Vintage Vibe in a Modern Casing

CHICAGO, IL • October 6, 2015 —Black Lion Audio, an independently owned company in Chicago, today announced the release of the Auteur MkII Mic Pre. The Auteur MkII (peep the review of the original Auteur mic pre on is a two-channel preamp that features high-speed input stages that capture lots of detail and nuance, as well as transformer-coupled output stages that impart a nice touch of vintage vibe. It also features phantom power, phase, and a 10dB pad. It’s housed in a 1U, ½ rack chassis, and can be linked together with a second ½ rack unit by using the included connector plate.

The Auteur has been a staple preamp in studios around the world for many years. It has become the go-to choice for bridging the gap between clean, transparent preamps and those with lots of color and bite. The Auteur MkII is the next step in perfecting this combination of vintage and modern sound at an affordable price! The Auteur MkII has a revamped gain stage that results in higher gain, lower noise, lower distortion, and a more extended frequency response than the original design.

“The primary changes to the design included upgrading the power supply filtration/regulation, revamping the gain stages, and increasing the overall build quality,” explains Nate Bierdeman, CEO of Black Lion Audio. “These changes result in lower noise, lower distortion, higher gain, an extended frequency response, and a more durable construction.”


Auteur MkII Mic Pre
• Dual Channel
• Ultra High-Speed Input Stages
• Edcor Output Transformers
• 65dB Gain
• Extended Frequency Response
• Low Distortion & Noise
• Phantom Power
• Phase Switch
• 10dBu Pad
• XLR Microphone Input
• TRS Line Output (balanced)

Mic Section
• Max Microphone Input Level: +1dBu
• Input Impedance: 6000Ω
• Pad: 10dBu
• Gain (no pad): +14dB to +65dB
• Equivalent Input Noise (noise floor): -108dB
• THD+N (@ +4dBu output):
• .0033% @ +10dBu Gain
• .0054% @ +24dBu Gain
• .0112% @ +32dBu Gain
• .027% @ +40dBu Gain
• .078% @ +50dBu Gain
• .21% @ +62dBu Gain
• Bandwidth (1kHz, 150Ω source, unweighted): 10Hz to 30kHz

Output Section
• Max Output Level: +26dBu
• Output Impedance: 150Ω
Power Supply
• 24VAC, 500mA External Supply
Product Dimensions
• 9.5” x 6.5” x 1.75”
Product Weight
• 3.2 lbs
Shipping Dimensions
• 13” x 11” x 5”
Shipping Weight
• 5.5 lbs
The Auteur MkII Mic Pre is now available at dealers worldwide for MAP $649.00

About Black Lion Audio
For close to a decade, Black Lion Audio has been shattering the barriers surrounding phenomenal sound at an unbelievable price. Based on the north side of Chicago, B.L.A. was started to help audio engineers upgrade the sound quality of their gear, and has since expanded to include its own line of boutique digital and analog recording equipment. From the legendary Micro Clock Mk2, Sparrow MkII ADC, and Sparrow DAC, to the new B173 preamp, Black Lion Audio has been stirring up quite a storm! Get ready to hear what you’ve been missing!

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