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PreSonus XMAX vs ART ProChannel vs. EHX 12AY7 pre-amps.

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11 years 8 months
I'm contemplating my next buy. It will be a preamp. I'm looking for "that tube sound". I need richness and clarity, etc. This preamp is primarily for vocals. If it does vocals well, then I'm happy. I can always try it out on other things.

That being said, I'm torn between these two:

I just ordered a Electro Harmonix 12AY7

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18 years 2 months
I found a 'blem' version of the EH 12AY7 preamp on Musiciansfriend for $165.00 so I ordered it. Based on all the buzz on this board (okay mostly from CoyoteTrax) I decided to give it a try.

Like all the Electro Harmonix stuff, it's just a little "off the wall" and althought it's not a very convenient form factor (basically a stomp box chassis that will hog desk space) I've decided to give it a whirl. At that price, it's a cheap experiment.

Electro Harmonix 12AY7 vs. ART MPA GOLD

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15 years 10 months
Has anyone had the opportunity to compare the Electro Harmonix 12AY7 vs. the ART MPA GOLD(non digital)?
I'm trying to decide between the two and I'm having a tough time at it. I've been hearing nothing but rave reviews about the EH 12AY7, but would the MPA Gold be just as good or better if it were given a tube upgrade?
I like the features of the MPA because its 2 channels, rackable, and has adjustable impedance settings for my ribbon mics. I'm a bit warry of ART products in general, and I'm most likely to go for the EH if
the sonic quality is drastically better.