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Good Peamps?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by alstonblues, Sep 7, 2009.

  1. alstonblues

    alstonblues Guest

    Hey guys its me again,

    I just wanted to know if any of you could suggest any good mic preamps in the $100 to $150 range..(preferably one with more that one mic I/O)..cause i bought an art preamp an the thing broke after the 4th use...so im not trying to go for anything cheap...

    thanks in advance
     
  2. jammster

    jammster Active Member

    M-Audio DMP3

    I never used one, just read good things about one.

    http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/DMP3/
     
  3. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    Just a preamp? Not an interface? There is also the Blue Tube Series from Presonus it is about $210.00 for the Dual and $130.00 for the single. I've used them they're nice for stuff in that price range. Just so you know $150-$200 is cheap for a preamp LOL. Which ART did you have because some of their midmarket stuff is pretty good, and even the little cheap (Tube MP) one gets some good reviews considering it is only $50.00. If it is new it should have a warranty from ART, send it back.

    BTW the Sweetwater link says that M-Audio has those on back order with no known ship date.
     
  4. Mckey

    Mckey Active Member

    Why not just save another 100 up and get a brick? Or just invest in a nicer interface? I dont know what youre using but if 150 is your budget for a pre I cant imagine your interface is high quality. I better interface would do more for you than a cheap preamp IMHO. I know plenty of people using digi 002s and 003s without hardly using pres, and thanks to nice plug ins, they get pretty good results. Im not saying an interface is all you need at the end of the day, but a cheap pre isnt going to fix a cheap interface.
     
  5. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    +10
     
  6. jammster

    jammster Active Member

    +1=11
    8)
     
  7. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Unfortunately $100-$150 in the outboard preamp range is 'cheap'.

    However, for a max of twice that much you get into some stuff that will actually last you until you really decide to get crazy about this GAS and get on with it.

    Used units such as an Aphex 207, Art MPA,Symetrix stuff, are all better in quality of build and sound quality. A Brick might be okay, but I find that your skills need to be honed a bit to really get out of that unit what they intended it to do.
     
  8. alstonblues

    alstonblues Guest

    well im recording into a boss br-j8 multitrack recorder and it doesnt have phantom powere...so im looking for a preamp with about 4 mic inputs and +48V phantom power

    what do u suggest?
     
  9. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Are you going to use all 4 tracks at once?

    If so, revise your expense account.
     
  10. Mckey

    Mckey Active Member

    yikes... multitrack recorders... yuck...

    ummm yeah, listen to davedog, wise man.
     
  11. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    Spend two hundered by 2 Aphex 107's. Change the tubes to 12AT7's and be happy.
     
  12. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    I just dropped you a PM regarding the 107. I just bought one off of Craigslist for $70 USD (!) and it's in mint condition.

    To the poster: FWIW, I can vouch for the 107, I now own 2, and I have a bunch (well, more than 10, plus an 8-bus Ramsa with 20 decent pre's) to choose from and compare to. The 107's are not exactly Grace or Neve levels, but they are certainly a step up from what's in most compact mixers.
    Like Davedog mentioned, the Brick is a bit twitchy to use in many situations. I have found that the 107 seems to be easier to gain stage, and has some additional features that make it more flexible in multiple mic'ing sources. You can find these on the internet all the tume for less than $100 USD.
     
  13. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    As a fan and regular user of the 107 with AT7s in place, I can firmly agree! Well worth the money.
    Now, let's keep this our little secret so we don't drive up the price... ;-)
     
  14. jammster

    jammster Active Member

    Thanks for the tip!

    You guys are great!
     

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