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Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by markmisinco, Jan 4, 2005.

  1. markmisinco

    markmisinco Guest

    Recently I have decided to make an attempt at coming up with enough equipment to run a small home studio. As of now I am on a fairly tight budget. I currently have several mics and all the computer/I/O hardware that I need. As for mics I have several sm57s, a d112, a pair of AKGC1000s and a Blue Dragonfly. I need suggestions on what I should do for pre-amps. Should I get a Mackie VLZ or similar and use its pre-amps? I like this idea because of the options before the signal hits the I/O (EQ, etc.) Or should I go with a standalone Pre-Amp, such as the Focusrite OctoPre? As of now I only need 4 seperate mics but I might upgrade later so it might not be a bad idea for overkill on the pre-amp. What do you guys think?
  2. LittleDogAudio

    LittleDogAudio Active Member

    Sep 24, 2004
    I personally like the Octapre. I recently did a live jazz recording with one and both my client and I were quite impressed. I don't suggest using the onboard compressors much, but as a straight mic pre, they are pretty nice for the $$$.

  3. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    Apples and oranges with each of those choices. Budget usually makes it necessary to make such decisions and I dont envy you.
    Of course a board offers much more in way of buttons and dials and features whereas the Octopre may be a bit bigger in the depth of sound department. I dont know what your budget is going to be.I would look used and see whats out there.
  4. bossa

    bossa Active Member

    Dec 27, 2004
    I picked up a used Digtech VTP1 tube preamp some time ago and run everything through it. It is a 2 channel 2u rack space. It's a bit warmer than the pres on my soundcraft spirit board, and has a good parametric eq, plus other great features (pads, digital outputs...). I've seen them in "like-new" condition for under $300, good value.
    AKG C1000 are great mics for acoustic steel string guitar. Add a little compression (in my case an ART dual levelar tube comp) and the guitar has that classic sparkle in the mix.

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