Quote: Originally Posted by drak12 Another post recently claimed that the recent fad with preamps was overblown and that mics have more impact on the sound. they both have a great impact Quote: Originally Posted by drak12 Then you have the huge number of threads claiming how wonderful the 1073 1073 is arguably the most popular preamp of all time....for a reason. 80xx series consoles are some of the most sought after desks....also for good reason Quote: Originally Posted by drak12 or GR sound gr is a really good preamp if you like the sound. It is very nevish just cleaner Quote: Originally Posted by drak12 causing those who haven't tried them to feel sure that they are missing out and should aspire to owning those or a good copy e.g. the GAP73. gap73 should not be compared to 1073 or GR in sound quality Also don't forget part of the desire of a 1073 is its magical eq section Quote: Originally Posted by drak12 So which is it? that's a question for each individual to decide Quote: Originally Posted by drak12 - do some preamps add a significant and noticeable improvement to the sound yes Quote: Originally Posted by drak12 - or is it like the SOS conclusion in the review of the Liquid Channel Preamp do you have a link to this article? Quote: Originally Posted by drak12 Can we get any real clarity on this topic to put all the other preamp cogitations in perspective. preamps/consoles have a large impact on sound. It's just the way it is. Also to say a mic has more impact is ludicrous. How much more? If you love the api sound or Neve sound no matter what mic you use with a behringer preamp it's never going to sound like you recorded with a neve or an api preamp. and if you wanted the neve sound or the api sound on your records, you're out of luck. If you don't care for a particular sound, then you can use any preamp and be happy. More records were not recorded with a Neve than they were. So you don't need one, but if you want that sound you do need one. It all depends on you goal and what you want. Some guys don't care, some do. Not having a particular preamp should not prevent you from making good recordings but having one will make it easier than using something made in china.