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multi - channel preamp

I'm considering the purchase of an 8 track recorder for location use but this will require that I bring a lot more mic preamps with me. I already have several very nice (and expensive ) "colored" preamps, so I could really use a clean 4ch preamp, the less expensive the better. My only thought for a "cheap" 4 ch clean preamp is the Sytek, but there have got to be more options in the under $1k range (way under $1k....) What are some of your favorites at the bottom of the price range?

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possibly the Digimax or LT version if you can work without AES would work for you...

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2 FMR Really nice mic pres..
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Focusrite Octopre? This is 8ch.
Not a very GOOD 8 channel, but it is an 8 channel.
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Not a very GOOD 8 channel, but it is an 8 channel.
Aye... but the brief was $1k!
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Not a very GOOD 8 channel, but it is an 8 channel.
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Aye... but the brief was $1k!


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I was only looking for 4ch (see my first post). But I was thinking a little more "off the path", something like the following:

*http://www.audioupgrades.com/products.htm (the $125 model)
*http://www.benchmarkmedia.com/micpre/mp3/default.asp
*http://www.lavryengineering.com/mspa1000.html

Three examples of VERY high quality preamps that are very inexpensive and could be built into a very reasonably priced 4 channel unit, even after allowing for stuff like a power supply, chassis, etc. The only complete package I can find is the Sytek that is selling on Ebay for as low as $785 direct from the company on Ebay. I'm really aiming for the impossible here, very high audio quality for consumer audio prices. But Sytek and the 3 above lead me to believe that it is feasible. any other ideas?

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The systek's are bitchin. I own 2 (8 channels total) and 2 Mic Max's (Same neotek sorta thing with a couple more bells n whistles). I can't really imagine tracking drums without them anymore. They have enough gain to handle ribbons too. The BB mod (or J fet now a days) is great on anything that requires more attention to top end. While they might not beat out the Neve or API pre's in every instance, they are a very good deal (cheaper than the RNP?) that I doubt you'll be disappointed with. If you do not lke the Neotek line of products, then steer clear of this one.
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FWIW,

I tried a Davisound TB-6 4 channel mic pre a couple of weeks ago: 4 channels for under a grand ($950?), and was actually quite a good sounding unit, tho seemed a bit noisier than my regular pre's (Hardy M1's, Buzz, 1073's)
Only setback is they are custom built, and might be hard to get one to try. Tons, and I mean TONS of gain, but only have p48 and phase as options. Nice oak box, and sounded great on kik, snare, even vocals...

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I can't really imagine tracking drums without them anymore.
Been thinking about one of these myself for drums (right now I have a few API channels and the pres in a little Crest X series).

Do you like the J-FET channels or the regular ones for drums OH? What about kick/snare?

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Been thinking about one of these myself for drums (right now I have a few API channels and the pres in a little Crest X series).

Do you like the J-FET channels or the regular ones for drums OH? What about kick/snare?

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Burr Browns / J Fet's on OH's (plenty of gain for the Royers too!), and any other cymbals you may need to mic. (I usually use a SM81 on the hat which does get much use and a 452 on the ride if it's a ballad). The stock channels sound better on everything else IMO, included went I a/b'ed ta bottom snare mic, which I thought the BB would take the cake.
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Besides millenia, hardys, great river and grace,
I stumbled upon this one:

Elberg MP8

I don't know how good it is, tried asking for more info from the website on 5/22 but have gotten no reply as of now.

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And they offer a little modular mixer too. Anybody know anything about this Danish company? I haven't checked to see what their prices convert to, but this could be a company worth investigating! How did you come across them?

check out their site:
http://www.vadlyd.dk/English/English.html


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The mixer seems to cost about $5,550. Don't know much about it, though.
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i came across them from Digital Pro Sound's studio forum newsgroup.

I need to know more about them but there's nothing else available.

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Steve,

There's an article in the June 2003 Mix Magazine about Multichannel Mic Preamps...

I haven't read it yet, you never know, it could be helpful.

The Hardy pre's were not included in the article. And that's a shame.
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The Hardy pre's were not included in the article. And that's a shame
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Sure they were, pg 56, left column, middle of the page. But I agree that these types of "comprehensive" articles often leave out many of the better brands.

The article did include the new line from www.sageelectronics.com

Anybody know anything about these guys? It sure is the prettiest preamp module I've ever seen......

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Ahh yes indeed. Now that makes more sense.
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