British Console Class-A Preamp Colour


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The British Console Colour is designer Bart HRK's take on the British console sound. Bart's Colour recreates the signature saturation and compression that give those consoles their distinctive, larger-than-life sound.

The British Console Colour features discrete, class-A circuitry and NOS transistors from the classic era of British consoles. Two on-board jumpers allow the user to increase the gain for a more wooly overdrive.

About the Designer

Bart HRK is an analog design engineer, specializing in analog recording equipment based on discrete transistors and thermionic valves. He has worked as a designer for Focusrite and AMS-Neve on projects like the 1073LB preamp, 2264 compressor, ISA2 preamp, and RED1 500 preamp.


  • Inspired by the classic British preamp design
  • Class-A, discrete circuitry
  • NOS transistors from the 60’s and 70’s
  • Optimised for 2nd-order harmonics
  • Asymmetrical clipping pattern
  • 3 modes of operation

Real analog plugins.

Colour is a new format for analog audio gear designed for and by the DIY community. We took our favorite sounding analog circuits and put them on modules that are small, affordable, and swappable.

The Colour format consists of Colours and Palettes:

Colours are ultra-compact, pluggable analog circuit blocks that impart various types of analog color. Check out our ever-growing selection of Colours. Colours can be designed and released by anyone.

Palettes provide controls, power, and support circuitry for Colours. We currently offer the Colour 500 Palette and CP5 Mic Preamp with Colour.

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