New preamp advice please.

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by Hemmick Reef, Nov 19, 2004.

  1. Hemmick Reef

    Hemmick Reef Guest

    I have put together a basic recoring studio in a small room at home, it's not the best size or shape for a studio but......

    Carillon computer running Cubase SX2
    Edirol DA2496 soundcard+breakout box
    Alesis M1Active mk2 speakers
    Tfpro p3 preamp (Ted Fletcher model -£150) ????
    Groove tube 67 microphone
    Various guitars & software + midi keyboard

    I am not particulary happy with my basic sound that I get from D.I. guitar & bass and mic'd vocals.
    I have been pondering for ages about improvements/weak links to my sytem and if it's worthwhile changing anything. But I have come to the conclusion from reading posts & reviews that a better preamp is going to make the best improvement. The only thing is which one - I know that over a certain price I will not be able to tell the difference. I just wanted to get a few opinions before I buy, or not if thats the case - I don't want to waste money !
    My ideas for preamps that will hopefully tighten, add punch & warmth over my present setup are:

    TLAudio Ivory series 5060, 5051
    Groove tubes the brick
    Voice master pro
    DBX 376

    I like the SPL gainstation, but price, and will I get the best out of it ?
    I hope to add a bit of presence & warmth, and I'm not worried about added colouration as I think that it can enrich a sound.

    Thanks very much
  2. LittleDogAudio

    LittleDogAudio Active Member

    Sep 24, 2004
    What's your budget.

    I'm not crazy about the TLA or Voicemaster.

  3. feggymango

    feggymango Guest

    I am not sure of the 376 but i have used a 386 for a while and i love it. For vocals and guitars/bass i use a Mindprit DTC for that warmth. It has a great EQ as well as a compressor/limiter.
    For my bass mostly, and on some vocals i often try my Studio Projects VTB1 and it sounds great. And it was only $100 canadian.
  4. AlteredBeats

    AlteredBeats Guest

    I have an 5051..........not really that pleased with it, I mean its ok but doesnt really have much effect on things
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    Jun 19, 2002
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