Please, just the straight and skinny, I understand all about the variables that effect the final sound, and *nothing* will sound like a well tuned MCI except another MCI console. I just need a map to guide me towards that sound. I know the MCI 400 series have been described as punchy and creamy. I would like to hear from someone who has used one, or currently still does, and their opinion of which pre would get me in the ballpark.
I'm looking at Vintechs, Sebs, API's, etc... you know along that line.
I'm thinking of getting another console for a small overdub room or for home, and was thinking of getting a MCI jh416. I know there's maintence and parts issues with it, but I was curious on opinions about the sound. Thanks