Pre-Amps: This one or which one?

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by anonymous, Jul 12, 2005.

  1. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Feb 10, 2001
    If you are gonna get the BIG DADDY of 'em all, which really stands as #1 in your book?
    Lets talk single channel units...
    The GT ViPre is a single channel "damn near do it all" design.
    The Millennia STT-1 also a single channel design, is called the "All In One" recording system.
    The Sebatron Thorax is a single channel pre-amp and then some.
    I want to hear which one is #1 on your list guys! And it doesn't have to be any of the ones I listed above. Unless you...
    How bout' like $5000 or so.
  2. sdelsolray

    sdelsolray Active Member

    Jul 5, 2003
    Portland, OR
    Either of the Pendulum Audio channel strips:

    Quartet I
    Quartet II
  3. MistaG

    MistaG Guest

    For that money, I would get a 1084 Neve rack mounted.
  4. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    My ViPre sure gets used more than anything else since I go it a few years ago.

    I'd add the Fearn VT-1 or VT-2, UA 6176, that REDD Beatles mic pre I keep hearing about, API channel strip and a few others. A few of the new AMS/Neve 1073 or 1081 re-issue's would be nice.
  5. McCheese

    McCheese Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    AudioGaff, I've heard the ViPre is pretty noisy, is this true?

    I've got a MP-2NV, the 6176, and a Grace 201 already, and was looking at that as a possible addon, maybe with that new Glory Comp. Unfortunately it'll be a bit before I get to hear one.
  6. poprocks

    poprocks Guest

    That Manley Slam is kinda sexy.
  7. frob

    frob Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2004
    not a suggestion but just an addition to the question:

    redd 47
    manely vox box

    i was goin to ask this but you beat me to it :p
  8. TornadoTed

    TornadoTed Guest

    Any of the Tube-Tech gear has got to be worth a punt and the build quality is exeptional.
  9. Digger

    Digger Guest

    I love my Vipre but I don't know that it qualifies as a 'channel strip' per se. Although, there are some tonal controls with the various impedance settings. The response times allow you to vary the sound as well. Tubes by there very nature have a naturally occurring 'compression'. I guess the argument could be made that it has most of the charactersistics of a 'strip'

    As far as traditional Channel strips layouts I really like my Tube Tech MEC-1A. Great tube pre amp, nice EQ and top notch compression.

    I don't own one (yet) but I have listened to and tested a Focusrite ISA430 MKII which also sounded great. Obviously a different approach as compared to the Tube Tech but I think it is good to have a balance between Solid State and Tube gear. The EQ on this is sweet , very transparent and flexible (hmmm, sounds like an ex girlfriend of mine).
  10. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    Well, all amps of any type get noisy when you turn them way up. I don't think the Vipre is noisy at least on it's own. But ya, the more gain that is required does increase the noise and low output mics as well as ribbon mics need so much gain that there is bound to be some noise.
  11. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Feb 10, 2001
    That settle's that. I'm not getting to get some noisy piece of crap like the GT ViPre. :lol:
    Of course I am only joking. I wanted to plan on buying some more "top of the line" pre-amps. I still need quite a few more and knowing what I want before I have the money helps me read up on what I'm planning to buy. (before I buy it)
    FYI---I have 4 channel's of API (the 3124+)
    And a 2 channel Great River MP2NV
    And a single channel Mindprint. (single tube design). Lastly I have an Avalon U5 (for bass guitar)
    So I figured I'd add a Sebatron 4000e and a Sebatron Thorax, and an Avalon M5, and whatever else you guys think is the absolute best.
  12. Digger

    Digger Guest

    I know you were only joking about the Vipre but while it is nosier than my Solid Sate Amps it has not hindered my ability to make some good recordings. It might not be my first choice for a high gain extremely sparse classical peice but it is for pretty much top notch for anything else.

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