Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by coldsnow, Apr 6, 2002.
Anyone tried the daking mic pre and eq combo?
I worked on some accoustic / rock stuff recorded on ADAT with those and it sounded AMAZING!
Go for it!
I have a pair and I use them all the time. They're very open and brighter then a Neve or API, but not clean like a Great River or something. The EQ is the best part of 'em. The mids are great. Overall they're very musical and cool. Not my first choice for everything but they rarely sound bad. Between those and my 1272's most bases are covered.
The Daking is a rebuild of the Trident A-Range.
Great sound, esp the EQ, which is one-of-a-kind.
I have a pair. I like the top end....hi mid...and lo cut...The jury's still out on the bottom. I think a 1073 eats it for lunch...although the top is less agressive. The pre is bright. I find less 10k to stuff when using it. Real nice combo.
ADDENDUM- the 1073's bottom eats it for lunch.
Having tons of bottom isn't something the Dakings are good at. I use mine for inside of kick in a two mic setup and snare snare while tracking. I use a 1272 for single mic kicks and outside kick in a two mic setup. I like that they're brighter and don't have the bottom that a Neve has. They compliment each other well.
Just reinforcing what has been said - they're definitely not for everything - on some vocals they can definitely sound too edgy. But I love it on a lot of drum kits - especially toms or snare. It's one of the things I instinctively go to when I have a darker source that can use some brightening - in a way that's nicer than switching to a mic with an overhyped high end.
I have one that I use for EQ only. Neve 1272 for pre.
Next to Pultec, best EQ ever. Better than Neve EQ.
We default to dakings now as our overheads. Great high/mid sound. Chain usually goes from a pair of dakings to either a pair of 1176's or Focus RED. Love em!
Interesting, I've never tracked with the Dakings as overheads but I used them to EQ on a transfer once and was loving it. Since then i've wanted to track OH's through them. whatelse do you have in the rack that they beat?
The pre's are very bright but I love them on ribbon mics. They seem to compliment each other very well.The eq seems to work really well on snare drum when nothing else will quite get it.
dakings are pretty hot, but nobody pointed out (to those unfamilar w/ 'em) the EQ aint subtle. +/-18dB boost and cut. a little knob turn is alot!
I've been using for overheads for awhile. A little 12 k...take out some 1k honk....subtract a little 500 or 250 and bring up the high pass to 100. I've been using them in combination with an ssl comp. Also I agree with produceher. A 1272 and a daking are a killer combination.
The ultimate is a Neve 1272 into a Daking into a Distressor.
future/now: Yes, a little does do alot but the EQ curves are very broad. So they remain musical. Although I rarely move them more than 1 to 1 1/2 notches.
interestingly, the pre/eq is not on the Daking page at Mercenary when I was looking today.
Interesting, when I was at the AES show I stopped by the Daking booth and Geoff had changed the pre/EQ 52270 I think? Anyway, it had a new face that was more Kermit green then forest green, more freqs for EQ, fixed high and low pass filters and way cheesier knobs. Maybe they no longer meet Fletchers standards or he's re-evaluating it. Either way I like the pair that I have.
Wow! I'm sorry to hear that! One of the coolest things about the Daking was its "built like a tank" feel. Those giant steel knobs and solid feeling switches... but I guess if they're a thing of the past it's just going to make our units all the more valuable if we ever decide to sell them...
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