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Old 29th August 2002
Focusrite Mic Pre's for rock guitar sound

Hi there,

Just a question related to Mic Pre's.

I have a Focusrite Red7, ISA220 as well as a Voice Master and Tone Factory. In addition to this I have a 4 channel TL AUdio 5001.

I am making a CD for myself and dont work in a commercial studio.
I pick up a Protools HD1 and 96 I/O on Tuesday and hope that the Mic Pre's I own are of a sufficient standard to be able to record a CD.

All the drums are triggered - the genre is riff-based rock verging on metal, with a lot of attention paid to guitar tones. Think SYL/Devin Townsend meets Tool meets Helmet.

I bought all my Mic Pre's quite cheap second hand but they all work fine. Considering my last desk was a (pthooey) Behringer MX8000 8Bus (I was learning).

I notice a lot of people rave about API preamps for keeper guitar tracks.

I track 4 processed guitar tracks at once as follows:

Fender Prosonnic 2x 10 combo set to STUN with a 57 feeding the ISA220 and a RODE NT1 feeding a TL Audio 5001.
Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier High Gain amp with SM57 on a 2x12 cabinet feeding the Voicemaster
Another SM57 feeding a TL5001.

The Tonefactory (Platinum Focusrite) is recording the DI'd guitar dry so I can reamp at a later date.

The RED7 is used exclusively for vocals (AKG solidtube mic).

The question is this:

compared to the signal chain that am using is there a huge benefit to using API/Neves for guitar tracks?
I am shooting for a modern hi gain rock guitar tone. Open, round but quite a hard sound also. I want the aural equivalent of Henry Rollins' chest.
The guitar rig is stereo with two amps at high gain using 6L6's and sounds lovely. Basically I am very happy with it, but would be curious as to what others would think with these mic pre's.

Also, is the AKG solid tube any good for male rock vocals when feeding the RED7 or wpould I be better looking at something else? Again, it sounds great when I am listening back, but I am not actually an engineer. Just a singer/guitarist who isnt afraid to experiment.


James Richmond

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