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HARRISON AUDIO

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Harrison 500-series 32C Preamp
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HAR-723501X1

The 32Cpre+ takes the high-performance, transformer-coupled microphone preamp from the 32Classic studio console, combines it with the renowned Harrison LP/HP filters, and delivers it in 500 Series format. Inspired by the iconic Harrison 3232, the 32Classic mixing console and preamp is an American icon reimagined, delivering the tone that helped create some of the most iconic albums of the 70s’ and 80s’. Thanks to the 32Cpre+, that Harrison sound is now available in 500 series format.

Legacy in analog

Harrison consoles have helped create some of the most highly regarded and influential music in history. Michael Jackson, ABBA, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Donald Fagan, and many more iconic artists have relied on Harrison production tools to help create their multi-platinum albums. The latest range of 500 series modules from Harrison harnesses the sound and features that engineers like Bruce Swedien, Roger Nichols, and Reinhold Mack trusted to make music that stands the test of time.

The Harrison tone

The 32Cpre+ delivers the warm, rich tone that Harrison is renowned for. Full low-end, open mid-range, and super-smooth, natural highs are what to expect from this Jensen JT-MB-CPCA transformer-coupled mic-pre. The gentle roll-off at each end of the frequency spectrum and delicate phase shift created by the 1:1 ratio transformer produces a mic pre that sounds so sweet you’ll use it on any source material.

Tools for tracking

The 32Cpre+ delivers +20 to +70 dB of smooth gain capable of driving a wide range of mic types, including ribbon. In addition to 180 ° Phase, 48V, -20 pad, and HiZ impedance switches, the front panel features combo XLR with ¼" jack connector that lets you plug a microphone or instrument into the 32Cpre+ directly without having to access the rear panel of the 500 Series rack.

Legendary Harrison filters

A Harrison mic pre wouldn’t be complete without our legendary filters. As found in the original 3232 and latest 32Classic console, the filters have a musical 12dB/octave slope, with the High Pass Filter featuring a characterful 3 dB resonant peak. The High Pass Filter range is 25 Hz – 3.1 KHz, and the Low Pass Filter is 160 Hz – 20 KHz.

Key features:

  • The sound of Harrison.

 

  • Jensen JT-MB-CPCA transformer-coupled mic-pre.

 

  • +20 to +70 dB of gain.

 

  • Front-mounted combo XLR with ¼" jack connector.

 

  • 48V phantom power switch.

 

  • Polarity reverse switch.

 

  • HiZ impedance switch.

 

  • Input overload LED.

 

  • Compatible with 500 Series format chassis.

 

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Harrison 500-series Compressor
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HAR-723502X1

The story behind Harrison and compression

In the realm of audio engineering, Dave Harrison, the founder of Harrison Audio, stands out as a pioneer in the development of music production technology. Ironically, Dave Harrison himself was initially skeptical about compressors, a sentiment shared by his friend and legendary music producer and engineer, Bruce Swedien. Both held the belief that music should be captured authentically, without interference. However, the requirement for a compressor arose from the broadcast market's demands, seeking a tool to control dynamics and prevent clipping. To meet this demand, Harrison Audio ventured into the realm of compressors, with the result proving extremely effective. Its transparent 'leveling' capabilities, achieved with just a few dBs of gain reduction, quickly made it indispensable in music production for delicately smoothing signals, particularly on vocals, guitars, and other instruments with wide dynamic range. Over time, this compressor's ability to 'dig in' became apparent, transforming it into a sought-after vibe compressor when higher levels of gain reduction were applied. Dave Harrison's initial skepticism gave birth to a tool that not only met the broadcast market’s demands but also became relied on in the world of music production. Thanks to the Comp module, the distinctive Harrison sound is now accessible in the 500 Series format.

Legacy in analog

Harrison production tools have helped create some of the most highly regarded and influential music in history. Michael Jackson, ABBA, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Donald Fagan, and many more iconic artists have relied on Harrison to help create their multi-platinum albums. The latest range of 500 series modules from Harrison harnesses the sound and features that engineers like Bruce Swedien, Roger Nichols, and Reinhold Mack trusted to make music that stands the test of time.

Comp design

The Comp 500 Series module is based on a classic ‘feed-forward’ design, using a THAT 2180 VCA chip for outstanding analog performance. The compressor’s Attack is program-dependent, adapting to the input signal and offering an optimal Attack time depending on the source material. The Release time is continuously variable. These parameters can turn the Comp module from a transparent leveler to a highly saturated, vibe compressor, adding character and excitement to a wide range of sources.

Harrison's secret sauce – put it on everything

The Comp module is a very flexible dynamics processor. From a transparent ‘leveler’ on guitars and vocals, using a 1:2 ratio and fast release, applying 2-3 dB of gain reduction. To a sizzling vibe compressor on drums and bass, slamming the ratio in combination with a slow release. The Comp 500 Series module is a well-crafted, no-nonsense compressor that is your secret production ‘sauce’ – you’ll put it on everything.

 

Key features:

  • The Harrison sound.

 

  • Extremely flexible compressor; from transparent ‘leveler’ to ‘character’ comp.

 

  • Classic feed-froward design.

 

  • THAT 2180 VCA chip for outstanding analog performance.

 

  • Program-dependant ‘Attack’ time.

 

  • Continually variable Release time from ‘Fast’ to ‘Slow’.

 

  • Input overload LED.

 

  • Compatible with 500 Series format chassis.

 

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Harrison 500-series MR3 EQ
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HAR-723503X1

Originally developed for the Harrison MR3 studio console, the MR3eq stands out as one of Harrison's most popular EQ designs, renowned for its punchy, smooth sound, and powerful sculpting capabilities. Introduced in 1981, the Music Recording 3 (MR3) console rapidly became the preferred tool for numerous leading engineers and studios worldwide, helping to create some of the most iconic albums from the 70s and 80s. Like all Harrison production tools, the MR3 EQ delivers the vibe to inspire artists and the precision for engineers to excel. Thanks to the MR3eq module, the distinctive Harrison sound is now accessible in the 500 series format.

Legacy in analog

Harrison consoles have helped create some of the most highly regarded and influential music in history. Michael Jackson, ABBA, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Donald Fagan, and many more iconic artists have relied on Harrison production tools to help create their multi-platinum albums. The latest range of 500 series modules from Harrison harnesses the sound and features that engineers like Bruce Swedien, Roger Nichols, and Reinhold Mack trusted to make music that stands the test of time.

MR3eq design

The MR3eq is a high-performance analog EQ, crafted from decades of experience in equalizer and filter design. The circuit design of this EQ allows for precision in surgical tasks or the creation of broad musical strokes with lots of band interaction for a rich and colorful sonic character.

3-band parametric with HPF

This powerful three-band parametric equalizer features Low and High-frequency 6 dB/octave Shelf bands, which can be switched to a 2nd order Bell response with Harrison’s renowned proportional Q. The Mid-band offers a continuously variable Q, while a separate High Pass Filter section includes a distinctive 3 dB resonant peak. The MR3eq’s flexible design and powerful sculpting capabilities make it a versatile tool that enhances a wide array of source materials, proving equally effective in both tracking and mixdown scenarios. 

Key features:

  • The Harrison sound.

 

  • Perfect for both precision EQ’ing and broad musical strokes.

 

    • Three-band parametric EQ with +/- 10 dB boost/cut range.
  • High-frequency (800 Hz –15 kHz) 6 dB/octave Shelf band, switchable to 2nd order bell.

 

  • Low-frequency (40 Hz – 800 Hz) 6 dB/octave Shelf band, switchable to 2nd order bell.

 

  • Mid-band (400 Hz – 8 kHz) with continuously variable, proportional Q.

 

  • Separate High Pass Filter with characterful 2 dB resonant peak.

 

  • Separate ‘In’ switches for EQ and HPF sections.

 

  • Input overload LED

 

  • Compatible with 500 Series format chassis.

 

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