ME-1NV+Distressor vs Mike-E?
I am in the process of researching mic preamps specifically for vocals in conjunction with a SM7B. I currently own a Focusrite ISA220 that is used for both condensers and dynamics, but I would like to add a preamp that will inject more character.
The original plan was to purchase the Great River ME-1NV and an Empirical Labs EL8X Distressor, but now I feel like the Mike-E may be a promising (read cheaper) alternative. Does the Mike-E compressor section contain enough of the Distressors magic to forgo purchasing both the ME-1NV and Distressor?