Well, the summing bus in the board is pretty well suited to the task. What I do put in the insert is an RNC. I don't quite get the point of using a preamp in that spot. If you're having level problems, you ought to be solving them before that point in your signal chain, IMO.
I am not having any level probs at all. It's just that the U5 has it's own sound character (or so I've read) and for the price of two of them,less than a grand, I could get a lot of use out of them in other applications as well. Ironicly you are using an RNC. I intended to use one of those in the chain as well. How do you like it?
Thanks for reading...
I don't quite see the preamp-for-character in the mix bus thing, but if it works for you, cool. I'd say if you're getting a multi-use box for the job, get a mic preamp with line preamp functionality for a bit more versatility. But I doubt that you'll be using enough gain from the U5 to really bring out a lot of color, but I haven't used the box. Compressors, limiters and eqs tend to provide more options as "warm" boxes, IMO.
The RNC is wonderful, but I wouldn't consider it among these "warm" boxes, it just is a powerful, flexible compressor that won't wreck your sound.
I are not jocking and I am not joking either. It's a piece of gear that has audio ins and outs. You can insert it anywhere you want regardless of what it's called. It has tone controls and a very DIstinct sound I am told. Just wondering if anyone has tried it.