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Old 24th October 2010
 
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Originally Posted by Michael_Joly View Post
The truth about preamps is they don't matter.
Nonsense. Why not prove it right now? And please don't tell me you are going to post audio examples.....

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Originally Posted by robertshaw View Post
they both (mic and pre) have a great impact.
Yep.

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Originally Posted by robertshaw View Post
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
Yep.

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Originally Posted by JPeters86 View Post
I agree with you that most people won't hear that much of a difference between a stock preamped recording and an expensive preamped recording.....
Most people - meaning the masses - no. Most good engineers - yes.

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Originally Posted by JPeters86 View Post
The cumulative effect, however, is huge. Imagine recording a large orchestra through a bunch of chained MOTU 8pre's or through a rack full of 1073's, API 512c's etc. I'm sure spotting the difference in this situation would be very easy.
Very well said; that sums it up pretty darn well.

And don't forget, you can have a great mic pre, but without:

A great mic (and not only a 'great' mic, but the proper mic for the job)
Proper mic placement
Good recording room/enviornment
Good musician(s)
Good instruments
Good engineer

- without all of that, having a great mic pre is like having a Lambourghini without a driver's license. It looks great in your driveway, and sounds badd-ass when you start the engine, but there ain't a whole hell of a lot you can do with it.

Cheers.