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Best Dual-Channel Preamp for under 200$

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by DrummerDan, May 22, 2011.

  1. DrummerDan

    DrummerDan Active Member

    I was looking at the M-Audio DMP3, which appears to be universally liked, at its 160$ But if you guys know more obscure pres' let me know.

    Just dual-channel or more please
  2. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Used and often right at $200 is the ART Pro MPA. The older one without the converters.
  3. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    I will say it again used Aphex 107 the grey one (the first one)
    Aphex 107
    you can find them for $70USD
  4. DrummerDan

    DrummerDan Active Member

    Alright guys, instead of starting a new thread, im just going to change this one up a bit.

    I have the option of either getting Rode NT1-A with the M-Audio for drum overheads, and that would take up the rest of the budget, OR get AT2035's with the ART Pro MPA, they are just about the exact same price. which would you prefer?
  5. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    I think the mics are a toss-up and the MPA has a more 'complete' soundfield.
  6. DrummerDan

    DrummerDan Active Member

    the mics themselves might be a toss-up, but the 130$+ difference between them is big enough.

    i think thats just bout enough to say the AT's with the MPA would be the best. THey do have the roll-off and pad. unlike the RODE, they can handle up to 150dB
  7. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    Not an ART fan here, spent too many hours repairing their design issues. Aphex on the other hand is built well and does what it is supposed to do. The mic purchase is more important. Do you like the RODE sound? They are a bit bright in the upper mids, it works well on somethings, and not on others. I have not experienced that model AT, but I like every AT mic I have used. I would avoid the Maudio stuff, lack of quality control...
  8. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    I have a pair of Aphex 107's, and they are a very serviceable mic pre at a real bargain...$100 each. They don't have a DI input but they do load a mic in a good way. Also, there is the Remote Mute function which lets you turn on/off each XLR input by a footswitch! Plus you can always upgrade the tube...And now that Aphex is sold out and made in China, they are an even better deal.
    The MPA's that are "pre-converter, USA-made" versions have a real good reputation, people don't like letting go of theirs. BTW, I have used the original NT-1's as OH, I feel that the NT-5 worked better, IMHO.
  9. DrummerDan

    DrummerDan Active Member

    i havent used either, i dont have any way to test them out
  10. DrummerDan

    DrummerDan Active Member

    where do you even find them, they are discontinued.

    yes btw im talking about the USA version
  11. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    google it, there are a few on another forum....
  12. RastaSean

    RastaSean Active Member

    Naiant pre-amps kick ass. They may not be ideal for all situations but I think its the best pre for under $500.
    Naiant - Microphone Amplifiers

    Sometime this summer there will be a littlebox 1.5 version which will include an upgrade to the amp and a change of input and output transformers.
  13. Mirrormix

    Mirrormix Active Member

    I am consistently impressed with the sound of the DMP3. It has plenty of headroom. It has a clean presentation without any harshness and without sacrificing fullness in the low frequencies. It's actually a great sounding pre at any price IMO, and I have some pretty expensive pres that I regularly use. The DMP isn't much of a compromise compared to them. For $160 it's great.

    I wrote a review of the DMP3 in use with an NT1A HERE. You might check it out.
  14. sdelsolray

    sdelsolray Active Member

    Used Rane DMS22
    Used Presonus MP20
  15. dickiefunk

    dickiefunk Active Member

    My vote would be for a used Presonus MP20. I've had both the DMP3 and ART MPA Gold here and sold them both.
    The ART did have a really nice tone to it but I found it to be very noisey.

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