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preamps - Great River vs Focusrite Red

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by michjassir, Oct 17, 2006.

  1. michjassir

    michjassir Active Member

    Hi im planning buying another pre for my studio about $2000, i was wondering what sounds best agreat river or a focusrite red[/b]
  2. DIGIT

    DIGIT Guest

    >>i was wondering what sounds best agreat river or a focusrite red<<

    Pres, wine & partners are a HIGHLY subjective choice.

    If I could afford it I'd have a collection of at least 20 different pres...so far, I have managed to get 6 which I personally like. They are used all the time but, for different reasons, each has its own sound and character.

    Just recently, I was incredibly fortunate to get a used (but MINT) TL-A VP-1 pre for less than a grand and it has proven to be an excellent performer and was used exclusively on two projects involving voice and acoustic guitar with superb results. It is now one of my favorite next to my Millennia, U-Audio, NEVE and SSL units.

    Personally, I don't like the ones you mentioned but, as I have said...it's a HIGHLY subjective choice. Only YOU can decide which is "best" based on your taste and needs.
  3. MadMax

    MadMax Well-Known Member

    I don't have a Red, so no comment.

    I do have the MP2-MH.

    It's a great pre for CLEAN work. Lot's O' gain with little to no coloration. If you're looking for a "Warm" or "Flavored" pre, the GR's probably aren't going to be your ticket.

  4. Groff

    Groff Active Member

    my friend has both. i prefer GR mp 2nv. the red is a bit cold to my ears.
  5. chrispick

    chrispick Guest

    Of the two, I'd get the Great River, provided you're doing rock and pop stuff. It's got a nice kind of meat and punch for those styles.

    As for having 20+ different pres: That's crazy. If you can't get the sound you want from, say, four different types of pre, then you're not utilizing the equipment fully. Plus, although a pre is a factor of the sound equation, it's a usually a small part. Mic and mic placement influence aural qualities more. Same with most EQs and comps.
  6. leapfrog

    leapfrog Guest

    check out Martech MSS 10.
  7. Someone with experience with the 'PRE' interface from Digidesign ?

    I'm interesting...


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