The Thermionic Culture Rooster 2 is a valve device dedicated to bringing together three facilities in one unit. It provides a high quality Mic / DI / Line pre-amp, suitable for any type of microphone, DI or line source. Then comes a unique sounding award winning EQ section, specially designed by Vic Keary, comprising broad but very useable frequency bands with a 'vari slope' curve for bass and top. This is also a feature of the Earlybird 2 series of mic-amps. Finally, the ability to change the amount of distortion, or THD, of the unit as a whole is provided by the "Attitude" control, combined with the 'Mode' switch. All of these features are available on both of the unit's 2 channels.
The Rooster 2 will provide everything from a warm, clean sounding valve mic-pre, suitable for any application, to a characterful overdriven processor with powerful EQ, as adaptable for adding dirt and edge to mics as it is for mixdown treatment.
The user has control over the amount of THD that The Rooster 2 will add to the signal as well as the kind of harmonics included in that THD. This is achieved by using a 5654 pent-ode valve. The control over gain given to the user can also be used to obtain more or less THD included in the output signal. In addition to this the EQ section can be used to tailor the sound of the distortion at high THD levels or it may act as a more conventional tone control at low distortion settings.
Note: 10kΩ is the ideal load impedance. The Rooster 2 will work into a load of 600Ω, but distortion will increase & MOL will be reduced.