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Which preamp should I get ?

Discussion in 'Preamps & Processing' started by Fred_lsaindon, Dec 20, 2007.

  1. Hi everybody, I'm new to recording.org, and I wonder what preamp tube I should buy (I wanna buy two differents, for recording in stereo with two large diaphragm condenser mics) with my external audio interface, a Tascam USL 122. I don't want to put more than 200$ canadian for both, before taxes.

    I want to records strings, guitars (acoustic and amplified), vocals, bass, and maybe drums.

    I saw the one made by studio projects, the VTB-1. I looks like a good and versatile choice for micing almost everything. My choice is pretty stopped on this..

    The other tube preamp should be in between 60 or 100$ max.

    There's the V3 Art,. Reviews tend to talk about the mediocre quality and the noisy when you give a little juice.

    Also, the Presonus' Tube Pre looks good, but is it a good machine ?

    What should I do ?
  2. BRH

    BRH Active Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    LA, CA
    You can't beat the VTB-1 for the price! It's pretty quiet.
    You have to take the whole thing apart to change the tube.
  3. hummel

    hummel Guest

    The US-122 (or at least the US-122L which is what I found on the Tascam website) already has two built-in pre-amps. Their quality may not be great but they will meet your initial needs. As has been discussed in another thread, cheap tube pre-amps aren't much better than cheap non-tube pre-amps. So, why spend money on another pair of cheap pre-amps? And why are you looking for tube pres?

    If you want a better pre-amp (non-tube) you could consider something like the Rane MS-1b or the FMR RNP. THese might be a bit above your suggested price point but would be a step above the US-122 built-in pres.
  4. younique

    younique Guest

    the $100 tube pre is very good i would go with 2 of them if i was you.
    Im going to get the ereka its $500 but im really thinking about not and staying with this one.
    the only thing I want to test it out and it has a limiter and a compresser on it so ill go with the ereka but this tube pre is very good.
  5. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Moderator

    Feb 23, 2005
    The $100 PreSonus "tube" boxes are cheap junk. They have a TERRIBLE reputation for noise and microphonic issues. The ART units aren't really any better. NONE of the units discussed are "true tube" units in the first place, nor are they "pro audio" gear. They are designed to be marketed to novices who don't know any better, and are grossly over-hyped. At least the SP box has a decent preamp chip that can deliver a moderately clean signal when needed, and the non-linear harmonic distortion when you drive the output tube hard to "fuzz" things up when you want to.
    Addendum: The Rane preamp suggested in an earlier post would be a very good upgrade to anything else listed...just because a piece of gear uses a tube, doesn't make it "better"...
  6. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Oct 26, 2007
    Cocoa, FL
    Especially that Bluetube, vile POS. It should be marketed as an FX box, not a mic preamp! :(
  7. BobRogers

    BobRogers Distinguished Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    Blacksburg, VA
    I don't know why PreSonus markets the tube pres as suitable for vocals. However, if you are looking for a cheap way to make your Nord Electro sound like it's being played through a beat up tube section of a vintage Leslie it works pretty well.
  8. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Oct 26, 2007
    Cocoa, FL

    Yes, exactly! Thanks Bob. :cool:
  9. dickiefunk

    dickiefunk Active Member

    Dec 20, 2006
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    In this price range I recommend the M-Audio DMP3. I have used the Studio Projects VTB1, Focusrite Trakmaster pro and SPL Goldmike 9844. The DMP3 was my favourite! The VTB1 uses the same chip as Behringer pres where the DMP3 uses the same chip as the Rane MS-1b (Burr Brown INA 163). The DMP3 is also very clean and transparent and would be more suited for stereo recordings!
  10. daveg62

    daveg62 Guest

    Another vote for the dmp-3 or maybe a Rane MS-1B.

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