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Matching a PreAmp with a TLM 103 ?

Discussion in 'Preamps & Processing' started by shanabit, Dec 7, 2004.

  1. shanabit

    shanabit Active Member

    Dec 7, 2004
    Hey fellas. I have a TLM 103 and I'm trying to find a really good Pre for it. I will be tracking Vocals and Acoustic Guitar. What would you match up with it and why? Dont think about $$$$. What pre do you think would make the mic sound the best. The TLM 103 capsule is designed off the Neumann U87. :D
  2. LittleDogAudio

    LittleDogAudio Active Member

    Sep 24, 2004
    I would suggest either the Great river Me-1NV or the Avalon M5. I have both and have used them with a clients TLM 103 ( I don't own this particular mic) and I really dig the sounds.

    With either of these pre's, every mic you have, will become more valuable in thier use. They also both make great DI's.

  3. J-3

    J-3 Active Member

    Jul 20, 2004
    I use my 103 all the time with a Great River MP2NV then thru a EL8x distressor. Dig it. With that pre and that mic you get no noise, hiss etc. You can also color up the MP2NV and get the neve vibe happening. I've owned a few Neve, Meek, Drawmer etc pres and I think this pre is one of the most versitle pres made. It sound great on just about everything imo.

    Good Luck
  4. wafuradio

    wafuradio Guest

    i have the avalon m5 as well and use it all the time with my TLM103. i use them both to record vocals and acoustic guitar.
    i am very happy with this combination of gear.
  5. Markd102

    Markd102 Well-Known Member

    Apr 24, 2001
    I run mine through a Buzz Audio SSA1.1
    Very clean and natural "what you hear is what you get" sound.
    Doesn't suit everyone, but our vocalist sounds fantastic with this chain.
  6. shanabit

    shanabit Active Member

    Dec 7, 2004
    Thanks for the replies guys. Anyone else? :D

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