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preamps - Great River vs Focusrite Red

Hi I'm planning buying another pre for my studio about $2000, i was wondering what sounds best aGreat River or a Focusrite red


Pro Audio Guest Tue, 10/17/2006 - 21:09
>>i was wondering what sounds best agreat river or a focusrite red
Pres, wine & partners are a HIGHLY subjective choice.

If I could afford it I'd have a collection of at least 20 different far, I have managed to get 6 which I personally like. They are used all the time but, for different reasons, each has its own sound and character.

Just recently, I was incredibly fortunate to get a used (but MINT) TL-A VP-1 pre for less than a grand and it has proven to be an excellent performer and was used exclusively on two projects involving voice and acoustic guitar with superb results. It is now one of my favorite next to my Millennia, U-Audio, NEVE and SSL units.

Personally, I don't like the ones you mentioned but, as I have's a HIGHLY subjective choice. Only YOU can decide which is "best" based on your taste and needs.

Pro Audio Guest Thu, 10/19/2006 - 13:52
Of the two, I'd get the Great River, provided you're doing rock and pop stuff. It's got a nice kind of meat and punch for those styles.

As for having 20+ different pres: That's crazy. If you can't get the sound you want from, say, four different types of pre, then you're not utilizing the equipment fully. Plus, although a pre is a factor of the sound equation, it's a usually a small part. Mic and mic placement influence aural qualities more. Same with most EQs and comps.