3DAudio - a good way to judge pre's mics?

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by coldsnow, Nov 20, 2001.

  1. coldsnow

    coldsnow Active Member

    May 14, 2001
    Mogadore, OH
    Is the 3DAudio - a good way to judge pre's and mics? After listening to the CD, I fell in love with the Aphex and Manley models. However, I haven't heard alot about the $2000 Aphex and a lot of people don't seem to like the Manley. So is it just a poor way to evaluate? It seems like a good idea because I'm not in a market where I can try them out like some of you are? But before I sell my Avalon 737 and buy a Manley because I liked it better on a CD, I'd like to you guy's (Ohio lingo) opinions.
    Thanks Mike
  2. atlasproaudio

    atlasproaudio Active Member

    Feb 17, 2001
    Tampa Bay, FL
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    It seems like a good concept, but I don't think it can tell you the whole story. Your room, how you mic things (even .5" makes a difference), your mic selection, your A/D, yada yada. The best way is to obviously listen to a pre yourself in your own environment, or if that isn't possible trust someone who you know has been using the stuff in the trenches. IMO, there are better pre's than the one's you mentioned for either more or less cash. Seems like you are leaning towards something a little cleaner. I would go for the Millennia Media or a Great River, both have different ways of approaching that type of sound. Good Luck.
  3. Jon Atack

    Jon Atack Active Member

    May 29, 2001
    I bought the 3D Audio CDs back when they first came out and kudos to Lynn for the nice initiative.

    However, I found it difficult to separate the differences in the individual performances from the differences in the mic pres.

    In other words, you're constantly asking yourself: Do I prefer this mic pre track because of the pre itself...or because the grain of the voice is more pleasing, or smoother/rougher, or sung more in-tune, or with more/less vibrato, or more/less chest/head voice, etc...than the other takes?

    It's an interesting exercise, but I would not recommend making purchasing decisions based on it.

  4. Jon Best

    Jon Best Active Member

    Mar 18, 2001
    I had the same impression. Great idea, and very useful, but I think for me it's most useful in figuring out which mic pre's I'm just _not_ interested in.
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