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What is the best project studio mic pre < $1k?

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by rigbuzz, Jun 9, 2005.

  1. rigbuzz

    rigbuzz Guest

    The challenge I'm having here is finding a great sounding, versatile mic-pre for under $1k. I'd prefer a channel strip - but to find one of high quality under $1k may be difficult. Also, I'm fine with a single channel - but if there's a great item with 2 or more - that would great too. Anyone have any suggestions? Here are a few auctions that ended on eBay recently. How would you rate these?

    TRIDENT S20 - $717
    MEEK V2 - $800
    Vintech Neve 1272 $930
    HHB Radius 10 Tube Mic Preamp - $482
    Toft Audio EC-1 Preamp/Compressor/EQ $600
    Amek System 9098 - $900
    FOCUSRITE Green - 1, 2, or VB3
  2. SPLstudio

    SPLstudio Guest

    You can check the listennings sessions @ http://www.thelistenningsessions.com .
    They have plenty of mic pres with samples.
    In my opinion i would choose a Great River or John Hardy.
    They have 1 channel pres in that price range.
  3. Clive Banks

    Clive Banks Guest

    I would recommend getting the best preamp you could get.
    Don't EVEN think about getting a cheap all in one because it may get you further away from the sound that you're chasing. I ALWAYS BElieved that if the instrument and voice were good and the microphone and preamp were good YOU SHould not need to EQ or COMPress.COnsider the AMEK or TRIDENT but antything else may not specifically make any better results than the preamp you may already have.
  4. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    IMO the only pre listed worth considering is the Amek Neve 9098. This is a very versitle mic pre and you cannot beat the EQ section. You will find double duty for this one. I have a pair of them in my rack and I love them.

    Look at a Sebatron vmp 1000e or 2000e ... these are within your reach and they are fabulous!
  5. rigbuzz

    rigbuzz Guest

    Awesome. Thanks for the recommendations. I've read a lot of the other posts re: pre-amps, and it looks as if the Sebatron's are very highly regarded. What do you all think of the Drawmer 1960?
  6. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    I had one and I hated it. The pre was noisy and the comp sounded very colored ... a lot of squishiness ... It was very difficult to use without hearing side effects.
  7. foldedpath

    foldedpath Guest

    You can get the single channel Great River ME-1NV for $1,075.00.

    I have the 2-channel MP-2NV version and it's wonderful. It's also very versatile with the DI inputs, the different mic interfacing options, and the ability to range from clean to "thick" depending on how you use the gain staging. There is plenty of gain for ribbon mics too (70db). Ribbons seem to be getting very popular (again) recently, so whatever pre you end up with, I'd recommend looking for at least 60db of gain and preferably a bit more.
  8. ShellTones

    ShellTones Guest

    You can also get one channel of John Hardy or Speck for < $1,000.
  9. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    While I agree that the Amek is the top of that particular list, and probably an industry standard, the Vintech should not be overlooked as well as the Trident.In someone with mad skills as an engineer the Meek can sound very upfront.The rest are you get what you pay for.(edit)..OOPs I completely missed the Toft which is a nice design and ,this is not from my experience but by those I trust, has a very sweet and usable EQ section.Or so it seems.

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