Pres: Voicemaster vs UA vs Great Rivers

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godotzilla

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What is the opinion of the pre in the Voicemaster Pro? I know this is a channel strip w/ other processing, but I'm interested in pros and cons of the pre section. Does it even touch what the Great Rivers and Universal Audio pres can do? I don't mind spending $1K for a single channel of pre, but if I can get close to that quality for half of that (and get comp. and de-esser thrown in), I'd probably bite.

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Alécio Costa - Brazil

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the only thing I read somewhere is that the pro version is a nice upgrade from the riginal one. It has much more features. But would it be compared to dbx 376/386 ( do not remember th proper number now)
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godotzilla

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That's what I suspected. Hey Eric, do you like the Great Rivers stuff better than the UA? Those are the two "colored" pres that I'm leaning towards.
 
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route909

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Originally posted by godotzilla:
What is the opinion of the pre in the Voicemaster Pro? I know this is a channel strip w/ other processing, but I'm interested in pros and cons of the pre section. Does it even touch what the Great Rivers and Universal Audio pres can do? I don't mind spending $1K for a single channel of pre, but if I can get close to that quality for half of that (and get comp. and de-esser thrown in), I'd probably bite.

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The Voicemaster Pro is a quite neat effect box for vocals. Very usable, but don´t expect it to sound "best". You have the possibility to dial in most anything you want with it, from the darkest old mic you can find to the brightest shite you hear on the radio every day. I got a great gritty old vocal tone from an NT3 when I tried it at work today. Nice box. A couple of different compressors and eqs create the sound, but you can disconnect them from the audio chain too, if you want a clean pre, and it´ll do the job just great.


Mats
 
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20db.com

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Godotzilla, I think you will find the GR NV to be a better choice than the UA. The UA is a little dark for my taste and I think the NV is a little more versatile.

The NV has a very forward sound that does a great job on vocals, electric anything and the DI input is a real treat. :)

If you want a single channel go with the Great River ME-1NV. Its not fancy, its not trendy, it doesn't have the bells and whistles that the Focusrite does but its a piece that will stay in your rack for 20 years.

Lee
 
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