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gevermil

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mic / pre color choices
« on: January 02, 2005, 10:29:41 pm »

with the influx of choices to the mid level engineer
how have people here used clean/color pres in recording for various instrments. Transformeless , tube , transformer
solidstate ect. Is there anyone here that , say  uses a 1272 for bass and a gml for acoustic , and why.?
just cuorius if anyone is willing to spout
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Re: mic / pre color choices
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2005, 06:14:30 am »

Personally I approach pres as 'soft' or 'hard',
I have a bunch of 'vintage' tube & transistor stuff.
Obviously the tube pres sound more 'soft'..
I find that if you have a choice between pres and start to know that 'character' / behavior of each - you start to get an idea of what works better for different applications, or simply what YOU feel like doing at that moment....
Of course 'better' is a subjective thing..
Plus sometimes you get bored of one pre and want to try another just to amuse yourself & get a different vibe.
I find 'hard' sounds like drums, guitar amps etc benefit from a 'soft' pre which helps smooth the sound - on the other hand maybe you want a harder sound, it just depends..I just switched to using a transistor pre / SM57 on guitar amps with a current project cuz I wanted a harder, more present sound instead of the 'puff' I was getting with tube pres / ribbon mics.
Both ways sounded good just different flavas.
FWIW I always use a transistor pre on kick drum, the tube pres I have  just seem to be too soft and 'puffy' for kick..
Note - plenty GREAT music was recorded with only ONE type of pre on hand if you think of old boards like Neve, Trident, EMI, API, Universal Audio etc etc back in the day before we had all this outboard stuff..
If you had even one or two high quality preamp channels - this will likely raise the technical quality of your recorded sound a notch as compared to a board like Mackie etc or DAW inputs..
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Re: mic / pre color choices
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2005, 07:39:18 am »

Lynn Fuston did a mic pre test CD, with various pres,  you can buy which is quite interesting..
Not sure of the URL at the moment..
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Re: mic / pre color choices
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2005, 02:18:09 pm »

Ryan Moore wrote on Mon, 03 January 2005 05:39

Lynn Fuston did a mic pre test CD, with various pres,  you can buy which is quite interesting..
Not sure of the URL at the moment..



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