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Old 24th July 2009
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Originally Posted by fuzzface777 View Post
I have talked to some reputable engineers who told me about NOT worrying too much about the "sound" or "color" of a mic pre....sayin' it was neglible at best.
I agree with that opinion too. Of all the things to fret over, choosing among competent preamps is near the bottom of the list.

when I heard firsthand James Lugo's amp shootout, the difference between TWO Neve's 1272 and 1073 was discernible.
I haven't heard those files, but if the test compares different performances then it's not valid. Nobody can sing or play exactly the same twice in a row. If a singer moves even half an inch that can change the sound for acoustic reasons having nothing to do with the microphone or other gear.