I hear a lot of talk about SSL consoles but when I just went to their webpage I realized they also sell single channel preamps. Has anyone had any experience with these. Are they any good? I know very little about SSL other than I can't afford it
You don't hear alot about them because they are considered by most to be good preamps, but not great preamps. They dont really give you the mojo that many of the other pres you see discussed here impart...
I've used the ones in the 9000J and while they aren't bad, they generally dont get used for the stuff thats considered really important.
The eq, dynamics, automation, routing, number of channels and sound of the board is what SSLs are really all about.
the 4000 ones are really gritty, but good for mpc hip hop stuff, the new ones are very very accurate and clean, but most people don't really like that in a pre...anyway, if you're doing an overdub are you going to reach for one of the 80 pres stuffed in a console on a budget or one that was designed with cost as no issue designed to do one thing well.