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Good cheap preamp?

Discussion in 'Preamps & Processing' started by recording123, Aug 19, 2007.

  1. recording123

    recording123 Guest

    Hi - I'm recording mostly acoustic and vocals - sort of Neil Young-ish songs. In the past I've just gone directly into my ProTool LE with a PPA LD-1. I'm looking to buy a decent preamp to warm up and fill out the signal. Don't want to spend much more than 200. Is this possible, any good places to start? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
  2. Jeremy

    Jeremy Active Member

    Aug 9, 2005
    From LV but Army brought me to TN
    save up, there is nothing in this price range worth dropping the money. Get about 500-600 and you get great opportunities. Look to save for a used UA LA610, or Blue Robbie.
  3. Link555

    Link555 Distinguished Member

    Mar 31, 2007
    North Vancouver
    for that price range I like my APHEX 107, its won't pretty up your recording, but it won't make it worse. Although at very high gains it does have a bit of noise. You can get them off ebay for about $100 USD. I have changed the tubes out in mine, to lower gain versions, since I don't typically need that high of gain.
  4. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    Sep 26, 2005
    Look for a used API 312 microphone preamp card on eBay. All you need with that card is a + & -15 volts power supply and a couple of connectors. That's a $500 microphone preamp in a different box for only a couple of bills. The soldering iron will cost you four dollars at the local shack. Once you hear that microphone preamp with that lovely input transformer, you'll know everything else is a fake.

    Not a fake but an original
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  5. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2001
    Oberlin, OH
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    First have a look at this http://www.rane.com/note148.html

    If you are handy with a soldering gun






    Best of luck....my own personal favorite inexpensive microphone preamp is
    the Studio Projects VTB-1 Tube Blend Mic Preamp http://www.studioprojectsusa.com/vtb1.html

    I got mine used at GC for $100.00 but they are available on the web for $119.00
  6. Ionia

    Ionia Guest

    Really Nice?

    I've been researching the "really nice preamp" from a company called FMR Audio. Check it out:


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