8th May 2012
Joined: Jan 2007
Location: San Diego
Originally Posted by shadewind
I've been liking the SM7B for vocals a lot lately but I'm finding that my Golden Age Pre73s aren't as quiet as I'd like when using large amounts of compression (for those lovely in your face rock vocals that the SM7B does so well).
I want a nice clean preamp that works well with many microphones but primarily the SM7B since that's what I'm having problems with currently.
I've been looking a few different options:
- The Grace Design m101 seems like a nice option and it certainly meets the noise and gain requirements judging from comments on Gearslutz. On the other hand, many find it boring/sterile/harsh.
- Focusrite ISA One seems to have a lot of nice options and seems clean and not quite as sterile as the m101 but opinions are mixed on this one as well. There is a new two channel version which looks like good bang for the buck.
- Universal Audio 710 Twin-Finity has very mixed reviews on both build quality and sound but seems quiet enough and the blend feature seems like a nice idea.
Any other options and any opinions?
UA 610 Tube Preamp