Mic Pre $300-$400

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by mfinch, Sep 11, 2005.

  1. mfinch

    mfinch Guest

    I'm sure this question has been asked and answered many times before, I've been reading posts for about an hour and have run across tons of opinions and suggestions, but its all starting to run together, so I thought I'd go ahead and make a post.

    I'm looking for a mic pre for $300-$400, I know thats not a very high level pre, but its all I can afford now and I would like to upgrade from I have now. I want just a pre, no compression, EQ ect.

    Any advice is much appreciated!
  2. JamesG

    JamesG Guest

    wait wait..... Can we just say "the brick" once.... now everyone doesn't have to reccomend it
  3. CoyoteTrax

    CoyoteTrax Well-Known Member

    May 25, 2005
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    The Electro Harmonix 12AY7 Mic Pre is $189 and IMO is an incredible bargain. That's just one channel though, so you're talking almost $400 for 2 channels. Not a bad deal. It's got focus, wonderful color and allows enough transients through to provide a nice dimension. A very nice quality signal in my opinion.
  4. Grooveteer

    Grooveteer Guest

    Get that nice and solid pre from Groove Tubes! Can't think of it's name right now... "The Rock" or something?? :-?

    James, can you help me here? :wink:
  5. JamesG

    JamesG Guest

    hahah... i think it is the cinder block.... something like that :wink:
  6. tmcconnell

    tmcconnell Guest

    ooh - yeah

    That would be the ceramic-fired-cubic-construction-unit, often confused with the field stone or driveway paver, both of which, I hear, are virtually noiseless passive devices.
  7. JamesG

    JamesG Guest

    ya but they are unbalanced out, but i heard they are coming out with "the stone" which has balanced outs :D
  8. Clive Banks

    Clive Banks Guest

    the brick is a good choce. however if you are after somethng with less color and more transparent you should investigate the DMP-3 by M audio. It has a 20 hz to 100 kilohertz response and appers to have some specs that make it quite decent for the price.
  9. frob

    frob Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2004
    one can not record on specs alone...

    true the brick is verry colored but for that price the only transpatenr mic pre that i would recomend would be somthing like a makie vlz-pro, you can get a 1604 for that mutch second hand some times. but if you want somehting better i would go with the uhhhhhh after all thouse parities ive for gotten the real name.

    k/c. ;)
  10. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
    that mysterious artifact seems to be the only fair game in town...
  11. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
    of course you could always sh*t a br*ck
  12. JamesG

    JamesG Guest

    hahaha :D
  13. Operadragon

    Operadragon Guest

    I knew there was a reason I loved this forum...hehe

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