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Gearslutz - Nominations for - Favourite Microphone Preamp over $2500?
Old 6th June 2016
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^^^^ You dont think the NPNG stood out? That shyt was mind blowing for me when i heard it.
Old 6th June 2016
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^^^^ You dont think the NPNG stood out? That shyt was mind blowing for me when i heard it.
It did but it's also arguably a bit hyped, or at least too pure for some mics...especially if recording digitally. A very prominent microphone tech pointed it out to me when we were doing a listening test, comparing it to his original 1073s. Not saying it doesn't sound great, but yeah. My biggest issue with it, in the end, was EMFs...I was getting the radio on that thing! Also, no line or DI inputs.
Old 6th June 2016
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The BAE 1084 has all the sound of the original, minus the maintenance headache and cost. The most useful EQ in music, too. If I had to own only one pre to do everything, this is it.
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Old 7th June 2016
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DW Fearn VT2
I have such an urge to say others but this would be the best I think.

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Old 7th June 2016
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Telefunken V-76
Old 7th June 2016
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I really wanna hear a DW fearn someday
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Old 7th June 2016
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LIAM MicPre by Tomo Audiolabs
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Old 7th June 2016
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Telefunken V-76
Still in production?

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I really wanna hear a DW fearn someday
I've heard some recordings from it, I know Brian McTear from the Shaking Through project tracks with them so if you go through their archive you'll come across them.

Anyway, I'd love to hear it in person someday!
Old 7th June 2016
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Dunno if i should grab a single channel just for ****s and giggles or just leave it alone. I track in mono 95% of the time anyways
Old 8th June 2016
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Pendulum MDP-1
Old 9th June 2016
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no ua 610 love?
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Old 9th June 2016
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just realized "over"
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Old 9th June 2016
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another vote for gordon 5
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Old 10th June 2016
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Neve 1073 DPD

Great River MP-2NV

I cant decide between them, as I love them both equally. (but on different sources)
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Old 10th June 2016
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Retro OP-6?. never heard one but if it's anything like my old RCA OP-6 it's a very versatile unit. from squeaky clean to the most glorious filth.:-)X
Old 10th June 2016
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These threads are always so much fun...and frustrating.

Boy would I love to be able to actually try some of these preamps. Even better, compare them directly. But given both scarcity and the fact that several of the oft-mentioned ones are only available by direct sales, that seems nigh on impossible.

I would really, REALLY, [BLINK]REALLY[/BLINK] love to audition a Gordon.

Like....really.

Throw in an NPNG, Fearn, Forssell, Maselec, Martek, Schoeps, Lake People, Hardy, Rens Heijnis, Audio Upgrades, et al, and we'd be talking.

Until we can actually compare these things in our own studios, aren't we buying half-blind?
Old 11th June 2016
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no ua 610 love?
The ua610 preamp falls well below the $2500
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Old 11th June 2016
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I dont even think i have layed eyes on a preamp worth this much. That said is the retro powerstrip in this catagory? It has eq and comp though...
Old 11th June 2016
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Tube: Fearn VT2
Solid State "vintage": AMS NEVE 1084 WITH Neve Rack!
Solid State Clean: GML or NPNG
Old 12th June 2016
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Still in production?



I've heard some recordings from it, I know Brian McTear from the Shaking Through project tracks with them so if you go through their archive you'll come across them.

Anyway, I'd love to hear it in person someday!
I caved and bought a vt 1. I track mostly in mono so i figured its worth a spot in the rack. All i need now is an npng and im done with this preamp game.
Old 12th June 2016
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LaChapell 992 here. Never fails to impress.
Old 12th June 2016
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Buzz Audio ARC1.1
Wunder PEQ1
Old 13th June 2016
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BAE 1023.
Or BAE 1084
Hands down.
I have 20 to 30 others, but those would be my fave.
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Old 13th June 2016
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Love my Chandler Limited LTD1. Very NEVE only better. love my 1073's as well though.
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Old 14th June 2016
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Aurors GTQ2
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Old 16th June 2016
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My pair of 1066's.
Old 17th June 2016
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Pueblo Audio preamps. Have never been a fan of the clean pre, but this piece has revolutionized the way I work. I've used a lot of gear, but none of it touches the Pueblo.

--Ben
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Old 21st June 2016
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Final week for nominations so here's a round-up of what we have so far:

ADT V776
AMS Neve 1073DPA
AMS Neve 1084
API 3124
Aurora GTQ-2
Aurora GTQC
BAE 1023
BAE 1084
Buzz Audio ARC1.1
Chandler Limited LTD-1
Crane Song Flamingo
DW Fearn VT-1
DW Fearn VT-2
EAR 824
Gordon Audio Model 5
Great River Electronics MEQ-1NV
Great River MP-2NV
Greg Hanks Design BA660
Hendy Amps Mosaic
John Hardy Jensen Twin Servo 990 2ch
LaChapell Audio Model 992EG
Manley TnT
Maselec MMA-4XR
Mercury M76m MKIII Single
Neve 1073 DDP
Neve 1073 DPX
NPNG DMP-2NW
NPNG QMP-4NW
Pendulum MDP-1
Rens Heijnis Custom Built Preamp
Retro OP-6
RND 5024
RND Portico II Channel
Schoeps VSR-5
Sonic Farm Creamer Plus
Tomo Audiolabs LIAM
Wunder PEQ2R

Please forgive me if anything slipped by, please chime-in and remind me if anything is missing and I'll update the list.

Thanks everyone for the contributions!

Old 21st June 2016
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Thank you, too.
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Old 21st June 2016
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Grace Design m801
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