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One channel or two?

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by booinec, Apr 14, 2005.

  1. booinec

    booinec Guest

    As I put my list of equipment preamps, compressors channel strips, etc., together I have assumed that for any decent stereo work I need two channels. For example, I'm looking at the UA 2-610.
    This is mostly for acoustic guitar and vocals with drums, bass, and keys going in directly.
    I'm wondering if for good tracking (mixing to be outsourced) I should be looking instead at solid single channel gear, like the UA LA 610 someone recommended recently.
    Thoughts please.
  2. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    I love UA gear ... so don't get me wrong. But if I were to have only 2 matched channels of pres for tracking. I wouldn't want it to be the 610s because they are not that flexible. The Sebatron vmp series of mic pres are much more useable across a wide range of applications. Check out a vmp20000e .
  3. booinec

    booinec Guest

    Thanks for the reply. I'll look into the Sebatron gear. I notice they are an Austrailian company? Do they have dealers in the US, or any other US presence? I expect they are a top notch firm, but tough to enforce a warranty from 12,000 miles away.
    Again my question if you please, do you recommend one channel or two?
  4. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    I do think there are some US dealers. You should ask Sebatron about that.

    I have a Sebatron vmp 4000e and I have never had an issue. It has worked perfectly for well over a couple of years. I am looking forward to getting a "THORAX" very soon ... I just recieved an email saying it is shipping MONDAY!!!! (I'm soooooo excited!)
    Sebatron has a forum here at RO so if you have any issues he can be contacted here ... which is reassuring because you know if you're not happy you can make a big public stink ... Everyone I know of who has purchased any Sebatron product has been very happy with it. Otherwise I wouldn't recommend them.
  5. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Damn it all Kurt...you got me wanting one of those Seb 4000's. I already bought a Great River 2 channel pre after reading your review on it, here at recording.org (Neve on steriods, if you will) that sold me! :shock:
    And the next week a got an API 3124+, also mainly because I truely respect your opinion, and it was high on your list. Chris @ littledog audio said that he loved them both just as much as you.
    So now I got to have one of these Sebatrons! However I wanted to ask you a question?
    How often do you cascade with the micpre's on the 4 channel Seb?
    I was just curious. I wasn't sure if a 2 channel would be nice or if cascading was the main reason for the 4 channel.
  6. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Luke .... use "The Force" ... (I bet you never heard that!) sorry ...

    OK ... I don't do the cascade thing much except sometimes for distortion with direct guitars, bass and I did it once with an old crystal mic for a distorted vocal track ... It's a cool trick and it's nice to have it in reserve.

    I'm sure there's a lot of very subtle stuff that can be done using varying amounts of drive and attenuation but I usually work very quickly and don't dick around to much ... I just take it as it is.

    I have also used the Seb as an amp to route my -10 level cassette deck into my +4 level DAW. I had some old live tapes recorded back in the early 80s on cassette and running them through the Seb really punched them up a lot.

    It's about as close as you can come to a "Goodulator" as you're gonna get.

    I'm the kind of guy who used to drink a couple six packs and a fifth of Jack Daniels (before I figured out that I was an "instant ars-hole", just add booze) ..... I always figured that if a shot and a beer was good, 15 shots and beers would be better ..... so I am not the right person to ask how many channels of Sebs are enough ... I have 4 and I would love 4 more (at least!).
  7. http://www.proaudiotoys.com/Store/search.aspx?k=sebatron

    That's what happened when I googled it. The dealer is located in Oregon.

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