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Bluegrass preamp

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by Nisse, Jan 25, 2005.

  1. Nisse

    Nisse Guest

    I'm a new member, from Sweden. Because of (some) principels and a all too real budget I'm as for now a 'one mic' fan, playing bluegrass..

    Am looking for preamp, got a behringer UB802 and am not fully satisfied, strangely!! Got a ADK 51st mic and will be upgrading my preamp first.
    Been listening to thelisteningsessions and got stuck at the Pheonix Audio DRS-2 and the LTA 50151.

    Have heard alot good comments about the sebatron but haven't heard any audio. Got a budget about 8-600 dollars, only need one channel for now.

    Love the old thick, warm sound, when you hear that everybody got eye conntact with each other. But still can't help wanting some modern 'air'.

    The setup is a mandolin, two guitars and three bit harmony (pretty low key, not the ordinary realllly high bluegrass vocal stuff)

    Got a pretty good room acousticly(a bit on the cold side), but want something extra, wanting the sound to 'jump out of the speeker' a bit more, now it's left dead deep inside. Don't like plugins or postrecording stuff(maybe a bad habbit too).

    Need opinions from an acoustic/vocal at the same time and one mic kind of view!!
  2. hilltop

    hilltop Active Member

    Great River, a little more money, but the best acoustic pre availible.
  3. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Single channel in that price range is tough for me. I'm partial to API, but I don't know a single (other than going with a lunchbox) in that price range. At any rate, for bluegrass I'd go with pres that get described as "colored" as opposed to "transparent." API and great River are examples.
  4. GZsound

    GZsound Active Member

    I read an article featuring a group of Nashville bluegrass engineers and the most recommended pre's were Neve and API by a huge margin.

    I prefer a clean preamp that allows the instruments to sound natural..except the upright bass.
  5. hilltop

    hilltop Active Member


    Great river is made after neve 1073,highly recommended by a lot of bluegrass folks & Randy Kohr's one of nashvilles hottest engineers and producers.
  6. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    I would look at the DAV BG9. It's in your price range, and for that money you get a single very clean mic pre-amp plus a great DI input as a second channel for one of your instruments.

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