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bottom line on mics and mic pres...

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by macthedoulos, May 3, 2005.

  1. macthedoulos

    macthedoulos Guest

    what's better or more beneficial. or if you wanna answer negatively....what's worse...

    1. a great mic with just an ok mic pre/channel strip?
    2. a great mic pre/channel strip with just an ok mic?

    i'm sure some will say that it's relative and depends on which pieces of equipment you're working with, but i'm just looking for a general/"in most cases" answer.
  2. TeddyG

    TeddyG Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2005

  3. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    A good pre can work wonders on a cheap mic. Good mics can sound like sh*t through cheap pres. I vote for a good pre first but best case is a good mic and pre .... ymmv.
  4. tedcrop

    tedcrop Guest

    Good MIC and Good Pre.
  5. mikE@THECAVE

    mikE@THECAVE Guest

    i think i'll have to agree with Kurt on this one
  6. A pre can be like anabolic steroids or crank for your mic, depending on which way you go. Try to get the best mic you can first, but don't forget the pre's.
  7. maintiger

    maintiger Distinguished Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
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    hey, get a brick and a rode nt2A and you'll be sounding great for under 800 bucs... the brick is a quality tube pre and the nt2A has the same capsule as the K2- make sure you get the new model that has the new capsule though-

    If you don't have enough for both, buy the brick first and then the mic-
  8. CoyoteTrax

    CoyoteTrax Well-Known Member

    May 25, 2005
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    If I had to do it all over again I would spend 80% of my mic/pre budget on the pre's and get just 1 or 2 really good mic's; then take it from there.
  9. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    BEFORE I ever consider what mic and pre to use I make damn sure the source is usable. The room will matter much more than the gear. The song and song arrangement will matter much more than the room. With these items brought up to high quality, then the choice of finely crafted gear: mic first and its correct placement, then a preamp selected for its particular attributes...will make smiles all around at an session.

    A GREAT song can be captured with a cassette recorder and a mic and will STILL be a great song. A poorly written song can be captured on the finest gear and will sound just like a greatsounding piece of crap.
  10. MistaG

    MistaG Guest

    A good pre and sub par mics provide a wider range of options than the opposite.
  11. Midlandmorgan

    Midlandmorgan Active Member

    Jul 21, 2002
    As proven by anyone who has tried the good mic/mediocre pre can attest to...

    An SM57 though an OSA, API, any Neve clone will sound spectacular ... A U47 through a Ber*** will sound...like a Ber****...

    This is NOT to say low or mid level pres don't have their place in anyone's studio....but it is to say that when tracking a lot of sources at once, save the best pres you have for critical tracks (lead vox, etc...)

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