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looking for mic pre suggestions

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by MightyFaulk, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. MightyFaulk

    MightyFaulk Active Member

    hey everyone,

    I've decided to scratch my mixing console and go with a mic pre / AD setup. I only use the console for the mic preamps anyways so it's really pointless to have it in my setup.

    I'm looking for suggestions on mic preamps. My ideal setup would be a nice 8 channel preamp that is versatile for any type of mic. The simpler the better, I'm really only looking for gain and individual phantom power for each pre. I'd rather it not even include the digital outputs,

    Or if need be, I can start building a rack with preamps fit to match individual microphones.

    so who's got some suggestions? I appreciate everyone's opinions on these forums!
  2. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    JLM Audio TMP-8.

    For more variety a 500 series rack offers a multitude of different manufacturers modules that do different things. Customizing a rack for different mics and sources can ease the work in some ways, but being old skool as I am, it can also be too many choices.

    The JLM stuff is built down-under and is extremely good.
  3. BDM

    BDM Active Member

    if i had a chunk of change, i would buy an API 3124 and maybe a Focusrite ISA 428. and a more comfortable chair!
  4. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    We had some pretty extensive discussions of 500 series preamps
    here and
    here. If you are going for eight or more channels, the up front cost of the rack gets distributed pretty well and the cost per channel is good. As you will read, I ended up getting aa API 3124+ and not going with a rack. I love it.
  5. Greener

    Greener Guest

    Mr. Rogers, those two threads you linked are great. Two thumbs up.
  6. MightyFaulk

    MightyFaulk Active Member

    yes they are thank you and thanks all for the suggestions i've definitely got some great insight now.
  7. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    My next is 3124+ its a great 4 channel pre.
  8. MightyFaulk

    MightyFaulk Active Member

    my only question is why do all these preamps have xlr out when it seems like the next step would be to run to the A/D with a 1/4" TRS? Should there be something else in between the two?
  9. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    ? My ADC has XLR connectors....

    but it really doesn't matter what type on connector you use.
  10. MightyFaulk

    MightyFaulk Active Member

    i just got an apogee ensemble and it's got 1/4" TRS. So it kind of matters.
  11. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    XLR and TRS are both balanced connectors. You can buy, make, or have made XLR to TRS individual cables or four or eight channel snakes.

    For Example
  12. MightyFaulk

    MightyFaulk Active Member

    thanks i just wasnt sure if XLR to TRS was really accepted in the industry as a professional way about hooking up gear. im used to just running everything out of the groups/aux of a mixing board.
  13. CDSoundMaster

    CDSoundMaster Active Member

    In general, xlr and trs are both fine. You are safe running slightly longer distances with both since they are balanced. If you have to translate from unbalanced gear, then you are best to convert it to balanced via a d.i. box to then connect to xlr or trs so that the distance of the cable is balanced. If you are translating from balanced to balanced, there is no loss using an xlr-to-trs.

    Some consider xlr the best choice bc it can be locked/clicked into place, depending on if the equipment uses the nicer connection.

  14. Presonus M80 with upgraded Jenson transformers is a great sounding workhorse pre IMO.

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