Featuring Ovation’s advanced Virtual Image Processing (VIP) technology, the VIP-5 preamp replicates the sound of high-end microphones used in professional recording studios. Using spectrographic analysis, the VIP-5 compares a guitar’s saddle pickup output to stored audio “images” of a guitar recorded with a studio condenser microphone. The pickup signal is then processed using approximately 1,000 filters and shaped to match the recorded sound image. With this compact, rugged, and easy-to-operate digital preamp, guitarists can finally enjoy stellar studio sound on stage. The VIP-5 also offers 3-band EQ, a battery status light, and a chromatic tuner.