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Langevin DVC vs Great River

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by johnnyrock, Dec 1, 2003.

  1. johnnyrock

    johnnyrock Guest

    I'm looking to upgrade preamps in my home studio and am weighing the pros and cons of the DVC vs the Great River( NV version ).I have never used either pre and this will be my first purchase of a high quality pre.What I'm most interested in is peoples experieneces using both with respect to loud,blues rock style guitar.Primarily the Langevin.For those of you you have direct experince using either or both of these pres with rock and roll style guitar ,and vocals,I'd really apreciate your comments and input.

    Thanks in Advance
  2. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Two high quality great but very different sounding units. The DVC has a compressor and 2-band eq which makes it an overall more flexable tool and even harder to fairly compare directly. For Rock or anything else, you can't go wrong with either one.
  3. johnnyrock

    johnnyrock Guest

    THanks for the input.

    As I've never used either one I'm stuck reading reviews until I can get my hands on one or the other.From what I gather people all love the Langevin for vocals,acoustic guitar,and DI bass,but I've heard no raves regarding a cranked out electric guitar.I personaly play a Les Paul Custom through a Maverick,the sound I'm looking for would be somewhere between Dave Alvin and Mike Campbell,maybe with a little bit of Buddy Guy or Eric Clapton.
  4. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Well first off, there really is NO mic pre that can be used to record all sources equally well. They all have points of strength and weakness. Sencond, the player, guitar, amp, mic choice and how the mic is used, make much more of a difference in the overall sound than the mic pre assuming your using a high quality mic pre. While many may prefer a different and/or more colored mic pre than the DVC, I would not hesitate to use one. It certainly is not going to make a bad recording assuming you have a good sounding source to record.
  5. slicraider

    slicraider Guest

    For my money (the studios money really) I like neve 1072s and API 312s for that type of guitar sound.
  6. slicraider

    slicraider Guest

    For my money (the studios money really) I like neve 1072s and API 312s for that type of guitar sound.
  7. Johnson Cabasa

    Johnson Cabasa Active Member

    i have both. the dvc is good for things that don't need to be large sounding. the great river is much better for things that need to sound big and full. the compressor on the dvc is ok but not great. it's only good for evening things out you can't really mess with stuff wiht it. the eq only does very high and very low
  8. Blueberry

    Blueberry Active Member

    I'm a Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck guitar player myself, and I love the sound I get with a Blue Blueberry mic and the DVC. Sounds like the amp is being played through my monitors.

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