Suggestions for good rack-mountable mic pre?

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by funkychiro, Apr 20, 2007.

  1. funkychiro

    funkychiro Member

    Apr 11, 2007
    Any suggestions for a really good mic pre, particularly for drums? API was suggested and it would be great if I could gradually get some of the 512's, but I think you need a different type of rackmount system (lunchbox???). I'd like to keep it at around $600-800 per channel. I'd like to be able to gradually collect due to price range. I saw the API 3124, but it comes w/ 4 pres at araound $3,500 and I don't want to shell out that much in one setting.

    Someone I know suggested a Germanium, I think that gets over $1,000.
  2. fourone3

    fourone3 Active Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    Check out I just found out about this and want to check it out myself. I want to say it'd be just about your range - about $600 per channel.
  3. JCarlo

    JCarlo Guest

    Try these API alternatives:

    or if you got the time and skill:
  4. Big_D

    Big_D Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2004
    Quakertown PA
    Look again the 3124+ 4 is about $2400. The 3124MB+ 4 is closer to $3200 but unless you really need the mixer you can save @$800.
  5. audiotec

    audiotec Guest

    You might want to consider the Joe Meek preamps. The 3Q is under $300 and can give you results comparable to more expensive units.
  6. SoundWeavers

    SoundWeavers Guest

    may I suggest the Universal Audio 2-610 $2K (tube based unit with basic EQ)

    the really good preamps tend to be priced more than $1K per channel.

    if you are just starting out with your equipment - I recommend getting a recording channel - with preamp, eq and dynamics all in one. Check out the Focusrite Voicemaster Pro which should be $500 to $600 only.
  7. SoundWeavers

    SoundWeavers Guest

    I forgot to add.

    The VINTECH AUDIO 1272 and 273 are also very good options

    VINTECH AUDIO 1272. PREamps only. 2 channels at $1,4k

    VINTECH AUDIO 273. Preamp and 1073-style EQ. 2 channels at $1.7k

    though you'll have to buy a $225 power supply (that powers 4 Vintech units - which will cause you to buy more Vintech because they are truly very great sounding Neve style preamps!)

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