Save money vs. Buy a better pre now?

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by Drewslum, Jan 5, 2008.

  1. Drewslum

    Drewslum Active Member

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    First of all I want to say that I've recently stumbled upon this forum and I'm getting addicted! There is so much invaluable information here & a round of applause to you all for being so helpful.

    My question is: I am assembling a small studio set up that I want to keep fairly mobile. I own a Presonus Firepod (that I think sounds good for $350) and I'm running Logic Pro 8 on a MacBook Pro. I plan on using my Firepod for tracking drums/rhythm sections live, but I kinda want to have a better preamp for tracking vocals.
    Providing that I have some good mics, would it make sense for me to purchase a better sounding 1 channel DI or preamp of some sort or should I save my money for a while and purchase a better interface with better pre's later on?
    My price range is only about $1000 preferably less, so I know I'm not going to get an amazing pre. I've heard some good things about Apogee's Duet. Anyone have any Goods/Bads about it? Or a different unit I should consider?

    Thanks,
    Drewslum
     
  2. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

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    Hey Drewslum -

    Welcome to RO. Glad you're enjoying it!

    For a budget of $1000, you have a lot of options for getting a good pre. A lot more than you might think.

    While I could sit here and rattle off some high-end pres for that price, why don't I give you a few links. See what the prices are, research a little and then let us know what questions you have about what you found.

    Adding a good pre to an already fine setup can be a great way to get started.

    Here are the links:

    http://www.atlasproaudio.com
    http://www.mercenary.com
    http://www.vintageking.com
    http://www.sweetwater.com

    These will get you started and they all have some very nice pres for under $1K

    Cheers
    J
     
  3. TheFraz

    TheFraz Active Member

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    you did not even drop the summit audio.
    have you lost faith since you sold yours?

    man I miss that thing. It should be back from the shop in a week or two.
     
  4. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

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    If you are looking for suggestions, you might do well to tell us what kind of music you are recording, what instruments, etc. If you really are looking for a single A channel for vocals $1K seems to be a good price point from what I can see. The only reason I would wait would be if you are doing a lot of stereo recording. Then you might want a dual channel for $2K.
     
  5. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

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    Not a chance man! I still love the Summit and eventually plan on picking up some more. There are just so many choices for under $1K, I didn't feel like doing an exhaustive list since it's been done so many times here before and a short search would turn up the results...

    Feelin lazy - that's all...
     
  6. TheFraz

    TheFraz Active Member

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    Haha, thats cool. I figured as such.
    I am really happy with mine. at first I could not hear much of a difference. But then I spent some time with her, and I fell in love. I have yet to use a mic on it that required me to even struggle to get the gain I wanted.
    Then it broke. but hey, its under warranty, and it should be on its way back. And dealing with the company was the best customer serves I have ever had.

    I strongly recommend it.
    But i am looking forward to the time that I can get my hands on another mic pre, or two.
     
  7. Drewslum

    Drewslum Active Member

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    I'm gonna be doing a lot of Rock, Pop, and Soul. How would I pick a pre based on a style of music I want to record?
     

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