Originally Posted by ionian
Indeed. Even if all someone has is one pre and one mic, this piece of advice will get them very far and they still be capable of making a fantastic recording.
If you are mixing live you use the pres on whatever board you are using and figure out a way to make them work.Typically you can use a bunch of sm57s and sm58s and get the job done fine.
The same goes in the studio.If you have a good ear,you can make "less" work for you.But there are circumstances when you need more sonic richness,if you will.
When it comes to getting a rich sounding vocal,acoustic piano, acoustic guitar,or even cymbals,if I were to use a mackie pre they can sound a little hollow or nasal compared to a Neve or any class "a" pre.It is the low to low mid area,and the harsher high end that are apparent.
And naturally some genres lend themselves to being less critical in this area than others also.
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