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****** Page 1 ****** A-Designs gua14′ uuhou PACIFICATM CHANNEL A INJECT PHASE GAIN DIRECT INJECT CHANNEL B PA6 PHASE GAIN PACIFICA Owner’s Manual
****** Page 2 ****** LEGAL NOTICE: Fill out and Return Warranty Card to A Designs. Warranty begins the day of purchase. Your name will be placed on our mailing list (unless otherwise requested) for future updates and new product announcements. A Designs Audio, Inc. reserves the right to make improvements or changes at any time to this product. Warranty is void if opened by unauthorized personnel or endusen Published by: A Designs Audio, Inc. P.O. Box 4255 West Hills, CA 91304 U.S.A. Edition 1.0 2005 Copyright 2013 A Designs Audio, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 1 Year Warranty Internal Parts, 30-Day Limited Warranty Labor A Designs Audio, Inc. warrants that our hardware conforms substantially to the specifications contained in this manual when used in accordance these specifications for a period of 1 year from the date of original purchase from A Designs or its authorized dealers. In case of a valid warranty claim, your sole and exclusive remedy and A Designs’ entire liability under any theory of liability will be, at its option, to repair or replace the product without charge, or, if not possible, to refund the purchase price to you. The warranty is not transferable and applies only to the original purchaser of the product. For warranty service, contact A Designs Audio, Inc. at 818-716-4153 to obtain a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number. After obtaining the RMA number, ship defective product to A Designs Audio, Inc., P.O. Box 4255, West Hills, CA 91304. Write RMA number on outside of shipping box. Be sure to include your name, address, phone number, copy of original sales invoice and detailed description of the problem. A Designs Audio, Inc. will not accept responsibility for loss or damage in shipping. Warranty is void if product serial numbers have been removed or if the product has been damaged by abuse or unauthorized modification and repair. There are no user serviceable parts inside. THIS WARRANTY IS IN LIEU OF ALL WARRANTIES WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED. A DESIGNS AUDIO, INC. MAKES NO OTHER WARRANTY EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, UNLESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NONINFRINGEMENT. PURCHASERS SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY UNDER THIS WARRANTY SHALL BE REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT AS SPECIFIED HERE IN. IN NO EVENT WILLA DESIGNS AUDIO, INC. BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCREMENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES RESULTING FROM ANY DEFECT IN THE PRODUCT, INCLUDING LOST PROFITS, DAMAGE TO PROPERTY AND, TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, DAMAGE FOR PERSONAL INJURY, EVEN IF A DESIGNS AUDIO HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITIES OF SUCH DAMAGES. A Designs, A Designs Audio, and PACIFICA are trademarks of A Designs Audio, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
****** Page 3 ****** Introduction A Designs Audio, Inc. Introduces the PACIFICA Throughout thel 970s, the American professional music recording industry was in its heyday. Popular artists like The Who, The Beatles, The Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Jackson 5, Rolling Stones and Steely Dan were all at the top of the charts and on every record player and eight track tape deck. Underground bands such as Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin were not on the radio, but had ardent followers. The diversity and quality of new music was astounding. The 1970s was also a time of great change in pro audio. The introduction of “solid state” electronics led to an explosion in development and a very different sound than the tube gear of previous decades. The Recording Console in a high end 1970s studio was likely a Neve@, an API@, or a Quad Eight. These companies set the standards for audio quality with a unique sound firmly imprinted on the popular recordings of the era. While much has been made currently with Neve and API reissues, interpretations and clones, the Quad Eight curiously faded from view. The irony is that many engineers firmly believe the Quad Eight Ventura, Pacifica and Coronado consoles to be sonically the very best of their day! A Designs Audio in West Hills California and pro audio designer Jon Erickson teamed up to recover and restore this lost “sound” to the recording community. Significant effort over the past 2 years has gone into the research of the origins of what was “The Quad Eight Sound”. Closely examining the design and composition of these were both a nightmare and a joy. The original QE staff was hard to locate. Documentation, design and parts were impossible to come by. Key parts were obsolete and not readily replaceable. After thousands of hours, endless listening sessions and time at the bench with test circuits, a target emerged. QE mic pres, such as those used in the Quad Eight Ventura, Coronado and Pacifica consoles, emerged as one of the best examples of the unique Quad Eight tonal character. Thanks to critical efforts by Tom Reichenbach of Cinemag (whose father designed the original Quad Eight transformers) Jon and A Designs developed a prototype dubbed “Pacifica” for its decidedly West Coast vibe. The prototype was sent to a handful of devoted Quad Eight Console owners and mic pre fans along with some of today’s talented recording engineers. The results were gratifying: Nearly all agreed the new A Designs prototype was very close to the original Quad Eight sound, but with a tad more top end (exactly the target sound). A Designs Audio is proud to introduce the “PACIFICA”, a single rack space, dual (mono/mono) channel microphone pre amplifier that comes amazingly close to the original in looks and sound. There are few, but valuable improvements, such as a front panel active hi-z % inch input that places the input transformer directly in the signal path for a huge direct sound. The PACIFICA possesses a uniquely “Made in California” feel, with a significant heft from the huge transformers contained within. The original cream colored panel and red knob scheme was retained and is supplied with an outboard power supply for the lowest possible noise floor. We think the A Designs PACIFICA will achieve an instant classic status, becoming an important part of “must haves” for years to come. Pacifica Owner’s Manual 13
****** Page 4 ****** Features Solid State Design Custom Input Transformers Custom Output Transformers Single Rack Space Balanced XLR Input Balanced XLR Output Level Controls -20dB Pad Switch 48V Switch Phase Switch Blue LED Power Indicator ON/OFF Switch Toroid Power Transformer 72dB Gain Hi Z 1/4″ Inch Input for Direct Inject. Red LED Phantom Indicator In line with our company policy of continuous development, the above features are subject to change without notice. 4 Pacifica Owner’s Manual
****** Page 5 ****** Specifications TECHNICAL DATA Input Impedance. Gain Range . Mic Phantom. . Mic Input Phase Instrument Input Jack . Balanced XLR Output Frequency Response . Distortion Power Requirements Dimensions Weight . 1500 Ohms 72 dB Noise (EIN) -128 dB Switchable 48 Volt Power Source Switchable 0-180 1/4″ Phono 9Hz-101KHz Less than 1% 100/120/230 VAC – 23 Watts 19″ x 1.75″ x 10″ Illbs.; 12.5 lbs. shipping weight In line with our company policy of continuous development, the above specifications are subject to change without notice. Pacifica Owner’s Manual 15
****** Page 6 ****** Functions Front 4 5 3 2 6) 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 6 CHANNEL A INJEC 6 CHANNEL B rxre€ct PAD PACIFICA Direct Inject – Instrument input for bass, guitar, drum machine, etc. Phantom Power Indicator – When lit indicates that 48V phantom power is active. Phantom Power Switch (48V) For microphones that require 48V power. PAD Switch – For dropping a high level input down -20dB Phase Switch Gain Control Knob Power On/Off Switch (1/0) Power Indicator LED Pacifica eo Owner’s Manual
****** Page 7 ****** Functions (continued) Back 11 12 P60195 13 14 15 16 10 9 •10 CHANNEL B Fuse Box AC Power Connector Fuse Amperage Serial Number Line Output (Channel B) Mic Input (Channel B) Line Output (Channel A) Mic Input (Channel A) ALWAYS USE GOOD COMMON SENSE WHEN OPERATING ANY ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR DEALER OR THE MANUFACTURER BEFORE DOING ANYTHING!!!!! Pacifica Owner’s Manual 17
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