What's my PreAmp closet missing?

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by redbort, Mar 31, 2006.

  1. redbort

    redbort Active Member

    Jun 15, 2005
    like last time with the mic closet, the Alice, Kel HM-1 and lawson L47mp all compliment my collection wonderfully! (i'm never gonna give in and get a Neumann), now only a royer and an RCA are missing....

    so back to the Mic Pre's

    I use a soundcraft ghost (into motu 896 & alesis AI-3 [AD is my next fixup after the pre's]) but when i need some extra flavour i turn to these:

    FMR Really Nice Preamp (stereo)
    GROOVE TUBES The Brick X2
    AVALON AD2022 (stereo)
    UNIVERSAL AUDIO 2-610 (stereo)
    GROOVE TUBES ViPre (mono) <--(i'm thinking a second this....)
    SPL Gold Mic MkII (stereo)
    API 3124+ (quad)

    so shoot me some ideas
    i like "flavour", so the one knob pre's haven't been to my liking....
  2. stickers

    stickers Active Member

    Jan 31, 2005
    Lowell MA
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    I think you are one lucky fella.

    Do you have a website for your studio?
  3. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    What about Neve?
  4. amishsixstringer

    amishsixstringer Member

    Feb 22, 2006
    Yeah, I was going to suggest either neve or grace until you said you want some color. I would say Summit TPA 200B (Stereo) I think they make a mono version of that too. Maybe still neve/vintech?? I really think you could use a nice transparent pre like a grace or earthworks since you have so much color already, but suit yourself. You have beautiful pres as it is.
  5. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Huh? You think Neve isn't a coloured pre? I have 1272's which are pretty mild, but still have more colour than you could shake a stick at!
  6. amishsixstringer

    amishsixstringer Member

    Feb 22, 2006
    I suppose I didn't use words in the best manner. I meant that before I saw his last line I was thinking neve or grace, but i still said neve/vintech. I meant that the grace would be the transparent amp. Sorry if my post seemed a bit...contradictory.
  7. redbort

    redbort Active Member

    Jun 15, 2005
    i've stayed awy from the nev.. (like the Neumann)
    i've triend the earthworks, but like you said, no flavour...
    vivtechi'll have to rent one and try it out...
    any other ideas?

    i tried a ward beck a few year back... does anyone know where i can track one down racked?
  8. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    Then get a Neve clone.....
    I don't think you will regret it. No matter what the Nevesluts say.
  9. CoyoteTrax

    CoyoteTrax Well-Known Member

    May 25, 2005
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    The new EH 12AY7 is a lot of fun, however simple. But if you want more output and a little more character and wool, check out Scott Hampton's Hamptone JFET or 2 channel tube version. If you don't have time to build them yourself he'll build it for you for a meager fee.

    I've mentioned in some other threads though (and maybe you've already gone this route) but a decent little investment in a nice assortment of NOS tubes would change the way some of your good pre's sound. For instance, if you're not heating up any NOS JAN Philips 12AT7WC's in your tube pre's then you're not 'livin' yet IMO. Another killer tube out there that's really exciting is the CV4024 Mullard's; and not just in your mic pre's but in your guitar amps as well. The CV4024's are very, very sweet. I've never heard my Vox tremelo sound so creamy as it does with the Mullard's.
  10. JWL

    JWL Active Member

    Feb 12, 2006
    Portland, Maine
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    Why not get one of the hot new Behringer tube preamps?

    :: ducking::

    :-? :twisted: :-? :twisted: :roll:
  11. TeddyG

    TeddyG Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Check out the Millennia Media Origin... Pristine pre plus Color aplenty, to say nothing of tube or SS and every feature known to science and art. I've yet to use one but I have used their "regular" pre's which are v-e-r-y fine... The Origin will be my next pre(Along with a Brauner Valvet - which I've used alot - heavenly! - to attach to it.)...

    If you buy one and don't like it, ship it to me(Ship it collect, I'll at least pay for that!).

  12. Tom Fodor

    Tom Fodor Active Member

    Jun 25, 2003
    Queensland Australia
    If you are after color try a Joe Meek or Sebatron.
  13. Gabriel Sousa

    Gabriel Sousa Member

    Dec 15, 2002
  14. Markd102

    Markd102 Well-Known Member

    Apr 24, 2001
    You like knobs? Get a Buzz Audio ARC. Or maybe a Sebatron Thorax.

    The Sebatron 4 channel unit is cool. Daisy-chain channels together for LOTS of color options.

    Or you could try some of those SCA kits. Sposed to be really nice. 4 flavors to choose from and you can mix 'n' match.
  15. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW

    Theres a few 'one-knob' pres that might surprise you. Try a John Hardy with transformers on both ends.

    And buy a Neumann for gods sake!!! :wink:
  16. FifthCircle

    FifthCircle Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2001
    Los Angeles, CA
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    I'm a big fan of the A-Designs pres here... The MP2A is a great tube pre. Has a lot of the same qualities as the Tubetec but with a much more natural sound.

    The Pacifica is another first rate preamp- it has turned into a desert island pre for me. Rich warm sound with great detail and a clean top end. RO's JoeH (an Acoustic mod) just did a rather nice review in Mix of it this month.

    They also have an API500 form factor series of pres as well. They are up to 5 "flavors" which have a series of great sounds that work together. If you own the lunchbox already, this is probably one of the most cost effective ways of adding pres to a collection.

    Otherwise, there has been some good advice here- Grace for the clean end of things, Neve, ADesigns, etc... for a bit more color...

  17. Tim Farrant

    Tim Farrant Active Member

    Feb 28, 2002
    New Zealand
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    Yes, the 500 Series rack format is taking off, not only preamps, but comps and Eq's. Sound investment.

  18. TomB

    TomB Guest


    Are there any upcoming reviews about the Buzz Audio Elixir?

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