Another damn pre question..but this hasn't been covered much

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by J-3, Feb 28, 2005.

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  1. J-3

    J-3 Active Member

    Jul 20, 2004
    So i have a classical cd coming up soon ( i mostly do rock, jazz, country, Emo etc.) I'm trying to do some upgrading before this hits. What I'm curious about is this. I'm considering the API 3124+ and the UA-2-610. Both would be killer for me normaly but how would they fair on say grand piano, cello, violin, string bass etc. I also have the NP2V that I can run pretty clean for this project as well. Should I really be looking into pendulum, grace, earthworks type stuff for classical or would the above surfice? How about summit? anyothers? ALso, i'm considering gettting the Avenson Sto-2's or Josephson C42's for this project then later for drum overheads/room mics. Any and all inteligent comments appreciated. Thanks and Rock on!!!
  2. This guy seems to have an awesome ear for acoustic music...

    And I believe he is a moderator in the Acoustic Forum. I would get his opinion. But my thought is how many more "classical" music sessions will you be doing? Maybe rent/borrow for the session and then buy a different pre for every-day "Pop" music gigs. As far as how do the others sound ask the real playas...

    Fletcha "the Mercenary" No Last Name, Kurt "the Hitman" Foster,William "the Wizard" Wittman or Steve "The Tech" Devino.

  3. wwittman

    wwittman Active Member

    Apr 28, 2003
    I think the UA 610 is hugely over rated in general and in particular would not be a great choice for classical music.

    you cannot wrong with the API.

    I've honestly never tried the Josephsons on classical instruments so I cannot fairly comment.
  4. enginears

    enginears Guest

    We've gotten some wonderfully warm sounds on vocals, violins, cello, arco etc with Ampex 351 pre's....tubes, massive transformers, lots'o'head room, clean and warm. We have a bunch of Neve 31115's, a coupla of 512's a John Hardy etc...but my faves are still the 351's...just depends on the's all pretty subjective

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