Marcus Black

I´m about to buy one or two micpres to be used mainly for recording vocals, guitars, bass and percussion directly into my DAW. I need a really allround unit and I´ve tested quite a few. Those a like so far are Focusrite isa 430 and 220, Calrec RQP3200 and Avalon 747 (or is it 737...never mind). To me it seems like the isa 430 is the most flexible one with great routing capabilities and great sound. But which one to buy ?? Any other models you think I should try out before buying ?? Any comments on the models mentioned ?? All of these are great pieces of gear, help me decide!!

Kurt Foster

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Jul 2, 2002
77 Sunset Lane.
A new product that has just hit the market that I am very excited about is the Dan Alexander Audio Mic Preamp. This is a clone of Neve "10" series pre amp using all new high quality parts and input and output transformers from vintage Neve consoles. You can check it out at http://www.danalexanderaudio.com The price of this stereo mic pre is a very affordable $1150 US. I can think of nowhere you can purchase Neve pres for $675 each even in raw form. These come with power supply and are racked and ready to go! A great new product. There is a great review on these in the January 2003 issue of Pro Audio Review. http:// Happy mic pre hunting, Fats
Tannoy, Dynaudio, Blue Sky, JBL, Earthworks, Westlake, NS 10's :D , Genelec, Hafler, KRK, and PMC
Those are good. …………………….. Pick one.


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Jun 29, 2001
What Fats said. Dan has a reputation that is very high on the respect chart and if I needed another pair, I would certainly look toward his. The great river pres also are getting very high regard.

Do the wallet thing and let us know what direction suits you. Also, Lynn Fuston at 3db site has a cd that tells the truth. Check into it and see if it can help.

Jason Meier

You may also want to check out the Millennia Media 8 channel box. I've heard them, they sound great. One complaint though. They don't have a phase reverse anywhere on the box.
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Mar 14, 2001
Birmingham, Alabama
Don't forget Buzz Audio. They have a pre that was included on Lynn Fuston's CD.


I have both the MA2.2 (w/transformer output option) and the A-Rack. Man...clear and clean, but not at all clinical. If your mics hear thick and fuzzy, that's what you get. If your mics hear thin and piercing, that's what you get. If you mics hear full and balanced, that's what you get. It's really fine stuff.