Sebatron vmp-4000e by Ronnie Dixon
The Sebatron vmp-4000E is a four channel tube/valve microphone pre-amp that has direct injection inputs to accommodate keyboards , electric guitars or bass. There is some Eq switching on each channel as well as a pad or gain switch control to adjust gain/drive.
What I love about this Sebatron pre-amp is its ability to warm things up and add a pleasant texture that makes the individual tracks somehow appear more defined in a full mix. I've used it for just about everything and I have always been impressed with the results. From solo violin to loud guitars and drum kits. Even ribbon mics worked well when used with the Sebatron 4000E.
When used to record a drum kit (one channel for kick , one for snare and two channels for overhead) the results were amazing. The drums appeared to be bigger in dynamics giving them more punch and depth. For the overhead channels we switched the EQ on to air and the sound was phenomenal. I have honestly never heard cymbals that full and crisp.It makes me smile just thinking about some of the sweet sounds I have recorded recently with this four channel gem. I was also impressed with the results I got when I used the direct input to record the Bass tracks. The Fender P bass had a sound that was tight yet never boomy or muddy. I found the deep switch unnecessary for almost all sounds and from my recollection of at least the recent sessions it hasn't been used at all.
The only concern I have is with the manual. It lacks a comprehensive flow in describing the design and uses. Personally I would like a bit more descriptive material on how to get the best out of my Sebatron VMP-4000E. A proper diagram with labels for the inter-connecting cables and devices such as microphones , instruments , sound-card etc. would be useful as well as some advice on the maintenance of tube equipment (how long to warm up etc.).
Aside from that I have no hesitation in recommending this finely built and designed pre-amp from Sebatron.