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FMR RNP Vs Presonous MP20 anyone?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Gib, Mar 20, 2007.

  1. Gib

    Gib Active Member

    Sorry If this is in another thread, but I didnt see it with a really quick search. I cant decide between the 2 units (FMR RNP/Presonous MP20). I just need 2 decent/good channels of pre amps for location recording into my Alesis Masterlink. I cant afford all too much and these 2 units are in my price range for now. I will be using handbuilt cardiods and omnis going into the pres. Any Suggestions or Comments from anybody who has used both or either the FMR RNP or the Presonous MP20?

    Thanks is Advance!
  2. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    I can only comment on the MP20, as I have not used the RNP. The MP20
    has not been consistent over the years that it's been on the market. PreSonus started out gangbusters with the unit, using Jensen input transformers. With the exception of that "IDSS" gimmick (I thought that it made it sound "ratty"), the box was pretty clean and quiet. But like all things PreSonus, there came a change where they stopped using the Jensens, and this resulted in a front end that was much easier to overload with loud sources, and had a "mushier" low end extension. I was sorry that I sold the earlier one that I had, and told the guy with the later version to get something "better"...we both bought Grace 101's and never looked back.
    Based on my experiences with FMR gear, I'd say that the build quality and performance of the RNP would be preferable to the stuff PreSonus is making these days, too....
  3. Gib

    Gib Active Member

    Thanks for your input Moonbaby! I appreciate all info that everyone takes time to sumbit. Very Helpful!
  4. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    So I have the FMR RNP, but have never tried the MP20. The build quality of the RNP (and the RNC) has been excellent. Very reliable and easy to operate if you don't mind the 6dB step pots. I pretty much confirm that the things they say on the web site about the design choices they made to put out a preamp at this price are accurate. I would warn you that "relatively neutral sonics" probably means relative to the other pres in this price range. The top end is not as hyped as a number of competitors, but I wouldn't call it exactly neutral. With that said, I find it a good match for several of my mics and I love it as a DI for electronic keyboards. Hope this helps.
  5. Gib

    Gib Active Member

    Thanks Bob. Yes it does help. I really dont like the 6db steps on the gain, but Im thinking I can get by with a compressor as well. .Thanks Again!
  6. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    As I say, mine is mounted next to my RNC, so I can just tweak the gain on that if I feel it's necessary. Really never been a problem once I got used to it.
  7. Gib

    Gib Active Member

    DBX 386?

    Anybody used the dbx 386? Im curious on how this unit has performed for anybody out there.

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