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    OT: Good cheap pre-amp?

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    Can anyone recommend a good mic pre-amp under $500? (U.S.)

    As much as I\'d like it, I don\'t think I can spring for a hi-level valve pre at this stage.

    Does anyone own the BlueTube by Presonus or the Tube Ultragain by Behringer?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: OT: Good cheap pre-amp?

    Oh, and if it makes any difference, I\'m looking at running a Rode NT1 through it to record vocals and acoustic guitars.

    Thanks. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Re: OT: Good cheap pre-amp?

    Check out FMR Audio\'s RNP (Really Nice Preamp).
    Its 2 channels for $475.00 at mercinaryaudio.com.

    You wont find anything better at this price.

    Jim

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    Re: OT: Good cheap pre-amp?

    Originally posted by runamuck:
    Check out FMR Audio\'s RNP (Really Nice Preamp).
    Its 2 channels for $475.00 at mercinaryaudio.com.

    You wont find anything better at this price.

    Jim
    <font size=\"2\" face=\"Verdana, Arial\">There\'s a DBX 386 Dual Vacuum Tube preamp on sale now for 499.99 at http://www.musiciansfriend.com. i don\'t know how good it is but i\'ve always been curious. Maybe someone else can comment?

    An aquaintance of mine bought a focutsrite, I think it was under 500 bucks..., he\'s an acoustic guitar and mandolin player. He is very, very happy with it.

    Rick

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    Re: OT: Good cheap pre-amp?

    Wow, I didn\'t know they\'d released that preamp.

    Those guys need a better PR person. Their compressor is as good as it gets for the price, and for anything within $1k of it (in hardware, at any rate).

    I\'m going to check that preamp out...thanks for the tip. I may have to find a dealer who\'s a little less disdainful of my work, though...

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    Re: OT: Good cheap pre-amp?

    Originally posted by RickD:

    There\'s a DBX 386 Dual Vacuum Tube preamp on sale now for 499.99 at http://www.musiciansfriend.com. i don\'t know how good it is but i\'ve always been curious. Maybe someone else can comment?
    <font size=\"2\" face=\"Verdana, Arial\">I\'m rusty on the model numbers, but I think the \"300\" series is not that amazing.

    Go to ProRec.Com and do a search for \"preamp.\" Rip did a preamp shootout with a BUNCH of models, and he has a golden ear for mics and preamps.

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    Re: OT: Good cheap pre-amp?

    I\'ve had my eyeball on the recently released Presonus Eureka, but so far have not heard it nor seen anything written about it (other than a few \"user\" reviews at Sweetwater). Its a $499 channel strip with pre-amp, compressor, and eq. You mentioned Presonus and this is within your price range. I\'d be interestd to know if anyone has seen/heard one up close.

    Presonus Eureka

    I was considering it for use as the main entrance to my DAW. (There is an optional digi card that I would run to the S/PDIF input on my current Delta 66). Does this sound like a good/bad idea to anyone?

    Paul

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    Re: OT: Good cheap pre-amp?

    Focusing on the word \"cheap\" I would recommend the ART V3. It has some well thought hardware presets for various uses. It uses a 12AX7 tube, which is common for preamps. You can pick those up for about $105. However, it is mono so you would need two. It has built-in phantom power and also a limiter, if needed. I also have a Behringer Mic 100. You can find those for about $40. It uses the same tube, but lacks the presets and also is a little noisier. I usually only use that for \"pre-distortion\" when running direct in with a guitar or when I\'m using a tube guitar amp and want good tube distortion at a relatively low volume. These aren\'t Joe Meek, but you said you wanted cheap!

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    Re: OT: Good cheap pre-amp?

    Thanks everyone for your replies. This gives me a good deal of information to sort through. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]

    Bruce - I haven\'t forgotten your suggestion of checking out some of the newer mics in the Rode range too.

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    Re: OT: Good cheap pre-amp?

    It\'s a little more money, but definitely worth it, check out the Univeral Audio M610. It\'s a single channel tube pre - I\'m using it with the Rode NT1000 and it\'s awesome. You can find em used for around $700. It\'s not the cheapest but I think in pre\'s you get what you pay for.

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