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I did a little Mic Pre shootout. Chandler TG2, API 512c, Neve 1073DPA

Discussion in 'Backline' started by Mesa4x12er, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. Mesa4x12er

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    Dislike the first one the most. Think I prefer 3 to 2. Who said mic pres hardly make a difference lol
     
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    ...I can't hear any difference tbh. I'm on Sennheiser 595's, so no monitors here.
     
  4. JeffTD

    JeffTD Senhor Testiculo

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    Gonna guess:
    1 - Chandler
    2 - Neve
    3 - API

    I like the tightness of 3 but I also think 2 would work really well in something that didn't need tightness but benefitted a different character than 3 provided. 1 was a bit loose at first but the chording part sounded better than in number 2.
     
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    Tachy Senior Fuckers

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    I like the 2 and 3 clip, probably in that case the 2 is the more balanced, the first clip is the chandler?
     
  6. barricade

    barricade Giggity Geschmougen

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    +1
     
  7. drew_drummer

    drew_drummer Dancefap

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    I cannot hear any difference either.
     
  8. Lasse Lammert

    Lasse Lammert HCAF Blitzkrieg

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    How hard were you driving the preamps? Really makes a HUGE difference with some preamps
     
  9. Jarkko Mattheiszen

    Jarkko Mattheiszen The FU guy.

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    I don't hear a lot of difference at all. I'm gonna say 1. Neve 2. Chandler 3. Api. The first is just a bit cloudy, the latter two are pretty much equal to me.
     
  10. Ermz

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    I took a brief listen earlier and this was my impression, more or less.

    3 sounds most likely to be the API. Seems to have the most sizzly highs and tight lows.

    Definitely prefer them in this order: 3 > 2 > 1
     
  11. ratsapprentice

    ratsapprentice God can gtfo

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    I can't hear much of a difference
     
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    drew_drummer Dancefap

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    The problem is, you've got distorted guitars, which contain a lot of frequencies that will mask the effect of driving the preamp. Using a kick drum recording would be much more revealing imho.
     
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    How can people not hear a difference? It's night and day here.
     
  14. Ermz

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    Distorted guitars are some of the easiest things to hear the effect of different preamps. They're steady-state signals, and relatively full range across the low and mid-spectrum.
     
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    Jaymz Stymphalian Productions

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    I prefer 2 and 3 no doubts...I would assume 3 is the API 2 is the Neve and 1 is the TG2. Wagers fav pre for guitars is the TG2 right?
     
  16. El_Gato

    El_Gato I love this gain

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    I'll take a listen later on my monitors but if you still have the pre's, you could do some different takes with 2-3-4 different settings on each one. You know, more less drive, input...

    Thanks anyway, I appreciate it.
     
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    CubanDude not really cuban

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    Yep, 3 is the most transparent imo..
     
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    the 3rt is the best and there is biiiiiig deference betwen them
     
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    Do not have a clue which is wich. Just listening on cans over here. Number 1 seems to be the brightest, gonna guess API, number 3 is Neve, seems a bit darker and smoother. Clip 2 seems to be a bit in between the other two.

    I like number 3 the most, Clip nr 2 on second place and Clip Nr 1 finish last as it is the fizziest and brightest of them.

    Btw.. A friend of mine is buying the new Neve 500 series, I'll see if i can arrange a shootout then.
     
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    I would have said the same as you but I suck at guessing which is wich when it comes to gear so you're probably wrong.
    Honestly, while I can clearly hear the difference (on my new awesome monitors), there's nothing that can make or break a guitar sound here imho. So it's always weird to me when someone comes in and claims "oh my god, the difference is huuuuuuuuuuuuge, almost as biiiiiiiig as my e-weeny!!!!!"...
    @zver: No offense :)

    2 seems a bit quieter btw.
     

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