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Really really cheap preamp

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by scooterscot, Feb 9, 2008.

  1. scooterscot

    scooterscot Active Member

    I would like to improve the quality of my vocals a bit, but I have no money. Would this make any noticeable change?

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  2. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Hard to say without a comparison.
    What's in the chain currently?
  3. scooterscot

    scooterscot Active Member

    Well right now im using an M-Audio Nova condenser into a Mbox mini 2 into garageband. Unless my friend leaves his mic, which is an MXL V69 tube condenser.
  4. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Not really, not enough to make you jump up and say "hot damn, listen to what I just did".

    The preamp in the Mbox is equal to, if not better than, the ART box.
    If you can, you should go to your nearest music shop and try out some different mics on your vox.

    Comparison shop, find what fits you best.

    Have you tried an SM57 or 58?
    Condensers aren't the be-all, end-all when it comes to vox...
  5. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Welcome to RO, by the way!
  6. scooterscot

    scooterscot Active Member

    Yeah, I have an sm57. I usually dont use it for vocals tho, unless im going for a different sound. And thank you very much for the help Mr. Bent!
  7. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    You're welcome!

    If you do find that perfect mic that fits your voice / style - please come back and let us know about it!

    BTW, lots of famous cats sing through 57's and 58's in the studio - pass it around.
  8. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Oh, one other thing - try taking the mics you already have access to and turning them a little to the left, the right, tilted forward - you don't always get the best results singing directly into the diaphragm. Even if you're using a thousand dollar mic!
  9. scooterscot

    scooterscot Active Member

    Okay, I will definitely have to try that. Thanks again.
  10. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Hey Bent - isn't "Mr. Bent" your dad??
  11. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    No, surprisingly enough, I was dropped here as a spore.

    Being the BeNt number one to arrive on this rock, I think it is totally within my rights to command such titles as "Mr." and "Sir", as well as "Captain" and "His Majesty", to name but a few!

    :lol: :lol: :lol:

    ??? :roll:
  12. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    Lord Bent, I'm not sure I can deal with this Major Generalization but as we all know, the Colonel does chicken right. So can I address you as Mr. Chicken Bent?

    Chicken fingers
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  13. cfaalm

    cfaalm Active Member

    The ART MP works nice as (replacement) DI for (bass) guitar. I use a simpler version of that one (without the meter) and it works. It is indeed not special, but it's OK.
  14. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Anyway you like it, mistress Remy!

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