$1500 mic pre

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  1. Tagger

    Tagger Guest

    Hi. I'm looking to spend no more than $1500 on a 1 or 2 channel mic pre. It will be used to record rock music, and will be used on everything. The units I've been considering that fall within this range are:

    UA M610
    UA 2108
    Great River ME-1NV
    API 512c
    Focusrite ISA428

    I know these are all high quality items, but I'd like your opinions on which would be better for rock, and which would be more versitile for use on every instrument. Also, since the UA 2108 and ISA428 have more than one channel, I'm very interested in how you think they stand up against the others. Thanks in advance.
  2. johnthemiracle

    johnthemiracle Active Member

    Jul 26, 2004
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  3. boheme6

    boheme6 Guest

    I just picked up a Vintech X73i - so far, I love it.
    It's probably along the lines of the MP1-NV.. not exactly the same, but 'Neve-esque' since it's based on a 1073.

    1500 gets you a pre, EQ, and power supply for up to 4 units.
    Certainly worth a look.
  4. ShellTones

    ShellTones Guest

    Check out Sebatron while you are at it.
  5. Tagger

    Tagger Guest

    Thanks for the replies. Does anyone have any experience with the pre's I mentioned? What are the sonic differences between the UA 610 and 2108?

    johnthemiracle, the Avalon 737 and 2022 are both beyond my price range.

    boheme6, the Vintech stuff looks very nice. What is the difference between the X73 and X73i. The price difference is substantial.

    ShellTones, how do you think the Sebatron compares to the others mentioned?

  6. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    From the choices you listed. Either hte API or the GR NV. I own a pair of Vintech X81's and they are very good as is any of the Vintech stuff.
  7. djui5

    djui5 Guest

    API for rock.....ISA428 for "Every instrument"....
  8. ShellTones

    ShellTones Guest

    Sorry, I don't have experience with the other units--only the Seb. Kurt and Bowisk have both the GR and the Seb. Maybe they'll chime in. The Seb, IMO, is very versatile and sounds great on everything I have plugged into it, but I'm still lusting after a GR or Hardy to compliment it. Budget wise, you also have to consider that the Seb is about 1/2 the price of the GR.
  9. LittleDogAudio

    LittleDogAudio Active Member

    Sep 24, 2004
    Well, all the pre's that you listed are quite different in there sound.
    All are good choices though.

    I would opt for the Great River. I have not been able to get a bad sound out it ever.

  10. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
    what about the chandler TG2... I've been keeping my eye out on that one...
  11. LittleDogAudio

    LittleDogAudio Active Member

    Sep 24, 2004
    I just got the Chandler TG2 in and used it on a blues vocal the other night and WOW, man did it sound different than anything in my rack.
    I would best describe it as creamy with a bell-tone high-end. It reacts super-cool to a vocalist hitting the mic hard. Theres a kind of silky distortion when this happens that opens up the highs.

    The TG2 is a different animal altogether and sounds like nothing else out there to my ears.

  12. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    When I got to spend a little time playing with the TG2 I thought it was more of blend that fits right in between a 1073 and an API. Better top and bottom but harder than the Neve but softer than the API.
  13. pdlstl

    pdlstl Guest

    I own an Avalon M5 and a Great Rive Me-1NV.

    Both of these are excellent pres for vocal and acoustic instruments.

    You can usually find a used M5 for about $900. I got mine off Ebay for that price.
  14. mikE@THECAVE

    mikE@THECAVE Guest

  15. Tagger

    Tagger Guest

    Right now I'm leaning towards getting the ISA428 to have 4 channels. For my first high end pre, it'll probably serve me better to have more channels. It seems as though this is not anyone's FAVORITE preamp, but it'll get the job done well in most cases. I think I'm just looking for confirmation that this will not be a noticeable step down from the other units. Thanks for all the help thus far.
  16. Duardo

    Duardo Guest

    I have an ISA428 and think it's a great preamp. I think it would be a good choice for you as well...you get four preamps, and it's probably the most neutral of the preamps you mentioned (but not at all "sterile") which would make it pretty versatile.

  17. digitmstr

    digitmstr Guest

    OF the ones you listed the API or 610 are good for your intended purpose.
  18. Arrowfan

    Arrowfan Guest

    Someone suggested Sebatron already... I've got one so I'll second the reccomendation.

    For about $1,200 you can get the VMP2000e which has two channels. As a fully tube driven (at gain stage) pre, it gives fantastic sound and gain.

    There are a few EQ switches you can engage which add to the different colors you can get.

    D.I. and XLR for both channels. Great overdriving with serial connection (ch1-->Ch2).

    Its a nice solid unit, well worth the price.


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