Thermionic CultureCulture Vulture Super 15 Stereo Valve Distortion (Balanced)


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Thermionic Culture Culture Vulture Super 15 Balanced

The Culture Vulture Super 15, from Thermionic Culture, is a rackmountable enhancer unit that provides ten distinct distortion effects. It adeptly condenses many of the features of previous Vulture distortion units into a single device while adding loads of new features. For example, the Vulture Super 15’s gain has been significantly increased, allowing the drive to go all the way to 15! Additionally, the unit features ten distortion effects—some sourced from previous models—and three new SQ settings. Beyond that, users have access to a wealth of tone controls, including low-pass filters, a tweaked bias control, and copious amounts of gain.

This version of the Culture Vulture 15 features balanced I/O for optimal interfacing with any studio gear.

Culture Vulture Super 15 Features

  • Ten distinct distortion effects
  • Five distinct mid lift settings
  • More drive range settings for fine tuning
  • Transformer balanced line input, unbalanced DI input
  • Line I/O over XLR
  • Integrated lowpass filters remove unwanted HF overtones
  • Extra low noise design
  • True bypass switches
  • Distortion (THD) at 4dB: 0.2%
  • Frequency response at normal drive: 40Hz to 18kHz, ±1.5dB
  • Frequency response at overdrive: 50Hz to 11kHz, ±1.5dB
  • Max Output Level (MOL): +17dBu, 2% distortion
  • Noise: 85dB below MOL 
  • Line Input impedance: 20kΩ
  • DI Input impedance: 50kΩ
  • Line Output impedance: 1kΩ
  • Lo Output impedance: 4kΩ
  • Input valves: 2 x 5654 (M8100, 5591, EF95)
  • Distortion valves: 2 x 5725 (M8196, 6AS6)
  • Output valves: 1 x 5963 (ECC82, 12AU7)
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