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Bock, Manley, Brauner, Fearn, Retro, NPNG
Old 18th October 2015
  #1
Bock, Manley, Brauner, Fearn, Retro, NPNG

Step right up, Ladies and Gentlemen! Pick a number, any number, and test your skill and knowledge! Everyone's a winner!
Compare and contrast:
1) Compression:
D.W. Fearn VT-7 vs an SSL-style comp
2) Equalization:
Massive Passive vs Retro Instruments 2A3
3) Preamps:
D.W. Fearn vs NPNG
4) Mics:
Gold Ref vs Ref C vs Brauner VM-1 vs Bock (Soundelux) 195
Old 18th October 2015
  #2
More cowbell!
 
natpub's Avatar
Fearn
Massive
Fearn
VM1

With the caveat that all 4 units go together as a package deal.
Old 18th October 2015
  #3
Lives for gear
 
nednerd's Avatar
 

To record what?

What the heck:
GML
GML
NPNG
Brauner (+ great room)

...ooops, sorry!
Old 18th October 2015
  #4
Gentlemen, fear not the pen, for our elusive cause excels in excellence. Endure for the exhilaration of equipment ecstasy.
I implore you to expound on your experience, and expunge brevity. Espouse explanation.

Last edited by Woodwindy; 18th October 2015 at 02:04 PM..
Old 18th October 2015
  #5
Compare and contrast?
Sound like an essay assignment this
Old 18th October 2015
  #6
Most excellantly done, Dubbin! I could smell the blocks all around me!
Cocobolo, assignment this is. Choose, you must. Yoda, I am.
Old 18th October 2015
  #7
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Vocals Budget: TLA100/5500/Hardy M-1/Ref C

Vocals Bucks: CL1B/ M P / NPNG / VM-1

Vocals Beauty. CL1-B / 5052 / VM-1
Old 18th October 2015
  #8
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Originally Posted by MIKEHARRIS View Post
Vocals Budget: TLA100/5500/Hardy M-1/Ref C

Vocals Bucks: CL1B/ M P / NPNG / VM-1

Vocals Beauty. CL1-B / 5052 / VM-1
What sort of devilry doth this CL1-B possess?
Old 18th October 2015
  #9
Gear Maniac
 
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FYI

NPNG delivers 3 differents flavors

NPNG NW ( neutral warm )

NPNG Cadillac ( 1073 style )

NPNG Uberlux

I am enough fortunate to get 10 channels 2 Nw / 4 CAD / 4 Uber

difficult to explain in words , 3 are pure jewels

for acoustic tasks such as Flute for instance I would choose an Uberlux model plugged into my beloved Sandhill ribbon mic 6011 A
Old 18th October 2015
  #10
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Originally Posted by Remy Leloup View Post
FYI

NPNG delivers 3 differents flavors

NPNG NW ( neutral warm )

NPNG Cadillac ( 1073 style )

NPNG Uberlux

I am enough fortunate to get 10 channels 2 Nw / 4 CAD / 4 Uber

difficult to explain in words , 3 are pure jewels

for acoustic tasks such as Flute for instance I would choose an Uberlux model plugged into my beloved Sandhill ribbon mic 6011 A
Can you contrast the NPNG NW with the Uberlux? How about the Sandhill and the Royer SF-24?
Old 18th October 2015
  #11
Double post
Old 18th October 2015
  #12
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Originally Posted by Woodwindy View Post
Most excellantly done, Dubbin! I could smell the blocks all around me!
Given the purple prose and the apparent lack of purpose, i wonder if you have omitted an "ol"? Pass.
Old 18th October 2015
  #13
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It's very difficult to answer to your questions

maybe you should ask to Karl Diehl the maker of the NPNG ..

but I love them all , to my ears the NPNG would be a GML with a plus ...

The Uberlux is the one I love best ..reminds me the very good old Neumann PV 76 preamps

I adore the SF 24 ...but the Sandhills are the ones I chose and never looked back for other things in ribbon dept ...they are the most beautiful I've ever heard
Old 18th October 2015
  #14
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Given the purple prose and the apparent lack of purpose, i wonder if you have omitted an "ol"? Pass.
I never consider interacting with others to gain insight into their opinions and experiences to be "without purpose."

Last edited by Woodwindy; 18th October 2015 at 09:29 PM..
Old 18th October 2015
  #15
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Originally Posted by Woodwindy View Post
Can you contrast the NPNG NW with the Uberlux?
Hey Woodywindy, nice challenge with your original post

I can help with this one,

The Uberlux Mod on the NPNG uses the larger 4 winding-Quadfilar Jensen Transformer, [which makes the boards look like Arnold Schwarzenegger is sittin' on the PCB's..] compared to the NW Stock channels, this Larger Transformer setup has a lot more weight and silk to it, while still offering the clarity and focus that NPNG is known for. The "Uberlux" exudes a "brawn" and the low end height is startling to my ears! It stands up the tallest out of any Solid State Mic Preamp I have ever heard. Its like the audio equivalent to a Red Oak tree.

And I thought the Stock channels sounding "big". !?! Karl really blew me away with these preamps so I told him to name it the Uberlux, ha! It is for sure the "biggest" sounding iteration of the NPNG, to my ears anyway. So to contrast that sound, the Stock channels are the most neutral, and do not impart as much "weight" or top end silk. The Uber gives the source more "velvet", and the bottom end is up slightly so it has a more dense approach. The midrange is very "neat" so overly warm signals just sits in the mix with no need to do anything. I think that the top end on the Uber is softer sounding. Its "richer" sounding. It has a transformer top end air around the sound. It makes you get up out of your chair.

The Stock NW just sounds exactly like my mics and stays absolutely true to the source. This is one of my favorite preamps for Acoustic instruments. No, I take that back. It IS my favorite for acoustic instruments. The Stock Jensen Transformers that Karl uses are very clean and don't start to affect the signal until the source is very loud. It is completely faithful-accurate but forgiving in the right ways. It is BIG and SOLID but not as weighted and soft. I love my NPNG preamp compared to the others I have around here and I am salivating to put another two channels into it. I bet they will be Uber's.

Hope this helps out,

Last edited by Doc Mixwell; 19th October 2015 at 12:20 PM..
Old 18th October 2015
  #16
Fearn
Fearn
Fearn
U47
Old 18th October 2015
  #17
Thanks for chiming in, guys! I appreciate it!
Old 19th October 2015
  #18
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Preamps:
D.W. Fearn vs NPNG
I'd say Fearn:
shoot-out
Old 19th October 2015
  #19
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I think the SSL G and the VT7 go together well, apparently I'm not the only one:

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