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Presonus RC 500 Premium Channel Strip

SKU: RC500 MPN: RC500

The Presonus RC 500 is a high-gain, Class A solid-state microphone preamplifier with a custom-designed FET compressor and 3-band, semi-parametric EQ. The RC 500 is an affordable top-of-the-line recording channel strip for professional and home recording studios.

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Sale Price: $599.95
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Presonus RC 500 - A "New Vintage" Sound for Today's Studio Recording

Born from the award-winning ADL 700, the new Presonus RC 500 takes the EQ and compressor designs from the ADL 700 and combines them with a brand new, high-transparent, Class A solid-state preamplifier design. The RC 500's new preamplifier is the engineering marvel of Presonus's very own Robert Creel, the man behind the ADL 700's masterful design. The result is a terrific, affordable channel strip design that is sure to become a staple in both home and professional studios.

FET Based Compressor Design

The Presonus RC 500's custom designed compressor section is a FET (Field-Effect Transistor) design that uses transistors to emulate the sound of a triode-tube. FET compressors are capable of extremely fast attacks and are not susceptible to temperature fluctuations like cheaper optical designs.

3-Band EQ

The RC 500 also features a 3-band, semi-parametric EQ design, again based on the ADL 700. The three bands have a fixed Q and ±16 dB of gain adjustment. The frequencies have a it of overlap between them so very interesting, yet very musical sounds can be achieved with just a little bit of tweaking.

Presonus RC 500 Features Include:

  • Transformer-coupled, high gain microphone preamp with a Class A hybrid design
  • FET based compressor using hybrid detection methods with switching relays for hard bypass
  • 3-band semi-parametric equalizer with switching relays for hard bypass
  • +48V phantom power, 80 Hz highpass filter, and -20 dB pad
  • Front-panel instrument and rear-panel microphone and line inputs with Input Select switch
  • VU meter with selectable output level/gain reduction display
  • Analog insert with balanced send and return
  • High grade components: film capacitors, 1% tolerance resistors, and very low-distortion op amps
  • Master output control
  • Balanced output on XLR and TRS connectors
  • Internal toroidal power supply with IEC connector
  • Steel chassis

Presonus RC 500 Technical Specifications:

Input Impedance
Mic: 1500Ω
Line: 1 kΩ
Instrument: 1 MΩ
Frequency Response:
10Hz - 25kHz ± dB
Noise Floor:
-102 dBu (A-weighted)
Output Impedance:
Compressor Type:
FET VCA w/RMS-based control
Compressor Ratio:
3:1 (Fixed)
EQ Type:
2nd-order shelving filter
100/120/230/240 VAC, 12W
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