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The Press Desk 28th May 2016 02:20 AM

Gearslutz - Nominations for - Favourite Microphone Preamp over $2500?
Nomination stage

How many Gearslutz threads start with this question? Love it or roll your eyes at it, it comes up all the time.

While we probably all realize that there is no single ‘magic bullet’ for every recording and production challenge, there are certainly pieces of gear that seem to come up in discussion a little more often than others.

One of the great things about Gearslutz is that we have a very diverse cross-section of experiences in order to draw suggestions from to answer this question. With that in mind, and considering a wide-range of budgets, we are launching the Gearslutz Community Choice Awards.

We want YOU to tell us what your favourite bits and pieces around your studio are - what your personal ‘bests’ are - and we will devise some "Top-10" lists from it (with information to accompany) - so that we can help give people with that age-old ‘what is the best’ question a little nudge in the right direction.

We have trawled the archive to come up with some suggestions already, this is entirely based on what has been posted in the past - but if we’ve missed anything, feel free to write in your suggestion.

In this thread we'll ask for your favourite Microphone Preamp
over $2500 US Dollars and currently in production.

To be clear we are gathering nominations for OUTBOARD mic pre products (not built in console mic preamps)

Simply type in your favourite and post!

Note: the nominations stage will run for 30 days. Once this ends we will compile the results and make a poll. Please nominate today! Thanks very much in advance for helping out!

PS: Check out our previous buyer's guides and participate in more nomination threads!

Jules 28th May 2016 09:07 AM

Start nominating! kfhkh

ultraburner 28th May 2016 11:40 AM

Aurora gtq-2

Rolf Ebitsch 28th May 2016 12:36 PM

Oh, naturally one other thing, ... :)

AMS Neve 1073DPA Stereo Mic Preamp


andyspiller 28th May 2016 01:31 PM

Portico II Channel

legato 28th May 2016 01:39 PM

Gordon 5

shreddinator 28th May 2016 02:27 PM

Aurora Audio GTQC. Just makes everything.......better.

andersmv 28th May 2016 02:42 PM

Mercury M76m. I'll have to nominate the single channel since the stereo one is like $300 over our cap, lol...

worksinframes 28th May 2016 05:24 PM

Greg Hanks BA660.

I use it more than my vintage Neves or RCA units. Under $5k if you get one without the AD option (I think). Or find a demo or used one if you must! If I had to sell off everything, these would be the last to go.

bzone 28th May 2016 06:17 PM

If I were to say preamp only without combo units; NPNG.

carloff 28th May 2016 09:02 PM

DW fearn Vt1

mbvoxx 29th May 2016 02:36 AM

Fearn VT-2

rnappi 29th May 2016 02:48 AM

Gordon 5

Gretschman 29th May 2016 04:45 AM

Harrison Consoles mic Pre

ChaseUTB 29th May 2016 06:13 AM

Solid state:
Aurora audio gtq2

Fearn vt 1

Folkie 29th May 2016 06:23 AM

Gordon Model 5

haryy 29th May 2016 01:20 PM

Api 3124+. Every mic sounds good and balanced through it and its color is not overwhelming. It creates a lot of space for whatever number of channels you want plus it can create a perfect glued mix with just three instruments. Rare if you ask me.

Samc 29th May 2016 01:22 PM

Tube: D.W. Fearn VT-2 and solid state: ADT V776.

Enlightened Hand 29th May 2016 02:54 PM

Gordon Model 5

TomPaul 29th May 2016 03:02 PM

I hadn't heard of the Gordon preamp until this thread. Took a look at their website and thought...they should have put more effort into the looks of this looks like a laboratory instrument and lord knows how much most musicians hated school.

legato 29th May 2016 04:59 PM


Originally Posted by TomPaul (Post 11927694)
I hadn't heard of the Gordon preamp until this thread. Took a look at their website and thought...they should have put more effort into the looks of this looks like a laboratory instrument and lord knows how much most musicians hated school.

I'd agree Gordon is no looker.

But beauty is only skin deep.

And it won't give you stellar fidelity.

Have you looked under the hood of this one? :amaze:

But yes, those who want to impress clients upon entry of the studio need to look elsewhere. ;)

antichef 29th May 2016 05:53 PM

My favorites have already been mentioned. If I can repeat just one of them it would be NPNG

Diogo C 29th May 2016 11:45 PM

Thanks everyone for the nominations.

We have taken your feedback into consideration so on this thread you can nominate preamps above $2500.

Those who nominated preamps below $2500 can find their posts here:

Sorry for any inconvenience this might have caused and thanks once again for all the input, we really appreciate it. ;)

Now back to the nominations!


Usabell 30th May 2016 12:38 AM

Great River Electronics MEQ-1NV

Plush 30th May 2016 01:33 PM

Rens Heijnis Custom Built

Gordon Model 5

Schoeps VSR-5

Jensen Twin Servo 2 channel "Sony Classical Edition"

EAR 824

mwagener 30th May 2016 02:51 PM

Chandler Limited REDD.47

Spigon 30th May 2016 03:14 PM

Mosaic preamp, BA660, or EAR 824. Can't beat any of those in my mind.

PatrickFaith 30th May 2016 03:43 PM

Retro OP-6 [For character]

[ON Clean going to a digital daw - my view is a high quality pre-amp integrated with audio A/D at 96k beats all of the above pure analog pre-amps ... but I guess those aren't allowed in this voting]

deuc647 30th May 2016 03:49 PM

If only one, NPNG.

Jim Williams 30th May 2016 04:23 PM

Prices should also be listed. I suspect some of these are not $2500 like Harrison console preamps?