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Jacob Eli

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2 channel mic pres
« on: June 27, 2006, 10:27:28 pm »

Hello. I'm looking for a two channel mic pre for under $2,000.  Around $1500 would be great.  I have an API 3124 right now and I've been looking at the new Neve Portico and the Brent Averill 1272.  Any other suggestions/opinions?

Thank you

Jake
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Fletcher

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Re: 2 channel mic pres
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2006, 05:19:05 am »

Wow.  

There have been so many iterations of this question it is very difficult to answer... in fact, for someone not in your shoes, I would dare to say impossible to answer.  

What I would suggest you do is pick out 3 or 4 things you think you would like to try, then try them.  Try them next to each other.  Try them in the applications that are your music/studio/etc... then make an educated decision about which unit will give you the best "bang for your dollar".

I could no more tell you who you should marry or what kind of car you should buy then which mic pre to get.  Some brothers like pickup trucks... some like sedans.  You can best determine what will suit your requirements for a tool [in this case, microphone pre-amplifier] by giving a few of them a shot.

If you feel you'd like help in narrowing it down, may I suggest that you elaborate on your purposes for the tool(s).  What kind of music you're doing... what you're using now... what you think you can improve about the quality of your audio that will enhance the music you're doing, etc.

With that information people will have half a fighting shot at making a suggestion that pretty much validates their purchases... but may shed a modicum of light on how you might want to proceed in the initial "weeding out" process.

Best of luck with the search.
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Re: 2 channel mic pres
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2006, 09:39:15 am »

With that information people will have half a fighting shot at making a suggestion that pretty much validates their purchases...

thats the funniest thing i have read in weeks
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Re: 2 channel mic pres
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2006, 12:40:06 pm »

I love the Portico 5012... pretty hard to find something it doesn't do well.  It has more of a pear shape sound like most Neve stuff.

For more sizzle and attitude I like the Chandler TG2 for guitars... and vocals.

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Re: 2 channel mic pres
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2006, 07:27:44 pm »

Although I am NOT making a SUGGESTION. Based on your range of $2000.oo and the fact that you want a dual channel preamp, I believe that there is at least one product out there which is worth every bit of it's MSRP if not more and that is the Manley Labs "Langevin Dual Vocal Combo". Although I use it mostly on bass, electric guitars and overheads. It has alot of quality features for the price and is very workable.
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Re: 2 channel mic pres
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2006, 02:48:00 pm »

One other unit that you might look into is the Daking Mic Pre IV... another 4 channels for less than $2k.  If you do a search, I believe JJ Blair posted some samples of a Daking Pre along with some other pieces.

Sean Meredith-Jones
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Re: 2 channel mic pres
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2006, 04:45:12 pm »

Agreeing with Fletcher on his post above, I'd start by listening to the Portico 5012, which most people agree is an excellent-sounding bang for buck, and a pair of the TAB/Funkenwerk V78s, which are just a smidgen under $2K the pair, and are bold and warm and tubey. And hating the overuse of the word "warm", I only use it when it's really appropriate.

These are a couple of very different but essential flavors, and certainly a lot of bigness for your budget.

What style of music are you tracking?
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Jim Williams

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Re: 2 channel mic pres
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2006, 12:06:37 pm »

Rent.

Listen.

Decide.

Shop.

Buy.


Any questions?
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Re: 2 channel mic pres
« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2006, 12:27:45 pm »

If you're handy with a soldering iron then you should take a look at 7th Circle Audio as well. One of the best values in pre's on the planet, and they're really not difficult or time consuming to build at all.

Oh, and they sound fantastic as well!!

-Lance
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Re: 2 channel mic pres
« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2006, 10:10:33 am »

Forget the Baskin-Robbins approach.

Find one you like.  Get as many of them as you need and can afford.

Make cohesive recordings.
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Re: 2 channel mic pres
« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2006, 01:28:08 pm »

Jacob Eli wrote on Tue, 27 June 2006 21:27

Hello. I'm looking for a two channel mic pre for under $2,000.  Around $1500 would be great.  I have an API 3124 right now and I've been looking at the new Neve Portico and the Brent Averill 1272.  Any other suggestions/opinions?

Thank you

Jake


...probably not another 3124... that said - you are thinking along the lines of devices that compliment a 3124. Maybe something thats's more clean, Maybe something in the controversial "neve" vein, Maybe something with a "tube" inside of it... etc... All good ideas that will give you another flavor.

cheers,
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Die BREMSSPUR

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Re: 2 channel mic pres
« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2006, 01:35:08 pm »

compasspnt wrote on Sat, 22 July 2006 09:10


Forget the Baskin-Robbins approach.

Fine one you like.  Get as many of them as you need and can afford.

Make cohesive recordings.




Wow!

Wow to "one"

Wow to "cohesive"


lemme nough
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Re: 2 channel mic pres
« Reply #12 on: July 23, 2006, 01:43:53 pm »

BTW,

I think that's like a Korean Haiku or sumtin'

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Re: 2 channel mic pres
« Reply #13 on: July 24, 2006, 01:15:06 pm »

Great River mp2-nv is great.  Can find them used on message boards for $1700 to $1900.  Worth every penny.

But really it depends on what you're recording, too.
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Re: 2 channel mic pres
« Reply #14 on: July 24, 2006, 02:35:17 pm »

Korean Haiku?
I would like to c one
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