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Mic Pre selection opinions

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by MrJesus, May 11, 2008.

  1. MrJesus

    MrJesus Active Member

    Dec 2, 2007
    To make things short, I'm building somewhat of a monster of a home studio. I've been trying to ferret out the best preamp selections possible for my price range, and heres what I've come up with.

    I'm looking for about 24 channels of preamps, budget is about $25k

    For the completely transparent side, and my main source of preamps, I was looking at 2 Grace m801s. That gives me 16 channels of pristine, clear preamps for anything I need them for.

    For the colored, not so clear side, I was looking at the following -

    UA LA-610
    Drawmer 1969
    Great River MEQ-1NV
    UA 6176
    Focusrite Liquid Channel
    Vintech X73i
    GT SuPRE

    Thoughts? Things I could swap out with equivelants and save cash? Is this a good balance of clear/colored preamps?

  2. Crankitup

    Crankitup Guest

    You need some API in there
  3. johnthemiracle

    johnthemiracle Active Member

    Jul 26, 2004
    vienna, austria
    Home Page:
    checkout the millennia media stuff...i've got their 8 channel hv3d and it rocks...ultra transparent...
  4. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Moderator

    Feb 23, 2005
    Agreed. $25K and no lunch box? There should be a law... :lol:
  5. DonnyWright

    DonnyWright Guest

    I'd throw a True 8 in there instead of 2 Grace.
    Secret weapons:
    Langevin Dual Vocal Combo
    Presonus ADL600 (yes! Presonus...this is one wonderful hunk of metal)

    Not so secret:
    Avalon 737

    +1 on the LA-610, love that one.
  6. Link555

    Link555 Distinguished Member

    Mar 31, 2007
    North Vancouver
    No Buzz Audio?
  7. MadMax

    MadMax Distinguished Member

    Mar 18, 2001
    Sunny & warm NC
    Home Page:
    Lunch box of 1073's and a lunch box of API's.... done.
  8. Weasel9992

    Weasel9992 Guest

    Yeah...I was also wonder where the lunchbox and API was too.

    +1 for the Great River and ADL600. Did I see any Pacifica? On the *VERY* colorful side, there's Shadow Hills...the Gamma is a lunchbox format.

  9. pmolsonmus

    pmolsonmus Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2003
    Maybe its just me - 25k on pres for a home studio?????

    I hope you're independently wealthy and not planning on getting your return back anytime soon.

    What strikes me as odd is that you're asking advice on an internet forum that you haven't spent a lot of time on and ready to drop significant change on things you may or may not understand.

    It's possible you've done your homework and you're trying to narrow down selections, but if you're dropping that kind of money you should definitely HEAR and WORK WITH the units mentioned.

    A few hundred bucks spent at a studio that has some of this equipment would be my first order of business.

    My .02 (that's $24,999.98 cheaper)
  10. craigboy

    craigboy Guest

    The Liquid Channel will provide some interesting results when used with a Tube Mic. I am currently recording a Gospel CD using a Trion 8000 on lead vocals with Liquid Channel using the FLAT mic pre with Red 7 compression. In addition, I am using the digital output going into an Motu HD192. This combination sounds very good.

    I rate clarity on a scale of 1 -10 a 10
    I rate transparency a 9.5
    I rate warmth a 10

    Not to mention I have over fifty different combinations of compression and microphone preamp at my discretion. You can not go wrong with this set up.

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