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Tracking and mixing with just two or three brands

It seems like I tend to like the same stuff/brands on pretty much most of the tracks, usually Api, Shadow Hills and Chandler (which I don't own but I use when I have it around)..
I mean I do have other pres and I have/had the possibility of using other brands
but I seem to like these pretty much on everything with few "outsider" (outsider for me), like A-design or Empirical Labs.

I'm talking about pres, comps and eqs here.

Is that bad?
I mean, I am satisfied with the results that I get but, I do realize they are all colored pieces
and I notice that most people tend to have a very large color palette while when I get a new pre or eq or compressor,
I always end up getting those brands, I'd get 10 channels of 2500 if I could (the 2500 start to concern me,
I seriously would use ONLY that compressor.. I feel like there's something wrong with me!),
same goes for the pres, you make me pick and I'll go for Gama/512/TG without any doubts..

Is there anyone else or is just me?

When do you track/mix do you stick with a certain "sonic imprint" from one brand or you go all over the place?
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Most of the "classic" records were made with only one brand of preamp - the console preamps.

Helps of course that they were probably 1073s/APIs etc.

If it works for you - why change it? don't be afraid to experiment, but if you like what you like - great!

FWIW many of the best mixers limit what they use to a few choice pieces and settings. Many don't of course, but it just shows there's not a right or a wrong way.
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You're fine, especially if YOU'RE happy with the results! Taking into account what makes your source sound best, as well as what sound the song demands, is important, but as monkey said, many a great record were recorded with one sound source/ tonal choice. Not a deal breaker, IMHO.
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That's what I was thinking too, I mean lotsa records were made just with the console and few outboard pieces (that's why they're called outboard )

With DAWs and digital and more people somehow becoming their own engineer you see 20/30 different pres..
but even tho' I don't have a console I definitely feel comfortable using the same pres, I mean we all love lights and faceplates but
when I have to get the work done I always reach for the same things,
not only I do like them better than anything but it seems like I'm taking off ONE variable out of the picture.

I feel less alone now :D
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Man, there are few albums recorded thru one microphone model and those sounds great to me...
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There are some terrific threads on Terry Manning's forum
over at Pro Sound Web where homogenous preamps are
encouraged - well worth reading to see the reasoning.

Terry's rationale is extremely helpful and insightful.

Maybe this will add some extra info to your debate -

MJH
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Quote:
Originally Posted by psycho_monkey View Post
Most of the "classic" records were made with only one brand of preamp - the console preamps.

Helps of course that they were probably 1073s/APIs etc.

If it works for you - why change it? don't be afraid to experiment, but if you like what you like - great!

FWIW many of the best mixers limit what they use to a few choice pieces and settings. Many don't of course, but it just shows there's not a right or a wrong way.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by MJ Heck View Post
There are some terrific threads on Terry Manning's forum
over at Pro Sound Web where homogenous preamps are
encouraged - well worth reading to see the reasoning.

Terry's rationale is extremely helpful and insightful.

Maybe this will add some extra info to your debate -

MJH
I'll read that, thanks thumbsup
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