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Old 14th May 2006
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arpodthegreat's Avatar
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Preamp history

When did people start using outboard preamps? at what point did recording studios start investing in mic pres other than the ones in the console? what started the tube vocal pre? i am curious as to the origin of A-design MP or manley style preamps.
Old 15th May 2006
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max cooper's Avatar
🎧 15 years
There's a thread here somewhere about that very subject, and I think it was active fairly recently. IIRC, Slipperman and William Wittman put the gloves on and duke it out over which console was reviled enough to spur the boutique preamp movement.

edit: There you go:
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There were folks using boutique preamps back in the 80s when I was coming up.

My favorite small format (16/1") studio cost more per hour than a lot of 24/2" studios but it had a sweet mic locker and a couple of nice preamps (even though he had a pretty nice board, IIRC) that he tended to use. I'd heard of people doing it but this guy was a master of working the small studio. (Mike McDonald -- not the Doobie Bro -- he got a grammy back a few years ago for a Hellecasters album but I've lost track in recent years; great guy, though, learned a lot producing in his studio.)
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