Originally Posted by boyinthebox
I am ressurecting this thread as I had a few questions for UV. First of all, thank you for your input regarding the AM16's. I know you had said you were basically in a love affair with the AM16's when you first got them, I was just curious how they are treating you still? I am interested in picking up a few myself, and was curious how you have grown into them. Do you find them as great as you did then? Have you found any really great alternative uses or varieties you have accomplished using them? I would love to hear any other stories or experiences you have had with them! Thank you! All the best... Hopefully this post won't get lost in the wash!
So a few months later, I still have a thing for the AM16. It along with the Blue Cactus remains my setup for upright bass. My Great Rivers remain as my pre of choice along with the EQ2NV for eq on piano.
I would not evethink of putting an AM16 on a high hat. It's no where near transparent. It remains a very colored pre and kills on upright bass.
For a vintage horn sound with the u47, it's still quite good.
I know of some guys who are not thrilled with the AM 16, as in "it's like pulling sound through a sponge". I have heard that comment a few times.
The M72 is one killer pre from Dave Marquette and his boys at Mercury. More money, but Jeezus what a preamp!
Nathan at Atlas Pro Audio is a good duy to talk to about these pre's. He knows them well.
The AM 16 is one of those flavor pre's. It's like a dash of salt. In the right spot it can offer something quite interesting.
In my rig at the moment, I have
2 M72's (4 channels)
2 AM 16's (2 channels)
2 1073 DPA's (4 channels)
4 Great River's (8 channels)
On horn I go u47>STA LEVEL> GR or massive Passive EQ>Distressor
u47> 2Gefell m930 (45 degrees off 7 to 10 feet back)
u47 through the AM16
m930 through the GR
The AM 16 cuts down the middle while the GR with the 930's gives me some stereo imaging that is much more subdued. In my world the GR is on eof the least colored pre's that I use.
I am one of those nuts who believes in room sounds versus digital rev. SO there are mics all over the place.
Vocal first, then everything else gets mixed in around the vocal.
For vocals I go back and forth between the M72, the 1073 DPA, and the AM16.
I like the GR for piano and room.
I still think that the AM 16 is a very good "classic" sounding pre. At that price point, it's a good piece.
Yeah, I still am on the band wagon. The thing is built like a tank.
Not a pre for rock music IMHO. I'd go GR for rock. Tighter, faster, a little more reserved than the AM16. Not as "out there". What the heck does that mean?
The Mids are dominant on the AM16. There is no way around it. It's a flavor thing.
I would not put one on a kick drum in some rock/metal thing. It would fail miserably under those circumstances.
Hope this helps more than it confuses.
I will always have one of these on my rack, it's a color that I need for either horn or upright bass for certain.
I might be selling one AM 16 mono as I am going to be picking up a DW Fearn and I cannot keep everything. A couple of mics are going as well. Don't know which yet.
Hope this helps.