PreSonus RC 500 1 Channel Solid State Channel Strip

646.00 RRP 719.00 (including VAT @ 23%)

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Product Ref: 40448

  • Reminiscent of Classic, Vintage, Solid-State Preamps
  • Field-Effect Transistor
  • 3:1 Compression Rate
  • Subtle Signal Shaping

PreSonus RC 500 1 Channel Solid State Channel Strip


The PreSonus RC 500 is an outstanding solid-state channel strip that can deliver a vintage vibe in a modern design.

Product Ref: 40448

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A top of the line, affordable channel strip for recording engineers and recording musicians, the RC500 has a sound reminiscent of classic, vintage solid-state preamps.

The RC 500's Field-Effect Transistor compressor includes a fully variable attack, release and threshold controls, as well as bypass controls. It has a soft-knee curve and can be hard-bypassed.

The fixed compression rate of 3:1 provides flexibility. The design of the compressor comes straight from the PreSonus ADL 700. The FET-based compressor uses transistors to emulate the sound of a triode tube, making for a faster attack time and better repeatability than the optical compressors found in other channel strips of this class.

The 3-band semi-parametric EQ matches the preamp and compressor. Combining isolated filters and optimised, per-band Q, the RC 500 provides subtle signal-shaping without harsh artifacts.

The EQ matches the same circuitry as the 4-band semi-parametic EQ found in the ADL 700.

All three bands have +/- 16 dB Gain, Frequency controls and fixed Q. The mid and high bands have overlapping frequency ranges.


"The compressor is accurate and responsive, and very good for managing the normal dynamic excursions of most vocal performers, subtly but firmly." - Sound on Sound

Features / Specifications

Input Impedance

  • Microphone: 1500ohm
  • Line: 1 kohm
  • Instrument: 1 Mohm

Maximum Input Level

  • Microphone (-20 dB Pad out): 0 dBu
  • Microphone (-20 dB Pad in): +20 dBu
  • Balanced Line: +18 dBu
  • Instrument: 0 dBu
  • Gain Range

    • Microphone (-20 dB Pad out): +20 dB to +70 dB
    • Line: -20 dB to +15 dB
    • Instrument: +5 dB to +50 dB


    • Noise Floor (all inputs, minimum gain): -102 dBu (A-weighted)
    • Microphone Equivalent Input Noise (EIN; 20 Hz - 20 kHz): -125 dBu (A-weighted)
    • Frequency Response: 10 Hz to 25 kHz, ±1 dB
    • Maximum Output Level: +24 dBu
    • Output Impedance: 50ohm


    • Type: 2nd-order shelving filter
    • Q: 0.5
    • Low Band (Low-pass or Bandpass): 20 Hz to 400 Hz, ±16 dB
    • Mid Band: 400 Hz to 5 kHz, ±16 dB
    • High Band (High-pass or Bandpass): 2 kHz to 20 kHz, ±16 dB


    • Type: FET VCA with RMS-based control
    • Threshold (Variable): -25 dBu to +20 dBu
    • Ratio (Fixed): 3:1
    • Attack Time (Variable): Fast (0.5 ms) to Slow (10 ms)
    • Release Time (Variable): Fast (30 ms) to Slow (500 ms)
    • Curve Type: Soft knee


    • Internal supply, standard IEC connector: 100/120/230/240 VAC, 12W


  • Rackmount Size: 1U rackmount
  • Height (mm): 43.7
  • Depth (mm): 195.3
  • Width (mm): 482.6
  • Weight (kg): 3.26
  • Your order may be delivered with a plug adapter
    If any electrical items in your order are supplied with a United Kingdom plug connection, a suitable plug conversion adapter will be included free of charge.