pres to match dpa 4006

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by jimbo_baby84, Feb 20, 2006.

  1. jimbo_baby84

    jimbo_baby84 Guest

    hi guys,

    i'm not very pre-amp savvy, as most studios i've worked in have just used the console pres, but i just bought a pair of dpa 4006's and i'm wondering what kind of pre amps would work well with them (taking impedence etc. into consideration). I only have one revolution redd.47 at the moment, so i'm looking for 8 extra channels anyway so i can handle drums. i was thinking either the shadow hills 8 channel box or an api 3124+ and a sebatron vmp400e, but if there's a 2 channel unit anyone can specially recomend for the 4006's to get the most out of them, and if it would work heaps better than any of the pres i'm already planning to get, i'd be happy to get that as well. can anyone suggest anything?

  2. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    George Massenburg makes some lovely high-voltage microphone preamplifier's! He likes hot quiet microphones like his original custom modified Neumann KM84s, that put out gobs of level. So look into George Massenburg Labs for some kick ass microphone preamplifier's.

    Jealous of your 4006s
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  3. FifthCircle

    FifthCircle Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2001
    Los Angeles, CA
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    I use the A Designs Pacifica with 4006's on a pretty regular basis. It is a great preamp for anything, but it does work quite well with the DPAs...

    Not to recommend other forums, but check out the threads about these pres over on Gearslutz... Lots of folks feel a similar way to me... :D

  4. Clive Banks

    Clive Banks Guest

    The api 3124+ is a good idea. Great River . something with some color would not be a bad idea. This would depend on the source. I agree the George Massenburg preamps might be applicable as well. i am not sure for drums .
  5. Markd102

    Markd102 Well-Known Member

    Apr 24, 2001
    I use a Buzz Audio SSA1.1 with a pair of B&K 4007's. Really clean and fast. Works well.
  6. AB2

    AB2 Guest

    It really depends on the sound you want. Usually DPA mics are purchased for high accuracy. If you are recording acoustic instruments and want them to be as accurate as possible (i.e. like a grand piano whose sound you love as is) then go for a Millennia, Buzz, Original Great River, gordon, GML, etc. The GML already mentioned in an earler post is a great idea because it is a little euphonic at the same time.

    I would avoid the API IMHO. I have one and do not like it that much with my DPA 4011 (cardoid version of your mic basically). It is ok, but not my preference. I like APIs for driving hard and adding color, especially on drums.

    But my first choice for such a clean mic as the DPA 4006 is a clean pre to show what it can do on that end. Then secondly, I would get a more colored pre for variety.

    I guess in a rather long way, if you can afford it, get two pres. If not, get a clean one.
  7. jimbo_baby84

    jimbo_baby84 Guest

    thanks for all the replies! i think clean would probably the best way to go. i think a GML 8304 with a API 3124+ would be a pretty good starting point for me.

    thanks again!

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