MCAudioLab designs and hand-builds professional audio products.
The tone and quality of our gear comes from an open mind about audio design, intelligent circuit layout, high quality components, and keeping things small enough to offer great prices and direct contact with our users.
Audio design with an open mind
We design and build the gear we’d use every day as audio engineers. And we do it with a free state of mind, trying to keep clear of dogmas, trends and esoteric approaches.
We started off building vintage-style class A tube gear. Classic tone is great, but legendary units have their quirks and drawbacks, and that’s we design things our way starting from the ground up. We even designed our own tube power supply to get a 100% pure vintage sound.
But then why commit to old-school tone monsters? It’s not all about vintage or tubes just because it’s “cool”. We had some ideas for a tube enhancer and drive and a M/S ambience tool, and we went for it. Then it was the turn of discrete audio op-amps. And who knows what’s next.
Our only rule: tone and performance
Tone and audio performance are the only things we don’t discuss. When designing a unit, we need to choose the right design and components to achieve tone and character when needed, and pristine audio performance to meet modern professional audio production standards. We painstakingly design audio paths to be as short as possible. If a component gets us the tone we’re after, we’ll use it. We choose components and design solutions for their quality and functionality, not for the sake of name dropping. Every single component is carefully selected, compared with others and tested. This guarantees our gear provides top level audio quality while minimizing unwanted artifacts and noise.
Our units are designed to sound great for a lifetime. They are all hand-built and tested in-house with top quality components, so the chance we won’t be able to service them in the future are close to none.
You pay what you get
Our prices really don’t do justice to the quality of our products. That’s because we think you owe to pay for what you’re using: the gear. When you purchase a MCAudioLab product, you’re paying for design, high quality components, extensive testing and just enough for us to keep on designing great stuff. And we choose to sell direct, because it means a huge saving for our customers. No distributor and reseller mark-ups, no big company to keep running during the hard times. We’re happy to be the small guys: this means a lower price for you, and keeping a direct contact with our customers for us.
Selling direct not only helps us offer top quality gear at great price; it also helps you keep direct contact, without any intermediaries, with the people who design and build your gear with passion and dedication.
We care about clarity and avoid marketing blurb: we won’t try to talk you into buying something that’s not what you’re looking for. We believe word of mouth is a powerful way to spread the word around, but it only works if we’re able to interact with customers in a transparent and honest way.
If you have any special requests for a custom product or a variation on a stock unit, we’ll be happy to help you out. And once you’ve become a MCAudioLab user, your feedback is precious to keep us getting better. Contact us if you have any suggestions on requests, or to share tips and tricks on how to get the best out of your gear. And in the unlikely case you encounter any problems, we’re here to help you out: your MCAudioLab product will be supported for life.