Tube Mic Preamp Clone

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  1. Steve Dallas

    Steve Dallas Member

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    If you were going to clone a tube mic preamp, which would you choose and why?
     
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    Whatever the reason being, I probably would NOT do it to save any money ;) One of the early UA channels would be great, or a Beatles Telefunken
     
  3. Steve Dallas

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    Well, I'm not doing it to save money. I just want to do it as a project for fun and because I don't have a tube mic pre in my studio and think it might be nice to have one.

    I've been looking at the Pultec MB1 as a possibility, but am interested in other's opinions as to which model might make a good candidate for tinkering.
     
  4. Timmylikesthing

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    I wouldn't.

    I'd clone an API or a Neve or any other number of solid state pres. Tube pres are nice and can sound wonderful, but really I prefer for whatever reason the old big console pre's.

    Tastes change though.

    If we're talking other gear- a Pultec EQ and an LA2A would be up there.

    Tim
     
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    TAVD Guitar Player Gold Supporting Member

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    A Redd47, it's fairly straight forward and Sowter already makes the correct transformers. Plus it has a good lineage and hasn't been done a million times already.
     
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    RCA BN-5A sound wonderful, lots o' gain

    Manley would be another good circuit to emulate.

    Good Luck!
     
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    The G9 on this page looks interesting. I have no idea what it's based off of.

    But I have the pre to an Ampex 350 sitting here that I'd love to get going, but I don't have the power supply (which was in a seperate housing). So that'd be my first project.
     

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