PreSonus RC 500 Solid State Channel Strip
Product #33239 | SKU RC 500 | Presonus
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  • Transformer-Coupled Class A Preamplifier
  • FET Compressor with Hybrid Detection
  • Semi-Parametric AEQ
  • Designed by Robert Creel
  • +48V Phantom Power


The PreSonus RC 500 Solid State Channel Strip was designed by electronics engineer Robert Creel for professional studio recording. The device provides you with Creel's class A solid state preamplifier and vintage-style signal processing based on the PreSonus ADL 700 channel strip. The device features a custom FET compressor and a 3-band semi-parametric equaliser for a high gain, low distortion, and transparent signal chain. A VU metre allows you to select between displaying the overall output level and the compressor's gain reduction. The entire device is housed in a 1U rack mountable steel chassis.

The Field-Effect Transistor compressor has switchable relays for completely bypassing the circuit and utilises hybrid detection methods with a fully variable attack from 0.5 to 10 ms, a release time from 30 to 500 ms, an adjustable -25 to +20 dBu threshold, and a fixed ratio of 3:1. The 3-band semi-parametric AEQ can be hard bypassed using switching relays. The high gain preamplifier includes +48V phantom power, an 80Hz high pass filter, a polarity invert switch, and a -20 dB pad. The solid state design improves the frequency range of the preamplifier, providing cleaner highs and tighter lows than a tube design. You can also connect outboard processing equipment to the device through its balanced analogue insert. A master output control knob allows you to set the overall volume.

The channel strip is constructed with high grade components such as film capacitors, low distortion op amps, and resistors with 1% tolerance or less. For I/O the unit features balanced XLR microphone and line inputs, a front panel 1/4" instrument input, 1/4" insert send and return connectors, and balanced xlr and 1/4" TRS outputs. The unit is powered by an internal toroidal power supply with an IEC connector.


I/O 1 x balanced XLR microphone input
1 x balanced XLR line input
1 x 1/4" instrument input (front panel)
1 x 1/4" send insert
1 x 1/4" return insert

1 x balanced XLR output
1 x 1/4" line output
Input Impedance Microphone: 1500 Ω
Line: 1,000 Ω
Instrument: 1,000,000 Ω
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 to 70 dB
Line: -20 to +15 dB
Instrument: +5 to 50 dB
Noise Floor All inputs, minimum gain: -102 dBu (A-weighted)
EIN Microphone, 20 to 20,000 Hz: -125 dBu (A-weighted)
Frequency Response 10 to 25,000 Hz ±1 dB
Maximum Output Level +24 dBu
Output Impedance 50Ω
Type 2nd-order shelving filter
Q: 0.5
Low band (Low-pass or Bandpass): 20 to 400 Hz, ± 16 dB
Mid band: 400 to 5,000 Hz, ±16 dB
High band (High-pass or Bandpass): 2,000 to 20,000 Hz, ±16; dB
Type Circuit: FET VCA with RMS-based control
Curve: soft knee
Threshold Variable: -25 dBu to +20 dBu
Ratio 3:1
Attack Time Fast (0.5 ms) to slow (10 ms)
Release Time Variable: Fast (30 ms) to slow (500 ms)
Power Internal supply, standard IEC connector: 100/120/230/240 VAC at 12 W
Rack Mount 1U
Dimensions (H x W x D) 43.70 x 482.6 x 195.3 mm
Weight 3.26 kg

Australian Shipping Via DHL
DHL offers a great express shipping service to Australia from New Zealand. We are proud to be able to offer express shipping to main cities on the east coast of Australia, within the same timeframe ( If not quicker ) than local Australian courier companies. Prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, service standards for these main centers was overnight. However these services have been impacted greatly, and as such the overnight service has been suspended. Overnight shipping will likely resume once things have returned to normal.

Qualifying main centers include:

  • Brisbane
  • Sydney
  • Adelaide

Whilst this service is extremely efficient and will likely be delivered within 1-2 days 99.9% of the time, it cannot be guaranteed. In the case where something were to go wrong with your delivery and it doesn’t arrive within the specified time frame, in most cases it will be delivered by the next day.

While not all major cities are eligible for overnight delivery, they still benefit from this great service. Other centers throughout Australia will have a typical delivery ETA of 2-4 days. (Excluding rural delivery address where this ETA can be extended to an additional three or more days).

If you require urgent shipping and you don’t reside in one of the cities stated above, please contact us and we can find a solution that works best for you.

Please Note: Shipping via DHL is not available to PO boxes and/ or parcel boxes etc.

In The Box

  • PreSonus RC 500 Solid State Channel Strip
  • Power Cord
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty


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  • Product: PreSonus RC 500 Solid State Channel Strip
  • Manufacturer: Presonus
  • Model: RC 500
  • SKU: RC 500
  • RM Product #: 33239

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