from a good signal.

The Shadow Hills Mono Gama is, so to speak, "best of both worlds". The part has a pleasantly powerful coloring basic character which warms the fundamental tone of the voice nicely and gives it a powerful presence. The signal is gently enriched and sounds beautiful overtone-rich, just as one expects it from a good preamp. In contrast to many other devices, the transients are reproduced cleanly and accurately, and the signal never loses clarity or penetration. This is not really often. Depending on the taste different colorings can be added.

In the "Discrete" circuit, the signal with the already mentioned basic characteristic 1 is passed on to 1. This circuit is ideal for R & B vocals, stringed instruments, or everything that should be characterful, yet close and present.

The nickel circuit sounds brighter and harmonious, but slightly softer in the transients. As a result, the signal as a whole becomes somewhat more restrained, without any clarity. Ideal for signals that are mixed in the mix a bit further backwards or for vintage drums for classic Motown sound. LedZeppelin Snares has a slightly hotter drive.

The Steel circuit enriches the preamp by a strong, in the most positive sense aggressive coloring in the treble range with a slight raising and tightening in the bass range. This setting is ideal to get a voice even before a brachial guitar wall, or to give the necessary bite to electric guitars, electric basses and the like. Also rap vocals sound powerful, present and punchy and with the best language comprehension. The powerful transients make this circuit ideal for metal drums or powerful synths. This sound is even well suited for sending already finished signals and "more Wumms". The sound goes strongly towards the API.

Conclusion:

The Mono Gama is almost three high-quality preamps in one. The part offers 3 different sounds at the highest level without losing their own identity and character. I can now fully understand why the Shadow Hills Industries products are always talked about so awed. I am delighted that Thomann can now deliver products from Shadow Hills Industries! Great product ... my recommendation: BUY!
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12.01.2015
All all all all is perfect the 3 output transformers are perfect, manufacturing quality is perfect, sounds, old school design Russian army, carhnill in transfo d in between so all is said ...
Miss just a saw meter or something like a pti led green, red orange
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