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Neve or Thermionic Culture?
Old 8th December 2013
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Neve or Thermionic Culture?

Hi guys,

I'd like to know what you all think about the following:

Neve Portico 5015 (Mic Pre/Compressor)
Thermionic Culture HG15 (Valve Mic Pre/Compressor)

I've had the Neve Portico for a while now, and I love it - great sound, can't go wrong with it. Love the fact it has a separate input for the compressor, if needed.

However, I recently tried out the Thermionic Culture HG15 (phoenix) and fell in love with it. I found it much easier to get creative with and seemed like it had more options to play with . Perhaps the main difference was to do with the valve and the way you could drive it, or perhaps simply because it works in a completely different type of way.

Has anybody tried both?

Have any thoughts?
Old 9th December 2013
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I prefer the Great River MP-NV preamps to the RND stuff in terms of new school sounds that build on the blocks of the older Neve designs.

I think the Thermionic Culture Early Bird preamps are the best tube preamps I've ever used...followed closely by the D.W. Fearn and Pendulum Audio stuff (They're all unique.) I don't know if the Early Bird is the same design as the HG15...but I would try to get them side by side and just make a choice from there or keep both to have for larger track counts.
Old 9th December 2013
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I prefer the Great River MP-NV preamps to the RND stuff in terms of new school sounds that building on the blocks of the older Neve designs.

I think the Thermionic Culture Early Bird preamps are the best tube preamps I've ever used...followed closely by the D.W. Fearn and Pendulum Audio stuff (They're all unique.) I don't know if the Early Bird is the same design as the HG15...but I would try to get them side by side and just make a choice from there or keep both to have for larger track counts.
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