Sebatron pre and what mics

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by mikE@THECAVE, Apr 5, 2004.

  1. mikE@THECAVE

    mikE@THECAVE Guest

  2. ShellTones

    ShellTones Guest

    I've only had mine a couple of weeks and have only messed around with it, but it sounded great with my Universal Sound dynamic and amazing with my 797 Audio CR998 tube mic (I know, two mics you've never heard of). I especially liked it in Deep mode with the CR998 in omni and the 30dB pad in and the gain cranked to 9+...smoooth.

    I asked Sebatron what mics he recommended and he mentioned the AT4047. Someone also mentioned the RE20 would match well. I do remember Kurt saying, in his review, that the Seb was the first preamp that made him like his U87 and made it sound how he imagined it should.

    I get the feeling this preamp is going to sound great on a lot of mics.
  3. Sebatron

    Sebatron Well-Known Member

    Dec 22, 2002
    A lot of the versatility comes from the fact that the 'pad ' switch actually varies the amount of negative feedback around the first gain stage .....
    This reflects back through the input transformer and hence affects the loading on the mic itself.
    It's like having three modes of colour and bandwidth.

    There are a lot of great mics out there .
    I've yet to hear one that doesn't work in the system. 8)
  4. mikE@THECAVE

    mikE@THECAVE Guest

    yes it seems to sound good with the C1 and the T3 by studio projects.I was thinking a getting another mic to add to my collection.Maybe a Blue mic would be a good choice. :?:
  5. pmolsonmus

    pmolsonmus Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2003
    Crown Pzm - great
    AKG414Buls - great
    Studio Projects B1 - great
    Re20 (I just got the black anniversary edition) - great - an acoustic bass just jumped out.
    Sure58 - best I've heard this mic sound.

    I am having fun with this unit and have not had any bad results. If I had to guess, the blueberry would really shine. That's a great mic and the large diaphragms just seem to really benefit from this pre.

  6. mikE@THECAVE

    mikE@THECAVE Guest

    ok Phil those were my exact thoughts the Blueberry.I hear you can sing really close to that mic.I think most mics would like the sebamp in one setting or another .Bet my shure 57 sounds killer
  7. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
    How would a tube mic sound through it? sometimes people say that you should have only one set of tubes in the chain and that tube mic with tube preamp does not work...
    I don't know myself first hand, just wondering...
  8. mikE@THECAVE

    mikE@THECAVE Guest

    no I'd dont go buy that theory.My T3 sounds great .It has a 6072 tube in it and the sebapre has jj12at7 tubes i believe.
  9. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    I have one of the CAD tube mics here for review. I will cut a vocal with it through the vmp 4000 and post it for y'all .. Hey Sebatron! How ya doin'?
  10. sdelsolray

    sdelsolray Active Member

    Jul 5, 2003
    Portland, OR
    I have both solid state and tube pres (both with and without trannys), as well as solid state/transformerless and tube/tranny mics. All combinations work, and work well, albiet they have (obviously) different sounds.

    Putting a tube mic with a tube pre sounds wonderful. I use either a CAD VX2 of Neumann M149 into a Pendulum MDP-1A pre. The 149 is so hot, I can optionally patch it into the Pendulum through the line in, bypassing the Jensen input tranny. Either way, it sounds simply magnificent. The CAD VX2 into the Pendulum is another wonderful sound. Actually that setup goes though 4 different tube circuits: (i) the head amp in the mic (12AX7), (ii) the line driver and output tranny for the mic (12AU7), (iii) the first stage amp in the Pendulum (12AX7), and (iv) the output stage of the Pendulum (6922).

    You can certainly match a tube mic with a tube pre.
  11. sdelsolray

    sdelsolray Active Member

    Jul 5, 2003
    Portland, OR

    I am interested in your thoughts on the CAD. Didn't CAD send you a VSM for review? I picked up a VX2 several months back, kinda the VSM's big brother. It's a rather nice mic, IMO.
  12. julian lamp

    julian lamp Guest

    soundelux u195 through Sebatron on Gibson J30 acoustic.
  13. ShellTones

    ShellTones Guest

    How do you like that? What about on vox? What other pres have you tried the U195 through?

    Sorry about all the questions, I have a Seb and was considering a U195. :)

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