advice for a good mic preamp for vocals
Old 26th May 2013
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advice for a good mic preamp for vocals

Hi guys. I need to add a good mic preamp to record vocals and maybe bass..my chain is neumann u87/pro tools 10/avid hd/dangerous 2 bus/forsell mad2 converter..i would like to know witch one with get the best out of my mic
THanks in advance
Old 26th May 2013
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Cant go wrong with CAPI v28 if you can do 500 thing. you'll need DI box for bass though.
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Old 26th May 2013
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LaChapell 983S is a beautiful sounding tube unit. It's based on the 583S 500 preamp if that's a better format than rack. The Vintech X 73 i or 273 sound great too, nice rich mid with a present sound. Vintech also has a 500 format based around their other preamps.
Old 26th May 2013
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It's of choices for sure.

Manley TNT is nice .

Pendulum Audio is very sweet

Crane Song Flamingo

John Hardy

Bass ? Pendulum audio
Old 26th May 2013
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Neve 1073 or comparable clone.
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Old 26th May 2013
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Neve 1073 (Heritage Audio makes a great clone and is probably the closest to the original), or if budget doesn't allow, the A Designs Pacifica.

We recently did a side-by-side test between my 1073 modules and the Pacifica and after a while of critical listening we were surprised to realize that the Pacifica brought about 90% of what the 1073 did to the table. It had slightly less bottom and a tiny bit more forward high mid range, but I would have no problem doing albums only using Pacificas. In fact, I now own 6 Pacificas so I put my money where my mouth was.
Old 27th May 2013
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Pendulum MDP1 is my go to for vocals. i can also highly recommend the RND Portico II channel strip.
Old 27th May 2013
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Thanks guys, how about the tube tech MEC-1A? i was looking in to that as well
Old 28th May 2013
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Avedis ma5 is my go to vocal pre.
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Old 28th May 2013
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Check out seventh circle audio. The n72 pres they have are kick ass.
Old 28th May 2013
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For sure all those above is great choices, 1073s and clones are classic and proven one of the most love by all the professionals here,also Avalon 737 is a great clean chanel strip, got great results on vocals and bass too, eventhough it doesnt get too much here is Gs

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Old 28th May 2013
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Depending what do you want..

colored? with BAE from DMP to a 1023 you'll simply get stunning results, also their 500 series 1073D... killer DI (since you're looking to record bass also).. if you get a 10xx version with EQ, you'll probably enjoy tracking with it too (and you could use it when mixing..

in the 500 series I second the Avedis MA5 post above...simply great sounding.. you'll need to get a DI if you want to pass through it with your bass. (absolutely worthed IMO). (I wrote a review in the GS review section, below my avatar there's the link).


clean?
Since you already have the converters I'd suggest to try the Forssell SMP-2... very nice and clean unit..

or check the Hardy preamps, clean with balls.. get the optional output xformer version.

I also suggest to get an Avalon U5 as a DI, it's a great piece in the studio IMHO..

I hope this helps,



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Old 28th May 2013
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Originally Posted by reymusic View Post
Hi guys. I need to add a good mic preamp to record vocals and maybe bass..my chain is neumann u87/pro tools 10/avid hd/dangerous 2 bus/forsell mad2 converter..i would like to know witch one with get the best out of my mic
THanks in advance
What kind of vocalist are you?

What kind of music are you writing / performing?

Are you going to record other instruments...or a band?

Do you need more than one mic for any reason?

If so how many mics will you be recording with at one time?

If you need a lot of pres I would go with 7th Circle audio stuff.

If you only need one good dual preamp I would go with a Great River, or Aurora GT2.
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