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Preamp question for a friend

Discussion in 'Recording/Live Sound' started by Greggy, Jan 19, 2006.

  1. Greggy

    Greggy Member

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    I'm posting this question on behalf of a friend who records acoustic guitar and vocals. Any responses are appreciated:

    Hi Greg,
    If you still post on any gear forum, could you post a question
    asking about the possible difference between these two preamps. I will
    be recording acoustic guitar with an AKG 414 TL- II.
    The Phoenix DRS-1 says it is transformerless. ($1250)
    http://www.mercenaryaudio.com/phaudr.html
    There are some claims to a faster response.

    My second choice is the new ADK AP-1 (around $850)
    http://www.fullcompass.com/Products/pages/SKU--73963
    Could you ask if the primary use is for home-recording an
    acoustic and the rare use of recording a vocal, and my desire is for
    transparency, which might be the best choice?
     
  2. EVT

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    This post looks familiar.
    I saw it in another forum.

    I have heard only great things about the Phoenix audio drs-1, and it was recommended to me. I bought it and it sounds great, but I needed to send it back to adjust the output level, which was low. When I put the output volume really high I was able to hear how it sounded and it was amazing. I should be getting it back soon, and will start recording with it.

    The John Hardy preamps are good for acoustic guitar recordings.
    The Rane ms-1b is supposed to be really good for acoustic, and it's much less money. I've heard it referred to as a John Hardy Jr. because it has similar qualities as a JH.
    http://www.rane.com/ms1b.html

    evt
     
  3. Greggy

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    Much appreciated, I'll pass this on to my friend.
     
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    TAVD Guitar Player Gold Supporting Member

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    Just for grins, I'd like to say that I generally prefer mic preamps with transformers, there's a solidity about them that is hard to describe. That said, the Phoenix is a preamp I've heard and liked.
     
  6. Greggy

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    Y'all are the best. I'll make sure he reads this. He already has some nice mics, including a Soundelux, the Audix, and others. Also 4 or so killer Martins that sound very good in the clips we've shared. Thanks.
     
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    I agree, most times.
     

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