Lava is a solid-state preamp with a slow transient response rate which allows you to achieve a warm and smooth sound in all of your recordings while choosing between two sound modes: Classic and Modern. It offers total recall and remote control, guaranteeing 0,0% of added harmonic distortion and gain levels up to 80db. On top of all, our Lava Preamp comes with three inputs: microphone, line and instrument, allowing you to connect all types of equipment needed.
Are you a die-hard fan of the electronic devices of the 60’s and 70’s? Us too. Our beautiful devices are built upon the amazing legacy of the best equipment in the history of analog sound, but with the improved thresholds of our modern music landscape.
Our analog signal treatment boasts a totally unique power supply, 100% isolated from the digital system, avoiding noise transfers and ensuring stability. Our audio path components have the highest quality, are through hole and both welded and assembled by hand in Spain, boosting the acoustic characteristics of your device without jeopardizing the signal.
Functionality at your fingertips! Our BMI® technology (patent pending) endows you with full digital control and recall of the devices’ functions. You will be able to manage every feature of your Lava Preamp from a plugin inserted in the DAW (Avid Pro Tools®, Apple Logic®, etc) which allows self-recognition of the hardware route and automatic latency compensation. You can also access it from your mobile app (both iOS and Android), allowing you to work remotely without running the risk of adding sound distortion to the original analog signal. We guarantee 0,00% of added harmonic distortion!
In addition, Lava Preamp (as well as every member of our product family) comes with an innovative digital brain on the inside. This is next-generation software that manages all your equipment systems and automatically updates remotely so that you always enjoy the maximum performance and the best in Lava’s Preamp capacities.
Last, but definitely not least, your device will be constantly connected to our TIERRA Cloud Services, guaranteeing you access to remote Internet services and extending your device’s capabilities on demand. Another feature of your connection to TIERRA Cloud is the continuous monitoring of your preamp’s internal performance while keeping a keen eye on environmental conditions and threats. In this way, our tech support and customer care is ongoing, all-encompassing and one of a kind.
Two amplifiers in one device! In the end, it all comes down to what you want to accomplish and which features you envision for your project. Right? So why should you have to choose between a Classic or Modern sound? Lava Preamp offers you both sound modes in one preamp, allowing you to swap styles when and as you decide, without risking quality. Time travel is just a click away!
Your Lava Preamp offers a wide range of options when it comes to connections. Versatility is a way of life for our users and we know it: Lava adapts to your needs, not the other way round. Whether you are working in a home studio, performing a live concert, squirreling away in a professional studio or wherever, our three connections range will keep your device running to its maximum capacity.
This standard connection provides fast transfer rates. It has power management features, which means that if your device is off and you start using it from the DAW, it wakes up thanks to a signal sent by the USB Forget about standing up when you need to turn on your device!
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Just can’t have any more cables snaking across the floor? Need to transport your device but be sure you’ll be able to connect it when you get to where you’re going? Good news! Lava Preamp offers full WiFi connectivity – even from your mobile phone!
Hate techy clutter and everything about it? Lava Preamp is for you too, offering connection through Bluetooth 4.0, known for its high-speed and low energy protocols without sacrificing the signal strength. Sync your device and start recording!
What would you say if we told you that our Lava Preamp comes with life insurance? For real! Every time you turn your Lava Preamp on, the device performs a self-diagnosis on each internal module, making sure both the environmental conditions (voltage, magnetism, pressure, temperature, humidity) and the processed signal are at optimum levels. We have also implemented an internal heat measuring feature that allows your TIERRA device to thermoregulate itself and always work under the same temperature thresholds, ensuring the accurate performance of its components. We will be able to detect performance blips in real time and keep track of your device’s performance.
On top of this by-default feature, we make available to you our TIERRA Pulse Service. If you want to stay ahead of the game and immediately obtain replacement parts, as needed, Pulse is your ally. With TIERRA Pulse, you can keep on making your own magic and ensuring “zero downtime” in your recording processes. Learn more here about our extended guarantee, available to all of our Lava Preamp users.
Technology must not be at odds with beauty. Lava Preamp has been created with only the purest and best materials, resulting in a sexy and elegant one-off piece for each customer. It has been built with Cherry Wood, Glass, Aluminium and Steel.
These are top-quality materials that are relevant in both traditional and modern contexts, mingling and melding to create a functional yet successful, all-inclusive design.
Additionally, you can rest easy in the knowledge that our materials and production choices have been made in order to guarantee zero pollutants and reduce our carbon footprint. All of our providers are eco-friendly. Learn more about our TIERRA Green project.
FSCTM CERTIFIED CHERRY WOOD.
RECYCLABLE METALS: STEEL AND ALUMINIUM.
FSCTM CERTIFIED PAULOWNIA WOOD.
Lava Preamp is built with gold plated Neutrik® connectors, the best ones on the market because of their conduction capacity and durability. The very robust all metal circular connector offers easy and screwless assembly, flexible part combination and a push-pull locking mechanism. With over 40 years of know-how and experience in the manufacture of innovative electrical and electronic interconnection products and systems, quality, efficiency and a long-lasting lifespan are fully-guaranteed!
0,00% MECHANICAL NOISES
Custom-made, digital buttons and encoders mean absolutely no mechanical interference from the device… ever. Being all digital, the buttons and encoders allow you to work with dynamic values, ensuring maximum durability and providing you with 0% mechanical feedback noise. Also, our encoders have double identities! Depending on how you manipulate the LEDs, they work as position, volume and panning selectors. This allows you to be constantly aware of what each of your control is doing and take full advantage of Lava’s improved usability. Piece of cake!
Fully personalized and technically designed for the temperature stability, Lava’s case is corrosion resistant, made of aluminium and protected by an antioxidant layer. We have carefully selected durable, tough materials that will keep your device snug and safe on its journeys, so you can relax. Your case has been designed so that your device can travel safely. The case also comes with inbuilt side vents. Not only is it highly durable, it is also the sleekest looking case in the industry, thanks to its very cool electrostatic paint.
At TIERRA Audio we are determined to integrate the best technologies from each field into our equipment. Following our premise, we have incorporated a powerful processor brought from industrial robots, the personal automation and the so-called Internet of things to get your TIERRA engine to fly on each recording and mixing session. The highest energetic efficiency, stability and processing speeds that guarantee maximum scalability, achievable thanks to OTA updates (Over-The-Air) that keep your device at a constant state of readiness.
A noiseless, precise, stable and long-lasting power source is vital when it comes to getting your professional audio device to produce the sound purity you expect. For that reason, our Lava Preamp has 3 exclusive analog transformers: input, output and power, from the internationally recognized brand Carnhill®. This company has been designing and manufacturing custom built isolation transformers for over 30 years, being leaders in the industry. We only work with the best brands in the market and our transformers are not an exception!
DUAL POWER SOURCE
We promised pure analog, we promised pure digital and, at TIERRA Audio, we keep our promises! The Lava Preamp comes with two completely isolated power supplies (PSU) to fully avoid the transfer of noise from the digital system to the analog one. This ensures that both systems are completely independent and fully stable and that you obtain a fully analog signal and a completely digital control. Enjoy the best of both worlds without running the risk of lowering the quality of your music productions ever!
The Lava Preamp comes in a scented box made of wood, sourced from renewable, sustainable forests. Our packaging is efficient and contains little to no petroleum-based plastics. Simple yet effective, its design is shock-resistant and allows you to experience TIERRA from the outside-in. Its robust design, pore-free surface, plus the crafted desiccant bags contained on the inside will keep your equipment safe and protected from humidity at all times. User-friendly, and equipped with a magnet-based closing system and storage area, it’s easy to open, to keep closed and to store all of your documents and accessories!
The digital vumeter is configurable in three options, so that you can choose the one that better suits your needs and working style. The first one, without peak retention, measures and indicates the signal’s level. The second option, with fixed peak retention, allows you to know when the signal has surpassed its maximum at least once. In the last option, peak retention with programmable time, you can choose how long you want the light to be on to inform you that you have reached the signals’ max capacity. Thanks to the digital vumeter you will be able to avoid sound distortion and focus on every single detail of your project!
Our preamp comes with a state-of-the-art security chip, that is used in both the military and aeronautic fields. The system not only encrypts all communications but it also guarantees your information is safe, even in public spaces. Using the strictest protocols and standards, this security co-processor allows the principal processor to be fully dedicated to the main monitorization and control tasks without affecting its performance. It encrypts all configurations and presets in the internal core of the device. In case of robbery, we will be able to identify your device, block it remotely and send a call2home to get it back.
PHANTOM AWARENESS LED
At TIERRA Audio not only we want to provide you with high-quality equipment, but we want to make sure that you take care of it in the best possible way. We think of every single detail and for that reason we have incorporated a LED light on the back of the device, so that no matter where you are working from you always know if the phantom is on. This will help you avoid connecting or disconnecting equipment when you shouldn’t, protecting your Lava Preamp at all times.
At TIERRA Audio we know how important it is to be able to easily check which mode you are using, the channel you have selected or the different parameters that you have established. With your Lava Preamp, keeping an eye on all the items mentioned above and on every single detail will be extremely easy thanks to the exceptional screen that comes incorporated in your device. It is 2,2 inches, full color, and high resolution, which means that your screen will automatically translate your choices into visual aids.
FULL PLUGIN SUPPORT
An analog plugin? Does that even exist? Well, we are happy to inform you that it does, and it comes with your Lava Preamp! Our plugin not only will enhance the functionalities of your preamp through an incredibly simple interface, but it will also allow you to sincronize with hardware in real time and obtain automatic autorouting and latency compensation. It is available in VST, RTAS and Component so that you choose the option that suits your project and working style most!
- Microphone Input
Impedance entry 300Ω or 1200Ω.
Gain: 20db to 70dB in 5dB steps.
- Input Line
Input entry 10kohm
Gain +20dB to -10dB in 5dB steps.
- Instrument Input
Gain 20db to 70dB in 5dB steps.
- Output Line
Maximum output of 27dBu in 600ohm.
Classic mode: To 20 dBu output, no more than 0,07% from 40Hz to 10kHz. Modern mode: to 20 dBu output, no more than 0,05% from 40Hz to 10kHz.
Internal 240Mhz processor. Tensilica Xtensa LX6 240mhz dual core.
4MB Flash memory
Full color 2,2 inches, 320×240 pixels.
- Wireless Wi-Fi
802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible.
Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technology.
- Full remote control
Available VST, Component, AAX and RTAS format full control plugins.
- Width / Height / Depth
90 inches (45cm) / 90 inches (45cm) / 90 inches (45cm)
6Lbs / 3Kgs
- Weight (with packaging)
9Lbs / 4,5Kgs