iTAK, an original device developed by DC Audiovisuel, has overcome this handicap. In a small case, it provides four mic preamps, each with symmetrical output with line or mic (-43 dB) level.
Each preamp provides 26 to 53 dB gain, continuously variable by potentiometer. This potentiometer includes a switch which enables line level signal input. Each channel offer both switchable phase reversal and 48 V Phantom powering. Input connectors are XLR3F, output connectors are XLR5M.
Moreover, Cantar developers have chosen to offer only low-cut attenuation. iTAK remedies that with an equalization circuit:
- Continuously variable 20 Hz to 150 Hz (-3 dB) low-cut; slope -12 dB/oct.
- Boost/Cut ± 9dB to 100 Hz (bass) and 6.3 kHz (treble).
- 300 to 5 kHz variable frequency parametric; Boost/Cut ± 10 dB.
This equalizer can of course be disconnected. The low-cut may be kept on the equalizer, or permanently set on channel.
iTAK also provides a limiter, with adjustable threshold, for each output. This limiter will prevent Cantar line-input saturation when several sources must be controlled simultaneously. A green light indicates action of this output limiter (-3 dB), and a red LED close to the level trimmer warns of a high input level (clip, +14 dBu).
A stereo mix bus with symmetrical outputs (electronic symmetry), and a headphone amplifier (1/4" jack) are provided, thus allowing the use of iTAK as a mixer. But to some extent only, because of the lack of a level-meter and of a reference level generator.
For that purpose, a miniature HRS10 six-point connector can control any of the four VCA output offset faders.
This minimal size and weight device (6.7" x 6.7" x 1.6" for 28 oz.) is 12 volts powered (4-points Hirose). Power consumption is less than 4 watts (except for 48 Phantom V use).
With this return to iTAK, Penelope's web is completed. To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, one can resist everything but temptation. So don't hesitate, just land on our shores and admire, try and be temptated by iTAK.
iTAK is on rental at DCA for 49 euros a day. Retail price is 1900 €, with a special bargain at 1600 € (exclusive of VAT) till august 31st, 2008.