The GC-Audio Inherit system is an innovative audio device that allows to have many types of preamplifiers in a single 19’’ rack.
Its « Hot Plug » design allows users to test a wide range of assorted sounds.
Unlike other modular formats, it allows the implementation of high-voltage or high-current multiple-voltage preamplification technologies.
In addition, the absence of space constraints and the best EMC environment allows less compromise in electronic designs.
It results in outstanding audio quality.
The Inherit system will therefore give you access to complex preamps (such as true tube preamplifiers or complex discret design) that are impossible to get on a lunchbox.
It is a premium device specialized in sound recording aimed at professional sound engineers looking for uncompromising result.
This new design also allows you to quickly test various preamplification technologies without a patchbay.
The rack’s custom power supply has been designed with great care and contains 7 unique voltages which are generated by three toroidal wire transformers.
All functions are analog but digitally controled in a well shielded construction designed to protect the signal path.
This enable each cartridge to keep its unique and unadulterated sound.
During a take, users can quickly and easily compare e.g., the sharpness of a transistor preamp with the warmth of a real tube preamp without a patchbay.
Some cartridges are designed around proven technologies that are part of recording studio standards and others are designed from new exclusive technologies specific to the Inherit system.
As for proven technologies, numerous improvements have been made to achieve a high signal to noise ratio while maintaining the original behavior and tonal color.
Currently these 8 cartridges are available (More cartridges will be released soon!):
- RE-73 : Class A preamp, unbalancing & balancing by Original Carnhill Transformer
- RE-98 : Class A differential preamp, ultra-low noise discrete components, Balanced by Lundahl Transformer.
- RE-VR : unbalanced by an Original TF10015 rebuilt transformer, preamplification and balanced by an Ultra-low noise Operational Amplifier.
- RE-4K: unbalanced by an Original Jensen 115 transformer, preamplification and balanced by an Ultra-low noise Operational Amplifier.
- Tube Heat: True Tube High voltage preamplifier, unbalanced and balanced by transformer, no discrete component in the signal path.
- RE-15 : Class A differential preamp, unbalanced and balancing by an ultra-low noise Operational Amplifier.
- The Graham Langley signature cartridge: Designed with Graham Langley to be the best possible discrete components preamp with his unique signature.
- The Gyraf Audio signature cartridge: Designed with Jakob Erland to be the best Tube preamp with his unique signature.
Overview by Graham Langley:
“When I first discovered the GC Audio “Inherit” system I was impressed by the innovative concept of interchangeable microphone amplifier cartridges allowing customers the flexibility and freedom of choice to enhance their creativity.
The thought that had gone into the design and the build quality of the product also appealed to me.
I was therefore honoured when invited to contribute a “Langley” microphone amplifier cartridge design.
I designed a custom preamp to completely match the capabilities of the Inherit System.
The circuit is reminiscent of the topology that I used in Amek console microphone amplifier designs in the 1970s and 80s but with significant improvements, particularly in noise performance.
This cartridge is intended to provide a clean, transparent sound over the full audio frequency spectrum.
I hope you enjoy using this addition to your “Inherit” cartridge collection.”
Overview By Jakob Erland (Gyraf Audio):
“The preamp-as-a-cartridge is simply a great idea : In this day and age where you can have clean and neutral preamps virtually for free with your converters, you don’t want a big stack of the same type preamp – you want variety, something that matches the individual microphones and sources you are working with. The inherit cartridge system gives you exactly this – the ease of trying out a variety of flavors – the possibility of finding that sonic imprint that’s just right for what you have at hand
The G9, which the GY 4.5 cartridge is based on, is an adaptation of the input circuit of the G36 tape recorder, that I have used and loved since I was a kid.. Update includes transformer balancing in and outputs, phantom power, switchable high-pass filter and switched gain settings”
Jakob Erland, Gyraf Audio
Why the GC Audio Inherit ?
Lunchboxes are able to give you access to several good preamps, but the limited power supply and size requires electronic compromise wich affects the quality of the sound.
In addition, lunchboxes shielding is not always of very good quality.
The Inherit system provides premium multiple power supply and a very good shield environment.
It is intended for demanding sound engineers who want uncompromising sound recording.
The Inherit system is a different and more practical modular format specialized in preamplification.
Although it is primarily dedicated to recording studios, its rugged construction allows for heavy touring use for recording engineers who want to use different sound colors without carrying multiple racks.
In the quest for « big sound », a connoted term we’ve all used at least once in a mix, we get lost a little too quickly in dynamic and tonal correction. A sound that deserves correction from the start deserves, above all, a new take. From an electronic point of view, a « big sound » is above all a frequency signal rich in harmonics, and above all having very good output current source. The notion of « good sound » has a part of subjectivity: it is above all what we are looking for. It is therefore important to be able to quickly test several technologies to obtain the desired result. Consequently, for a warm sound, rich in harmonics, a tube cartridge with transformer balancing is preferred, and for a very flat and precise sound, a transistor cartridge with OA balancing is preferred … Many combinations are possible and the GC Audio Inherit will give you easy access to many high-end preamps.
In an audio chain, the preamplifier is placed just before digital conversion. It is therefore by definition analog and not emulable.
It is the main element for a good sound recording.
The GC-Audio Inherit was developed to deliver uncompromising audio quality with the goal of upgrading proven designs while exploiting new technologies.
The function of preamps is to process weak signals, so they are very sensitive to electromagnetic interference.
The proprietary Inherit format keeps the sensitive part of the electronic design in a one-piece machined cartridge that serves as a Faraday cage. The performance of electromagnetic shielding is optimal, and the concept allows great convenience for the user.
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