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Good gear for classical/jazz?

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by divingduck, Feb 17, 2005.

  1. divingduck

    divingduck Guest

    My first post to any forum ever..... :shock:
    (This is such a cool forum, it gets my cherry)

    I'd like to know some recommendations for a front end for recording live classical (small chamber ensembles) and small jazz groups, in good acoustics.
    I'd like to get top-flite gear that will have a place in an SSL-AWS900 based studio in a couple of years.
    I've decided on an Apogee AD-16x converter and need preamps and mic pair (s).
    Thinking of SSL X-Logic 4-way mic-pres, and mics in £700-1000 range (c. $1600?) each.

    Thanks for any suggestions.

    (Relative newbie learning fast)
  2. FifthCircle

    FifthCircle Well-Known Member

    Take a look through the posts over in the Acoustic music forum (a couple sections down on the main page)... You'll find a lot of answers to your questions there. There are (of course) a large number of varying opinions, but it will give you some ideas on where to start...

    I like a variety of mics from Schoeps and Sennheiser MKH series on the clean end, to Royer and Coles ribbons to vintage Neumann tube mics. I like pres with a little bit of character to them- Vac Rac and Hardy being favorites, but I'm also looking forward to trying the DAV Electronic ones... Others like Grace and Millennia (both excellent products as well that I wouldn't mind having).

    Well, glad to see you here...

  3. divingduck

    divingduck Guest

    Thanks for the reply; I like the idea of ribbons, what do you think of the AEA R84? How does that compare with Coles 4038/40?

    I'll check out the acoustic forum too, apologies if I'm in the wrong place... :oops:
  4. FifthCircle

    FifthCircle Well-Known Member

    Can't really say as I haven't used the R84 or the coles 4040... I have used the 4038 a lot and it is a favorite of mine. I think the top end on the Royer is a bit better, though- and the R122's active stage makes it a joy to work with.


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