GAP Pre 73 (or other mic pre) as Guitar DI?
Hey all, just thinking about a preamp purchase. At the moment I have a Presonus Bluetube, and a Tascam US 1641. I originally bought the Bluetube when I had an interface without phantom power, and needed to power condensor mics. Now that I've got the Tascam, I'm feeling the Bluetube doesn't really contribute anything - I did some A/B testing using all of my paired mics on a bunch of instruments, into the Bluetube and the Tascam, and to my ears (admittedly I'm no pro), there was no appreciable difference. Of course, switching on the 'tube' gain changed the sound, but only really to the extent that it added hiss, and dirtied the sound in a mostly unpleasant way.
So yeah, I guess a pre or 2 that have 'character' and 'colour' is what I'm after (if the tascam can be assumed to be clean and lacking character), but the catch is, it has to work as a guitar DI. And I don't mean a DI from the amp, I mean guitar direct in, for jazz sounds (a range of tones from crystal clean, to warmer/more 'coloured' would be a plus). Has anyone used the Pre73 in this context?
Other duties it MAY be called upon for would be: Drums/Cymbals/OH, Vocals, Bass DI, Keyboard DI, Guitar amps, Trumpet, Trombone, Sax, and providing ample gain (perhaps also switchable impedance?) for Ribbon mics.