Signal path - tubes and transformers - where?

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by tmcconnell, Jun 11, 2005.

  1. tmcconnell

    tmcconnell Guest

    I have a lovely Pendulum to cover my tube pre needs. I don't have a tube mic, however. The cheap ones I've auditioned have a bit of gauze over the picture, but I assume good ones can sound spectacular and clear. Here's question 1. All things being equal which I know they are not, will a nice tube pre obviate a tube mic. Is a tube mic just giving me "tuby-ness" (like the pre) or is there some other important quality such as linearity or headroom that the mic circuit imparts. Shall I just think about tubes or iron as palette options? If so, could I handle them with a range of pres and forget about tube mics?

    Question 2: I heard someone who seemed smart the other day say that they wer'nt surprised that their transformerless mics sounded better through transformerless preamps. Does this actually make electronic sense in any way? Again, the individual might have had second rate transformer based pre, and a great transformerless pre.

    Basically, I want to augment my Pendulum and Focusrite red with another great pre that is not colored, but I'm not sure about whether I might be better off getting color from the pre or the mic.
  2. tmcconnell

    tmcconnell Guest

    Maybe my question is bad?

    With no responses, I guess the question is a bad one.

    Let me try it like this: If I can get great tube color from a tube pre, will I get anything additional from a tube mic? t.
  3. ghellquist

    ghellquist Member

    May 25, 2004
    Great mics are great mics. Great pres are great pres. None of them sounds "tube", they sound good.

    Why not try and rent a few variations and test for yourself.

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