mid priced mic pres

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by mud5150, Apr 15, 2006.

  1. mud5150

    mud5150 Guest

    I'm looking at these and wanted some input. Grace design 101 vs gt brick vs summit audio 2ba-221. I know thats kind of all over the place but what I'm looking for needs to be a.) fairly versatile b.) different sounding than my firefaces pre-amps c.) a worthwhile step up in sound quality from the preamps in the rme. If none of these offer a significant improvement I'll probably just hold out until I can get the api pres I want. Don't get me wrong my fireface souns real good, just wondering if anything in this range will give me a noticable improvement. I do mostly rock. Any suggestions. I would definately like something with a little more gain, my large diaghram dynamics are straving for gain with my existing pre's. The summit audio looks cool with the variable impedence. Any thought suggestions would be cool. Thanks
  2. NickC

    NickC Guest

    I recommend the Summit. The Grace is very transparent and refined. The Brick is a better DI than Pre.
  3. Jeremy

    Jeremy Active Member

    Aug 9, 2005
    From LV but Army brought me to TN

    Why not look into a FMR RNP? These pre's are ugly as all get-up, but sound pretty darn good.
  4. jahtao

    jahtao Guest

    Sebatron? If you get two or more channels you can overdrive one into the other which is awesom, plus you got those little eq switch thingies.
  5. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    All of the pres you mentioned are very good pres. I wouldn't even caveat that with the phrase "for the money." They're simply very good pres regardless.

    In any case, the RME pres are halfway decent too. You will get a completely different sound by moving to any of the ones that you mentioned.

    Personally, I have or have had all of the pres that you mentioned. Currently, the only one I still own is the Summit. I love my summits and would be hard pressed to trade them for anything else.

    I do have my eye on the new GT stereo preamp though....

    The Grace is clean. As clean as clean gets (well, almost - there are cleaner - DAV, Buzz, Hardy...)

    The Summit is dark and full. It can (based on the amount of tube saturation) run the gamut from full and relatively uncolored to fat as hell.

    The GT Brick is really kinda thick. It's somewhere about 60% as thick as the Summit can get when it's pushed all the way.

    In any case, you'll be pleased with any or all of your choices.

  6. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    What about SCA?

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