Which pre with the Valvet X for (female) vocals?
Got my Valvet X a few weeks ago (from Thomann, "B-stock" but in perfect condition for 1555 €). I love this mic! Very low noise (I think it's the worlds quietest tube mic, under 9 db A), very detailed, natural and rich sound. It doesn't provide any apperent additional high end boost (like many other condenser mics do) so it's more appropriate for close micing (but sounds good from a distant too).
It replaced the Gefell M930 as my main vocal mic. The Gefell is a great mic but the Valvet X is sounds much more natural, rich and intimate.
Now I am looking for the "perfect" vocal chain (mostly femal vocals, pop, jazz, folk, alternative, world music...).
So to all other Valvet X users: Which preamp do you prefer for vocals with this mic? So far I tried: Forsell SMP-2, LA610, A-desings MP2A and BAE 1272. Out of them I liked the Forsell best, followed by the LA610 and the MP2A the least. Suggestions are wellcome!
Btw: for acoustic string instruments I love the Valvet X as well...