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Studer 963 Preamps. Good enough?? Consoles
Old 23rd April 2016
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Studer 963 Preamps. Good enough??

I can buy a pair of 963 modules racked and ready to use as preamps. EQ inlcuded. They can be used as mic or line inputs.

I have heard the preamps are really good. Output transformer. My question is: how good they are? I can compare them to what brands? and more important: how much would you pay for each channel racked?

Thanks!
Old 23rd April 2016
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Studer is good.
Old 23rd April 2016
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They sound very good, transparent with some kind if velvety touch let s say. The eq is minimal but very musical.
Pricewise raw channel costs around 300€ unracked
Old 23rd April 2016
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I can buy a pair of 963 modules racked and ready to use as preamps. EQ inlcuded. They can be used as mic or line inputs.

I have heard the preamps are really good. Output transformer. My question is: how good they are? I can compare them to what brands? and more important: how much would you pay for each channel racked?

Thanks!
Studer 963 Mixing Console
Old 23rd April 2016
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unless the people who racked them added an output stage, these channels do not have an output transformer and will not drive a 600 ohms input properly in my experience. They have a nice little input transformer and a non-discrete amplifier stage, pretty basic stuff but very well thought out. I would describe the preamps as neutral and down-to-earth, though a bit un-exciting. The EQ is great for tracking to shape a signal but is not punchy, if you happen to look for that... all negativity aside, I enjoy using them in the studio, especially for stuff that does not have to stand out and they pair very nicely with ribbon mics. I know guys in classical and jazz genres really like them too.
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