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Desert Island Mic Pres
Old 16th March 2008
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Desert Island Mic Pres

Just Curious.
What are the "desert island" mic pres for all of you gearslutz members?

API Lunch Box?
API 4 Channel?
Neve 1073/1081?
A Designs Pacifica?
TElefunken V76?

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Old 16th March 2008
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Mines would be a Shep SN8 & a Neve 1081
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Avalon VT737SP
Great with a Sony C-800G and 1176LN.
Old 16th March 2008
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This is tooo easy.... one stereo pre for all occassions... well ok a whole lot:
- Cranesong Flamingo... new incarnation covers even more bases.
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May not be the most popular with other slutz...but I love the sound of my Chandler TG-2 on just about everything.

XJ
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Buzz Elixir and Eisen "Neveish"

best of both worlds right there thumbsup
Old 16th March 2008
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Sage

I don't think many Slutz know of this small Canadian operation called Sage Electronics.

These folks make my favorite all around mic pre by far.

I have API, Great River, Shadow Hills, Universal Audio, Aea, as well as useing both vintage and Neve clones.

If I had to keep just one it would be the Sages........

Big, Fast, Lovely, and tracks stack and combine with ease.

I have 8 of these units and hope to add 8 to 16 more within a year.

Nomatic

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Interesting. I've heard that the Sage preamps are great on drums. So it's your all around favorite huh? I'll have to try those someday. You have to run a separate cable from the power supply to each module right? A little funky, but I suppose it simplifies the design and assures that each module is well powered. How long are the power cables? I don't suppose you've compared the Sage pres to Tonelux?

I don't think I have a desert island mic pre at this point.
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I could be happy with any of these:

API
Neve (or BAE) 1073/1084
Great River
Chandler TG2
GT Vipre(s)
Old 16th March 2008
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D.W. Fearn VT-2...

Plus I can still look at it all day and keep smiling in case there's no AC on the damn island !...

It may even lure a few crabs, who knows...

Olivier.
Old 17th March 2008
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jdunn View Post
Interesting. I've heard that the Sage preamps are great on drums. So it's your all around favorite huh? I'll have to try those someday. You have to run a separate cable from the power supply to each module right? A little funky, but I suppose it simplifies the design and assures that each module is well powered. How long are the power cables? I don't suppose you've compared the Sage pres to Tonelux?

I don't think I have a desert island mic pre at this point.
Yeah, the packaging is very simple and designed to be bullet proof and redundant.
(3 ft power cords I think)

I have not heard the tonelux stuff yet. (would like too..)

All this being said it is still good to have two channels of gooey transformer based pres
for general enlargement and hair extension!

P.M. me if you want to hear some samples.
Old 17th March 2008
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I would only need a 4 ch of API's and 4 ch of Aurora or Avedis preamps.... (Unless we are also talking about EQ, in which case, the BAE 1084 instead).

I would never need anything else!
Old 17th March 2008
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Quote:
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I would only need a 4 ch of API's and 4 ch of Aurora or Avedis preamps.... (Unless we are also talking about EQ, in which case, the BAE 1084 instead).

I would never need anything else!
what do you like about the API that you can't get out of the Neve?
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Quote:
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what do you like about the API that you can't get out of the Neve?
They are kind of opposite spectrum... So, if I want the bigger, rounder sound I go with the Aurora or Avedis. If I want the punchy mid forward sound, I go with the API.
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If you could only have ONE pre on a desert island.... a Speck Mic Pre 5.0 might be a good choice since it has a button to switch between "active balanced" and "transformer" output. You get two very different sonic characters just with the push of a button. You basically have a "clean" pre and a "mojo" pre all in one. Plus it has lots of other goodies on it too. Sounds great, in both modes. A killer unit. A well featured pre that does it all.
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Helios, Chandler TG

and if there was room in the boat, something very clean and something with tubes
Old 17th March 2008
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Neve 31102. Classical, jazz, rock, improv, noise, it will record anything you throw at it. Beautifully.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TonyBelmont View Post
They are kind of opposite spectrum... So, if I want the bigger, rounder sound I go with the Aurora or Avedis. If I want the punchy mid forward sound, I go with the API.

Thanks
Old 17th March 2008
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Neve 31102

Quote:
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Neve 31102
Neve 1084
I was sort of under the impression they were the same thing..

Please correct me if im wrong.
Old 17th March 2008
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I feel like there are an awful lot of desert islands on gearslutz these days
Old 17th March 2008
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Little Labs LMNOpre.

The more I use it, the more I realize I couldn't manage without it.
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What kind of instruments and mics will I have?
Will I have replacement tubes when the tube preamp goes.
I don't want to worry about finding tubes.
I'll go with the Pacifica and Great River. If only one, then probably the Flamingo.
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Great River
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Behringer T1953 Tube Ultragain. If I'm trapped on a desert island, I'm probably not going to be doing any recording, I'm going to need a blunt object to smash coconuts and attack wild beasts.
Old 18th March 2008
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MA5
MA5
MA5
MA5
MA.....5.
Old 18th March 2008
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Behringer T1953 Tube Ultragain. If I'm trapped on a desert island, I'm probably not going to be doing any recording, I'm going to need a blunt object to smash coconuts and attack wild beasts.
I think I'd use an Ashly for that. More heavy duty.... it would also sound better!
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Chandler TG pre (tg channel or tg2)
Chandler germanium

Either or for me. Only two pre's i will have down the road (getting rid of the others), and only ones i will ever need.

I could make records with one of them only and die happy, but i'd rather have both :P
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