Sorry for yet another "which preamp" thread, but after a few years on the Digi001 and now Digi002R pres, I'm now ready to invest in something better. Here are a few specs which could help you help me deciding on one.
I'm mostly synth and sample-based, electronic, soundtrack type stuff. The goal of the preamp would be mostly for tracking female vocals (ie: Portishead, Massive Attack, Tricky, etc.), as well as - for me - the occasional live bass and guitar I may want to add into the mix (Fender Jazz and Fender Strat, the latter going through the POD), so one that can do a nice DI job on those as well. I'm definitely in favor of a little warmth and colour.
I was looking at these with interest:
- Vintech Dual 72
- UA M-610
- UA 2-610
- UA 6176
- UA 2108??? (don't see much talk about these, any good?)
The reason for all the UA's is that I love their aesthetics and reputation, but I'm also torn betwen getting a 2 channel with no eq/comp (for beefing up synths on the way in), or a single channel with the compressor (6176), but I don't know if having the compressor on the way in that crucial (I'm assuming such a unit would be more useful as insert at mixdown?). I know the Great River units are highly praised but I'd like to stay in the $1800 or less.
Anyways, that's the jist of it. I just spent some mad ca$h on MiniTraps, treating the room, new monitors, etc., so I'm ready for the next step - the gear...
Thanks for any advice...