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firepod preamps compared to yamaha o1v pres?

Has anyone compared either? I might be able to borrow my friend's 01V for some sessions, but I'm not sure if it's even worth trying. I've heard the pres are thin sounding, but I can't imagine them being worse than the firepod's pres. Any advice would be appreciated!

Thanks,

C

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RemyRAD Tue, 10/30/2007 - 23:34

Thin, fat? It all depends on what you're looking for. I'm not hot on Yamaha but have found them quite adequate sounding. The Fire Pod, I couldn't tell you. These are both transformer less designs, which typically do not have the kind of coloration one gets with a transformer input microphone preamp. In that respect, I find most transformer less designs to be similar in their texture, which is predominantly thin. So perhaps, what you might want to look into it is a standalone microphone preamp to plug into your line inputs on your Fire Pot. A lower-cost alternative to a whole mixer and simpler to deal with. You might want to look into some of those inexpensive tube preamps. Especially those with a depleted plate voltage supply? Those saturate much faster than tubes with a full 250+ voltage plate power. Some you can find for as little as $50 per channel. It's worth the roll of the dice.

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Boswell Wed, 10/31/2007 - 04:15

Crankitup wrote: Has anyone compared either? I might be able to borrow my friend's 01V for some sessions, but I'm not sure if it's even worth trying. I've heard the pres are thin sounding, but I can't imagine them being worse than the firepod's pres. Any advice would be appreciated!

If you are talking about the Yamaha 01V96, then the preamps are on a par with or maybe slightly better than the FirePods. Adequate, but nothing to get excited about. If the mixer is the original 01V, then forget it.

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Crankitup Thu, 11/01/2007 - 15:40

Oh, well yeah its an older O1V.... I have 2 channels of very nice preamps, but 8 firepod pres.... mehhhh. I might be upgrading to something better like an RME fireface800 or something

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MightyFaulk Thu, 11/01/2007 - 15:49

presonus makes some great preamps for their price. Check out the fire studio (new version of the firepod). Haven't used the Yamaha so I can't help you there but the firepod, and for the most anything presonus, is worth the money.

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