Got 3000$, any ideas?

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by didzejzefir, Feb 10, 2006.

  1. didzejzefir

    didzejzefir Guest

    I've got around 3000$ to buy new equipment. I want to buy a preamp and a mic. I record rap vocals and sometimes female's singing.

    I have a PC with an M-Audio delta 66 soundcard and a Omni i/o. I record into Sonar.

    I was thinking:

    pre: Avalon 737sp.
    mic: Shure Ksm44, or Something from Blue at around 1000$.

    what do you guys think?
  2. davedarling

    davedarling Guest

    good choices.
  3. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    I'm not a huge fan of the Avalon. It's overpriced and not that good sounding.

    I would say for pres:
    Summit (any of them)

    All of these can sound "Larger than life" and have a real FULL sound...

    As for mics -
    AT 4060
    AT 4050
    Soundelux U195
    Soundelux iFET 7
    Gefell M930

    Good luck!! This is the hardest decision for most people!

    j (y)
  4. raggedy

    raggedy Guest


    some people like to poop on the Avalon, but if you're doing hip-hop, it is a good choice. It's pretty much the standard for the genre.

    I do second the AT mics, and especially the U195, though. All of those would give you the sound you're looking for.
  5. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    Re: or...

    Yup. I simply don't understand this...

    Is it cuz the faceplate's gold and therefore the color of bling?? The sound is nothing spectacular. Most any pre anywhere near or less than the Avalon will sound better or at least as good.

    Sorry - I had to get cheeky...
  6. didzejzefir

    didzejzefir Guest

    I got the Avalon, but I haven't got a better mic than what I already have. Which one would be best on the Avalon ?

    Shure Sm57
    AKG 1000S
    Rode Nt1

    p.s. I will try them all , but I just want an opinion.
  7. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2004

    WTF? :? No. Baaaad. *rubs nose on Avalon*
    Sell the Avalon, get a decent mic and a cheaper decent pre.
  8. Markd102

    Markd102 Well-Known Member

    Apr 24, 2001
    Dude! Too quick! Return it now! Man, you can get a much better unit for less money.

    Get a real mic.

    Sorry, don't have time to give suggestions right now. Others will chime in.
  9. didzejzefir

    didzejzefir Guest

    I am gonna get a real mic. All I have are these now.

    I'm also thinking of a Focusrite ISA220. What you guys think?
  10. i once had a real good pre, and a not so good mic.

    in the end, i got a real good mic, and, a focusrite, twin trak pro , the platinum series, and, things are sounding alot better. i really like the twin trak, its real sweet, and, for 800 approx, it rocks.

    i use it, with a Neumann tlm 127, 103, and, i have a akg 414c, and, everything sounds great.
  11. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    Amen brother Reggie!! Preach on!! (y)

    Dump the Avalon, pick up a Summit 2BA-221 and a Soundelux U195 and a Beyer M130. All of that would cost you about the same as what you paid for the Avalon and you'd have a HELL of a lot better stuff. Great mics, amazing pre, hell, what else could you ask for??

    I use this combination (as well as others) and am VERY pleased. The summit is a VERY versatile box and those two mics are about as cool as they get for the sub $2000 price range...
  12. raggedy

    raggedy Guest

    for less money than the Avalon, you can get a Langevin DVC. that's all that needs to be said about that.

    if you feel you need the tube in the chain, the AT 4060. and if you want that Neumann sound you hear so often (especially in hip-hop), the Gefell UMT71s is at least as good as a U87ai in my opinion, has a "real" Neumann pedigree, and is half the price.
  13. stickers

    stickers Active Member

    Jan 31, 2005
    Lowell MA
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    I'd go on a skiing vacation.

    hmm or maybe somewhere in the caribbean.

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