Studio Quality Instrument Preamplifier / DI / EQ
"As expected from both the specs and ALiX’s pedigree, the sound was superb in all cases. ALiX is dead quiet, exceptionally clean and clear, and the flexible and powerful EQ section, along with switchable input impedances, made it easy to dial in a great sound."
- Doug Young, Acoustic Guitar
Like its big sibling the FELiX, ALiX is built into the same roadworthy floor unit chassis, portable enough to throw in your bag or strap to your pedalboard, but still deliver studio quality sound to the stage. With the same stunning audio performance and legendary reliability as our pro audio range, ALiX brings open, musical and nuanced sonic character to any performance situation.
The same powerful eq section as the FELiX allows simple and intuitive tone shaping. The high pass filter cuts 12dB per octave from 20Hz to 1kHz, and can also be set as a notch filter for chasing down problem feedback or rumble areas. Parametric midrange covers from 70Hz all the way to 8KHz, and fixed low and high controls are carefully voiced for musical shading of bass and treble.
Controls are dead simple and clearly marked on the panel, making them easy to read and tweak on a dark stage. Footswitches include a mute / tune switch for muting all outputs except the dedicated tuner out, and a boost switch which activates the 10dB variable boost circuit.
The instrument input has a 3 position impedance switch to ensure your pickup system sounds its very best. The isolated DI output with our custom wound transformer delivers stunning clarity and bass response with incredibly low noise. A dedicated, level controlled amplifier output can be used to drive a stage amp or personal monitor, and a dedicated tuner output stays active when all the other outputs are muted.
Power is supplied by a universal 100-240VAC input module. 12V phantom is available in the line input for electret / lavalier mics, and we’ve even included a 9VDC 500mA BOSS™ style pedal power output jack, so you can power your tuner and effects right from your ALiX. A TRS insert is included for adding effects.
Regardless of what you play - ALiX is designed to help you sound better, play better and deepen the bond between you and your instrument. Now available, please visit your favorite Grace Design dealer for purchasing information.
By Victor V. Tarassov from Princeton NJ on August 6, 2016 / Amazon.com
I wanted to wait a few weeks and do some gigs before I said anything. Let me say right from the start that I have been a fan of Grace Design from their preamps and recently Felix and now AliX. If I have a gig and I’m going to amplify with a pickup on my guitar, I won't leave home with out the AliX. My flamenco guitars are equipped with the LR Baggs Dual source, UST Element and mic blend. I can adjust my bass so I have no low end feedback. Tame and boost my mid frequency (love the fully parametric eq) and I can pull my treble or boost to the liking of my ears and what the room needs. The elegance of the design just oozes pure beauty and grace with roadworthy strength. I waited for the AliX and put off buying other preamps. I wanted a small single Chanel preamp. I'm so glad I waited. Everyone who has heard this magic box is blown away with the clarity and precision of the tone sculpting. One of the best things is you a clearly defined tone. There is no loss of tone when you use the eq. And all of the knobs are functional. I have used gear where I can't hear anything change when I move the knobs. The High Pass Filter allows for taming the bass in any situation. The preamp is so smooth and silky in the tone that is produced. Another one of the super cool things the design team did. and I think it's a first, is they put an extra jack that allows you to power your pedals without wall warts or another power supply. I am able to power my Line 6G30, Strymon blueSky, and Digitech Jam Man, all from AliX. I just think this shows how the team at Grace is not just making a box with knobs but actually thinks what do musicians need their gear to do to make life easier and more musical. Then there’s the nice effects loop that is a TRS. For me all my gear mounts onto a pedaltrain pedalboard. When I get to the gig I just plug in my power and XLR out and I'm good to go. The boost switch is great for solos or when you need more this one does not just go to 11 it goes up to 10db of boost from where you are. I have used the AliX with my Bose Compact, Bose L1II w B2 sub, QSC Speakers, and House PA systems including TubroSound, JBL, QSC, Mackie and every time my gear sounds great, and I get complements, tips,and rebookings. If you are serious about your tone on your instrument and want to learn how to make it sound it's best, then as far as your preamp search goes, look no further, it's here, Grace Design. Sweetwater took care of the transaction and got the AliX to me. Thanks Grace Design & Sweetwater.
This is "THE" pre amp you want to own
Jerry T from Sacramenbto September 12, 2016 / Sweetwater.com
I play Violin, 5 and 8 string Mandolin, as well as Mandocello. Getting good tone, especially from the amplified violin up until now has been near impossible. I've used some of the best pre amps for acoustic instruments on the market. A small fortune invested for what seemed like a never ending search for a warm rich tone. The Grace Design ALiX is amazing. Beautiful rich tone right out of the box. Detailed instructions made it easy to find the right "spot" for the tone I wanted. When I first played through it my wife came into my studio and asked me what I did, she said she'd never heard the fiddle sound so beautiful. I'm very pleased with this pre amp and highly recommend it to any acoustic instrument player. I've never sounded better and I'm very grateful to have found this gem. This is an excellent investment in your sound. I would highly recommend the Grace Designs pre amp!!!