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Agressive preamps...yes more preamp questions!!!!!

Discussion in 'Preamps & Processing' started by therecordingart, Feb 19, 2005.

  1. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Ok guys....I've seen numerous times that API make the aggressive preamp for drums.

    My question is.....are there any cheap, but aggressive sounding preamps? I know that you get what you pay for and some opinions are that a $100 pre is about the same as a $500 pre, but in the mid-level class....is there anything that is colored and aggressive?

    I can't get an API because I'll never make enough money to pay for it in my current setting, but I want some more color and aggressiveness in my kick and snare. Even guitars....my on board pres keeps things rather mellow.
  2. 0db

    0db Active Member

    Feb 19, 2005
    I friend of mine, he used to study at fullsail center in FL, noticed one time that a famous engineer that teachs them recording technics, bypassed the NEVE console preamps to use a APHEX 107 tube preamp (amazing, isn´t ?, considering that the NEVE are worldwide reconogized by it´s legendary preamps....), he says that this was a secret well kept for him to track drums..... just to let you know that the Aphex 107 might be more accesible for you, the bad thing about it is i think it´s discontinued, but you can buy it second handed or try for the new model, the 207.....


    hope this helps!
  3. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    To record drums you are going to need at least 4 channels of pres and in most cases even more.

    One inexpensve mic pre that could be considered an improvement over Mackie (small mixer) pre is the Studio Projects SP 828


    List Price is targeted at: $799.99 US streets for about $600 ...

    "The new Studio Projects 828 is an 8 Channel mic preamp incorporating the latest rev of Burr Brown IC's. The SP828 is also an 8X2 mixer that allows a real time mix of all 8 inputs two a stereo out bus. Housed in a 1U 19" rack, each channel on the SP828 offers a full lineup of features. The SP828 has individual outputs on each channel via balanced 1/4" jacks for direct feeds to any recording medium. Both line level inputs on 1/4" balanced jacks, and XLR balanced mic inputs are on the rear panel. When nothing is plugged into the line input of any channel, the mic/line switch of that channel defaults to a 20dB pad switch.

    Per channel

    * 48V phantom power with LED
    * Phase Reverse with LED
    * Mic/Line Switch with LED - Defaults to 20dB Pad
    * Peak and Signal Present Indicators
    * Gain Control
    * Level & Pan
    * Solo Switch with LED

    The Studio Projects 828's output section has a stereo L/R output control and a headphone input with control for real time monitoring. In addition, there are L/R LED meters and a Solo LED for monitoring. The master section output has L/R outputs on 1/4" balanced jacks, and inserts for the L/R bus. There is a summed mono 1/4" output jack for an external feed.

    Each unit has an expansion in/out jack to allow for cascading several units together to get up to 32 inputs where all 32 inputs bus to the L/R mix out, while offering 32 direct outputs for remote recording. The new SP828 incorporates an external power supply for clean operation.
  4. DaveRunyan

    DaveRunyan Active Member

    Dec 13, 2004
    I have been getting surprisingly great drum sounds with my focusrite octi pre units. Less than a grand for 8 channels.
  5. underworld

    underworld Guest

    the obvious

    the obvious answer to "Where can I find a less expensive API pre?" is to look at the gear from Seventh Circle Audio... google it.
  6. Screws

    Screws Active Member

    Feb 16, 2001
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    Re: the obvious

    And the saints in the cheap seats all said, amen.

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