Universal audio 610 preamp

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by chips, Sep 5, 2007.

  1. chips

    chips Guest

    Anyone use or own the Universal Audio M610 or 610 solo preamps ?
    What are your views on them ?

    I'm looking for a preamp to bring some colur and warmth to vox and acoustic guitars. Going to be using AKG 414 and Neumann M149 mics
  2. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    Like a lot of audio gear, some people like them and some people don't. It has it's own sound/vibe. I like it but not really love it. I much prefer it when it is used with a LA2A or 1176 or better yet the UA 6176 model which I do love.

    For true tube color and warmth I much prefer my ViPre or a DW Fearn than what the 610 mic pre does.
  3. chips

    chips Guest

    I had never heard of the vipre or DW fearn but after doing a bit of net research they do look good. Good reviews.

    Unfortunately, they are way out of my spending budget.
    I am looking at some around $1300/£650
  4. chips

    chips Guest

    Any other advice on preamps for $1300 or £650 and below.
    I only have a few days left and need to make a decision soon.
  5. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    You may want to look at the ADL 600 or Manley tube mic pre. If they don't float your boat and your you are still set on a tube mic pre, then save your money until you can afford one of the good ones.
  6. chips

    chips Guest

    Thanks for the advice.
    Cant really stretch financial to those two pre's

    Could maybe just afford a Great River ME-1NV or
    SSL XLogic Alpha Channel

    Anyone use this pre ?
    How is it ? mainlyto be used on Acoustic and Vox and to add a bit of flavour/colour
  7. rebuskyle

    rebuskyle Guest

    Been using the UA-610 for about a year now. I LOVE IT!!! It definitely adds some tube color...BUT the color that it adds helps in detracting the sterile environment that the digital world can sometimes have.

  8. Kent L T

    Kent L T Active Member

    Oct 28, 2003
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    The Great river would get my vote. It has the iron for the sound.
  9. tifftunes

    tifftunes Active Member

    Jan 13, 2003
    For the tubes and iron sounds, vintage preamps are great! The Ampex 351 would be my recommendation (354 if you need twins). The only drawback is no phantom power. So you'd need to set that up separately, or use dynamic or ribbon mics. These vintage pres are less $$$ than the new "booteek" pres. But the prices are increasing rapidly! The time to get one is at hand...

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