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Joe Meek VC1Q

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by jdsdj98, Jun 19, 2003.

  1. jdsdj98

    jdsdj98 Active Member

    Time to buy a nice pre. Looking for a better front end channel into that lowly beast of workstations, a 001. My only other pres are those in my 01V. I began looking at an RNP, coupled with either two RNC's, or a dbx dual channel compressor such as a 166. But now I've decided to go a little more high end and am seriously considering this one, with the optional S/PDIF digital card. Any first hand users here? I've seen them fairly often in studio equipment lists, but would like to hear some opinions on it. I know asking a question like this always seems to open up the door for lots of opinions on other pre's, but I'm specifically interested in opinions on this one at the moment.
  2. jdsdj98

    jdsdj98 Active Member


    Can't even buy these puppies anymore.

    Back to the drawing board.
  3. Mr Funk

    Mr Funk Guest

    I have VC1Q and think it is cool! It's not exactly a step up from an RNP, but more of a step accross. Did you want the comp and EQ as well or just the pre? Funky-Junk in the UK still have older JoeMeek (used and new) stuff at good prices (for the UK).

    I was considering the VC7 dual pre for £300.
  4. GreenLawns

    GreenLawns Guest

    is the pre alone as good as the RNP?
  5. jdsdj98

    jdsdj98 Active Member

    Yeah, I'm thinking more along the lines of a nice channel strip more so than just a stand alone pre, and I would like something with a little character and color. I also prefer having balanced I/O, which the RNP does not have. I'm still digging looking for a used VC1Q. If anyone knows of one in the U.S. for sale, please post here.
  6. StuartMac

    StuartMac Guest

    Personally I think the RNP completely floors the Joemeek stuff, both in terms of sound and general build quality. The RNP IS balanced, and can be used to balance the RNC as well. It also has a really good DI.

    The RNP / RNC combination is a far, far more professional setup than Joemeek stuff (and I do own some Joemeek things, btw), and I can't think of anything near to it in price that even comes close to its performance.
  7. jdsdj98

    jdsdj98 Active Member

    Thanks Stuart. I'll certainly weigh that into this decision. Anybody else out there use products from these two side by side?
  8. jdsdj98

    jdsdj98 Active Member

    OK, so the impulse to buy overtook me and I now have an RNP and 2 RNC's housed in a '69 Merc on the way to me from Mercenary. I've been weighing this one a while, so I guess it wasn't too impulsive. I'm sure I'll be more than pleased with 'em. After having these for a while I'll make a decision on my next pre to purchase, probably something with some serious character and color. Thanks for the replies.
  9. Richard Monroe

    Richard Monroe Active Member

    Hi Jaime! I use the twinQ, among other pres, and it is just right for a certain sound. It is a great preamp, but not the most versatile card in the deck. I kid you not, there are times I use it in preference to my Avalon. It's particularly good for airbrushing rough vocals. If you run an RNC as an insert, it changes the sound completely, and it gets rather clean. The optical compressor acts as a filter, and it's common for me to set the slope (threshold) all the way up, with the compression (ratio) all the way down, but leave it on! In theory, the compressor shouldn't do anything in that configuration, but it does, it shapes tone. Anyway, the whole line is being redesigned, and it looks like the new ones will be far better pres than the old ones, which are pretty good.-Richie

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