need a clean pre

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by bobbo, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. bobbo

    bobbo Active Member

    Dec 11, 2004
    i have api, purple, groove tubes, osa. i need something clean. don't have tons of cash, this business is hard on the wallet these days. its not for drums. its more for vocals, acoustic guitar, bass di/pod, distorted guitar micing (through mics such as, sm7b, e609, sm57, beta57a, 421mkII. and for indie rock drum over head/s for "true live drum sounds".

    let me know. and if this seems ridiculous now a days for this industry. let me know too.

  2. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    Grace 101, Focusrite ISA, True Systems,John Hardy.. theres a ton more....Budget... you might look into the Mackie Onyx. Dont know if theres enough gain for a ribbon.
  3. AwedOne

    AwedOne Guest

    Audient ASP008

    Very clean
  4. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    For a clean, but huge sound - try the Langevin DVC. It's a shade on the "dark" side, but I'd not hesitate to use it on the cleanest of sources.

    It doesn't have the most gain in the world, but for "normal" sources, it's perfect.

  5. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    Some great suggestions for pre-amps here. I'd like to add the DAV BG1 to the list. The BG series are very transparent (clean) pre-amps with switched gain, and I have no trouble in using them with low-output ribbon mics.
  6. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    Blacksburg, VA
    Just curious, but why do you need clean (what I'd call transparent)? Are you doing classical recordings? These are all great preamps, but for the type of music you do I like your list better.
  7. Synetos

    Synetos Guest

    I personally really like the ISAONE. I record my vocals through it using a Neuman TLM103. It also sounds good with my SM7b.
  8. Mohog Audio

    Mohog Audio Active Member

    Feb 3, 2010
    Hey all! First time poster here at I would look at the API 3124 or 512. Very clean but a little on the expensive side. I think the RNP from FMR audio gets overlooked a lot and it is really clean. Sometimes too clean but you get two channels for 499 msrp. Could probably get it a lower if you looked around.
  9. Duncanjp

    Duncanjp Guest

    I'm using an Avalon VT737, which is pricey, but it was worth the wait. It serves my purposes fantastically well on vox and acoustic guitar. I DI my bass guitar through it as well, and it makes a big difference. Previously, I had purchased a Behringer preamp for chump change by comparison, but the quality was so terrible that I ended up taking it back. I decided to be patient, and I read everything I could find on preamps. The most valuable information I got was when I asked people who had made recordings that I liked what they had used. The Avalon kept coming up, so I set my sights on it and saved my money for over a year until I had enough to get one. Since the price was way too much to try flying it home under the wife's radar, ha ha, I went for broke and got a U87 to go with it. I figured she would be shocked by the sticker price with or without the mic, and one big shock is better than two big shocks. I wasn't wrong there. Gentlemen, if you play your cards right, you can have it all. (If I can quote a famous poet, there's a lesson in there that runs at large. Take it. You're welcome. No extra charge.)
  10. thatjeffguy

    thatjeffguy Active Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    Vashon Island, Washington
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    I second the Avalon VT 737! Yes, way over your budget, but so worth the sacrifice.
    I also bought a U87 at the same time, and I also DI my bass through the 737.
    For vocals, the compression section of the 737 is so smooth and transparent that I try to not use ITB compressors any more on vocals.
    For bass, with the proper compressor settings I am finally getting the "punchy" attack that I like!
    So, worth considering for future purchase even if your budget won't handle it now!
  11. tstoneman

    tstoneman Active Member

    Nov 3, 2008
    For clean I'd go with Martech or GML - API is awesome but not sure I'd use the word clean
  12. gehauser

    gehauser Active Member

    Nov 1, 2008
    SE USA
    Sytek MPX-4Aii (4 clean channels, $900)
  13. planet10

    planet10 Active Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    Chicago area
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    all pre's tube or solid state are going to color your sound. if you wnat clean your going to have to spend money and a really clean pre, because it takes really expensive components and time to make a super clean pre. for my money AMEK 9098EQ
    with AMEK 9098C
    have at it!!

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