SE-Pre1™ 8 channel rackmount

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  • discrete class A transistor circuitry
  • hand-selected precision-matched components
  • hand-wired and assembled
  • unclip-able input (even by extreme mic signals) – requires no input pad
  • 26 dBu output capable of driving a 600 ohm load or greater (this covers everything from vintage gear to the latest digital audio workstations)
  • 48 volt switch-able phantom power w/ jewel light indicator
  • Vishay™ gain pot
  • gold plated XLR balanced I / O connectors
  • very low self noise
  • separate DC connector cable from each SE-Pre1 module to power supply
  • unique exotic wood (purple heart or oak) front panel detailing w/ vintage-style knob and switch


  • every sage module is FULLY tested, ‘burned-in’ and signed by the ‘builder’ prior to shipment
  • the SE-Pre1™ carries a generous 3 year warranty
  • all units require an external power supply
  • our SE-PS2™ external power supply (capable of powering up to 2 SE-Pre1s) is housed and sold separately @ CDN $299.00
  • our SE-PS8™ external power supply (capable of powering up to 8 SE-Pre1s) is housed and sold separately @ CDN $499.00.
  • for those so inclined – we can provide basic guidelines for building your own / – 24 V power supply – or having one built for you

PRODUCT SPECS – SE-Pre1™ mic preamp

‘single channel stand alone or rackmount-able module’
dimensions: 4″d x 2″w x 3 rack units high
(front panel = 2 1/4″wide x 5 1/8″ high)
weight: 2.7 lbs
maximum gain: 50dB (can be customized)
phantom power: +48V DC (switch-able w/ indicator)
EIN: 0.27 uV rms in 20kHz bandwidth with 200 ohm source
dynamic range: > 90dB (no weighting)
frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz (+ / – 0.5 dB)
input impedance: 2000 ohms
output impedance: 100 ohms
maximum input level: +15dBu
maximum output level: +26dBu
CMRR: >90dB
total harmonic distortion (THD): <0.1% (typical)
transistors: hand-selected / precision matched
power requirements: SE-PS® external power supply
  • each single channel stand-alone module sells for CDN $679.
  • 2 modules (CDN $1358.) can be;
    • mounted horizontally in 19″ 2 RU metal or plexi rackmount panel ~ sold separately at CDN $89./
    • housed ~ along with the SE-PS2 power supply and cables ~ in an aluminum carrying case with high density die cut foam insert ~ sold separately at CDN $139.
  • 8 modules (CDN $5432.) can be;
    • racked in a 19″ 4 RU metal rackmount panel ~ sold separately at CDN $189./
    • racked in an aluminium w/ laminate rack road case with wood and metal rails and removable front and back panels (as shown above) ~ sold separately at CDN $489.

  “I could see the Sage pre’s being the front end for almost everything I do! I have used almost EVERY mic pre known to man at this point, and the Sage pre’s are really, really great. They hear things the way I hear things! Big, punchy, tons of great transient whallop… Impact… Open top end…. all the good stuff, with just enough discrete “gleam” to the top end (the sound of headroom).”


Joel Hamilton / Studio G
Brooklyn, NY
(Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Sparklehorse, Unsane, Frank Black … etc …)


Designed and hand-constructed by long-time record producer Phillip Victor Bova and friends ~ these pres use discrete class A transistor circuitry hand-selected precision-matched components, hand-wired and assembled to deliver an incredibly punchy and open sound quality.

Tony Bongiovi w/ one of his SE-Pre1™ mic pres @ Power Station, Pompano Beach, FL
Tony Bongiovi w/ one of his SE-Pre1™ mic pres @ Power Station, Pompano Beach, FL

Ultimately, of course all that matters is the sound … a listen’s worth a thousand words.

Weight 30 lbs

28 reviews for SE-Pre1™ 8 channel rackmount

  1. Jonathan Anderson Buenos Vista Audio

    THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU!!! you guys are way too nice. much appreciated. my pres will be very happy in their new home ? with love from the wet coast,

  2. Derek Wycoff Naked Gods

    “How nice! If these preamps are as sweet as you guys then we’ll have no problems! Cheers”

  3. George Turcotte, Earthwerks Studio

    Can I send you some cash in advance to ensure, (or should I say ENSURE) I’m first in line for a DI hot off the press?

    I’m about to come into some free time, and my guitars miss me, and there’s history to be made!

    by the way, the se-1 – 57 – Gibson chain smokes large

  4. Michael Hynes Four Faces Media

    Its Michael Hynes here with my initial impression of your mic-pre’s (WOW). I am very pleased with the sound of my Sadowsky Bass and can only imagine what the drums are going to sound like. Thanks so much for a great product,

  5. Kyle B Iman, Seattle, WA

    hey all,

    … over the weekend i had some time to really dig in with the new pres.

    i first used them while tracking some electric guitars. the close mic’s sound was full and clear. great body and tone. also used them for some ambient room sound, and this is where the se-pre1 really began to shine and reveal their unique and wonderful sound. backing off the source really let the pre open up and i was able to hear the depth of the tone. it really picked up the fullness of the space. the pre’s were able to bring out the sound from each corner of the room, with great depth and detail. crystal clear highs and a fullness across the whole spectrum.

    also, got to use the se-pre1 on a melodica track, and the results were amazing. the tone was full, rich and very creamy. very natural and immediate. the melodica tracks sounded so lifelike that i was shocked.

    i have to say that i am very excited to get to work with these pre’s. they sound terrific, and so far everything that they have come near has sounded great.

    thanks again.


  6. Steve Wagner CyberAudio

    Hello Phil. Thanks for the info. Okay, I’ll admit it I’m drooling. I went over the spec sheet and our Electronics tech was looking over my shoulder. I swear he almost started crying. He’s a big Neve head and I have never seen anything impress him as much as your pre’s.

  7. Tony Bongiovi, Bongiovi Entertainment

    Your pres have the same sound that preamps did in the mid 60s … during music’s golden age when console manufacturers spent money to use discreet electronics that produced a richer fatter sound … no one does that these days

    Yours have a quality of sound … an expanded frequency response … we marry them up with our Neuman U-67s or the TELEFUNKIN 251 and are extremely happy with the results

    … We turn ours on every chance we get !!!

    I’ve heard all the new equipment and no one has been able to emulate that wide, rich, warm sound of the early Ampex 300 machines … the richness of vocal recordings such as Johnny Mathis, instrumentalist Percy Faith, Barbara Streisand, the old Columbia Records days … the way your pres do !

    We were running with Jeff Bova’s ProTools set up on the project for Jive recording artist “Deep Side” – and when we checked out your pres we could hear the difference immediately

    Your mic pres are very reminiscent of the Golden Age of great sounding equipment …
    Tony Bongiovi

    Bongiovi Entertainment

    … with more than 50 gold and platinum albums to his credit since beginning his historical career at the famous Motown label of the late 1960’s. His production discography alone includes such artists as Jimi Hendrix, Bon Jovi, Talking Heads, The Ramones, Ozzy Osbourne, Aerosmith, Gloria Gaynor and The Scorpions.

    Tony conceived, created and operated Power Station Studios, the New York based mega-studio that remains the gold standard in the recording industry, and whose client list reads like a who’s who of the music industry.

  8. Patrick Brennan, Brooklyn, NY

    Janet and friends —

    i am pretty much speechless — we tried the pre out last night on an old tune — just a couple hours of recording, essentially pointing microphones without much care, just to see what the pre could do. the results are amazing — clear, open, fantastic. who knew that a single channel could do for the overall sound of a recording? thanks for all your help, and of course for the SE-PRE 1.

  9. Joel Hamilton, Studio G

    Totally amazing amounts of headroom, super great sonic “signature,” and crazy good build quality. They look fun, too. Customer service is some of the best i have ever even heard of. Really amazing people. Joel Hamilton Studio G posted to Tape Op Message Board Forum Index

  10. Paul Martin, Carpinteria, CA

    … Anyway, thought you’d like to know. I was tracking until about 3am last night, and the sound was just beautiful. It’s a little strange at first to hear the mic signal come through the headphones, with no coloration.. I thought I’d experienced that before but apparently not. And the relatively imperceptible noise level kind of took me by surprise. So anyway, I’m very impressed so far. And I want to again express my gratitude for the lengths you went to, making sure we’d be in business.. I will definitely be in touch soon.

    Thanks again

  11. Joel Hamilton, Studio G

    as posted to ~ June 18, 2005

    “The seventh circle stuff is ALL really good it seems. I have tried the API clone, and the N72. I like the API better, and I have a brent averill 1272 and a vintech x72… The N72 was just boring. it works, but nothing fun… The API one is great though.

    My favorite new mic pre is the sage electronics pre…
    Great, great mic pre. Amazingly open without being bright…. That is the mark of a classic IMO….

    Hope that helps!


  12. Francois Lalonde Studio Piccolo, Montreal, Quebec

    Hey Janet And Phil I just wanted to say holy f$#Ck sh^(*&T the preamp really shines on drums really the best pre I have heard for kick and snare Great ! A+

  13. Michael Angeloff Michael Angeloff Music ~ Hemet, CA

    ps- your equipment rules!!!!!

  14. Joel Hamilton, Studio G

    I cant say it enough:

    Sage electronics SE-1 mic pre. So amazing. I cant believe they go for as little money as they do. I carry them with me even when i am working in a neve room. They have become my #1 kick and snare pre’s. I also like them on, um… everything and anything. With a condenser mic these things just rule so much…Recorded almost an entire record with these pre’s about six months ago. A C12VR, a U47, and two sage SE-1 mic pre’s. Every single overdub, and kick and snare. It was a joy to mix, everything was just right… sat well, was big but not too “hyped” up in any one frequency range…. Just right.

    Chandler germanium: changed my guitar recording life. They also sound amazing on anything.

    These days I do almost ALL my recording through these two types of pre’s.

    At Studio G, we have 4 germaniums and 4 channels of Sage SE-1.

    You don’t have to start with 8 channels of this type of pre, just get one of each. Save, and get one really great mic pre. The syteks are good, but nothing beats a nice, discrete mic pre. The Sage’s (for one channel, w/o power supply) are just $679 CDN!!!! a steal.

  15. Daryl Rabidoux, Strangeways Recording, Providence RI

    First off, amazing work you guys are doing. I just picked up a pair of SE pres from a studio that was selling some of their outboard, and hands down these are the most luscious sounding preamps my mics have ever had the pleasure of being run through!!!! Great job!!! Thanks so much,

  16. Terry Manning, Compass Point, then Bahamas

    Oh, and by the way, on a whim, just to try it out, on the final vocal track I ran JB through the Sage Mic Pre.

    And loved it.

    Terry Manning
    Compass Point, then Bahamas
    Posted to REP ~ Forum: Whatever Works – Anatomy of a Session

  17. Joel Hamilton

    I have been using those sages for kick and snare for years now.

    Check out the gear list on the studio G website below. That’s the stuff i own. I use the sage’s for kick and snare on every record I produce/engineer.

    Every single one.

    No matter where i am tracking… I use the sages. Also, no matter where I am tracking, I use the chandler germs for the room mics, which include the bova ball (also by sage).

    Also, the people who are “Sage electronics” are some of my absolute favorite people in the world of gear. By far. They are amazing. Email them. Tell them I say hi.


    and again on 6/25/08 in response to another poster’s query Joel Hamilton posted on
    TapeOp’s Gear Talk forum

  18. Wynn Gogol, The Workshop Recording Studio

    “The Sage SE – Pre1 has that beautiful, open, “transformerless” sound in spades. It’s a very quiet pre, which is nice with my SM7, and the fast transient response has been great for drums. Sum a few channels of most anything recorded with this box, and you’ll appreciate how a special pre makes for less EQing and sweat during mix-down. I’d like 3 more.”

  19. David Dudley Dave’s Drums

    I’d like to thank you and Phil for the use of the pre-amps this past weekend. They were a joy to use and listen too. I am just getting around to listening to the beds that we recorded and the instruments that went through the sage pres sound awesome!

  20. Jon van Wingerden, Audio Valley Recording Studio

    we have some pretty sweet gear including 2 api 7600 ch strips, a manley voxbox, a gt vipre, one ua 6176 ch strip, great river mp2nv and a drawmer 1969 to compare the sage pres too.

    first of all i really like them, period. secondly for the price of the mp2nv we added four of the sage pre and the power supply. they are great value for the money.

    sonically , they have a very open sound, less coloured than api or neve, but not straight wire or sterile like say the millenias. they are not a 70db gain pre amp and where they really shine is on drums because they appear to be unclippable and yet don’t require a pad. they have a big sound but not an exaggerated one.

    they handle transients in a really nice way.

    i always feel goofy when using audio jargon and superlatives but they really do hold there own against some pretty fine gear and we are glad to have them here, our plan is to add four more by the end of the summer to have eight channels.

  21. Joel Hamilton, Studio G

    I couldnt stop gushing about the pre’s at this years TapeOp conference. I was on one of the main “big” panels this year, and I was honored that so many people wanted to talk to me! The pre is amazing. I really dont think they will be leaving this studio, in fact, Tony and I were wondering what the price would be for us to get the rack and two more, if not four more. I could see the Sage pre’s being the front end for almost everything I do! I have used almost EVERY mic pre known to man at this point, and the Sage pre’s are really, really great. They hear things the way I hear things! Big, punchy, tons of great transient whallop… Impact… Open top end…. all the good stuff, with just enough discrete “gleam” to the top end (the sound of headroom). They sort of remind me of a helios crossed with something.. maybe an old calrec or API… maybe… certainly some helios goodness in there… maybe a trident A range… Regardless: LOVE them.

    You will have a hard time prying those pre’s out of Studio G, and my hands! I have used the Ball with a sage pre, into a pultec EQP1R, into a neve 33609 limiter as my MAIN mono ambient mic for drums on the last two records i have done!

    I am very much a fan of the sage electronics stuff, obviously.

  22. Ray Canapini redcable

    I love it! thank you so much

  23. Benoit

    Hello Janet! SE-Pre 1 173333 arrived just on time for it’s first session. Musicians are very happy, producer is very happy, engineer and studio owner (uh.. that’s me!) is very very happy!!! Thank you again.

  24. Joel Hamilton, Studio G

    On the plane….

    SE-1’s safely packed in their new pelican case, just so I can go anywhere with them!!! Will report in after the session. Keep in mind this is a well known neve room I am working in for the next 10 days!

    It is called “tiny telephone” in sf,ca….google knows it…

    Your biggest fan:

  25. George and Britta go studio / Déja Vu

    I am still positive that they are the strongest link in my whole recording system.

  26. Joel Hamilton Studio G, Brooklyn, NY

    Since the very beginning, sage has been one of the best companies and some of the best people in audio. Thank you for what has become such a positive and productive relationship over the years. I look forward to what’s next!! Sincerely, -Joel Hamilton Studio G, Brooklyn, NY

  27. Matt Labozza Studio G Brooklyn

    “Surely! Amazing pre’s, as always – and proud to use them. We’ll send you something as soon as we return to base!”

  28. Jeff Botta

    “oh, and when you get back, give me a listen to what y’all did. I really dig the sage preamps and would very much like to hear what you sound like engineered by the fella what created em:). bet it’s epic” Jeff Botta to Dony Wynn on facebook

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