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yes, the tube preamp.

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by saemskin, May 18, 2006.

  1. saemskin

    saemskin Active Member

    I have a TL Audio C1 preamp/compressor.
    I just love what it does to my bass patches. My NL2 is permanently patched in channel A, my SE-1x channel B. The *only* thing I dont like about it is that there's no output trim control so I have to be careful not to clip the converters when I'm overdriving the signal. Not a deal breaker....

    What are some other tube pre's I can look at getting for running my synths though? Not specifically for bass patches, but mostly. I just like that sound. I can't keep bouncing back and forth because I only have 2 channels.

    The C1 was used for 650$ and I dont expect to find something that cheap really. The perfect setup would be a preamp/compressor combo, prefereably 2 or more channels, but mono is fine too if it is as sexy as a Vipre. I'm not comfortable with compressors that have a fixed attack to use for my synths either, so LA2A is out.

    Some pieces I'm considering for 3k or less:

    UA 6176
    pros: covers the bases for the channel strip I'm seeking, UA quality
    cons: ?

    GT Vipre
    pros: Based on reputation alone, this is probably going to sound like liquid gold. I love looking at this piece.
    cons: over budget and no compressor.

    Presonus ADL 600:
    pros: rave reviews, 2 channels, under budget far enough I could purchase a compressor to pair it with.
    cons: ?

    I'm 0/4 getting gear recommendations from you guys. Someone has got to have an idea on a preamp/compressor pairing for this specific application.
    Dont they?
     
  2. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    You're gonna love the ADL600..I just had one in for some tracks and it is BIG and CLEAN. Great attitude. Excellent variety of inputs. Overall a sweet unit.
     
  3. chrispick

    chrispick Guest

    I only have the 6176, but here are some thoughts anyway:

    The 6176 sounds great on bass sounds, particularly DI'ed bass guitar (when you want that thick sound). The 610 pre and its EQ work well with dark sounds. And the 1176 comp is -- well, the 1176. It's a standard that sounds great.

    To add, you can split the 610 and 1176. So, they can be mixed with other gear.

    One potential drawback though regarding keyboard bass: the 6176 is mono. No stereo throughput.

    Honestly though, can you go wrong with any of your pre choices? All are highly-reputed.
     
  4. saemskin

    saemskin Active Member

    oooh!
    how does it sound when you slam the meter all theway over?

    Davedog: what about the ADL?
     
  5. Clive Banks

    Clive Banks Guest

    I would choose the GT Vipre by a mile. That unit is built solidly and the name has a good reputation unlike anything made by Presonous, which in MHO is entirely a piece of junk.
     
  6. saemskin

    saemskin Active Member

    have you actually used the ADL then?
     
  7. chrispick

    chrispick Guest

    It sounds great. I don't know how to describe it if you're not familiar with the 1176 other than to say it adds a musical kind of gain-distortion before release.

    Another nice things about about the 6176: Its 1176 has a bypass, a 1:1 (so you can just add 76 color), and an ALL-IN setting (like pressing in all the buttons on a regular 76).

    re: the Presonus ADL 600 -- Yeah, Presonus makes some low-end stuff, but this item isn't one of them. It gets a lot of praise from top mix engineers. I have't used it, but it's one I might consider for a future purchase.

    re: The GT -- That one looks the coolest. Definitely has the most client-awe appeal.
     
  8. TheArchitect

    TheArchitect Active Member

    I think the GT Brick could be an option a very good price.
     
  9. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    So...Clive....have you been close enough to an ADL600 to actually touch one? If so did you notice how heafty it is and how structurally sound the case for it is? Did you also know that it was designed by Anthony DeMaria who makes some pretty damn good compressors and preamps on his own? Come to think of it, did you know that not only does the ADL600 have transformers, it also has tubes and it operates on a 600 volt rail. In case you're not familiar with this, it means that everything inside has to rather high-end or its gonna melt....

    Why dont you share with us your expertise on this particular item and tell us why you think its junk. I'd be interested as I know others are.

    Put up or shut up.


    BTW...I also LOVE the ViPre. Used it a bit. Love it love it...etc....and at a higher price for ONE channel...well you see my point... which I believe saemskin already covered......

    So tell us about the ADL600.......
     
  10. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    :shock:
    cool

    err
    I mean
    yeah ... what Dave said
    :D

    we love forums
     
  11. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    I got to play with a ADL600 last weekend because a wanker I know was so excited for me to give it a workout. It was clean and did have a lot of headroom and seemed to be decently built but it was a overall disappointment. It wasn't bad, but I wouldn't bother to buy one. It's about on par with the Brick.
     
  12. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Gaffster....With your rack of stuff I dont doubt it wasnt exactly your cup-a-tea.....Like you said...clean and a LOT of gain. I ran vocals through it with an old U87 and found that it really did allow the mics' signature to really shine. There wasnt any stupendous WOW factor about the pre, just a solid workmanlike quality that showed off the singer, the mic, and the environment. Personally, this is what I seek in a micpre. Ya know I'm all about source.

    It is not NOT 'junk' as was suggested earlier.

    Hopefully you got to try all the different input selections to some extent. I've become quite a fan of variable input impedances for the mics. It certainly seems to increase a mics value in that it becomes two maybe three different animals with this feature. peaceout....dogg
     
  13. saemskin

    saemskin Active Member

    this is good information for me.

    So basically what you saying is the ADL is "clean", as in transparent? Which isnt what I'm looking for in this application.
    I want that nice creamy distortion that you get when you blast the input gain all the way up.

    Like this
    http://saemskin.com/samples/Sound2.wav
    or this
    http://saemskin.com/samples/Sound3.wav

    please note you'll be able to hear these basslines in context when I release my album in August. In case anyones wondering :oops:
     
  14. saemskin

    saemskin Active Member

    I hate to sound like a school kid, man... but the Groove Tubes Glory Comp and Vipre look so ^#$%ing good. They're absolutely beautiful, I nearly get goosebumps looking at them and knowing I could have them if I only max out this one credit card.

    Does anyone here have a NL2 and a vipre? I would love you forever if you could record me a few seconds of patch 30, 35, or 39 with the Vipre gain all the way up?

    eh?

    and btw......

    GO SABRES BABY YEAH!
     
  15. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    AS the Dogg says, the ADL600 is not junk, I just had higher expectations from the design and price. Now that TL audio stuff, that is junk. Since the impeadance selection of the ADL600 is not done using a transformer like in other gear such as the ViPre, I didn't find it very useful. I've gotten pretty used to using my ViPre, and before that using a Fearn which I would rent when I wanted a real tube sound. I still prefer the Fearn, but I ended up buying the ViPre because of a special deal and it being a more flexable unit than the Fearn. Inmpeadance selection in general is something that makes much more difference in dynamic mics and ribbons than it does in condensor mics.
     
  16. StevenColbert

    StevenColbert Member

    Dont forget about Ebay. I have seen Vipres sell on there for almost $1000 less than retail price. And the units were perfect looking!
     
  17. saemskin

    saemskin Active Member

    oh yeah?
     
  18. saemskin

    saemskin Active Member

    What about Sebatron? I didnt even think of them, and I know they have a solid reputation around here. What does a VMP200evu sound like when its cranked up?

    So you all know, Sweetwater has a no payments, no interest for 12 months special going on, and I'm going to either get a Vipre, or a UA 6176 in the next 2 weeks.
    The vipre will need a compressor friend eventually though. Any suggestions? I was thinking something solid state to keep it clean after the dirt-y-fying of the vipre. Perhaps a Portico?
     
  19. jonnyc

    jonnyc Member


    You just aren't very well informed are you? It's cool to think you know everything and jump on bandwagons but really in the end all it does is make you look like an ass, and right now you pretty much do. The adl600 is a serious piece of gear. Not to mention I've seen presonus staff actually come onto forums and give out direct numbers to help satisfy various customers. Next time research before you open your mouth, unless you like the taste of your own foot.
     
  20. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    I would say Clive is well informed as to the ViPre. Despite Presonus giving support on forums or direct phone numbers, that doesn't change the fact it is true that the ViPre is much better than the ADL600 by indeed a mile... But is also not fair to call the ADL600 junk, and it sure is a much better mic pre than anything Presouns has made in the past which has never been anything to brag about.
     

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