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2 Mic Pres/3500$ budget

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by lvchief, Apr 21, 2005.

  1. lvchief

    lvchief Guest


    I have been doing my research on 2 Mic pres for my project studio
    I want to have 2 different types of flavor ( solid state & tube ) for
    R&B / Hip Hop /Funk /Jazz

    Mics that I have – AT4050,4033, sm58,57,
    And will buy more after testing with the new pres

    I have come down to 2 im considering

    Langevin DVC – Vocals, Drum overheads…etc
    UA 610 / for tube applications

    The only compressor I have is a DBX 160A and im thinking the EQ/elop section of the DVC will complement it well for now until I have more Cash for more toysJ

    I also understand that the Summit TPA-200B as well as the Sebatron VMP series can sound clean to colored. And I know that there will never one preamp to do both.

    Any suggestions on 2 separate mic pres for :
    2 channels of good solid state/ 1 or 2 channels of tune preamps
    Budget- $3500
    Thanks ahead for your input
  2. rhydian

    rhydian Active Member

    Jan 26, 2005
    Southwell, Nottingham, UK


    Millennia STT-1 has solid state and valve in pre, eq and compressor, which you could switch in and out to colour accordingly.

    Vintech and Great River do Neve clones pretty well, covering the solid state end og things. Chandler if you fancy spending more...

    Sebatron are remarkably good value for high end valve sounds.

    Also, what about a couple of focusright liquid channels? You could convolve whatever you wanted....and have compressors to boot.
  3. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    At this level of mic pres you're simply looking at tonal differences and functions.They're all good .I dont think you can go wrong with you're choices you've already made.I have not heard the UA but I will soon as my Pro Dealer has one.I can demo soon as we're tracking the next record.I HAVE heard the DVC and it is on my personal short list of must haves.
  4. beauarts

    beauarts Active Member

    Feb 18, 2001
    Pittsburgh, Pa
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    This question or variations of it has been asked aot. Look it up.
  5. maintiger

    maintiger Distinguished Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
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    Holy $*^t, if you gonna spend $3500 might as well spend a little more and get the Holy grail...

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  6. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    Ahhhh Lord X....you must contol yourself...This sluttyness is getting the better of you! :lol:

    Remember....all the mic pres can be RED in color.......
  7. maintiger

    maintiger Distinguished Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
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    I just can't help meself.... :shock: but like the gaff says, when you hear one of these you can't help but to crap your pants :oops: :D
  8. RandomGuest

    RandomGuest Guest

    Feb 10, 2001
    Maybe just because it hasn't been mentioned...Avalon M5 (solid state)or the Avalon 737sp (tube).
    I think they are a really popular brand for the type of music you are looking to record. I have an Avalon U5 for recording bass. I love it. It made my bass sound better than ever! :p
    But I don't own any other Avalon products. Just to be truthful
    And as far as the 2nd pre amp...I like the UA idea. But it does kind of seem like Sebatron is really getting all the razz now adays.
  9. McCheese

    McCheese Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    I would discourage the Avalon 737. I know a LOT of studio owners who have gone out and bought one or two, and then very rarely used it. In some ways it's attained a sort of status where clients expect to see one in the equipment list, like a U87, but I think the ratio of owned:used is pretty bad.

    The U5 DI on the other hand is incredible. Best thing to ever happen to the electric bass.
  10. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Distinguished Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    I have all those mic's and I often find my Focusrite Red-7 is the best match and always a good match. The Red-7 can be had used for $1400-$1900 and you get an exciter/de-esser and a real good compressor that can be used on it's own.

    Others I'm fond of or are on my must have list.

    One channel of any Neve or Neve clone
    API 512
    Old Altec
    Manley tube single channel
    John Hardy
    Chandler EMI
    dbx 786
    UA 6176 or LA610

    But the Fearn...... Mmmmmm....yummy. And he has a new compressor that I'm bound to get one way or another.
  11. sdelsolray

    sdelsolray Active Member

    Jul 5, 2003
    Portland, OR
    This is a bit over budget, but how about:

    Langevin DVC
    Pendulm Audio Quartet I
  12. JBsound

    JBsound Guest

    Some of my favorites would be the Avalon ad2022 (not the 737), the API 312's, and the Vintech pre's. I would seriously consider something like the Groove Tubes Vipre. It's one channel but works suprisingly well for several situations...probably one of the most versatile pre's out there.
  13. geckormf

    geckormf Guest

    1 x Manley Mono + 1 x Langevin DVC = RRP $3600-00.
    Negotiate with supplier to beat the budget and you get two nice solid pres + ELOP + a great valve pre

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