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SCA C84 question...Michael? Anyone else?
Old 2nd August 2005
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SCA C84 question...Michael? Anyone else?

Posted elsewhere....sorry..

Michael,

I know you've been asked about the SCA C84's quite a bit already, but I'd love to know what instruments you've found them usefull on. I've been saving up for a pair of them, and want to get an idea of how flexable they are, given that for the time being, they would be my only true "high end" preamps. Drum overheads? Electric guitars? I just want to get a feel for some things I could use them on before I take the plunge. Thanks!
Old 2nd August 2005
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Originally Posted by allbaldo
Posted elsewhere....sorry..

Michael,

I know you've been asked about the SCA C84's quite a bit already, but I'd love to know what instruments you've found them usefull on. I've been saving up for a pair of them, and want to get an idea of how flexable they are, given that for the time being, they would be my only true "high end" preamps. Drum overheads? Electric guitars? I just want to get a feel for some things I could use them on before I take the plunge. Thanks!
They probably are a great choice for a first set of pres because they are very transparent and don't have a lot of color, compared to the other modules SCA makes. I use them on everything clean, vocals, OH, acoustic guitar, percussion etc. I don't think you'd make a mistake getting a pair of those, especially since you can extend your range later with other more colorful modules for relatively low $$s.
Old 2nd August 2005
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Thanks Michael!
Old 2nd August 2005
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sorry to bug...

I've got an email into Tim, too...

These aren't for sale yet, are they?

thanks!

kb
Old 2nd August 2005
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I've got an email into Tim, too...

These aren't for sale yet, are they?

thanks!

kb
Nope.
Old 3rd August 2005
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Originally Posted by mwagener
They probably are a great choice for a first set of pres because they are very transparent and don't have a lot of color, compared to the other modules SCA makes. I use them on everything clean, vocals, OH, acoustic guitar, percussion etc. I don't think you'd make a mistake getting a pair of those, especially since you can extend your range later with other more colorful modules for relatively low $$s.

Hey Michael.

I was wondering about the J99`s.

I`d gathered they`re somewhat inspired by the Hardy pres so I`d figured they were on the clean side too.

How do they compare in their cleanliness ? heh

Are they similar or should I get both like a good Slut should ?
Old 4th August 2005
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Hey Michael.

I was wondering about the J99`s.

I`d gathered they`re somewhat inspired by the Hardy pres so I`d figured they were on the clean side too.
How do they compare in their cleanliness ? heh
Yes they are, slightly different character though. IMO the 99s are very "fast" like the Hardys with a very slight (!) midrange dip. The 84s are a bit smoother/rounder on the front end and have a bit more midrange

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Are they similar or should I get both like a good Slut should ?
You know my answer to that question
Old 4th August 2005
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You know my answer to that question

Heheh.

Cool. Thanks MW ! thumbsup
Old 10th October 2005
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I just got and assembled a pair of these things, and they're great. Nice and clean with tons of gain. Perfect for my SM7.
Old 10th October 2005
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Of all things... the C84 has become my new favorite 2nd pre on Electric Bass!!!

I split the signal (with an IB1), one goes to the LTD-1 and the other to the C84. The C84 channel hits the distressor, and I blend the two. LOVE IT!!! Out of the 4 SCA pre's (N72, A12, J99, C84), the C84 is my favorite in this application. The low end is ample, and super clean and accurate. Blended in with the warmth of the LTD-1... oh man!!! It's lovely!

I also love the C84 alone on Acoustic Guitars, clean vocals, etc.

I agree with Michael in that this would be a FANTASTIC choice for 1st preamp. I didn't expect to love it as much as the other 3 since it's so cheap... but right away... it's getting LOT's of use round here!!

Great work Tim!!!
Old 10th October 2005
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Pardon my ignorance, but what is the C84 based on? I know where they're going with the A12, N72, J99, but C84 doesn't register anything in my mind.

Mike
Old 10th October 2005
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Tim specifically cited the Millenia HV3C as "An expensive preamp with similar specifications."
Old 10th October 2005
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OK, so Tim said the Millenia had similar specs. Can somebody compare the sound of the C84 to the Millenia or other similar clean preamps? Grace? Sytek?
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