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About us

MCAudioLab designs and hand-builds professional audio equipments.

The tone and the quality of our equipments 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

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. We’re happy to be the small guys: this means a lower price for you and keeping a direct contact with our customers.

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 just 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 constantly supported.

Company history

Since I was young I have always been interested in both music and electronics. My very first approach with music was the experience of listening by a headphone set used on a cassette tape. that experience definitely shaped the way I listen sound. I get stuck listening at stereo and how it provides an illusion of space and directional realism, not to mention how every detail was clear.

The electronic subject area is after my father. He was an amateur radio operator and he used huge and unbelievable stuff with odd lights inside: That was around the early 70s and his equipments was an all-tube German radio transmitter - vacuum tubes equipments were still around at that time for both radio and Tv. My father had some projects he was dealing with, in order to improve the mic performances. Getting a clearer voice signal to 'send' around the world was mandatory. He was actually making mic preamps and equalizers. I was there looking at him soldering electronics components, boxing the units then connecting them with his microphone and Radio Tx. That was the trigger to lear more about that obscure magic he was dealing with. That old schematics my father received from the United States thanks to another amateur radio operator he was in touch with. That guy was working as a recording assistant (later turned into sound engineer) in a recording studio in New York. The schematics he provided were adaptations of Altec mic preamp and equalizer.

I started playing music when 15 and the bass guitar was my instrument. The rock band - I was playing with - decided to record a song as a demo for a contest. We went into the recording studio, that environment literally enchanted me. That was the moment I get addicted to sliders, switches and knobos. Try to imagine the impact of such stack of audio gears on a young guy (in the 80s there were tape machines around and fully analog recording studios). The listening experience first, then the curiosity about electronics, the direct music experience as palyer later, all those elements pushed me to build my own audio devices (I used for playing bass) just customizing that mic preamp and eq my father used for his radio equipment. My small recording studio was equipped by my devices some other time I started builing for customers.

My name is Manuel, I'm the designer and proud owner of the MCAudioLab company.