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Manley Ref C with a 1073 or API?
Old 21st March 2020
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Manley Ref C with a 1073 or API?

I have a ref c and I run it through a vintech x73 into an 1176. I dont eq going in but I roll off the lows (I might stop this though). I have used api's a lot in the past but usually on guitars and drums. I havent owned or been able to use an api in a while but when I listened to some clips on other sources it seems that the api smooths out the top end and does something to the mids that a 11073 doesnt do, well to be fair does differently. The api also seemed bigger in the lows. All of these would be ideal for making a ref c shine I think. Sounds like a good idea but I dont remember anyone ever discussing an api for a ref c on vox.


Another pre that has me tempted is an avalon. I never bought into the avalon sound in the mid 2000s but it has been a studio staple and I had to have one back then to make the clients happy. I cant say it was terrible, just boring and sterile. How would this stack up to a 1073 or api?
Old 22nd March 2020
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I definitely prefer a 1073 with my Manley Ref C. AMS NEVE or Vintech.
Old 8th August 2020
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Old 9th August 2020
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737 is amazing with the reference cardioid. it's the "movie trailer announcer sound"

tell me you haven't heard this sound 1000 times before:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97hB0Ib62iM&t=242s

i find api preamps to be aggressive. i wouldn't put one into the signal chain to smooth something out.
Old 9th August 2020
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For sure go with the 1073. That's the classic chain!
Old 10th August 2020
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I wanted something in between a 1073 and an api and I founded in a Chandler pre. Beautiful combination with my Manley Reference. On mix down I put a 1176 into an la2a clone and vocals sound incredible.
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