A powerful and easy-to-use acoustic instrument preamp/DI.
by Teja Gerken
March 09, 2017
Last year, Fishman introduced its two latest external preamps, the compact Platinum Stage EQ/DI and the full-featured Platinum Pro EQ (click here for our demo of the latter unit). The Platinum Stage EQ/DI is the entry point into Fishman’s line of stand-alone preamps, offering a surprising amount of features in a box that will fit into many instrument cases.
The Platinum Stage’s analog preamp has a ¼-inch input (at 10M Ohms) with a gain range from -6dB to 14dB, which is enough to accommodate just about any pickup, from passive ones that need a lot of boost to active designs that might overdrive some circuits.The Platinum Stage’s EQ includes treble, bass, and midrange controls, and the mid control offers selectable frequencies. A small Guitar/Bass switch allows you to choose between two different EQ curves that are fine-tuned for instruments with higher or lower frequency ranges. In addition, there are switches for a low-cut function, phase-reversal, and pre- or post-EQ DI selection. A Boost button with a selector wheel allows you to set the volume of the boost, which is triggered by the push of a button. Output is via ¼-inch or XLR jacks, both of which can be used simultaneously. The unit can be powered with a nine-volt battery, an optional power adapter, or 48-volt phantom power from a mixing board. The Platinum Stage’s rugged aluminum housing also includes a belt-clip for easy onstage access.
In this video, Peghead Nation’s Teja Gerken demonstrates the Platinum Stage using a Martin OM guitar with LR Baggs Dual Source electronics and a Fishman Loudbox Mini amp.
SPECS: Acoustic instrument preamp/EQ/DI box. 17-volt discrete class-A analog circuitry. Controls for input trim, volume, and three-band EQ (with tunable mids). Switches for phase reversal, guitar/bass mode, low-cut (at 40, 80, and 160 Hz) and pre/post XLR EQ. ¼-inch input. ¼-inch and XLR outputs. Powered by a nine-volt battery, external power supply, or 48-volt phantom power. Metal and plastic construction. Designed and engineered in the USA, assembled in China. $239.99 list/$120 street. fishman.com
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