"Some Pres are based on solid-state technology, which tends to produce a clear- uncolored signal. While others use tubes which tend to add warmth or color to the signal. Some combine the two and let you mix the output. "
Yes, But there are still many, yet subtle differences in many mic pres and their tone that are still considered clear. There is also transformer/transformerless, discrete or IC based and other things that are considered solid state but can have a big impact on the sound of that clean mic pre. it is not just about clear as much as it is about what the sonic goal of the specific mic pre designer was and how they achieved it.Originally posted by Wilber:
I guess I was wondering if something like a benchmark media pre was solid state...and therefore more "clear"
Yes, to all of the above. One of the things that you need to keep in mind is that tubes can be unstable and inconsistant from time to time due to their limitations as well as the way tubes age.So you are saying that tube doesnt nessisarily mean warm...or it can mean warm but also be just as "uncolored" or "clear" as a advertized "clean" pre?
Where did learn all that? The only thing that I can find in your statement that is even close to true is that all preamps, solid state or tube, will color the sound. But that can be said with anything in the signal path. And what little color is there or added to many high quality preamps can be so subtle that it may be hard to even notice. Things that color are not always a bad thing and often when they do are still considered musicical.Originally posted by DmDreams Sound Design:
Solid state preamps will also add color to the sound. They do it in a non-musical way by adding uneven harmonics. Valve gear will add even harmonics which are musically related. So the color added by the solid state processors is less musical than the color added by the valve processor.
I have had a Millennia STT - 1 ORIGIN here for a while now and I have to say I can hear a difference between the solid state and the tube paths ... Check the mic pre comparisons and judge for yourself! .. I also hear a difference with the transformer in the input path. I really like the STT - 1 a lot! It's a great channel strip. There have been some negative things said about the ORIGIN by a very well known reviewer / audio warlord, who is also an equipment dealer (can you say, conflict of interest?). I have to say that I think it has something to do with a personal difference between said reviewer and the management of Millennia rather than how the ORIGIN actually sounds. Either that or that reviewer is deaf! KurtOriginally posted by sheet:
Units like the Millennia Twin Topology were a big disappointment to many people without the knowledge of what makes a good preamp, as there was little to no difference between tube andd solid state. That's because both were designed to be sonically pure.