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Old 3rd January 2003
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Regarding the mackie pre's and ribbon mics low gain in general - It's not really an issue for most things. In my early days I regularly used a 1604 and RCA 44BX to record acoutsic bass (no di, no amp). I've even used it to record finger picking guitar (to lesser success, but passable). I think people tend to take the issue out of porportion. It's kinda like the noise issue on the RNP. It's not really an issue until you get to very quite things. Heck in these days of multi-trakking its even less of an issue!

I will say this - a good pre with some good iron does make a sig difference though!