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After opinions on TL Audio 5021!????

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by Captjono, Jan 8, 2006.

  1. Captjono

    Captjono Active Member

    Hi all,

    I was planning on buying a brick for use with a large diaphram condenser (like NT2A or something sim.), but someone has suggested that it would be better to fork out extra $$$ now and get something like the TL Audio 5021.

    I just wanted to know what people thought of the unit? Is there something else in the price range that would be better?

    Should I just go with the brick and worry about the compressor seperately?

    Any suggestions/comments very welcome!!!

  2. Sebatron

    Sebatron Well-Known Member

    If you're into indi-pop,grunge or rock I'd say ' yeah '..... if that's what your budget allows.The sonic window of this unit suits those styles.
    If you're into Jazz , Acoustic , or Classical I'd highly advise against it.
    Mostly for the reason that that compressor will do you more harm than good.... probably virtually useless when used in that genre due to the limited dynamic range ( and compression range ) of the circuit....
    The gate is unfortunately slow as well.
    Extending your budget a bit will put you into a different domain.
  3. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    My personal experiences with Tony Larking's "hybrid tube" approach were not great. His mic preamp design was based on a now-defunct IC by SSM. When the chip crapped out, it was a pain to get fixed. Their repair center in the States couldn't get them, and the pin-configuration wasn't compatible with any upgrades. TLA never made good on their promise to correct this with a new "mini-PCB" ( at least while I had the unit). I sold it as a compressor only, and the guy who bought it bitched about THAT after he had it a couple of months.
    I have 2 friends who have subsequently purchased TLA "tube" mixers, and both are happy with them. I just don't think that in this era of tube gear proliferation, you should chance it with a company that keeps changing their name and distributors.
  4. Captjono

    Captjono Active Member

    What would you suggest?
  5. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    that sound like we are talking about the 2016 large chip ??
    I might have a few

    if it is the 2017
    there are replacements
    2019 from AnalogDevices and a couple of others INA217 and ??? THAT1510
    and ....
    one more ???

  6. Sebatron

    Sebatron Well-Known Member

    Something that is Class A and flexible with minimal passive EQ and runs a decent High Tension voltage for a wide dynamic range yet is organic and colourful enough so as not to sound like the pre-amps you may already have in your mixing desk or soundcard.
    Sebatron vmp-1000e
    Email this guy: sebatron@sebatron.com
    His name is Sebastian. He will do you a good deal.
  7. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    I believe that it WAS the 2017...I was told by their distributor (HHB) that they needed to fabricate a "mini-PCB" that would "piggy-back" where the "old IC" was mounted, as there was no compatible chip with the same configuration at that time. I have a very good friend who worked for Bob Moog at the time and was very familiar with SSM/Analog Devices chips and he thought that was bogus. At that time, there were letters in MIX magazine bitching about that claim, too. It was just too frustrating for me then, so I dumped it. TLA may be a perfectly decent product line, but that whole fiasco left a very bad taste in my mouth. There are simply too many good (better?) products out there these days to fool with them (although PreSonus ain't one of them!).
  8. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Ahem...SLUT... :wink:

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