Okay! So I'm delighted with my Neumann TLM 103. Perfect for my vocal style. Now, I am interested in getting some feedback on preamps. While I'm happy with the preamp mixer that I have, I am very interested in upgrading that as well. I'd like to get one with a nice compressor in it. Right now, I don't have it and if I use compression at all, it's through the software which is good but not great. I'd also like to spend less than $1000 on one. Is that even possible? I welcome your thoughts and J.S. Gilbert, please limit your posting to less than two pages. Ha! I'm kidding! Thanks for your help, everyone!
Terry, were in the same boat. Please let me know what you find out when you get the pre that you like.
I use the pre in my Tascam digital mixer. It's OK but I really want to sound like Brian James. Is it me or does he sound as if he has grapefruits for balls?. Jumpin up to a nice mic was as great step and I believe were on our way.
Ok, I'm about to make a fool of myself, but as my Mum says "you don't ask, you don't get!" At the moment I have a very remedial set up to say the least: an M-Audio Luna condenser mic, into an M-Audio interface, going to my Mac and that's it! I used to use Garageband, but have recently upgraded to Adobe Soundbooth (which is fantastic!). I'd like to say that no one has ever critisized the sound I give them and clients have always been happy when I record from home, so I guess that's something!
I'm a professional freelance drummer here in the UK and a couple of years ago I bought a Pro-Tools recording rig that I actually don't need at the moment or use. With it came a Focusrite Octo-Pre pre-amp. At the moment it's sitting doing nothing! Reading all your comments, I guess I should really hook it up to my mic and use it for my voiceovers.
As someone who has only been in the V/O game for a few years and who is a technical newbie can someone please help me with this... Do I take it that I should now plug my mic into the Pre-amp and then go from that to my audio interface? I have never really used this before and don't fully understand what effect it will have on my voice. What will it actually do? Will I hear a difference in my voice? What settings are good to start with?
Sorry to chime in with remedial questions, but as you can tell I have a set up that works and never thought to add anything to it. This topic has made me realise that I should dust off the Focusrite Octo-Pre pre-amp and actually utilise i for my voiceovers. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
OK, I've gone from no true pre-amp to a collection. I now have a DBX 286a, an Aphex 207D, and an Aphex 230. So, which one do I keep? Or which 2? I'd love to hear the opinions of everyone, I hear from a lot of DBX users, and Aphex was a big presence at VOICE 2008, but I have heard few, if any, opinions offered on it. Your thoughts?
Question.....Is there a better pre amp for females that do kids and teen voices as well as sexy Vo's? Does it really make as much of a difference? I was shocked at how different my AKG mic sounded verses my Groove Tube. I really have no idea how a different pre amp would change my sound.
I kind of think the way Philip does but, I haven't been around as long as he has. I'm more a performer than a producer but, I'm learning more and more about producing.
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No seriously - there is not one single combination of mic/preamp that is the best for everything, just like you don't use same clothes for all occasions. You feel different on different days. I rotate 4-5 mikes and 2-3 different preamps. Not extremely expensive stuff but gives a great variety of combinations.
I own a DW Fearn and a Daking MicPreOne which I purchased after a shoot out that also included a Grace 101 and a Universal Audio Solo 610. They are all great mic preamps and you'll hear precious little difference between them if you're reading one or two lines. Where I could hear the difference was in long form recordings, the Fearn and the Daking made my voice slightly more palatable; but let me stress that I'm really splittin' hairs to say that. I could highly recommend any of those preamps; I'd be inclined to say that when you spend that sort of money on any preamp they'll be VERY GOOD.
Ultimately, I made my decision purely as a marketing call: the DW Fearn is a famed mic pre and the Daking is a hot new mic pre so it gives voice searchers options to mix and match with a U87 or a Senn 416.
Audio interface: MOTU Ultralite Mk3. Has 'built-in' software limiter, EQ etc. The limiter sounds great, meaning it does not sound at all = not coloring (distorting) your sound like I've heard some hardware devices do. The EQ is also very decent in my opinion.
Preamp: TRUE Systems P-Solo. Good solid clean sound at a decent price.
Cables: MOGAMI. Once you tried, you don't want to use any other cables.