(Please Help) API just came in.. Neve, GreatRiver, etc..?
I just got my first high end mic pres.
I am using Digi002 rack and had the Focusrite Octopre with ADAT.
I sold the Octopre and am using the 3124+ now going into Line inputs 5-8 in the back.
(P.S. Are Line inputs 5-8 the same as DI/Line inputs 1-4 with the front MicPre knob turned down?????)
Compared to the pres I have been used to (Focusrite, the onboard Digis).. the APIs are wider, louder sounding.. and THICKER... on electric guitars this is welcome.. On vocals with a U195 microphone it sounds a little too bass heavy. Do you guys hear the same?
I would like to ask your advice on upgrading me...
I want to move up and have asked others about getting that ONE vocal preamp which will make it happen. Is it a Neve, UA LA-610, Averill, Great River, or Chandler or etc??
Should a Distressor be an absolute staple for a young artists rack.. or other compressor?
Also thinking of getting the Apogee Rosetta800 or ditching ProTools and getting the Apogee Ensemble.
Sorry with so many questions... you guys are a great resource and have helped me move up from the Digi002/Focusrite world
Something in the Neve family would round out your collection. Check out the Aurora Audio GTQ2 if you haven't seen that yet. It's very reminiscent of the Neve 1073's, but with a slightly more open top end. The Brent Averill 1073's are also nice and much more affordable than the AMS 1073's.
Great River would be great with the API. Also, the Portico is nice and slightly cheaper. The Apogee will boost your sound up to the next level too. May even clean up that low end problem you got. Get that first and see what happens.
If the bass is too heavy on vocals then lower the mic in relation to the singers mouth or move the mic away from the singer a few inches. Eq the sound by moving the microphone instead of buying another pre. API's sound very clear and bright so I think it might be bass proximity effect coming into play.
Could be proximity effect of the mic and the APIs pick up more low-end than the Octopre? Like a previous poster said, back off the mic a little, or use an omni pattern condenser (which will have less proximity effect) if you really need to be in that close, or you could always roll off the low-end some with EQ.