Originally Posted by Niv
A few suggestions from you? Thanks.
I haven't heard the DRS Q4 but I've used their stand alone mic amps a few times and a summing unit and I remember going home and drooling over some pictures on the web while I played back the tracks I recorded. The ADL600 is underrated and very well put together - definetely belongs in high-end. I think the Supre looks fantastic - I love the old school, sorta wwII radar equipment look - but that's a taste thing I suppose. Being black metal with big black knobs, shiny silver switches, big silver handles and big & round analog VU meters (Yum)
is great looking IMO. However, people who buy records can't hear what our equipment looks like (darn it!). I don't think the Supre is "muddy" sounding, it's not some cheapo design; the Supre is a real deal Tube preamp. It's going to be big and clean until it's pushed then it will begin to squish some transients. When pushed the sound will fatten or thicken but remain clear. As opposed to choke off the highs and cloud the low mids like the starved plate (ART, Bellari, ETC)designs do.. What I mean by clarity is that you can stack tracks, even though they have character it's easy to mix because they retain definition.
I like the UA LA610 quite a bit. Another great option could be getting a 6 space API rack and getting yourself 2 Purple Biz and 2 Speck Eq - I don't know if that fits your budget.. Most Important is to find a way to listen first because you should find something based on your what your ears tell you and something that fits itself into the way you work.
Best of Luck! Dan