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D.W. Fearn VT-1 Should I take it now?
Old 31st July 2005
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D.W. Fearn VT-1 Should I take it now?

I would like to hear comments on this mic pre related to vocal tracking.
With which mics it could be recommended for big, but warm and silky sound?
Vocal - female, pop-rock, similar to Lisa Stansfield.

Thanks

GYang
Old 31st July 2005
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i have a vt-2 (the 2 channel version) and i love it on vocals. i don't really know how to describe it (especially not knowing what you have to compare it to), but it a huge and opulent sounding preamp. i would recommend it.
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Old 31st July 2005
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how to describe it (especially not knowing what you have to compare it to), but it a huge and opulent sounding preamp. i would recommend it.
joshua
Actually I have several pres (Millenia, GML, AMEK DMCL, M5) that are mainly clean and neutral, so look for transparent, colored pre that works in controlable fashion to put forward big, silky vocal.
Mics are ELAM 251 and U47.
With Manley and VIPRE I was less than satisfied (definition was lost somehow).

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Old 31st July 2005
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I love mine! I have Neves and API's and Langevin also. All are cool, but the Fearn is used on Vocals 90% of the time here.
Wish I had more!
Old 31st July 2005
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In my experience it´s great on many sources but like any equipment it can still suck (well, talking the last 10% here, since it´s the high end). It actually made a very rich voice sound smaller this week (something in the spectrum was lost). On that singer I tried it with VM-1, Horch, Soundelux 250 and M149. But it was wonderful at a different source during the same production.


So... it´s a great pre, but if people say it´s the holy grail (like many do) I´d be scaptical. But check it out. Maybe also something more "meat"-ish like a Neve?

Just my 2 cents.
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Maybe also something more "meat"-ish like a Neve?

Just my 2 cents.
I expect from Fearn to be big, which Neve exactly did you mean?

GYang
Old 1st August 2005
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I would like to hear comments on this mic pre related to vocal tracking.
With which mics it could be recommended for big, but warm and silky sound?
Vocal - female, pop-rock, similar to Lisa Stansfield.

Thanks

GYang

In my opinion it works or it doesn't.

You either like it or its too much.

In my opinion warm and silky is more on the mic and singer than on the mic pre.
Old 1st August 2005
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I used it for the original Mix review or the Fearn....my opinion hasn't changed.

I loved it for stuff like ambiant recording. It makes everyday mics sound superhuman.


For my tastes it got a little toooo tubey or gauzy when used with certain tube mics. But you seem to have enough stuff find a great combination.
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