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Microphone & Pre Amp Recommendations?

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by ChrisDavid, May 6, 2006.

  1. ChrisDavid

    ChrisDavid Guest

    Does anyone have any microphone/Pre-amps they would recommend?

    Has anyone tried the M-Audio Luna - mic? Any comments??

    Product availability in Canada is also a must! (I'm sure all major brands are available here...but I'm not really sure).

    Any help is appreciated!

  2. dterry

    dterry Active Member

    Any specific price range or other requirements? 2-channel pre? 8-channel? Single? Is this a general purpose mic/pre (vocals, instruments, etc), or specialty?
  3. ChrisDavid

    ChrisDavid Guest

    I'd like to keep the cost of the mic and preamp below $500 Cdn.

    General purpose for recording male vocals.

    I've already got a midi sound card that has the capability of having a preamp hooked up to it. (The card I have is M-Audio's Audiophile).

    2 channel would likely be sufficient.

    Thanks for your response.
  4. dterry

    dterry Active Member

    I would take a look at this for an inexpensive mic pre: http://www.fmraudio.com/RNP8380.htm (they so have Canadian distributors).

    I can't vouch for the quality personally, but FMR has a good reputation for quality inexpensive gear. Street price might be in your price range, with a mic, but it is close. For mics, I have heard the Luna is very good for the price.

    Another is the Studio Projects VTB-1. Again, haven't used it, but it's inexpensive and more likely to be decent than some others.
  5. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    If you are looking for something in that price range, I might suggest a pair of those ART $60 US each tube microphone preamplifiers and a nice Shure Beta 58. A very nice general-purpose microphone with a little extra high frequency response over the venerable SM58 and tough enough to hammer nails with! Very manly! I think you might also find that the Beta 58 sounds more like a Neumann U87 than any other cheap condenser microphone? Very nice for male vocals, sung or spoken.

    Please don't beat me with that microphone.
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  6. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Well-Known Member

    Beta58 sounds closer to an U87 than any other condenser?.....

    One combination I would highly recommend you is: aSebatron VMP2000VU with a TLM 193.
  7. TeddyG

    TeddyG Well-Known Member


    The poster's asking for a mic/pre combo for 500(Canadian) or less!

    The TLM 193 is, what, 1400 smackers(US)! ALL BY ITSELF!

    What the Sebatron costs I don't know, as a Google search came up with nothing, not even a factory link(Other than posts on this forum)? I must have spelled it wrong..?

    Let's let the person "work up", ey..?

    I guess we all knew U87's never were that great as mics, and not very good carpentry tools...... Come to think of it, I didn't like that Newman guy on Seinfeld, either. He should stay home and try to design better mics, with better studio construction abilities.

  8. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Well-Known Member


    well, under U$500. Art Pro VLA ( used)??
    A cheap condenser.... At4040 is pretty good, around U$300.

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