Tierra Audio Flavours Preamp – Chilli
The Tierra Audio Flavours Preamp – Chilli is the wildest flavour and, without a doubt, the crispy and sharpest. It’s very suitable for vocals because can bring amazing energy and a lot of presence: voices in your face.
Also, many acoustic guitarists, drummers and percussionists will want to carry one under their arm at all times.
Chilli is great for dynamic and passive ribbon microphones
You can use Flavours Chilli Preamps safely with dynamic and passive ribbon microphones. As they are the microphones that usually generate the smaller signal and need the biggest sound boost. For example:
Shure SM7B, Shure Beta 58A, Shure SM57, Shure SM58, ElectroVoice RE20, Beyerdynamic M69N, M130, M160, AEA R84, Coles 4038, Royer Labs Passive Ribbon Microphones, SE Electronics VR1 Voodoo, t.bone passive ribbon microphones, and others.
Tierra Audio guarantees that the phantom power will never reach the microphone.
If you want to use the Flavours Preamps with condenser microphones or with active (phantom-powered) ribbon microphones, you will have to use an external phantom power source to feed your microphone.
It’s important to note that you cannot use USB microphones with Flavours Preamps. You should only connect microphones via balanced audio cables. Such as XLR connectors (male-female).
The output of Flavours Preamps is a boosted balanced microphone signal (output is not a line signal).
Working with Flavours Preamps
The seven “sonic flavours” were born by passing the signal from your microphone through different 100% analog electronic circuits that transform it in the entire frequency spectrum. Just like when you look for a specific flavour while cooking; your favourite dish, depending on the sound you want to obtain, these circuits are formed by different ingredients (electronic components of the highest quality), with which we build filters and amplification stages that fulfil very specialized tasks.
Also, five of our Flavours Preamps incorporate a crucial ingredient: a premium input transformer.
The transformer amplifies the signal by passing it through a copper winding around a metal core that excites the signal. It gives it an extra dose of harmonics, pure colour and tasty sound. Choosing a transformer is not an easy task. There are hundreds and hundreds of manufacturers, models, and features to try; until you find the one which best fits the purpose, the flavour we are looking for.
Each of the selected transformers is specially designed to provide even or odd harmonics to your sound. You get more or less saturation, amplification, colour, and even noise, and all in an incredibly musical way.