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NelsonL

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Re: 2-channel mic pres below $2k
« Reply #15 on: April 22, 2005, 11:30:05 am »

MisterBlue wrote on Thu, 21 April 2005 18:21

Thanks a lot for all of your responses !

I will also admit that I have found myself using an Event EMP-1 preamp on occasion that was bundled with the Rode NTV which probably puts it into the "less than $200" category. Well, it sometimes just works.  I'd be surprised if many here have used it but if you have, please share with me your experience.

MrBlue.



I'll "own up" to owning an EMP-1--

I last used in November because I needed a pre with 1/4" outputs due to cabling constraints. Anyway it proved a usefull addition on some songs more than others.

That session was all API and the EMP-1, which is kind of funny really.

Anyway, I'd say the weakness of the EMP-1 is it's anemic lows and somewhat harsh top. Kinda sterile in a Mackie type way.

But usable, you can do a lot with mic selection/placement. The EMP-1 served me best tracking to an Otari MKIII, but I'm not tracking to tape these days.

Mine is currently on loan to a friend who's just getting started. He'll probably wind up keeping it, and that's fine by me.

I own Quad Eight, Auditronics, and Ampex pres that are superior to the EMP-1 and I don't expect to have any further use for it.

I highly recomend Brent Averill API pres-- That's what I've used API wise.

I hear the new ones with the Avedis opamp are cool but I haven't tried them.






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Re: 2-channel mic pres below $2k
« Reply #16 on: April 26, 2005, 09:11:46 am »

i would recommend the focusrite isa 428 it is 4 channel but i think sounds better than alot of two channel units at the same price plus it has vu meters and a/d option
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Roland Storch

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Re: 2-channel mic pres below $2k
« Reply #17 on: April 26, 2005, 04:46:30 pm »

What do you need VU meters for on a preamp?
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Re: 2-channel mic pres below $2k
« Reply #18 on: April 26, 2005, 05:01:27 pm »

so you can find it in the dark
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Re: 2-channel mic pres below $2k
« Reply #19 on: April 29, 2005, 10:12:55 pm »

joelgtrnut wrote on Fri, 22 April 2005 09:48

Brent Averill 312 - ~1400 for 2 channels racked.


BA:  absolutely excellent choice.  Much better than many of the new "names" mentioned.  Or the API's from Fletcher...the 3124 was a good suggestion.  These can both be used for ANYTHING.
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Gary Flanigan

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Re: 2-channel mic pres below $2k
« Reply #20 on: April 30, 2005, 05:23:30 pm »

There is a two channel Great River on eBay now:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=73178 81011&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&rd=1

This is the original model (not the NV) and has a buy it now price of $1175. I almost wish I needed some pres....
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Re: 2-channel mic pres below $2k
« Reply #21 on: May 08, 2005, 12:33:43 pm »

Here are some interesting listening test mp3s of various pre-amp and mic combinations on different sources: http://www.thelisteningsessions.com/home.htm.

Hope this helps.

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Re: 2channel mic pres below $2k
« Reply #22 on: November 15, 2005, 06:15:38 pm »

I have a pair of V77's racked by Marquette Audio Labs.
Actually I have 2 Pair, do the research on the V77 as they are very hard to find anymore and they sound better than the 76 or 72 in my experience. I don't trust any set of pres under $2500, my reason is this.... You can't bake a 3 minute cake in 1 minute.
I have a set of Westlake BBSM-6's(15yrs old at least)and a bryston4B. The V77's offer a beautiful natural character to every thing they touch.
Save your money and buy quality..........
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Re: 2-channel mic pres below $2k
« Reply #23 on: November 16, 2005, 09:37:25 am »

ummm... i have a hamptone tube pre. i have heard it against most expensive preamps and it holds its own against all of the pres in that class(transformer balanced, discrete class a) if you're handy with a soldering iron, u can build it for $700. or buy it outright for 1000. either way it's a great deal..
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Re: 2channel mic pres below $2k
« Reply #24 on: November 16, 2005, 05:50:32 pm »

Bubblepuppy wrote on Tue, 15 November 2005 18:15

...... I don't trust any set of pres under $2500.......


You want a Presonus Tube Pre?  Only 2501.00!!  
A price you can trust!









he he he!  (joking!)
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Re: 2channel mic pres below $2k
« Reply #25 on: November 16, 2005, 06:01:03 pm »

Sure, now lets see thats $25.01
Uh...You did mean pennies didnt you?

Very Happy
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Re: 2-channel mic pres below $2k
« Reply #26 on: November 17, 2005, 07:13:45 pm »

I know this is hearsay because I don't have any pres in that price range, but based on my "extensive research", and given the parameters you mentioned, for me, the choice would be pretty easy:

1 Channel of Tab V78 - http://www.tab-funkenwerk.com/V78.html
1 Channel of Great River ME-1NV - http://www.greatriverelectronics.com/mp1.html

I suggest these because their topologies (and reportedly, their sound) contrast with your current pres (the V78 and GR are both transformer based pres vs. the transformerless Sytek's) and with each other (the V78 is a tube pre while the GR is solid state).

- Tommy
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Re: 2-channel mic pres below $2k
« Reply #27 on: November 18, 2005, 02:24:36 pm »



Have a look at the "brick"  by Groove Tubes as well....
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Re: 2-channel mic pres below $2k
« Reply #28 on: November 20, 2005, 01:55:00 am »

1 more vote for the 3214+ or BAE... They sound great on almost anything, and personally, I really like API's on vocals.

I've got 428 as well, and it is a great value, especially if you get the AD option, but it's a little cleaner than the 3124+ or BAE...



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Re: 2-channel mic pres below $2k
« Reply #29 on: November 20, 2005, 10:06:02 am »

I would reccomend you pick up a BAE (Brent Averill) 6 module rack ($500) and two channels ($1,100). This makes for a very cost effective and expandable purchase because you can add modules for around $500 a piece as need arises. You can also mix and match by adding other types of modules ie. EQ's etc.

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