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$99 Presonus....

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by vic91218, Feb 16, 2004.

  1. vic91218

    vic91218 Guest

    Hey guys.
    I was looking for a strip on musicians friend and was kinda wondering if it would be easier to buy what I need separately.
    For example....
    PreSonus TUBEPre Microphone Preamp $99.99
    COMP16 Compressor $99.99
    PreSonus HP4 Discrete 4-Channel Headphone Amp $99.99 PreSonus EQ3B Parametric Equalizer $99.99

    Has anyone owned any of these products? They seem to have good reviews on Musicians Friend. Let me narrow down my question a bit further....If I'm running an AT4033 into a Mackiecfx16 and into my echo layla/pc....will I hear a substantial improvement using this outboard gear?
    I'm also going to purchase a Rode NTK mic....will that go well with this presonus stuff?

    Thanks guys..
    Keep in mind I'm really only interested in recording Vocals...an occasional keyboard and guitar...acoustic/electric. All separate and not at the same time.
  2. mikE@THECAVE

    mikE@THECAVE Guest

    I think there might be better channel strip for you maybe the new Joe meek stuff may be worth checking.As far as the NTK i think I might go for the studio project T 3 It has 9 setting and bass roll of.Why dont you talk to Alan Hyatt at the PMI room on this site he"ll give you some ideas.
  3. For the price of all that seperate Presonus gear you could get the new Presonus Eureka which recently got a favorable review in the latest issue of TapeOp. It's a single channel, one rack space unit with a mic pre, comp, and EQ and some nifty features. There are some up on Ebay right now for just over $400.

    Then you'd only have one power chord instead of four! :)

    Might be worth a look.
  4. chessparov

    chessparov Active Member

    Dec 16, 2001
    Orange County, CA
    Be wary on the NTK.

    Has a reputation of sounding sibilant on quite a few singers (like me!).
    Tried the T3 and it sounded great for my voice.

    Sometimes they sell demo stuff at http://www.pmiaudio.com
    including Studio Projects.

  5. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    The Eureka that has been mentioned is quite a step above the other stuff they build.It has a pre/EQ/compressor and you can configure them in any order in the chain.It has transformer on the input and sounds very good.I havent applied it to everything yet but I am impressed with it so far at its price point.And yes they are around $500 street brandnew....If it matters to you, they are also able to be upgraded as far as the opamp chipsets....we have a couple to try out and will do so soon.I'm looking forward to popping in the Burr-Brown chip and also looking to try one out in my Soundcraft pres.You'll still need the headphone amp however....
  6. Chessparov is right, you should make sure the NTK is a good match for your voice before you buy one. If it's a good match, though, it's magical. It's amazing on acoustic guitar, cello, and upright bass too. If you have enought money, I'd get the NTK no matter what. Then, if it doesn't match your voice well, find a mic that does. Your NTK will find many, many uses either way.
  7. maintiger

    maintiger Distinguished Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
    Home Page:
    The new Rode K2 has also been seen in Ebay for $599 new.. That's also tube and has had great reviews
  8. bap

    bap Guest

    If interested in Rode mics, check out


    Dan, the proprietor, has an ebay shop and might be the one selling for $599, I just bought one from Sleepwalker for $579 with free shipping. All of his Rode prices are very good. He also sells Presonus, though I don't know for what prices, they are probably lower than anywhere else.
  9. maintiger

    maintiger Distinguished Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
    Home Page:
    Hey coats, did you buy the K2? If so, how do you like it?
  10. vic91218

    vic91218 Guest

    Hmm. I'd be interested in what you thought of the K2 as well.
  11. bap

    bap Guest

    Actually, I just bought it and it is due to arrive today. Will try it on a woman's voice tomorrow [alto range] and probably with a 7' Schimmel piano in a nice somewhat larger room. I'm interested in playing with the variable pattern.

    There is a user review of the K2 over at Sound On Sound with other comments. Some say good for vocals, some say not - the usual. All say it is a pretty nice mic.

    [ February 25, 2004, 12:36 PM: Message edited by: coats ]
  12. bap

    bap Guest

    My K2 also just arrived in a case almost the size of an alto saxophone. It's monstrous. Won't have time to try it until tomorrow.

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