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Vintech Dual 72 question(s)
Old 19th July 2005
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Vintech Dual 72 question(s)

Couple quick questions on the Dual 72, which I am considering picking up. This will be primarily used to record guitars. So...

1) I realize many think this pre is a bit dark...what have been you kind folks' experiences in using the dual 72 with Ribbon mics? I would be using it with a Beyer M160.

2) Has anyone used the direct on the dual 72? I would be needing to record bass direct and am wondering how this would sound (I use a Rick 4003).

Any other comments would be very helpful.

Old 19th July 2005
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It doesn't have a lot of gain, so it might be hard to get everything you need for your ribbon mic. I don't know that much about the Beyer tough.

I've recorded DI bass with it a few times. I think it's kind of grainy but not that bad.
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As Wallace mentioned, unless you get the special "Nathan Eldridge" gain boost on the Dual 72, you might find the gain a bit short for most (non-active) ribbons. I find this pre to be excellent for guitars though - the 'darkness' that others describe to me nicely balances out the crispness of a good LD condenser. Great mid-range thickness (it is trying to be 'Neve-like" afterall...)

Also like it for bass DI. It might be 'grainy' compared to the hi-z input on higher cost pres like the GR MP-2NV, but I like a bit of grit and edge on bass guitar anyway (UA 1176 on 'all button' - yeah that's the ticket.) You'll really hear all the iron on that bottom end too (if such a thing is possible.)
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Gear Nut
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I never have used mine with a ribbon mic. The gain can be insufficient on some quieter sources. I did however use it to record a Ric 4003 on a CD two years ago or so with a power pop band. I used a Countryman DI first, then went through the mic pre input. I am not sure if the DI input goes through the input xfmr. It sounds great. It gave the bass the thickness it needed but still allowed the midrange tones of the Ric to come through. I like it better coupled with a mic'ed amp, but if a DI only is your only option, it still stands on its own merits quite nicely. The Vintech is my go to DI only bass setup. Of course, the usual YMMV disclaimer holds.
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