Tierra Audio – Calima Preamp



The most aggressive analog preamplifier in the range.

  • Enhancing presence and steadiness
  • Incredible punch and definition
  • A deeper sound and dazzling headroom
  • Growing forests with your sound – We plant a tree for every device sold
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Calima Preamp

Calima Preamp has been designed to provide you with a quick and defined response, successfully unraveling the recording needs of drum sets and percussive rhythms for the most avant-garde productions.

The source of its full-bodied and steady sound lies in the excitation of the even harmonics of the frequency spectrum. That, together with a linear phase distortion, grants a sense of a more homogenic mix in the resulting sound.
Furthermore, this equipment counts on a quick transient response resulting in an enhanced sound presence sensation.


Theatre-like sound

It is the memory of those awesome movie dialogues that touched us all what lies in the inception of the Calima Preamp. Thanks to its linear phase distortion, your voice will sound as an insurmountable wall, enhancing your presence and steadiness.
The even harmonics’ excitation will lead to wider and more defined voices. Beyond that, thanks to the transients quick response, voices will come to the very foreground.


Tierra Green – Growing forests with your sound

TIERRA Green is born, and with it our firm compromise to plant a tree for every device that will be sold.
For the time being we have bought 30.000 square meters of fertile land located in the north of Spain, where we do wish to one day grow a forest.

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Calima Technical specifications

Microphone input Input impedance: 600 Ω.
Instrument input Input impedance: 400 kΩ.
Output Maximum output: +23 dBu with max. 0.1% THD.
Harmonic distortion (THD) Less than 0,03% at +4 dBu output in the range of 20 Hz to 20 kHz.
Frequency response From 20 Hz to 20 kHz (-0.1 dB at 20 Hz, -0,5 dB at 20 kHz).
Gain level From +28 dB to +72 dB (in steps of 4 dB).
Output impedance Less than 75 Ω, Transformer Balanced and earth free.
Noise floor Less than -86 dBu.
Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) 90 dB, 20 Hz – 20 kHz.
Power source Two configurable voltage source settings on the back panel: 110 V AC 60 Hz and 220 V AC 50 Hz.
Operating temperature range Between 32º and 104º Fahrenheit (between 0º and 40º Celsius).
Power source fuse 500 mA.

Have a listen to the Calima:

Male Vocal Samples

Female Vocal samples

Calima – Bring out the rhythm of your life

Connect your favourite microphone to the Calima Preamp and check the improvement out! The sound you will obtain will reach you with an incredible punch and definition. It will make your sound deeper, defined, and enhance its presence.
If you want to make the most of those rhythms plug your microphone in the Calima Preamp, and you will see how the sound reaches the next level. Thanks to the even harmonics’ excitation your sounds will gain the presence and might to make your percussions something beyond this world.


Highlight the strings!

Calima Preamp is the best “dancer”. Motor-rhythms will be taken to the next level by Calima. Plug your rhythm guitars into it, and you will notice an instant improvement by achieving thicker, more defined, punchy guitars.
Moreover, because of its dazzling headroom, Calima Preamp will not lose any detail, enabling the composition of passages with the most impressive dynamic changes.


Metal power with Calima

Use Calima Preamp to record your electric guitar sessions. You will find out how Calima Preamp is able to capture all your sound amplifier’s punch. You will get the optimal body to give depth to the sound mix thanks to the wonderful management of the middle range of the frequency spectrum.


Guitar Samples:

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10 Reasons to test the Calima:

Handmade with love in Madrid

In order to guarantee the correct electron flux of the analog signal, we put together the finest “through hole” components, instead of robotically assembled miniaturized components. In this way we reduce to the minimum the electronic friction to enhance the thermal response of the equipment and avoid background noises.

Cinemag® transformers

Every Calima Preamp is equipped with three transformers: One transformer to nurture the power stage, and two Cinemag® transformers for the input and output stages, thus providing a more stable, precise, and lasting result, that does not generate any type of noise.

VU meter

Each Calima Preamp also contains one excellent VU meter so that you can accurately control the gain levels of the analog signal.

Gold plated connectors

When speaking about true ProAudio, all the links of the recording chain are fundamental.  Gold plated connectors guarantee the best connectivity, and a total absence of contact noise as well. A real piece of jewelry in your hands.

Made of pure cherry wood

A picture is worth a thousand words. So, we wanted to ensure that you will know that your Calima Preamp has the makings of a champion only by looking at it. Finished with a warm and resistant natural cherry wood paneling, from sustainable forests, we ensure better thermal insulation and surprising aesthetics. Technology and art in a superb symbiosis.

Light and robust

By building our products in aluminium, we ensure the highest durability, lightness, corrosion resistance, and thermal insulation. Besides all this, aluminium is an easily recyclable metal that always retains its properties, avoiding indiscriminate exploitation. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

Paulownia packaging

Despite its lightness, Paulownia (or Kiri) wood is very impact and twisting resistant. This allows us to protect your device and reduce pollutant emissions during the shipping process. It is also very resistant to moisture, ideal for the device protection. On the other hand, Paulownia is the fastest growing tree which makes it a very sustainable option.

Branded by fire

We want you to use your Calima Preamp intensively for decades. That is the reason why the frontal and back panels are laser engraved, avoiding deletion or damage of the screen printing over metal or wood, through time.

Certified authenticity and quality

With your Calima Preamp, you will get a Certificate of Authenticity and Quality, sealed and signed by hand, that contains the results of the technical measurements conducted over the equipment during our extensive quality control. Thoroughness, transparency, and a 5-years warranty.

One device, one tree

Not only do we create the best products, but we also care about the environment. Therefore, we commit ourselves to plant a tree in exchange for each sold device. You may visit it whenever you want!

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