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$3K Channel strip for VO/Webinar/Training videos
Old 16th March 2018
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$3K Channel strip for VO/Webinar/Training videos

Hi everyone,
We are filming marketing videos for an internet marketing company and so far we have a pretty decent signal chain. TLM 103 ---> Apogee Element interface ---> 2017 iMac pro ---> Yamaha HS7's. I would love to add a nice channel strip though. We purchased a Manley Core but it was DOA :/ so we are sending that back. We found a little extra budget too, so we are strongly considering the Manley Voxbox... But I've also heard good things about the Neve Shelford and others around our budget of $3000 US. It doesn't necessarily have to be a channel strip. I'm fine buying separate Pre, Comp and EQ. We just need the most bang for our buck. $3000 is where we wanna be max.

We film high energy marketing videos, voiceovers and interviews, BUT I also am composing music for this project and a channel strip that's great with instruments is a plus. But voice work is the biggest consideration.

I really appreciate any input!

Thanks ☮️

Edit: We also frequently use a Sennheiser lav mic. Can't remember what model but it's about $1K. Very important piece of gear for us.

Last edited by eLUX; 16th March 2018 at 11:41 AM.. Reason: Drop the mic...
Old 16th March 2018
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I would have thought for that kind of application and budget the Focusrite 430 MkII would be a good choice as it includes an analog de-esser on the strip.
Old 17th March 2018
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I would have thought for that kind of application and budget the Focusrite 430 MkII would be a good choice as it includes an analog de-esser on the strip.
Ya that's looks like a sweet option as well.
Old 17th March 2018
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If you're using the tlm 103 you might be better with the portico 2 for times when you want a de esser.
Old 18th March 2018
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Look for a Presonus ADL 700 and get some NOS tubes and be set.
Old 18th March 2018
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Universal Audio LA 610 mkii
Old 19th March 2018
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If you're using the tlm 103 you might be better with the portico 2 for times when you want a de esser.
Wow ya the Portico seems great! Might be the winner.
Old 19th March 2018
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Universal Audio LA 610 mkii
I've used this a lil bit. Had a chance to record with it and an Avalon 737 in the same session. I kinda dug the Avalon more, but it wasn't a VO session. I'm guessing you've used it a lot for VO lol
Old 19th March 2018
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Look for a Presonus ADL 700 and get some NOS tubes and be set.
It's a good one eh? Man I didn't know Presonus made this kind of stuff lol
Old 19th March 2018
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I've used this a lil bit. Had a chance to record with it and an Avalon 737 in the same session. I kinda dug the Avalon more, but it wasn't a VO session. I'm guessing you've used it a lot for VO lol
I have owned all three. For the TLM 103 I thought the 610 was the best match. And yes it was for VO.
Old 19th March 2018
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I have owned all three. For the TLM 103 I thought the 610 was the best match. And yes it was for VO.
Have you used the Neve Portico or Shelford? Or the Manley Voxbox?
Old 19th March 2018
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No experience with any of those
Old 19th March 2018
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For around 3K you could piece together a really nice small 500 series setup.

Tons of flexibility and options

Perhaps something like this:
RND Portico 517 (mic pre with compressor + silk)
SPL DeS Deesser
RND 551 Inductor EQ
Radial Workhorse Cube 3 slot 500 series chassis

....or pretty much any combination you want.
Old 19th March 2018
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I haven't used this, nor did I hear much about it, but if I were in the market for a strip I sure would have a closer look at it:

Tegeler Audio Manufaktur
Old 21st March 2018
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I love the 500 format but that said we have, use and love the A-DESIGNS VENTURA. add a versatile comp and your cook-en.

the 500 format have the most to offer IMHO.
Old 31st March 2018
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I know you bought the shelford channel now, but don't feel you could go wrong with that OR the portico II Channel.

Bear in mind both have cleaner/larger power supplies/rails than the 500 series stuff (which depending on the rack you're using can often affect things). +/- 36v in Portico II (= 74v) & +/-24v in Shelford (= 48v) , while the portico 500/lunchbox series and non shelford smaller separates have lower VRs, like all 500 series with the PSU budget/constraints. Something like +/- 15v or 16v.

I'm not really into the 500/lunchbox format myself for a variety of (small) reasons inc ergonomics, power and signal chain but they sure allow for some fun mix/match shenanigans.

Portico II channel is super high quality, flexible, class in a box. Shelford is its slightly wilder, if slightly less flexible (EQ and maybe compressor) brother.

Both top quality!
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