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Mic Pre selection opinions

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13 years 9 months
To make things short, I'm building somewhat of a monster of a home studio. I've been trying to ferret out the best preamp selections possible for my price range, and heres what I've come up with.

I'm looking for about 24 channels of preamps, budget is about $25k

For the completely transparent side, and my main source of preamps, I was looking at 2 Grace m801s. That gives me 16 channels of pristine, clear preamps for anything I need them for.

For the colored, not so clear side, I was looking at the following -

UA LA-610
Drawmer 1969
Great River MEQ-1NV
UA 6176
Focusrite Liquid Channel
Vintech X73i

Thoughts? Things I could swap out with equivelants and save cash? Is this a good balance of clear/colored preamps?



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21 years

Member Wed, 05/21/2008 - 07:33
MadMax wrote: Lunch box of 1073's and a lunch box of API's.... done.

Yeah...I was also wonder where the lunchbox and API was too.

+1 for the Great River and ADL600. Did I see any Pacifica? On the *VERY* colorful side, there's Shadow Hills...the Gamma is a lunchbox format.


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18 years 3 months

pmolsonmus Wed, 05/21/2008 - 20:32
Maybe its just me - 25k on pres for a home studio?????

I hope you're independently wealthy and not planning on getting your return back anytime soon.

What strikes me as odd is that you're asking advice on an internet forum that you haven't spent a lot of time on and ready to drop significant change on things you may or may not understand.

It's possible you've done your homework and you're trying to narrow down selections, but if you're dropping that kind of money you should definitely HEAR and WORK WITH the units mentioned.

A few hundred bucks spent at a studio that has some of this equipment would be my first order of business.

My .02 (that's $24,999.98 cheaper)

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21 years

Member Tue, 06/10/2008 - 19:54
The Liquid Channel will provide some interesting results when used with a Tube Mic. I am currently recording a Gospel CD using a Trion 8000 on lead vocals with Liquid Channel using the FLAT mic pre with Red 7 compression. In addition, I am using the digital output going into an Motu HD192. This combination sounds very good.

I rate clarity on a scale of 1 -10 a 10
I rate transparency a 9.5
I rate warmth a 10

Not to mention I have over fifty different combinations of compression and microphone preamp at my discretion. You can not go wrong with this set up.