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pre-amp/channel strip for bass and vocals

Discussion in 'Bass' started by drumist69, Aug 28, 2007.

  1. drumist69

    drumist69 Active Member

    Hi all! I'm in the market for a channel strip or preamp that would mainly get use as a bass channel and vocal overdub channel. This being the budget gear forum, my first choice (and right in line with my budget) is the ART ProChannel...

    http://www.zzounds.com/item--ART215

    I've heard good things about it in general, but what about for bass and vocals specifically? Another prime contender, but very different, is the Groove Tubes Brick...not posting a link, I'm sure you all know wtf I'm talking about. Price is a little more, but still in line with what I want to spend on this upgrade.

    Anyone have thoughts about either or both of these for vocals and bass (honestly, bass is the main thing I'm after, but a better vocal sound never hurts), or any other pieces I should look into? Thanks! Andy
     
  2. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    API 312 module. Purchase 2. Purchase a bipolar 15 volt power supply. Purchase a couple of microphone connectors. Purchase a couple of potentiometers. You're in heaven. Don't look back.

    I'm in heaven
    Ms. Remy Ann David
     
  3. drumist69

    drumist69 Active Member

    I know the API stuff is highly regarded, but I've never had the chance to use it myself. Remy, would that be in my range of $400 or less? I kind of doubt it, but I don't know for that model for sure. Keep in mind this is the budget forum, but if you could point me to where I can get a pair of API pres for $400 or so, I'd be thrilled! Andy
     
  4. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    Actually the trick is to acquire an API 2520 op-amp. Then all you need is a Dean Jensen JE110k or JE115k or the equivalent Reichenbach microphone input transformer. You don't necessarily need the output transformer that API uses. If you want a balanced output try to find an old used UTC A-20 or Triad A-57J line level output transformer. That will give you plenty of color since they start to saturate at +15dbm into a 600 ohm load. You'll probably load it into 10,000 ohms or more. So you'll likely not saturate the transformer much. But that's half the fun.

    Unfortunately, I remember when the 2520's were only $45 each. Haven't priced one lately. I need a couple of replacements. You might want to try the John Hardy 2520 replacement? It's also a nice preamp.

    If you can find any use API 325 line level cards? All you would need is the input transformer to make a 312. That's pretty screwy math ain't it??

    Knee-deep in transformers
    Ms. Remy Ann David
     
  5. drumist69

    drumist69 Active Member

    Well,thanks for the idea Remy. I have no experience with electronics or soldering...so, this sounds like it might be over my head! Thanks anyway, though! Andy
     

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