Help me pick a mic pre from the following..

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by BigRay, Jan 4, 2006.


Which Pre??(classical location recording)

  1. Millennia HV-3C

  2. Lavry 4496-18

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  3. Crane Song FLAMINGO

    0 vote(s)
  4. GML 8302

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  1. BigRay

    BigRay Guest

    I record either classical music(from soloists to Chamber Quartets, to full on symphony/choir performances). Or acoustic music ( bluegrass groups, Gospel Quartets, jazz bands,)This is all done on location. I use schoeps CMC6/Mk4/mk2S, Gefell M930s, an AKG C426b, and Neumann u87s. I have two channels of DAV BG1, and two channels of Mytek Stereo 192 converters..I want to keep adding to eventually have 8 channels or so..SOOO. mY next question is, which preamp should I add next??I want some variation, different flavors, but I need them all to be fast and transparent, given the nature of the material that I record.

    I was suggested these:
    Millennia HV-3C
    Lavry 4496-18
    Crane Song FLAMINGO
    GML 8302

    Can someone offer up advice/real world experience or other suggestions ??

    Thank you much.
  2. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    FWIW - check this out:

    I'd be willing to ship to Germany for the actual fee.


    PS -

    I'm ordering a DAV BG2 this weekend. I'm rather excited, but I must say, it's one of the first pieces of gear I've ever ordered sight-unseen.

    I trust Hudson pretty much implicitly though and he recommends them thoroughly so, I'm taking that plunge.

    Let us know which one you choose and good luck!
  3. BigRay

    BigRay Guest

    Well...I ordered the Millennia. It was very reccomended, and down the road I can add the ADC option to it for 1500 bucks.

    I love my BG1 immensely.

    I want to have different flavors and not several of the same im thinking the next 2 channel I get will be a Hardy or Neve.

    Now I just need a firm to work for when I leave the army. :lol:
  4. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    Well, if you make it to the DC area when you leave, there's always work here in my studio!

  5. Big Ray I see you are in Heidelberg

    Have we met? I just left there just over a year ago. Actually that was my second tour there. Are you in the USAREUR band?

  6. ghellquist

    ghellquist Member

    May 25, 2004
    Well, the Millennia is probably the safe bet. It comes with a lot of recommendations, and to my ears it does fulfill them. It might be a bit "clinical" perhaps in the sound.

  7. BigRay

    BigRay Guest

    Re: Big Ray I see you are in Heidelberg

    Perhaps! I was in the USAREUR band..
  8. BigRay

    BigRay Guest

    sent you an email Mr. Cucco.
  9. RecTeach

    RecTeach Guest

    You really couldn't go wrong with any but here are some thoughts...

    The cleanest will be the 8302 (I have the 8304) with the Millinnia very close behind. If you have the Lavry Blue A/D's (I do and love them) then the mic pre would be a good choice if you have an extra chasis slot open. I also have the Flamingo and love it. This would give you the opportunity to color the sound from a little to a LOT. Depending on how you use it, it can be pretty transparent.

    Bottom line... you don't loose with any of these!! :lol:
  10. BigRay

    BigRay Guest

    I went with the Millennia, primarily because it was the one that most people reccomended, and it has a great reputation.Not much buzz about the lavry pres, nor the GML.. I think it will compliment my DAV BG1 nicely. I plan to add the ADC option before years end as well.
    Thanks everyone
    Teddy :cool:

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