I have an MR1000 recorder and am about to start tracking some solo acoustic guitar and also drum overheads with a pair of Beyerdynamic MC930's. I would also like to dabble in recording live performances in the near future, such as recitals, choirs, jazz ensembles, etc.
Would the DAV be a good upgrade from the Korg's preamps for these particular applications? The BG-1 seems to be very well received here and I like the form factor. I also own a single UA 710. Should I just get another one of those instead? Not sure how transparent the 710's are even on the solid-state side of things.
This is my first post, but I have been lurking for a while, stuffing my brain with all the delicious information found within this forum. What a gem of a place. Makes you want to empty your wallet, though .
Michael, I just recently listened to that combination by way of your own samples I found through this site . The combination sounds excellent indeed. Did you ever A/B the Korg and DAV pres, even just informally?
DAV sound clean ,
i've got a bg2 and i'm very happy with it.
I use it for acoustic guitar , vocal , OH , brass...
I think it doesn't look like a millenia but it's the same league.
If you're looking for transparent path , no doubt that the dav got it with its decca heritage.
No, I never did an A/B of the DAV with the Korg amps. In the few times I used the onboard amps (e.g. some vocal narration in a dead acoustic; my wife playing a crappy electronic keyboard), I thought they sounded fine, nothing noticably noisy or colored .... but once again, this was nothing critical.
You'll not be disappointed with the DAV. I found mine to sound a little constrained when I first got it, but after a few hours of use it seemed to open up and "flower". I don't know if I was just used to artifacts of an earlier (more clinical) preamp that I used a lot, but at any rate it did grow on me.
Received my DAV BG-1 from Mick (very quickly I might add) and my first impression is that it sounds terrific on acoustic guitar. I must say, the Korg preamps are not bat at all either, but there is a sweetness in the DAV that makes my guitar sound more mellow yet still clear and precise. Thank you all for your input, this preamp is a great discovery. I have many sources and situations yet to test, but for the price I'm already quite pleased.
Daniel, thanks for the info and for the warning about the headphone amp. I have one problem with the MR1000 now - I don't want to take the DSD recordings out of it! They sound sooooo good in DSD it's kinda crazy. I know there has been much debate as to why DSD sounds so good and I don't want to go there, but I could listen to DSD all day out of that box.
In any case, this thread is about the DAV, so I'll just say it all sounds great together.