Malletech V3PS, Vibraphone Pickup System Preamp Only

Item # EA243V3PS04
| Mfg # V3PS04
| UPC # 810160022206
Our Price: $799.00
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The Malletech V3PS preamp was designed to deliver performance on par with studio microphone preamps. It contains tone-shaping circuits specifically tailored to optimize the unique sonic character of a vibraphone. It provides all the features that players need and is intended to be a hub for all of the signals you need to input or output for any kind of gig. You can be self-reliant and not have to depend on a sound man for a DI box, or other ancillary equipment. The universal voltage power supply means you can tour with it in any part of the world. The integrated effects loop allows you to "dress up" your sound with external effects units, such as chorus or reverb, without having wires running all over the stage. All the connections you need originate at the V3PS Preamp, which mounts to your vibe, making for a clean, concise setup.


The three-band tone-shaping section offers separate control over three frequency bands, each carefully chosen for practical musical reasons. All of the tone shaping controls are Boost/Cut controls which, when set at center, have no effect on the natural sound.

Treble / "Shimmer": Boost adds a bright "ping" to the upper treble without sounding honky or nasal, or cut it to "cool" the sound without losing the punch you need to get through the band.

Mid / "Bite":
Boost effectively moves you "farther forward" in the mix, or cut it when you want to blend into the ensemble.

Bass / "Warmth": Boost adds body to the fundamentals of the notes. Cut it to take some mudiness out of a boomy room.

Volume: Your main volume control. It controls the volume to your on-stage amp or monitor and doesn't change the signal to the house sound system.

Pre EQ / Post EQ switch: Allows you to send the signal out of the DI output and into the sound system from BEFORE the tone shaping circuit, or AFTER, if need be. Often, the tone shaping is best-used to optimize the on-stage sound, and a clean, flat signal to the main system is a better place for a sound man to start. But, you have the option of either at the push of a button.

DI Volume: Controls the volume of the signal you are sending to the house sound system. It controls only the DI output, and will not change your stage volume.
Main Power Switch: Turns the preamp on and off. Although the V3PS Preamp has relatively low turn-on transients, we recommend powering up the pickup system before turning on your amp in order to avoid an anomalous "pop" that could damage a speaker.

Main Power Input: Accepts a regulated 5VDC signal from the provided universal power supply. Very high quality switch-mode boost converters inside the V3PS Preamp convert the 5VDC signal into an audio-friendly supply of +/-12VDC.

DI Output: Commonly referred to as a DI out (a throwback to an old-school term "Direct Injection" which never quite went away). This is a very standard DI output, driven by solid-state circuitry and capable of driving very long runs of cable. It is a balanced line output with a standard impedance of 600 ohms. The signal at this output is controlled by the "DI Volume" control on the front panel.

Ground Lift Switch:
Breaks the ground connection between the preamp and the main sound system. This is the industry standard way of handling the very common problem of "ground loop hum" which comes from irregularities between the power feeding the preamp, and the power feeding the main sound system. This switch can be in the "lifted" position most of the time.

Main output: Drives your on-stage amp or monitor. It is controlled by the "Volume" control from the tone shaping circuit from the front panel. It is a 1/4" T/S unbalanced output with an impedance of 2.1k ohms.

Effects Return / Send: Effect loop comes in the circuit right after all of the pickup signals are received and blended. The signal is always routed through the jacks, but is interrupted when a cable is plugged into the RETURN. Thus, the effects SEND is available as an additional pre-EQ output if needed (if effects aren’t being used).

Connect a cable from the SEND to the input of your effects unit, and another from the output of your effects unit to the RETURN. The signal in the Preamp is hence interrupted and routed through your effects unit(s). Effects send impedance is 2.1k ohms, and effects return impedance is 4.27k ohms.

Rail Inputs:
These are FireWire connectors, but are in no way compatible with any computer. Connect your "natural" and "sharp" pickup rails here.

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