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Being in a budget > Kurt, check this

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Alécio Costa - Brazil, Jul 16, 2003.

  1. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Well-Known Member

    Studio Projects VTB-1
    New Lower Price!
    Only $129+ Free Shipping

    The new Studio Projects VTB-1 is the ultimate in low cost mic preamplifier technology. Incorporating true class A/B switching, the VTB-1 is a totally discrete circuit. Unique to the VTB-1 is the "Tube Drive". The Tube Drive is a variable drive to a 12AX7, that allows the user to blend as little, or as much of the Tube Drive they want. This VTB-1 allows the user the most flexibility of any mic preamplifier in it's price class.

    The VTB-1 allows you to go from a pristine solid state sound, to any combination of Tube Drive you choose...even hard distortion for guitars and bass! The VTB-1 is must have device as the perfect mic preamplifier for any microphone!
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  2. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Well-Known Member

  3. Hey AC,
    I think Alan said they were able to bring down the price due to improvements in manufacturing technique. It's a decent preamp, a starved plate design (solid state with a controllable tube stage). It's what I recommend to people who don't want to spend $500 on an RNP. David
  4. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Well-Known Member

    pretty cool!
    Man, I´ve got nice news. I will PM to ya.
    A nice text/comment at a brazilian newspaper concerning ...

    Nice sunday
  5. Bowisc

    Bowisc Active Member

    Yeah, these are good tools for the price... it's got a lot of features you'd want, right on it. Impedence switch is a big plus.

    I got two when they first came out, but just sold one because I found that I never really use two channels of these at once. Hardly ever use the tube-blend on it, but sometimes it is quite useable.

    Pretty amazing for the money, if ya ask me.

  6. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Alan Hyatt sent me a VTB 1, to use in the mic pre comparisons.. I will be adding it soon along with some others including a Mackie and Behringer on a new, longer sample piece. I have to finish a couple pending reviews first but I will get to it ASAP..

    I am also looking to borrow a RNP to listen to and add to this next round of comparisons.. Davedog may bring down an ART Pro MP also so we can compare all these pres against some high dollar pieces and see just how good they really fare..

    I became aware of the difference mic pres make when I had my MCI console.. I was checking out an old Yamaha MLA 7 I have, against the MCI. I had always thought the MLA 7 was pretty good, better than a Mackie pre but when I compared the MLA 7 to the MCI pres I was astounded at the difference. The Yamaha sounded like it had a blanket over it.. I later learned from Jim Williams at "Audio Upgrades" that the Yamaha sounded warmer because of a slower slew rate.. The trick is to get a fat sound for the lows but still get fast transient capability to accommodate the high end.

    IMO most people who tout low end pres just have not had the exposure to high end pres for any length of time much less the opportunity to A/B them against cheaper ones. They may sound great to them when they use them on their own but they really just don’t have any point of reference to make a reasonable judgment. It is my hope that The Mic Pre Comparisons, will help to assuage this state of affairs.

    Mics and pres have more to do with how good your recordings are than any other factor.. I may not know all the technical and scientific jargon, but my experience has shown me that when recording, using the best pres and mics I can get my hands on, is the shortest path to aural excellence ... I still don’t believe in a “free lunch”.
    Nope never used it! Never heard it! I don't know nothin' about it.. It could be the best thing since sliced bacon! (really!) :D
  7. Bowisc

    Bowisc Active Member

    I just want to emphasize that my remarks on the VTB-1 are in context to it's price-point.

    Kurt is right-on when he speaks about using the best pre-amps possible. It really makes a difference on cumulative tracks, as in a 24+ track mix. That's what separates the boys from the men, IMO.



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