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Old 02-25-2004, 10:03 AM
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Default Opinions on Mic Pre: Part 2..

I originally sought out to get an Octopre, but after much consideration decided that I really don't have much use for all the extra inputs (since I don't record drums), nor a total of 8 mic pre's, so I find myself back at square one: In search of a good 2-channel mic pre.

I originally sought out the Octopre for it's converters as well, as I've read those on the 001 aren't that good so I'm seeking suggestions for a mic pre that:

- has 2 channels (for dual mics)

- has converters as well (don't know if they make them with both A/D and D/A converters..)


I make mostly HipHop music with some R&B so that is what this mic pre would be used for..

Assume a price range of about $500 or so..

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Old 02-25-2004, 10:46 AM
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Default Re: Opinions on Mic Pre: Part 2..

Ok ... <preparing for the flood of nay-sayers>, I have been looking for a way to add those S/PDIF inputs via mic pre, and this is one that keeps popping up: ART D-MPA. Now, I know that ART's stuff is generally looked down upon, but this is a more costly piece of equipment than their little "stomp box" type of pre's. I don't know ANYONE who has one, but it is a two-channel tube preamp with digital outs -- reportedly capable of high sample rate, 24 bit transfers.

And, I think it is roundabout your price range as well.

Let the flogging begin!

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Old 02-25-2004, 11:26 AM
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Old 02-25-2004, 11:44 AM
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Default Re: Opinions on Mic Pre: Part 2..

Well .. I guess ART's questionable rumour has started because they make very cheap preamps (like Behringer) and maybe this smells of making big money of naive DAW owners rather than making quality musical gear. They know that the word "tube" sounds good. But I'm not sure they know how to make a tube sound right. Well .. I'm considering a Millennia TD-1 which includes the HV-3 (maybe the best/clearest/cleanest preamp in the world?). This box lets you switch between tube and FET .. all in one box VERY nice.
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Old 02-25-2004, 12:23 PM
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Default Re: Opinions on Mic Pre: Part 2..

Gape,
Alright man, here ya go:

This is what I am looking at too.... You asked for it....

VINTECH

API

TRUE SYSTEMS 8

APOGEE

AVALON


Hope that this helps... I am shooting for the Vintech 473 and an API....

-Doc

P.S. after writing this I saw your budget! SAVE UP MAN! SAVE UP!
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Old 02-25-2004, 12:43 PM
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Everyone ... I am assuming a +/- $500 range here. Sure, I could recommend the Avalons, API's, etc., but that is wwwaaaaaaayyyy out of budget!

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Old 02-25-2004, 01:02 PM
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what bout RNP by fmraudio?
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Old 02-25-2004, 01:05 PM
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Default Re: Opinions on Mic Pre: Part 2..

All,

Basically, I have my RODE NTK mic going straight into the 001 with absolutely no additional gear at my front end.

As I read more and more I realized that that needed to change, and now that I have a couple hundred dollars saved up it's time to shop! However, I have the slightest clue as to where to begin. I've read and understand that adding an A/D, a D/A, mic pre, EQ, compressor, to ones front end is ideal, but how do I group these in terms of gear as I've seen mic pres with EQ and/or Compressors, A/D and/or D/A, Limiters, etc.. and which can I really do without (for now)?

Is it better to get a mic pre with a compressor, converters, limiters, or EQ? Or even just a plain mic pre and get more hardware for the rest of the stuff?

And then after getting the said mic pre, how should I group the remaining needed equipment?

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He's fine. Just look out for the killer rabbits and the knights whi say "Ni"...
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Old 02-25-2004, 01:47 PM
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what bout RNP by fmraudio?
Does it have S/PDIF outs? I thought that was one of the criterion for this purchase.

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