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Color or Transparent?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Death addeR, Nov 9, 2003.

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  1. Death addeR

    Death addeR Guest

    Hi,

    I've been searching this website and others because I am thinking about getting a new mic preamp... right now, my choice is between one or two Studio Projects VTB-1's or one RNP... From what I see, a lot of people like the RNP, and a lot agree that the VTB-1 has more color...

    I've always been a fan of warmth and color, but to be honest, I haven't had a chance to do many A/B comparissions... I would mostly record guitar/voice/bass for rock/alternative/indie/emo/punk music... if anyone has heard the albumn by Mars Volta, that is the sound I really like... and, to make a long story short, I don't think my Art Tube MP is cutting it...

    My point is, maybe I do not fully understand what "color" is... can anyone, based on the above information (or questions for more info), recommed which of these two I should get?... or more tangible info (audio clips) to help me make a decission? ...thanks in advance!
     
  2. missilanious

    missilanious Guest

    check nowhere radio kurt did some comparisons on plenty of pre's using various mics. They are in MP3 format but it will give you some idea of how thw studio project pre stands up.
     
  3. Death addeR

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  4. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    If it's going to be your main (or only) pre, go with transparent. You don't want the same color all over everything you record.
     
  5. Death addeR

    Death addeR Guest

    Thanks for the tip...

    either way, after hearing those mp3s I am definately not going with the VTB-1... I can hear the sound I am trying to get rid of in that preamp as well (not as bad, though)...
     
  6. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Cheap toob pre's are guaranteed to disappoint. If you need something cheap, the DMP3 is one of the best values out there in a super-budget pre. The RNP would be a significant step up from that though.
     
  7. Death addeR

    Death addeR Guest

    Yeah, I think I am going to go with the RNP... I don't think I'll be able to do better than that unit without spending close to (or over) $2000, which is money I don't have right now... I would like to hear it first, but I might just take my chances... since many seem to love it
     
  8. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    I think the Sebatron vmp 2000, which goes for about $750 street, is a much better value for a great mic pre. I don't really lean towards the RNP because of the DC low voltage power supply and the overall approach philosiphy. The RNP is supposedly a photo realistic type pre which imparts no quality of it's own to the sound while the Sebatron will make a 57 sound killer (I know this because I have tried it). The Sebatron is the only pre I have ever heard that makes my Neumann U87 sound like it looks! It's a beautiful thing ...
     
  9. Death addeR

    Death addeR Guest

    Firstly, thanks for the reply Kurt...

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  10. Kurt Foster

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