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Good sounding MultiChannel Mic Pre?

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by Gib, Feb 12, 2007.

  1. Gib

    Gib Active Member

    Any opinions or experiece with good 4-8 channel mic pre's? Loookin for anyone who has used the Presonous digimax, focusrite octopre, mackie onyx Millennia hv-3d or other multichannel preamps. Im trying to gather some info on the pros/cons of each, and which ones will give the best sound. Any help, ideas, input is greatly appreciated!

    Thanks! :D
     
  2. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Hey Gib -

    I don't mean to be critical, but you're not going to get a useful answer with a vague question like that. Furthermore, if you do a search, you'll find numerous discussions on all of the hardware you mentioned.

    The range of hardware you provide is similar to asking about peoples thoughts on cars ranging from a Geo Metro to a Lexus. It just doesn't make sense.

    Perhaps you could tell us what it is you're looking for and what you'll be recording with it. Other useful information would be things like...what mics you'll be hooking up to it, what kind of conversion you'll be using (if any), what existing hardware you'll be using, the kind of music, etc.

    Cheers -

    J.
     
  3. Gib

    Gib Active Member

    The reason I asked the question in the format that I did, is because I have already read about most if not all of these pieces of gear. In addition I have used both the Millennia HV-3D, and the presonous digimax. Also the range of music going to be recorded by any of the above devices will be vast. The mics I am going to be using in front of the preamps is not yet decided upon. All I can say right now is that it will be converted, using a Motu HD-192 interface then from there into Logic 7 on a Mac G5.

    I wanted to just ask what other peoples experiences were on these pres, no matter what and how they used them. ALL input is valuable no matter what. and just hearing from other people what they think might help me decide if what I am thinking is accurate or not.

    Thanks :)
     
  4. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    I understand that. You might want to use the search feature. All of this has been discussed numerous times on this board.
     
  5. Audient ASP008 (8 channels of very good quality) :cool:
    http://www.audient.co.uk/product_ASP008_1360.aspx

    If you have some money over get also the Audient Centro. It colors nicely with the ASP008. :lol:
    http://www.audient.co.uk/product_Centro_1361.aspx
     
  6. JoeH

    JoeH Well-Known Member

    If you're looking for uncolored, top end stuff, consider Grace Designs. The m802 is about the best there is out there, and it can also work with a remote, sold as an accessory. There is also a ribbon mic feature now, as well, so you've got all bases covered. It won't make anything "phat" or hot or whatever, just clean, with lots of level.
     
  7. Gib

    Gib Active Member

    Thanks for the links, info, and answers everyone. Much appreciated! I
     
  8. Imago

    Imago Guest

    the focusrite ISA428 is a really nice piece of gear too. Very warm.
     
  9. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    Screw all of the inexpensive and boutiquey stuff. Give me an 8 pack of API and/or Neve preamps, in any flavor or variety. I don't want clean and transparent. I want color and lots of it. Lots of iron and simple topography circuits. Six transistors is all you need to get your microphone into your computer.

    I have plenty of 8 packs
    Ms. Remy Ann David
     
  10. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    I'm siding with Remy.

    Go to http://www.seventhcircleaudio.com and mess with any configuration you want.

    1 to 8 channels of different flavors at your disposal...Neve, API, John Hardy, and Millennia.
     
  11. Imago

    Imago Guest

    I recently got a focusrite Red-1 and it is quickly becoming one of my go to pre's for lots of tasks. Consider it....you'll be glad you did.
     
  12. EricWatkins

    EricWatkins Active Member

    Hey Arthur,
    Thanks for the link. Looks really cool. I'm assuming you can testify to the sound quality of these? Anyone else gone this route? I'd really like to hear more about this. I do know a decent amount about electronics and circuitry but havent ever done soldering of this type. Maybe I could practice up on some other things while I save some money for some of these.

    Eric
     
  13. EricWatkins

    EricWatkins Active Member

    Hey Arthur,
    Thanks for the link. Looks really cool. I'm assuming you can testify to the sound quality of these? Anyone else gone this route? I'd really like to hear more about this. I do know a decent amount about electronics and circuitry but havent ever done soldering of this type. Maybe I could practice up on some other things while I save some money for some of these.

    Eric
     
  14. EricWatkins

    EricWatkins Active Member

    Hey Arthur,
    Thanks for the link. Looks really cool. I'm assuming you can testify to the sound quality of these? Anyone else gone this route? I'd really like to hear more about this. I do know a decent amount about electronics and circuitry but havent ever done soldering of this type. Maybe I could practice up on some other things while I save some money for some of these.

    Eric
     
  15. elcubo

    elcubo Active Member

    API 3124...you wont regret...
     
  16. Ballz

    Ballz Guest

    I'll second that. And add to it: lots of clean gain!!
     

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