Created by UREI and Universal Audio engineer Dennis Fink, the Fink Analog Audio CS2-FA Tube Dual Channel Strip makes use of single-ended Class A dual-triode tube gain blocks to provide preamp, EQ, and more. This two-rackspace unit features two recording channel strips, each with a tube console mic pre, a FET limiter that is very similar to the UA 1176LN, and a passive EQ. The CS2-FA also features an all-tube audio path that has five tubes for each channel.
The mic preamp of the CS2-FA uses one ECC81 and two ECC83 tubes to power its passive EQ. It also features a DI input that gives users the option of connecting the jack straight to the mic preamps first ECC83 section. This is very similar to a Fender guitar amp. Overall, the CS2-FA gives you 60 decibels on the rear panel and 46 on the front DI.
The passive EQ section includes midrange boost for 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 12, and 16 kHz frequencies. It uses a second-order LC type midrange section that is similar to a Cine-Mag multitap chocke. It’s possible to both cut and boost the low frequencies simultaneously, creating an interesting resonant peak.
Finally, there’s the FET Limiter. It has an I/O switch and controls that allow you to adjust the gain, input, and output levels. The input control adds more level to the detector circuit, providing more compression. You’ll also find a variable Attack control, a Ratio control, and a small Sifam VU meter and three way switch.
All in all, the Fink Analog Audio CS2-FA Tube Dual Channel Strip works very well for any recording project you may have, and its stereo mix processing is second to none. It’s actually very intuitive to use despite the fact that it looks very advanced. The only downside is that the front panel is somewhat small, meaning there are a lot of controls and meters crammed into this little space. The CS2-FA will cost you $3,999, but it’s worth it.
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