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API 3124+ or JLM TMP8?

hi guys, i need a multi channel pre-amp, mainly for tracking drums. i've narrowed it down to these 2 pres, which work out to roughly the same cost. the JLM is twice as many channels, but the API is an API. if these are in the same league in terms of sound (not necessarily identical but equally good) i would jump on the JLM in a heartbeat. i don't know how many people would have used the JLM seeing as it's a small aussie manufacturer, but i thought i'd ask anyhow. if anyone can tell me where it's at compared to the API/OSA/chandler/buzz/a-designs/shaddow hills level of pres i'd be most appreciative. any alternative suggestions are also welcome!

i'm sure everyone knows the API, but here's the link to the JLM TMP8:




Kev Tue, 01/02/2007 - 00:17

but then, I'm biased

buy both

the Chandler is quite different to the API or the JLM TMP8
haven't heard the Buzz unit but it's structure is a little different again to the API and JLM or Chandler

all of these are ... in a sense ... boutique and so you will just need to audition them to know for sure

I think you will be very happy with either


Pro Audio Guest Tue, 01/02/2007 - 13:20
thanks for the replies guys. i've heard good and not so good things about the sebatron, the biggest complaint seems to be the "wooly" sound. i know they're popular around here, but this is from someone who's opinion i trust, and who has a boatload of gear. i'm aware all the other pres i mentioned are different, but i'm just trying to get something on par with these brands in terms of quality and respectability. something that any pro studio would proudly slot in between a rack of V76's and 1073's.

basically i want something i won't ever want to replace, regardless how many other pres i buy down the track. i'm pretty sure the API is in that league. i'm just trying to work out if the JLM is as well considering it's around half the cost per channel.

RemyRAD Tue, 01/02/2007 - 16:41
When you think about it for just a moment, you'll realize that your favorite rock-and-roll drum sounds were either recorded with API or with Neve. Any questions?

But such and such has better specifications? But such and such is less expensive? But such and such has more knobs?

I've never heard the musical hit by such and such nor have I seen the movie.

Ms. Remy Ann David
Good friends of the API's and the Neve's

Kev Wed, 01/03/2007 - 01:03
The JLM is good
... but you will never know for sure until you also own an API

as Remy said
much of what you have listened to in the way of rock-and-roll drum sounds
is down to the Neve and API

I see no harm in owning one of the API dual or quads

Mic and Mic-pres
get some of the long time industry standards to compare these newer units too
it's the only way you will ever know