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Vocal Preamp Recommendations For Today's Top40 Music Condenser Microphones
Old 12th March 2019
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Vocal Preamp Recommendations For Today's Top40 Music

Hey Gents,

I need a recommendation on a mic pre best suited for your mainstream cookie cutter pop tracks, lots of in your face-ness and clarity. I've already read through about a 100 different threads here and everyone seems to have a different opinion, I know it comes down to personal taste dependant on the colouration you desire however I'm looking for a general consensus can't-go-wrong opinion here.

Waiting on a Manley Reference Gold to arrive so that's what I'll be pairing it with. I also have a Rode NTK but I don't think that'll get much use with this new mic. Budget is flexible but I don't want to spend anything less than $2,000 USD.

Looking forward to your recommendations. Thanks
Old 13th March 2019
Hardy M-1. It doesn't get much better.
Old 13th March 2019
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Mic pr amps are designed to be neutral to begin with. At that price point they are all first class.


Old 14th March 2019
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I have a Manley Gold typically Paired with a Neve 1073 then a CL1B and it is the Pop sound exactly for a lot of vocalists that we work with!
Probably any pre in the 1073 style will give you what you want! I suggest the Aurora GTQC! Ours is currently with one of my producers that records in a different location but whenever we have it in the studio I sometimes prefer it to the Neve!
Old 14th March 2019
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Old 14th March 2019
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Anything with clean gain.
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