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anyone tried the cygnus x-2??

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by dee, Nov 7, 2006.

  1. dee

    dee Guest

    So....anyone had a chance to put a Cygnus X-2 through some studio work? Any opinions?
  2. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Give me a month. :wink:
  3. Markd102

    Markd102 Well-Known Member


    Looking forward to reading your thoughts too David.
  4. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

    Comin' up on two months .... Spill the beans, Mr. French. :cool:
  5. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    I just got the thing a handful of days ago and won't be doing any real recording until after New Year's, but be patient, and I will definitely spill the beans.
  6. Markd102

    Markd102 Well-Known Member

    You given that sucker a pounding yet David?
  7. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    I haven't done any actual tracking on it, just a bit of playing around. So for I've heard it on piano and acoustic guitar. My initial impressions are that it's quite fast and clear, yet smooth. This weekend I'll be trying it on orchestra. Don't get too excited, though. I be recording the output of a permanently hung blumlein pair, and naturally the sound isn't all that great.
  8. Markd102

    Markd102 Well-Known Member

    David, have you used any Buzz Audio preamps.
    Descriptions of the Cygnus so far have sounded a lot like my Buzz SSA1.1 ...... which is definitely a good thing.
  9. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    I have not, unfortunately.
  10. hognogger

    hognogger Active Member

    I got one of these units a couple of months back.

    I've put up a song for download with vocal and guitars recorded through the Cygnus, recorded in my untreated room, in case it will help anyone get an idea of what sort of sound the preamp puts out.


    I just made the account, so it may take a day or two for it to be cleared.
  11. It sounds great, brother. Awesome performance by whomever.
  12. hognogger

    hognogger Active Member

    er, that's actually me (aside from the drum loops). :lol:


    Bummer... I just realised that soundclick re-encoded the mp3 I put up for download to 128k... just downloaded that 128k re-encoded version, and (unsurprisingly) it's missing some of the detail of the original.

    Anyway, the Cygnus has been a great purchase for me. It is very clean and detailed, with beautiful imaging. Complements the VMP series beautifully. As a lot of my stuff is acoustic, this preamp is a godsend.

    There really is a big difference between this and the VMP series, so now I feel like my mic collection has doubled. I'm recording a CD's worth of material at the moment, and for the (for want of a better word) folky material, I use the Cygnus for both vocals and guitars. For some of the more jazzy stuff, it depends. And for the more rocky stuff, I have tended to use the VMP.

    Importing something roughly equivalent to the Sebatron units costs a heap more if you are in Australia, and I have the comfort of knowing that the support is only kilometres away.
  13. Just used one this weekend. Was mainly doing acoustic guitars for some rock type stuff, put an RE20 up close to the neck/body join through the Cygnus and a LDC back a bit through a VMP1000e. Magnificient sound, detailed without harshness, warm but not muddy, sat beautifully in the mix against the electric guitars with no EQ so far.
  14. AlTheBear

    AlTheBear Guest

    Great song hognogger really enjoyed it. The Cygnus really does sound amazing. I'm gonna have to check one out for myself here soon.

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