Starved Plate? Fake Tubes? *is confused*

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by BitBurn, Feb 5, 2005.

  1. BitBurn

    BitBurn Guest

    I have heard tube pre's described as "starved plate" or "fake tubes" at times... is starving a plate or whatever inside a pre a way to get tube emulation? and if it is a starved plate design will it actually advertise as real tube technology? is this something I need to be cautious of? even if it isn't, I'm still curious, please clear the fog for me :lol:

    thanks in advance
  2. Randyman...

    Randyman... Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2003
    Houston, TX
    I believe "Starved Plate" just describes the low-volatge supplied to the tubes. I guess 250Volt power supplies are not cheap, so "pro-sumer" gear will compromise on the Power Supply, and only give the Tube a fraction of it's potential voltage - there by "Starving" it. Tubes are said to sound better at high voltages.

    Some cheap tube gear uses a tube in parallel with the Solid State circuit, and these units will still work with the tube COMPLETELY REMOVED!

    All I got :cool:
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