I need some advice So, I am in the market to buy a new mic preamp. I have around $500 to spend and I was looking at two:
the dbx 376 - tube mic pre, compressor, eq & de-esser; digital outs
ART Pro Channel - tube mic pre, tube compressor, tube eq.
Heres the thing, I have experience with the dbx 386, which is the dual, just mic pre version of the 376. I love the 386. Nice piece for the collection.
Now, there aren't many detail on the "tubeness" of the 376. I know the input and output stage are tube, but, I don't know about the compressor, eq and de-esser.
The info I have read on the ART Pro Channel says that every stage except the compressor is tube and that the compressor is optical.
I am liking the ART Pro Channel more and more, but, would love to hear feedback on both or either of these units. I want to hear from people who of USED these pieces. Please. Thanks!!!