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trident s20 vs. black lion audio auteur Dual-Channel Preamps
Old 23rd December 2010
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trident s20 vs. black lion audio auteur

So I've been offered around 500 for my trident s20, but I'm thinking of selling it and getting a black lion audio auteur. I'm pretty happy with my trident, but from what I've heard of the auteur it sounds really good too. I don't know I'm just torn. Has anyone heard or had both of these???
Old 23rd December 2010
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keep it. going from one to the other on that type of thing is not going to change your musical world I have heard the trident s20 is a good deal at 500 and if is not doing something to effect your mixes in a negative way wait till you can save up more money and buy 1500+ then sell your trident and buy a game changer pre amp there will be plenty of suggestions in high end when that time comes.
Old 23rd December 2010
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I've not used the Trident, but I have the BLA Auteur, and I wouldn't recommend it for an only preamp. It captures high frequencies well and it is a very clean preamp without being overly sterile, but I don't find it to be extremely versatile. It a bit noisier than I'd like at high gain settings, and I only seem to like it for condenser mics. It doesn't have enough gain for ribbons without getting noisy and has just never wowed me when paired with dynamics.

But it definitely does an excellent job anywhere you need crisp shimmering highs and a nice full low end, like on drum OHs and acoustic instruments. It works great with darker condenser mics like the Oktavas. So all that being said, it's a wonderful flavor to have, but I wouldn't want to use it by itself on a recording.
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