PRODIGAL Dual Channel Strip & Monitor Station

All the Analog you need

"the Prodigal is the new 'Australian army knife' of the audio world" 
-Greg Walker  (Paul Kelly, C.W. Stoneking)

"a must-have for engineers who take their work seriously"
-Lachlan Mitchell  (Swoop, Motor Ace, Jezabels)

* FACTORY DIRECT PRICE: $3,800 (Australian Dollars) *
- UNITS FOR HIRE: $110 per day -

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Developed in collaboration with Australian multi-award winning Producer/Engineer David Nicholas (US & UK #1s with Pulp, INXS, Elton John, Bryan Adams) the Prodigal Dual Channel Strip & Monitor Station is a world class analog strip for use in pro studio, location, or home recording and mastering.

Hand-made and tested in Melbourne, Australia

  • solid state analog recording chain
  • discrete class A mic, line and instrument pre
  • transformerless for tight and linear bottom end
  • zero latency monitoring
  • stereo/mono switchable
  • for small and large studio use
  • for tracking, mixing and mastering
  • EQ, bandwidth, "mud" and "air" filters
  • FET de-esser
  • FET compressor/limiter
  • simultaneous peak dot and VU bar metering
  • gain-reduction metering
  • powerful headphone amplifier
  • 2 x studio monitor outputs
  • 2 x playback inputs for DAW, tape, CD, etc
  • playback input for smart-phone
  • talk back via smart-phone mic into input 3
  • 3 rack unit enclosure
  • international power supply
  • hand-made in Australia

Prodigal Dual Channel Strip is a professional solid state analog audio input chain. It can be used in stereo, or dual mono, with both channels configured independently. Each channel consists of a bandwidth adjustable discrete transistor preamplifier, equalization, FET de-esser and FET compressor/limiter, with simultaneous peak and VU metering of input and output, as well as selectable gain reduction metering for the de-esser or compressor. The unit also features a fully independent monitor station and powerful headphone amplifier.

With dual channel processing and a built-in monitoring system, the Prodigal is versatile and portable, needing only the addition of a laptop computer, ADC, and some powered speakers to function as the hub of a compact, premium quality, professional recording setup.

Class A mic/line/instrument preamplifier is a low current, low noise discrete transistor design, using hand-matched components. It accepts mic and line signals via the main rear XLR inputs, or high impedance instruments and additional line level devices via the front panel TRS jack inputs. Includes phase reversal and 20dB pad for all inputs, and P48 for microphones. The 20Hz~20kHz bandwidth is sweepable to 200Hz~2kHz, to help suppress undesired outband audio prior to EQ and dynamics processing.

Equalization section provides a single band of sweepable cut or boost, a de-mud filter to attenuate anything muddy and un-musical at 300Hz, and an air filter to accentuate edges and add spaciousness by boosting above 10kHz.

De-esser reduces sibilance in vocals, and high frequency transients such as pick noise on guitars. It applies natural sounding FET limiting to all frequencies above a sweepable crossover point. The Hz control sets that point, and the ess control sets the amplitude threshold above which limiting occurs. This threshold level is varied in response to a sample of the full-bandwidth signal, which helps keep the amount of de-essing consistent regardless of program volume or dynamics. When de-essing occurs, the limit LED glows with proportional intensity. The output meter can be conveniently switched to display de-esser gain reduction. Left and right channel FETs have been hand-matched to preserve stereo imaging.

Compressor/limiter transparently reduces peaks in program material. It applies ultra fast FET soft-knee limiting in sparkling linear phase. The compress control varies ratio and threshold together so that more input results in more compression, with peaks maintained at around -12dBFS. Great for airy vocals, or tight, level bass tracks, the Prodigal compressor loves to be driven hard. When limiting occurs, the limit LED glows with proportional intensity. The output meter can be conveniently switched to display compressor gain reduction. Left and right channel units may be linked, and FETs have been hand-matched to preserve stereo imaging.

LED level meters display input and output levels in –dB Full Scale. Both meters simultaneously display VU as a solid bar, with an instantaneous peak level dot riding above. Peak hold is 3 seconds with a slow decay.

Output meter can be switched to display gain reduction levels for either the de-essers or the compressors. Gain reduction is displayed directly as a solid bar and no additional ballistics have been applied.

Monitor station provides central control of the listening environment. One of its inputs is fed directly from the Prodigal Channel Strip mix bus, but apart from that it may be thought of as an entirely separate device. Its principal function is to mix local audio at zero latency with playback from your DAW or other recording device. The resulting mix is then sent to the headphone output on the front panel, and via the studio master fader to one or two studio monitor outputs on the rear panel. The second studio monitor output might be connected to a sub-woofer or other speakers, an additional headphone amplifier, or used to send a sub-mix to another recorder. A second playback input has been provided for other audio sources, such as a CD player or tape machine. A third mini jack input has been provided on the front panel for playback from your iGadget. In situations where engineer and performer are physically isolated, this third input may also be used as a talk-back input simply by connecting a smart-phone with a mic-to-speaker app installed.

User Manual (Version 6.0. Includes Tech Specs, Patch and Cable Guide). 6Mb

Tech Specs and Patch. 2.7Mb

Recall Sheet. 0.5Mb

Glossy Brochure. 1Mb


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Prodigal System Alignment for MAC and PC detailed procedure. (7 minutes)

Basic Leads Pack for connecting between your Prodigal and common IN/OUT devices, such as DAW, Powered Speakers, Smartphone etc. Contains:
2x MXLR - FXLR (3M)
2x 1/4 inch TRS - TRS (2M)
2x 1/4 inch TRS - MXLR (1.5M)
2x 1/4 inch TRS - FXLR (1.5M)

Location recording using 3 Prodigals, Garrison Church Sydney.

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