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Good preamp under 300$ possible ?

Discussion in 'Backline' started by alex2411, Apr 14, 2014.

  1. alex2411

    alex2411 Member

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    Hello everyone ! I would like to buy a preamp for my "recording studio " (or a bedroom with a computer XD) . My soundcard is a m audio fast track ultra ( not the rackmount version) and I feel the preamps on this soundcard are not the best for recording. For the guitars it's ok but for vocals it' s realy not sounding good. That's why I would like to buy a tube preamp but under 300$ is it possible to buy something good ? I was looking for the presonus dual channel preamp for 250$ would this be a good option ?
     
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    Why tube? I would go for solid state. You could go a bit higher on budget and buy a Classic API DIY
     
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    AudioGeekZine arsehole know-it-all

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    Get one of these ART PRO MPA II. They sound really nice and have a ton of features for the price. Should offer you a good contrast to your interface preamps.
     
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    @ArthurD well tube sound is warmer I guess
     
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    Golden Age Project Pre73. Not toob but alot of thick colour.
     
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    I found a artpro tps II FOR 100)$ worth it or not ?
     
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    Heabow More cowbell!

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    You can't go wrong with it!
     
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    CAPI v312
     
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    That preamp is basically just 2 Studio V3 preamps in a 1 space rack unit.It's a starved plate tube circuit,which is just a way of claiming it's a tube circuit when in fact the tube doesn't do much.I have one of them that's been modified and still it's really only good as a direct box,don't buy it or you will regret it.
     
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    AudioGeekZine arsehole know-it-all

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    Also awesome, I love mine.
     
  11. MetalJonesy

    MetalJonesy more metal, more booze!!!

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    Art Pro MPA II, bought mine a few years ago and have always loved it!!
     
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    Heabow More cowbell!

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    A little bit more expensive but you could find one used, Warm Audio WA12 which is really great. I will certainly buy one (or a pair) later this year.
     
  13. Lasse Lammert

    Lasse Lammert HCAF Blitzkrieg

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    Stay away from inexpensive tube equipment!
    In those things all the "under powered alibi tube" does is add noise.
    For good cheap preamps check out the RNP and safe sound audio p1
     
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    Heabow More cowbell!

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    Oh yes! I sometimes use RNPs of a friend of mine and they are great!!
     
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    another for FMR RNP.
     

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