Advice on a new preamp and mic

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by MediaMonster, Sep 25, 2004.

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  1. MediaMonster

    MediaMonster Guest

    I am currently using a Presonus Tube Pre as well as Mackie and Behringer board preamps with a CAD GXL 2200 and am not unhappy with sound. The GXL 2200 is very clean if a little on the bright side, and the Presonus has tons of gain. I am looking to add another vocal mic or 2 and a quality preamp. I am considering the Safesound P1 and the Speck Model 5. I'd like to keep the preamp under $1000.00 and still get great quality and versatility. For the mic, I have been considering the Rode NT2000, AT 4033, or CAD VSM.

    How would you compare the Safesound P1 and the Speck as fal as thier ability to produce a warm silky vocal? And are that other preamp's in my price range that I may have missed?
  2. Mumbles

    Mumbles Active Member

    Aug 25, 2004
    Upstate NY
    Well, if you have someone that can wire one up for you for free...
    Telefunken V72 or TAB V72a.
    "Warm silky vocals" no problem.
  3. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    I can't speak to the Safesound .. i've never heard it ..
    The Speck 5.0 .. I have used this one .. There are some audio snips of stuff recorded through 5.0 in the Reviews section of RO, take a listen and judge for yourself.

    The 5.0 is very good but hardly what I would call "warm & silky". It leans a little more to the "fast and accurate" side IMO.

    For the "warm & silky" sound, it's hard to beat a Vintage Neve, the GR MP2NV or the Vintech stuff (both variants of the Neve). Most other Neve clones, I don't like much, for one reason or another.
  4. LittleDogAudio

    LittleDogAudio Active Member

    Sep 24, 2004
    For 1k per channel I would have to vote for the Great River ME-1NV.

    It's incredible, everything sounds great thru it, it will hold it's value long after lesser pres have been forgotten.

  5. ShellTones

    ShellTones Guest

    A single channel of John Hardy M1 is within your $ range as well.

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