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Quad Eight or Flickinger mic pre? Virtual Instrument Plugins
Old 8th August 2015
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Quad Eight or Flickinger mic pre?

Want to buy one of these vintage mic-pre for that Motown vib.. Anyone with experience in them and can do a comparison?

Thanks.
Old 9th August 2015
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no one?
Old 10th August 2015
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I've used both the original Flickingers and the Skibbe 500 series. They're very, very close. I think Bill did a great job getting the transformers right on his versions. I've used Quad Eights two decades ago but my memory of them has faded too much to be of any use. I have used them side by side with Spectrasonic 110A pres and they share a lot of tonal similarities everywhere but in the low mids. Having worked on both cards before, they share a very similar design so I would probably attribute a large part of their differences to the iron.

They have a very meaty sound to them that works really well with anything with a speaker- guitar and bass amps, but I've recently finished with a couple of bluegrass sessions and they really sounded great on mandolin and banjo of all things. Really brought out the woodiness.

Sometime that fat low mid doesn't work right away with some voices and darker acoustics. I usually move on to something else. I do find their tone to be very useful with a big, but very detailed sound. Toms are great with these.
Old 10th August 2015
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I've used both the original Flickingers and the Skibbe 500 series. They're very, very close. I think Bill did a great job getting the transformers right on his versions. I've used Quad Eights two decades ago but my memory of them has faded too much to be of any use. I have used them side by side with Spectrasonic 110A pres and they share a lot of tonal similarities everywhere but in the low mids. Having worked on both cards before, they share a very similar design so I would probably attribute a large part of their differences to the iron.

They have a very meaty sound to them that works really well with anything with a speaker- guitar and bass amps, but I've recently finished with a couple of bluegrass sessions and they really sounded great on mandolin and banjo of all things. Really brought out the woodiness.

Sometime that fat low mid doesn't work right away with some voices and darker acoustics. I usually move on to something else. I do find their tone to be very useful with a big, but very detailed sound. Toms are great with these.
Great, thanks for the info! Really appreciate your feedback, I will check them out.
Old 7th May 2018
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Are there any shootouts with samples of these preamps v others. Torn between a sphere Fab Four, a flicking twin flicks, a skibbe 736-5 or an API 3124+. Any input is welcome.
Old 7th May 2018
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YOU SHOULD LOOK INTO THOSE PREAMPS FROM Spectrasonic.Check out the interview in tape-op too

I think they make a rack version..Spectra Sonics
Old 7th May 2018
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man those look bad ass.I'd love to try them
Old 6th February 2019
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Just want to say that the production run of Flickinger Twin Flicks preamps are now coming online. They are designed with and built by Avenson Audio, in Austin, Texas. We have gone through 2 prototype stages and are now ready to start shipping our first full production run of these units. We have settled on a 2-opamp gain stage, 2-channel unit, with the first 52 dB opamp being identical to the 536-2 channel cards from the 1972 Flickinger 36-Ch Ray Stevens Nashville console, and we have added an additional 20 dB stage on the second 535-7 opamp, for a total of 72dB. We also have a promotional price on the first 10x units. Thanks, Stephen
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