When it comes to iconic mic preamps, the "Big Four" manufacturers — Neve, API, SSL, and Universal Audio — are responsible for some of the most revered preamps ever made. Hardware like the Neve 1073 and API's 512 and 212L mic preamps, as well as classic SSL pres and Universal Audio's own 610 tube preamp have shaped the sound of modern music with their own unique character and flavor.
But what exactly is that thing that each of these mic preamps gives you? How do they shape your sources and how can you best use them to enhance your productions?
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How the Pros Choose Microphone Preamps