Discussion in 'Recording/Live Sound' started by Steve Dallas, Aug 19, 2008.
If you were going to clone a tube mic preamp, which would you choose and why?
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
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.
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.
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.
RCA BN-5A sound wonderful, lots o' gain
Manley would be another good circuit to emulate.
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.