Nice mic preamp?

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by bigmac, Oct 29, 2007.

  1. bigmac

    bigmac Guest

    hello i'm Ragnar and i'm new here!

    i know that this question has been brought up many times but still I'm going to ask

    I have a 002r and ada8000 connected via adat (see more detailed gear list at: Controlling the transmission of Impact sound through floors).

    now I would like to buy a good mic preamp for my MXL v69, so if you would assist me choose a good preamp for vocals?
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    Budget? Transparent or coloured? There's a lot of choice out there.

    Whichever preamp you get, be sure NOT to connect its output into the so-called line inputs of the ADA8000. Go into the line ins on the 002r instead.
  3. bigmac

    bigmac Guest

    budget around 1000.

    Transparent or coloured? don't know what it is :s

    so should I connect to insert 5?

  4. JesterMasque

    JesterMasque Active Member

    Jul 18, 2006
    Itasca, Illinois
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    Ok, first off I must say ANY preamp that you connect should not go through the ADA at all.

    There are multiple options for preamps. If you want a nice colored (colored means that the preamp will add a bit of its own character to the sound that enters) tube preamp the Universal Audio Solo/610 will run you about $800. It is only single channel.

    A VERY nice transparent class A transformer preamp would be the Chameleon Labs 7602. Again, it is only single channel. They also make a 7622 which is a dual channel for the same price. The difference is that the 7602 is essentially a channel strip with a sweepable-midrange EQ. The 7622 lacks the EQ, but still retains the phantom power, phase inverter, and DI/mic modes with two fully independant channels.

    The greatest difference between the UA and CL is obviously the EQ or the dual channels (depending on which you pick). I have used all three in the studio, however I, myself, bought the 7622 because I like having the power of two channels of the same preamp, to keep things consistent, and the CL products, overall, gave a thicker bottom end and a fuller mid range, whereas the UA Solo seems to focus more on the top of the low end and the high-mids.

    The experiment was done using a B-52 combo amp with both distortion and clean settings. The chain was an Audix i5 -> Digi 003r -> Mac G5 -> Pro Tools 7.
  5. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    Blacksburg, VA
    Transparent: Harmonically neutral. Adds no modification to the sound other than amplification.
    Colored: Changes the character of the sound in some (hopefully good) way. Includes terms like "vintage" or "warm"

    Yes. Or 6,7,8.

    I assume from your web site you are looking to use this for recording indie/alt rock vocals?
  6. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    Nice preamp = API 312/512. The 312 is a card and will require a soldering iron, connectors and power supply. The 512 is in a box with a power supply and ready for lunch.

    Or you might want to purchase a modified and repackaged Neve 1272 in the form of a microphone preamplifier from any number of folks out there. Classic character with a refined sound and continuously biased transistor class A operation.

    This is all great for rock-and-roll. You'll know the sound when you hear the sound.

    In the know
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  7. bigmac

    bigmac Guest

    thanks for good answars everybody.

    yes but i record any type of music
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