Osa vs. Bae 312a

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by theAdmiral, Apr 5, 2005.

  1. theAdmiral

    theAdmiral Guest

    I have a couple of api 512cs. In my opinion they are great for certain applications, (drums, bass, guitars)but I need something more suitable for vocals, cymbals, etc.... I saw Osa makes several different pres. Do they make a pre with a bit more mids, and top end? I need a something with less smear on the highend. Bae 312a maybe?
  2. theAdmiral

    theAdmiral Guest

    c'mon, no one has used any of these? I just got my tax return, it's decision time.
  3. THeBLueROom

    THeBLueROom Member

    Jan 15, 2005
    Never heard either, but from what I keep reading the BAE 312 has a cleaner top end and full low end that the API. I have the API and love it, but you're right it doesn't work on signals that need to be pristine.
  4. atlasproaudio

    atlasproaudio Active Member

    Feb 17, 2001
    Tampa Bay, FL
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    The OSA MP1-L or MP1-A will give you the most clean top-end compared to the BAE 312 or the other OSA Pres. The high-end is extended and detailed on both the MP1-L and MP1-C.

    The MP1-A is more neutral overall in terms of frequency and tone. The MP1-L has slightly more coloration, more than color, it's sound scape is wider and has more front to back depth than the MP1-A.

    I own BAE 312s, they are most similar to the MP1-C model, very close. The MP1-C is tighter and clearer in the highs than the BAE 312 to my ears. The BAE 312 is softer and more subdued in the highs and mids. The OSA MP1-C has a gentle roll off above 13-15k.
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