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Question About Mic Preamp & C800G
Old 13th November 2018
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Question About Mic Preamp & C800G

Hey guys. I have a question about mic preamps. I've been saving up for a c800g but my interface/mic preamp is a scarlett 18i8. Whenever I hear people mention the c800g I always hear them mention it along with a Neve preamp. My question is... if I were to use this mic with just my scarlett would it make a big negative difference in the sound?

I don't really understand the difference between a $3000 mic preamp and just a simple $500 one. I mean... they just power the mics basically no? Do they really give the microphone a different "color", "tone", or "sound"?
Old 13th November 2018
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With all due respect, if you don't understand mic preamps well enough to know what they do to the sound of a recording, you shouldn't be trying to buy a C800G yet, or a Neve preamp, for that matter. Yes, they are studio staples, but getting super high-end gear won't automatically give you pro recordings or pro mixes. What's much more important is knowing how to use the gear and how to mix. In fact, becoming a great mix engineer will get you miles farther than having great gear. World-class engineers can use $100 mics and give you a phenomenal sounding record (believe it or not, they often do).

I assure you, you can get fantastic quality recordings using the interface you already own and a solid mic. After briefly checking out your SoundCloud, it sounds like you want something airy primarily to record female vocals. Some mic recommendations for you that won't break the bank:

MXL CR89
Aston Origin
Warm Audio WM-87
Neumann TLM-102
Avantone CV-12

Hope that helps. Good luck!
Old 14th November 2018
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With all due respect, if you don't understand mic preamps well enough to know what they do to the sound of a recording, you shouldn't be trying to buy a C800G yet, or a Neve preamp, for that matter. Yes, they are studio staples, but getting super high-end gear won't automatically give you pro recordings or pro mixes. What's much more important is knowing how to use the gear and how to mix. In fact, becoming a great mix engineer will get you miles farther than having great gear. World-class engineers can use $100 mics and give you a phenomenal sounding record (believe it or not, they often do).

I assure you, you can get fantastic quality recordings using the interface you already own and a solid mic. After briefly checking out your SoundCloud, it sounds like you want something airy primarily to record female vocals. Some mic recommendations for you that won't break the bank:

MXL CR89
Aston Origin
Warm Audio WM-87
Neumann TLM-102
Avantone CV-12

Hope that helps. Good luck!
Thank you. I've been recording vocals with an sm7b, blue bottle, and rode nt1 over the past 2 years. You're spot on about the airy female vocals.
Old 14th November 2018
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Those are excellent mics. I'm sure there's a Blue bottle cap that fits the sound you're looking for.
Old 14th November 2018
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b/c The Neve softens the top octave
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