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Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by mike toti, Sep 2, 2003.

  1. mike toti

    mike toti Guest

    Hey guys,
    Currently using mackie xdr pre-amps, wondering if it would be worthwhile upgrading to the joemeek vc-1q to improve the quality. Will be mainly used for vocals and occasional bass.

  2. hasbeen

    hasbeen Active Member

    Apr 18, 2003
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    I use a Mackie for tracking but have a number of other preamps at my disposal. I think it is always a good idea to collect some preamps for various uses. I never use my Mackie for vocals, lately I have been using a vintage Altec 1567a, but have used Langevin, Neve and others. You will immediately notice the difference.
  3. bwindsor

    bwindsor Guest

    I own a Mackie 24-8, I own a Joe Meek VC1Q (along with lots of other pre's).... I use the Meek regularly, I only use the Mackie pre's if I run out, which is almost never...however the Meek doesn't "bury" the Mackie, more of a slightly sideways-upward move, definitely sounds different, as in not quite as "clean", which is a good thing (usually).

    Best of luck,

  4. bwindsor

    bwindsor Guest

    Sorry, my apologies, overlooked the XDR reference...can't comment on that comparison, although most who can are not blown away with the new Mackie pre's, but they are supposed to be cleaner than the "old" pre's...again, that's not necessarily a good thing.

    Best of luck,


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