Originally Posted by OKCSTUDIOS
Yea it is nice to actualy deal with small companies like that where you know they havent sold out to mass production...but i'm traped in the middle because i keep reading two different stories on this forum...like the grace 101 is a step above the RNP, but yet the RNP is an insane deal.
The RNP is overpriced. If it weren't for the RNC, and a lack of good competition in this price range, I don't think anyone would ever talk about the RNP. I personally think it's hardly any different from the Symetrix 302, which is a lot cheaper.
By the way, mass production often produces better overall manufacturing processes, not just efficiencies but improvements in component quality and quality control. Like the old joke goes, "I'm not selling out, I'm buying in!" It doesn't serve anyone, including yourself, to live by gross generalities.
For the original poster: if one channel is really all you need, you might do well to stretch your budget up to a Speck MicPre or a Great River ME-1NV, either of which can be a real difference-maker in your sound. I love the Grace, but I'm not sure it's the "one thing" for hip hop vocals.