Originally Posted by Stitch333
I cant seem to find any way to listen to Calrecs. Ive heard a lot of good things about the sonic characteristics and was wondering if anyone has had a chance to use them (specifically the 1347 micpre/eqs) and what they thought about them....
I bought a pair of PQ15s(s) earlier this year. I sold them soon after. But not because they weren't killer sounding, only because they weren't what I was looking for at the time. I did a lot of research into them, though. All I was able to find out is that the PQ15s is the more sought after mic pre. The eq was allright. But the major sell on that unit is the mic pre. It sounds Neve-ish, but it's definitely got some other mojo. Good low mid "warmth" and fullness. Top was clearer and more open than a 1073. The only thing about those is that they don't have a whole lot of headroom. There is a mod that Avedis (Avedis audio electronics) told me about that I did on both mic pres that gives you an additional 6db of headroom and also 6db of gain, which is fine considering you can knock the pre down far enough to accept line level sources. The gain is in 12db steps, but it has a stacked pot that allows the user to fine tune within those 12db steps. It is not a fader, but a continuously variable gain adjustment.
On the eq side of things, it has high and low pass filters and a three band eq with frequency points similar to that of some of the Neve broadcast modules which, in my opinion, is a good thing. There is a low shelf, a peaking mid band, and a high shelf. One thing I didn't like was that the mid band only went down to 700Hz (I think). The high and low pass filters work even if the eq is not engaged.
I actually bought them for the eq thinking that it would be good for mixing and/or eqing after other mic pres during tracking if the Calrec pre wasn't right for what I was doing. But I soon figured out that they weren't right for me. The guy I sold them to loves them.
Hope this helps,