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12th January 2010
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Female vocal preamp recommendation with specific constraints

Hi all,

After a lot of reading and research, I'd like to poll folks here for their input.

I'm looking for a single channel mic preamp.

Here are my constraints (please read them before you reply):
  • $2000 or less (including power supply and chassis, if separate)
  • Primarily for female alto vocal using AT4050
  • Vocal sound is mostly soft, folkish, delicate (listen here)
  • I'm looking for something versatile enough to do the job on ac guitar, male vocals, accordion, hammond organ through leslie cabinet when needed.
  • This is a big one: The preamp needs to be popular and therefore easy to resell if I need the cash (i.e., nothing even remotely obscure)
Input I'm looking for (mainly the first two questions below):
  1. Which preamp do you recommend?
  2. Why - what about the sound would be good for my use case and/or secondary use cases?
  3. Are there popular preamps (or types of preamps) I should avoid and why?
  4. What, if any, other outboard gear would be particularly helpful for this use case (EQ, comp)

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
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8th January 2011
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Female vocal preamp recommendation with specific constraints

I absolutely love my purple audio biz mk on female voices - has a good amount of colors with it as well
I remember it breathing new life into my tlm103 when using it with my composing partner (who is a damn good singer and I have recorded her on a good variety of pres and mics)
Stacks up pretty well too if you are laying a bunch of harmonies

Also don't mind my a designs p1 and alpha channel

I bought a UA LA 610 mkII for that very purpose (a go to vocal pre) and I really did not like it (sold it after a year of being a bit bummed out by it)
It was very hit or miss - I can only really remember a particularly strident female vocalist that it really worked well on

With your budget you could have the beginnings of a pretty stellar vocal chain and some expandability doing a lunchbox
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can't go wrong with API.
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Yep, ended up getting the API A2D since I lacked decent converters too. A friend told me "nobody ever got fired for using API".
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