The 1567A is a vintage tube-based Mixer Amplifier featuring four low level inputs and one high level input, each with individual volume controls, a master gain control, separate bass and treble tone controls, a power switch, illumination control and facility for an accessory VU meter.

The original Altec 1567A hardware was a rack-mounted five-input tube mixer with removable transformers, a simple two-knob EQ, an unmistakable green faceplate, and a whopping 97 dB of gain. The sound, by today’s standards, is colored and gritty, with a heaping helping of good old-fashioned hardware noise. In its day, it was used on many early Motown hits.

The unmistakable green-faced Altec gear, and in particular the 1566A and 1567A, played a big part in shaping the early “sound” of Motown between 1961 to 1964. Songs by greats like The Four Tops, TheMarvelettesand The Supremes went through a 1567A mixer to the massive three-track recorder. Ahhh, when life was simple. These mic preamps and mixers have a very colored warm sound and are very loud. The EQ is as simple as it gets, with one knob for bass, and another for treble. After Motown, and after much gear came and went, analog diehards began seeking out the 1566A and 1567A as inexpensive sources for real tube sound.

Motown Records ChiefEnginner, Russ Terrana (shown here), used the 1567A extensively and it became part of the distinctive Motown sound. Producer Matt Wallace was a very big fan. Butch Vig and Billy Bush are also fans.

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