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Any suggestions for a really good mic preamp, particularly for drums? API was suggested and it would be great if I could gradually get some of the 512's, but I think you need a different type of rackmount system (lunchbox?). I'd like to keep it at around $600-800 per channel. I'd like to be able to gradually collect due to price range. I saw the API 3124, but it comes w/ 4 pres at araound $3,500 and I don't want to shell out that much in one setting.

Someone I know suggested a Germanium, I think that gets over $1,000.


anonymous Fri, 05/04/2007 - 03:44

may I suggest the Universal Audio 2-610 $2K (tube based unit with basic EQ)

the really good preamps tend to be priced more than $1K per channel.

if you are just starting out with your equipment - I recommend getting a recording channel - with preamp, eq and dynamics all in one. Check out the Focusrite Voicemaster Pro which should be $500 to $600 only.

anonymous Fri, 05/04/2007 - 03:48

I forgot to add.

The VINTECH AUDIO 1272 and 273 are also very good options

VINTECH AUDIO 1272. PREamps only. 2 channels at $1,4k

VINTECH AUDIO 273. Preamp and 1073-style EQ. 2 channels at $1.7k

though you'll have to buy a $225 power supply (that powers 4 Vintech units - which will cause you to buy more Vintech because they are truly very great sounding Neve style preamps!)