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(I apologize) What am I Missing?
Old 6th September 2019
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(I apologize) What am I Missing?

Howdy All,

Thanks in advance for this. I'm an amateur and would like to know what I'm missing in terms of "quintessential" preamp tones. Below is what I have and what I like about each one, I have limited money and racking space and was wondering if anyone knew of something that I should look into.

All the preamps are running into a 2011 apogee ensemble.

FMR RNP (I like the clarity and crispness)

Warm TB12 (I love how versatile it is, and how full bodied everything sounds)

Warm WA73-EQ (the warmth and EQ is appreciated, sounds more "professional")

I've been looking into API 312 & 510 but don't have the cash, and also don't know if this would be redundant based on what's above, which I doubt it would be, but that's why I'm asking you.

I've also looked into the Focusrite ISA II.

The mics I'm primarily using through these are an SM7B and WA47.

thanks again
Old 6th September 2019
To me, it seems as if you do not need another mediocre pre-amp. Save your money as get the API
Old 9th September 2019
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Tonebeast is API territory. WA73EQ is Neve territory. The RNP is clean/transparent, chip-based op amp territory. The ISA is also clean, more options and perhaps better components like the Lundahl transformer but still an overall clean preamp. If you got the ISA Two you might consider selling the RNP then.

Perhaps one flavor you're missing that stands out might be a tube pre. I've been looking at the Weight Tank WT-72

Or perhaps Sebatron, can get a 2-4 channel unit used, ends up being affordable per channel, one rack space.

Or theres the Universal Audio 610 and 710. I've never clicked with them, but some folks like them.

Or sell everything and go to a more expensive tier of preamp. Hard to say!
Old 9th September 2019
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bowzin's summary is really good. I'm more into "one style of preamp for everything", but since you want to collect multiple types, add some sort of Jensen Twin Servo to your list. Thick, wide, clear, etc. No tube and not "tubey" but kind of sort of in the same big&full&warm ballpark. Radial makes a 500-series one, and Seventh Circle Audio has a modified version (the J99) as well. Both are top-notch and won't ever need upgrading.
Old 9th September 2019
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you have decent gear, dont sweat it and make something good with it
Old 9th September 2019
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Originally Posted by Lumbergh View Post
you have decent gear, dont sweat it and make something good with it
This x 10
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