aphex 207D VS Art MPA Gold

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by imagineaudio, May 9, 2005.

  1. imagineaudio

    imagineaudio Active Member

    Nov 24, 2004
    After searching for my first "real" preamp I've decided on a sebatron 2000eVu. I am putting money into an account and hope to purchase it within about 4 months.

    However, I need something to use in the mean time. Based on my setup and my needs, I've narrowed it down to these 2 units. I chose them because they have s/pdif which I can use on my current interface and also most likely be able to use with my next soundcard for 2 extra channels.

    I do not expect these to be spectacular pre's, but I do expect them to preform better than the built in pre's on my soundcard.

    The unit will be used for everything untill the sebatron becomes part of the family, after that I suspect they would mostly be used for either drum oh's or kick/snare untill I can get 2 more channels of good pre (looks like the seventh circle stuff) (which seems like that upgrade will be after my interface and monitor upgrades) . So I guess I'll need a couple years out of it.

    Which one of these units would you choose? I've read good things about the aphex 1100 MKII so I assume aphex has the ability to make good gear. I've never heard anything great said about the art stuff on the other hand. I'm not looking for "tube warmth" bull$hit.

    Which is more worthy of my $400 investment?
  2. imagineaudio

    imagineaudio Active Member

    Nov 24, 2004

    I can get a an ISA 428 from american musical supply for 5 interest free payments of $339, free shipping and no tax!!. This seems the way to go. Get the pre's I can use now and for a long time to come. The sebatron will have to wait though.....

    I need pre's right now, I can't record till I get them, and this seems to be the best option for me.

    Anyody have any other options? I have $500 to spend right now, It'll take me about 3 months to break the $1200-1300 mark, I have no problems making payments and I have not read anything negative about this piece of kit. saving for another few months would mean not recording for another few months

    Can anyone confirm this as a wise choice/investment? Im going to see if I can rent one before I buy.....

    Thanks guys

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