Originally Posted by NEWTON IN ORBIT
Nice job man!
That JLM stuff is good huh?
The FR stuff is no slouch either. So many people bag on it, and it's really pretty good.
Nice writing and recording!
thanks for the nice words...
Well, I originally bought and built the Baby Animal preamps. I had previously been using Great River.
I was so impressed with the JLM pre, that I sold my great river. Not that they are bad by any stretch of the imagination. But, the Baby Animal suited me better...and I had a great deal of fun building it, and there is a sort of joy in using something you built, which might be lame, but its true...8).
Then after that I bought their FC500 compressor, and fell in love with it on vocals. I got a PEQ500 which is their take on the Pulteq, and then the TG500 which paired with the SM57 gave me the sound I was chasing for micing my guitar amps.
Joe Malone (JLM) is in Australia, and that had a lot to do with it. I had lots of conversations with Joe, and he was really helpful, and I wanted to support someone local. Of course if they didn't sound any good...they would have gone long ago..8).
Then I got the API550B eq, and I really really like it. The way its stepped, is something that I really like.
I am contemplating getting JLM's LA500 (their take on the LA3A) but to be honest since getting the IK Multimedia stuff, I don't know if I will be building the lily.
I track vocals using the compressor FC500, because I like the way it sounds when I sing through it. Eveything else gets tracked sans compressor. So its a 6 a one half a dozen the other thing.
Though, I might buy and build a LA500 for my Xmas present this year...8)
Re focusrite preamps. They are fine. there is a difference between the other press I have and the focus rite, but then there are differences between all the preamps, I also used to have the Apogee Duet
, the first one, and its pre's were good, but different again.
I think, having different preamps and miss, makes it fun for me. I personally think they give me better outcomes, because I mix and match at the source, to get things the way I want. But, I certainly wouldn't put off recording music or sell a kidney, if all I had was the focus rite preamps.... you just have to get the best out of what you have I guess.
always enough rambling 8)