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Anyone ever use PAIA gear

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by Spookym15, Feb 18, 2006.

  1. Spookym15

    Spookym15 Guest

    I was wondering if anyone has built a mic pre amp from PAIA.com. I have heard that they sound good, but it wasnt from someone that I actually trust they know what they speak off.
  2. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    sorry I haven't ever see a PAIA kit

    I feel that a few of the other Kits and DIY plans available on the Net probably look more attractive

    their tube mic-pre is NOT an all tube unit
    and judging by the schematic it looks like the input IC is a SSM2017 INA217 sort of thing with a tube side chain for effect ... a dual IC output.

    However it is a complete kit and could be a fun build

    keep searching the net and make an informed choice

    their Synth Kits probably do attract some attention
  3. pr0gr4m

    pr0gr4m Distinguished Member

    Feb 9, 2005
    South Florida
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    Their Fatman is really cool, easy to build and if you have any problems, their support is top notch.

    I too was looking at building their mic pre as sort of a entry point into DIY stuff. I found this which is gives a list of modifications you can make to the unit.

    I still plan on doing it, just don't have the time for it right now.
  4. CoyoteTrax

    CoyoteTrax Well-Known Member

    May 25, 2005
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    I bought their mid-side mic kit and can vouch for their quality, support, and generally "hip" level of respect in other forums.

    The preamp isn't a Hamptone or a V72 from seventh circle but it's extremely inexpensive and a great way to jump into DIY. And it's a useful pre. You won't be wasting your money.

    You get everything they promise you and phone support is reliable. A true mom and pop operation. And since pop just passed away about 2 months ago (RIP John) you're getting a piece of American DIY history.
  5. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001

    for more info and people that do a lot of this stuff
    and my sites and pages for more info

    I still rate the Green MK1 as the best first time project
    and any of the Gain Block units from many supliers as the best type of DIY Mic-pres
    and they tend to be the most simple

    Seventh Circle and JLM have complete kits
    Gain Units (DOA) from Hardy Forrsell JLM SC Purple ... and many more
    Old Colonial Sound ... or is it Old School ???

    A simple point to point Tube mic-pre based on the Altec., Telefunken or the LA2a make up stage are all very sweet units.

    And I have a re-work of Scott Hamptone FET Mic-pre at one of my sites.

    Lots to choose from and lots of help out there.

    we love our DIY
  6. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Moderator

    Feb 23, 2005
    I used to assemble the old PAIA synthesizer kits many eons ago. John Simonton has brought the company a LONG way! I hadn't heard of his passing away, but that's too bad because he was a unique enterpeneur in this business.
    If you are serious about building a decent mic pre, you probably ought to look at some of the stuff Kev lists. That's mainly because the packaging that PAIA has used in the past isn't very good. I have read more than once about people complaining about the RFI the mic pre's pick up from the inferior metal boxes that PAIA uses. But they do make some unique noisemakers...

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