this is my front end mic pre in my studio
i usually record classical and contemporary music, live jazz and classical concerts, and of course budget demo projects for my friends
i have used this channel strip on almost all recordings i´ve made since i have it.
its a very good looking housing with confortable and big knobs, and the vu
meter is very easy to read.
the sound is very clean, open and natural, the tubes adds the warm needed to rich the digital enviroment and it can be used on every source you can imagine, i´ve tried on horns, saxophones, snares, percussion, marimbas, violin, cello, male and female singers, ac gtrs, gtr cabinets, room reverb etc.
also can be a good di for bass gtr and synths
the eq section is very usefull and easy to use, helps to cut undesired noises or boost the hidden bright (with ribbons specially)
the optical compressor its very usefull too, with drums to limiting, or ac gtr and voice to put their characteristic sound
the pros: quality, always sound the tubes
versatile, it can be adjusted to be what you want to hear
the price is affordable
the cons: always sound the tubes, and sometimes i need a solid state preamp