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Female vocal preamp recommendation with specific constraints 500 Series Preamps
Old 12th January 2010
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Female vocal preamp recommendation with specific constraints

Hi all,

After a lot of reading and research, I'd like to poll folks here for their input.

I'm looking for a single channel mic preamp.

Here are my constraints (please read them before you reply):
  • $2000 or less (including power supply and chassis, if separate)
  • Primarily for female alto vocal using AT4050
  • Vocal sound is mostly soft, folkish, delicate (listen here)
  • I'm looking for something versatile enough to do the job on ac guitar, male vocals, accordion, hammond organ through leslie cabinet when needed.
  • This is a big one: The preamp needs to be popular and therefore easy to resell if I need the cash (i.e., nothing even remotely obscure)
Input I'm looking for (mainly the first two questions below):
  1. Which preamp do you recommend?
  2. Why - what about the sound would be good for my use case and/or secondary use cases?
  3. Are there popular preamps (or types of preamps) I should avoid and why?
  4. What, if any, other outboard gear would be particularly helpful for this use case (EQ, comp)

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
Old 8th January 2011
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Female vocal preamp recommendation with specific constraints

I absolutely love my purple audio biz mk on female voices - has a good amount of colors with it as well
I remember it breathing new life into my tlm103 when using it with my composing partner (who is a damn good singer and I have recorded her on a good variety of pres and mics)
Stacks up pretty well too if you are laying a bunch of harmonies

Also don't mind my a designs p1 and alpha channel

I bought a UA LA 610 mkII for that very purpose (a go to vocal pre) and I really did not like it (sold it after a year of being a bit bummed out by it)
It was very hit or miss - I can only really remember a particularly strident female vocalist that it really worked well on

With your budget you could have the beginnings of a pretty stellar vocal chain and some expandability doing a lunchbox
Old 15th January 2011
can't go wrong with API.
Old 18th January 2011
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Female vocal preamp recommendation with specific constraints

Yep, ended up getting the API A2D since I lacked decent converters too. A friend told me "nobody ever got fired for using API".
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