Studio upgrades...

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by amg1, Apr 9, 2004.

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  1. amg1

    amg1 Guest

    I've finally narrowed my selections. I'm looking at either the UA 6176 or the Millennia Origin STT1 to add to my Focusrite ISA428. I do Gospel, Hip-Hop, Rap and R&B. Also the Soundelux Ifet7 was recommended to me in addition to my current SP C1, but for the money I was thinking about (2) mics the Sounddelux U195 and the AT4060 to have more options available. I mainly track vocals (variety of male and female) and synths(drum mach., etc.)
    Also thinking about a compressor maybe (2) RNC's or even a Distressor if possible or the Summit TLA50. I usually record @ 24/48K so the dynamics is not necessarily the issue mainly trying to get the sound sculpting tools before I hit the converters.
    My current setup:

    Emagic Platinum 5.5
    Motu 2408MK3
    Focusrite ISA428
    SP C1
    Waves Plugs

    If anyone has had any experience with these gear options I would appreciate your input.

  2. djui5

    djui5 Guest

    I'd say go with the UA and the 2 mic's. Options are great, you don't want to be stuck with one mic and have it not work for you. The UA also will add some color when the Millennia is a pretty clean pre. The sound of the UA will "fatten" up your tracks a tad and add some life to the recordings. I also love distressors. They're highly shapable and work well for lot's of different styles of music.
  3. amg1

    amg1 Guest

    Randy, thanks for the reply and thats the direction I'm heading. I always was intriqued by the Millennia joint, but i've heard the UA.

    Thanks again...
  4. amg1

    amg1 Guest

    I was also curious about the Empirical E-7 Fatso Jr. I'm looking at the Distressor then I saw this. With all it's additiona features it seems like it would be more versatile. Has anyone had any experience with it?
  5. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    I have an Origin here and while I love it very much I don't think it would be at "home" in Rap and Hip Hop production ... it just sounds too good.

    Look into the UA 210 mic pre / 1176 combo box.. with classic compression and mic pre at your finger tips you should be able to get to where you want to be with it.

    Kurt Foster
  6. amg1

    amg1 Guest

    Preciate You Kurt,

    I am moving in the direction of the UA-6176 with a AT4060 and Soundelux U195. I figure theses additions to my ISA 428, which is very clean with a little bite to it I guess coming from the Lundahl transformer will give me a decent variety till the next upgrade.
    Thanks for your response, I was told by another source that the Origin might not give the coloring capabilities of the UA.

  7. jameslugo

    jameslugo Active Member

    Apr 12, 2004
    Raleigh/Durham, NC
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    I had a 6176 for about 6 months and dumped it, it had no headroom. Too much distortion, especially bad for stacking vocals. It just got too gooey sounding for Rap/R&B. Got a Chandler LTD-1 and never looked back. IMO the LTD-1 is a much better pre.

    I run U195>Chandler LTD-1(1073)>Distressor>Apogee>PT... The vocal sound is killer!
  8. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    In owning the AT4060 and having heard/used the UA mic pre a few times, it would be rare if I were to use that combo in general for any vocals and would expect that combo to not at all match up well for hop or rap.
  9. amg1

    amg1 Guest

    Thanks for the suggestions. As for the UA James your saying it's to colored. Dosen't it have a drive knob to adjust the tube level? I've heard the chandeler name never really looked into them. Are they tube. And with the AT4060, I was lookung to run it through the ISA 428, they seem like they would be good companions. The ISA is somewhat on the punchy side, I really like it on my synth and drum sounds.
    James, what genre of music do record/produce? In your signal chain I saw the Distressor, I'm looking at that also, but finances may cause me to fall back to the Summit TLA-50. Also the Apogee, I'm looking at adding the MOTU HD-192 to my 2408Mk3.
  10. Bhennies

    Bhennies Guest

    I have a Universal Audio 2108 dual channel pre and absolutely love it. I chose it over the UA tube pre because it is very sonically similar to the circuitry in the 1176, which I love. It rocks.

    However, the ISA is a fantastic pre- very clean and crisp.

    p.s. you can overdrive the 2108 to fatten up the sound- a VERY versatile pre.
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