neat preamp/DI-box for everything

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by calidus, Jan 1, 2004.

  1. calidus

    calidus Guest

    Hi there

    I know, this has been asked before, and I have read many of the good answer about the topic. You guys are really great!

    I am in the market for a single channel preamp for my little project studio. I make demos of my own stuff.

    Currently I use my mackie's 1202 preamps (old vlz serie, not the Pro) and/or a behr***er dirty little thing (MIC100), I got a Rode NT3 and a SM58, will soon get a NT1000 or a SP C1.
    Generally speaking I'm not very fond of "swiss army knife" devices, I mean, if I want a compressor and eq, then I'll buy them later on, or manage with what I have.....

    My specific situation is

    1 it will be used on nearly everything, vocals, bass, acoustic, even electric guitar as I have to record it direct to not bother the neighbors.
    2 Can't invest more that 4-500$ . I'd love to get myself some Sebatron, Grace or Sytek but....I have to be budget-aware.

    So far I have checked the following out.

    M-audio DMP3
    Mindprint DI-mod or Envoice MKII
    Focusrite Voicemaster Pro
    Studio Projects VBT1
    Joemeek (new products later this year)

    One last remark: as I live in Europe, it would be a plus, if you recommend gear that I can purchase from here (the shipping and custom vat truly makes the final cost grow).

    Thanks in advance....
  2. sammyg

    sammyg Active Member

    Dec 12, 2003
    I've used the rnp at work, seems to be ok for an all rounder within that budget.


  3. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    We recently got a Presonus Eureka Channel Strip in our group.While I have not gotten a chance to really put it through its paces in the studio, its working great as a bass frontend for live.It has a lot of very good things in its build,variable mic impedance,full tilt compressor,and EQ.Stay tuned as I will be giving it the complete trial this month and posting a review as well as some samples.Its also a mid-priced unit so I will be a bit harsh on it to see if it makes the grade.
  4. calidus

    calidus Guest

    Actually the Eureka is one of the babies I'd like to check out, so I'll look forward reading your review.

    Thank you so long!
  5. clintrubber

    clintrubber Guest

    from Calidus:
    Just curious to what your impression of that MIC100 is.
    It's deliberaty colouring, right ?

    For around 50 EU it can't be not much I guess (probably a simple opamp-based mic pre with perhaps a few discetes before it and then followed by a starved plate triode ?) but at the same time, if it has _any_ use for a certain source then 50 is not much and makes an other micpre available again for other sources.

  6. calidus

    calidus Guest

    Peter> as you wrote, one can't really be disappointed by it, given the price tag. It colors the sound, I only like that effect on some rockabilly bass lines I did few week ago. I think I'll keep it as a cheapo DI-box for small gigs and save for a real valve unit, as a Joemeek or TL Audio.
  7. clintrubber

    clintrubber Guest

    Thanks for the info. Right, stuff like this will find a use but won't do it all.


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