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The Chameleon Labs 7602 is a 1073 clone with an EQ. I can get two of those channels for a little less than a Portico.

Any 7602 and Portico users?


anonymous Sat, 01/28/2006 - 14:58

I've heard them both and bought the Portico. That said, it's a tough call. The Chameleon is not quite up to par against the Portico on the preamp side of things but having the EQ and two channels of it, would be nice.

If it's for utility recording i.e. a lot of different instrument sources, I might opt for the Chameleon. If it's for gold channel vocals or acoustic instruments the Portico is the one. I mean the Chameleon sounds very good on vocals but there is that suspended feeling of sound that the Portico has which makes it so great.

Again, tough call.

therecordingart Sat, 02/04/2006 - 14:13

I'm going to start with 2-N72's and 2-A12's. I've heard many people say that they love the N72's on kick and snare, and the A12 for OH's. I'm going to try that, and then I'll know which I want more of.

I think that down the line I'd end up with a 4 N72, 2 A12 and pair of the C84 or J99.

If the A12 is what I like on drums I'll get for of those and have only 2 of the N72. I know API is the sound for rock, but I'm a pretty big fan of Neve character on drums as well. I like a rounded punchy snare, but at the same time I like aggressive it's a toss up.

I've been looking at a DIY tube pre called the "Slow Blow" but I need to find someone to build the PCB layout from the schem because I don't trust myself designing a board for something tube!!!!! That could mean my life if I screw that up.