Channel Line Pad
Fearn LP-1 Line Pad is a two-channel accessory for use with the VT-1 or VT-2
Vacuum Tube Microphone Preamplifiers. It is simply a high-quality bridging-type
pad that accepts line-level inputs (+4 dBm nominal) and produces a mic level
output. The actual pad loss is 45 dB. When used in conjunction with the VT-1 or
VT-2 Input Pad (-20 dB), it allows the mic preamp to accomodate line-level
signals from consumer-level (-10 dBV) to high professional levels (+10 dBm or
The LP-1 is
packaged in a heavy-duty die-cast aluminum box, painted with the same
high-quality red paint and gold silk-screened labels as the other D.W. Fearn
products. The Input and Output connectors are gold-contact XLR.
The LP-1 is
typically used when the subtle signal-modifying characteristics of the VT-1 or
VT-2 are needed on a line-level source, such as a previously-recorded track, or
at the end of a processing chain. Several LP-1/VT-2 owners use the combination
on the overall mix. At least one CD mastering facility uses the LP-1/VT-2 in
the mastering chain.
LP-1/VT-2 combination can also often be used to effectively salvage tracks that
are otherwise too distorted or "edgy" for master use.