Great River ME1NV or RNP?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by tonejunkee, Jul 9, 2003.

  1. tonejunkee

    tonejunkee Guest

    Hey Team, I'm a home recordist with a Pc based setup (Acid, Soundforge, Echo Mia) My front end consists of a Joe Meek Mq3 and a Studio Projects C3/Marshall 603s. I want a warm sound! And.....I don't want to have to use much EQ to achieve it, Anyone use a Great River ME1NV? I spoke to the guy who designed it today (Dan) and he was very cool and patient....he told me to try the Joesephson C42 small diaphragm for acoustic guitar and the Shure SM7/Sm57/Neuman TLM103 for vocals

    (he said the Joesephson stuff was the best)

    I'm doing mostly acoustic guitar and vocals, and I read somewhere on here that the GR units get muddy after a few tracks. I've heard some good stuff about the RNP and the two tracks would be nice....but isn't that thing chip based? Not that that's bad, but It sounds so "digital" - My Meek is chip based and Vocals always fall short. I want the problems to be within my performance, not my gear....
  2. Jbuntz

    Jbuntz Guest

    I doubt you'll have a problem with clarity on the great river if it's acoustic and vocals. And don't use and sm57 on vocals unless you are doing rock.
  3. ckevperry

    ckevperry Active Member

    Nov 7, 2001
    No, no, no.....not muddy. Dan desgned the NV with that very goal in mind. To get that Neve 1073-like sound without the bottom end turning to mush when using it on many tracks.

    Both are cool preamps but I'd get the nv. It is more versatile with the sounds you can tweak out of it. With the gain down it is pretty clean. Up and it gets big and neve-y. Then there is the impedance and loading switches to play with...
  4. Bowisc

    Bowisc Active Member

    Aug 22, 2002
    I'd go with the MP-1NV as well, over the RNP. Although they just different tools, you may get a lot more mileage out of the Great River.

  5. Bobby Loux

    Bobby Loux Active Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    for about $1500.00 I got both over the ME 2-NV ($1900.00 2ch.)..I felt the advantage of 2 pre choices was a better value over the 2-NV...I use the ME-1NV on vocals for sure and the RNP for stereo applications and cleaner needs...I'm happy with the results.

    if you dont need a stereo pre, multiple colors, or can only spring for one, stretch a bit more and go with the ME 1NV you'll keep it forever... its really cool!
  6. tonejunkee

    tonejunkee Guest

    Thanks, I guess I'm torn between the 2 channels or one channel thing. I found the single channel GR for $940 at (they can get the 2 channel for $1815) - I saw the RNP down the street and it looks so...TINY. It's amazing how FMR pulled THAT off. I definatley need the FAT, larger than life sound so now I'm starting to lean towards the 2 channel GR
  7. e-cue

    e-cue Active Member

    Oct 5, 2000
    Go with the GR unit. The RNP is a step up from, say, a mackie, but after checking the unit out over a months period of time, it's not really anything special. If I was in a Neve, Api, SLL, Neotek room, I'd use the board pre's over the RNP. The GR unit will also retain it's value much, much better over time.
  8. hargerst

    hargerst Distinguished Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Geez, different strokes for different folks, I guess. The GR NV is very different sounding than the RNP, but both have an important place in our studio.

    The RNP has an openness to the top end that I've never heard from any other preamp, while the GR is wonderful for that creamy sound and the variety of tone available.

    The D.I. on the RNP has the most articulated bass sound I've ever heard from any D.I. I can't imagine having only one of those two preamps in our studio.
  9. werewolf

    werewolf Guest

    Yea I have to agree and disagree. The RNP is MUCH nicer than any mackie pre I have ever heard. I dont know about the GR, it is probibly better all around pre. But the RNP is very detailed and open, it really does sound like it has alot of iron in the path, dont let the size fool ya. I use it with a AT 4050 and it sounds great.

    ON a second note, I have not heard the GR , But I have heard the Universal Audio 610, around ($1000) and it is the best pre I have ever heard. It is heaven, you should check that one out before you buy the GR.

    Just my newbie opinion :tu:
  10. Guest

    nebula, i'm not in way questioning your taste or sincerity, but the danger in wholeheartedly recommending the UA over the GR is that the UA will sound really good on some things and suck on a whole lot of others, while the Great River will be a lot more versatile.

    so the UA might be a good investment for someone who already has a few nice preamps, but as a first and only preamp, the great river would be a safer pick.
  11. werewolf

    werewolf Guest

    oh yea , I understand.

    sorry, I just love that pre :p:

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