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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2011 11:55 pm    Post subject: Which Mic and Pre should I buy Reply with quote

Hi. I am sort of a newbie to recording, though I have been playing music and writing for many years. I'm writing because I need advice on setting up my project studio. I have been currently working with the following (consumer, and from what I gather not ideal) gear:

1) A/D and Preamps: M-Audio Profire
2) Mics: Shure Betas (assorted 87A, 57A, etc.)

This adds up to a very consumer project studio.

I want to take things up a notch and buy some better gear that may yield professional or close to professional results. I would hope to be able make a purchase that would allow me to get a "near" studio recording. I am working in less than ideal conditions in terms of room treatment, but unfortunately, changing this is not an option. I am looking to make a purchase and think I can spend something in the $1500 - $2000 range that includes a Mic Pre, a Mic and some sort of substitute to room treatment. I mostly want to record acoustic guitars, electric guitars (amps) and male vocals. Drums will be midi until I win the lottery...

As a substitute to room treatment (even though I know there is no substitute) I have been looking into purchasing an SE Electronics Reflection Filter Pro:

http://go.redirectingat.com/?id=690X1299&site=gearslutz.com&xs=1&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fproduct%2FB000FYUVV4%2Fref%3Dox_sc_act_title_5%3Fie%3DUTF8%26m%3DA2LXBKOLL3J3K6&sref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gearslutz.com%2Fboard%2Fhigh-end%2F618777-help-gear-buying-advice-preamp-mic.html
¿Does anyone know if this thing is any good? ¿Is it worth the money? ¿Are there any alternatives I am not considering?

For Preamps I have been comparing these:

UA Solo 610


http://go.redirectingat.com/?id=690X1299&site=gearslutz.com&xs=1&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FUniversal-Audio-SOLO-Classic-Vacuum%2Fdp%2FB004GUC83C%2Fref%3Dwl_it_dp_o%3Fie%3DUTF8%26coliid%3DI38S2W4S3KYIMM%26colid%3D3T8UKERG64P00&sref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gearslutz.com%2Fboard%2Fhigh-end%2F618777-help-gear-buying-advice-preamp-mic.html


Focusrite ISA One Classic


http://go.redirectingat.com/?id=690X1299&site=gearslutz.com&xs=1&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FFocusrite-Classic-Single-channel-Pre-Amplifier-Independent%2Fdp%2FB0019335UO%2Fref%3Dwl_it_dp_o%3Fie%3DUTF8%26coliid%3DI13Z1OOAKQLO90%26colid%3D3T8UKERG64P00&sref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gearslutz.com%2Fboard%2Fhigh-end%2F618777-help-gear-buying-advice-preamp-mic.html
And the Blue Microphones Robbie (even though it looks like WALL-E)

http://go.redirectingat.com/?id=690X1299&site=gearslutz.com&xs=1&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FBlue-Microphones-Robbie-Microphone-Preamplifier%2Fdp%2FB000CSNVTM%2Fref%3Dwl_it_dp_o%3Fie%3DUTF8%26coliid%3DI1US3LEIZLIO6J%26colid%3D3T8UKERG64P00&sref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gearslutz.com%2Fboard%2Fhigh-end%2F618777-help-gear-buying-advice-preamp-mic.html
¿Which of these preamps is better suited for the purposes I need? ¿Which is "better", if there is such a thing as better?

For the Mic, I am nearly sold on the AKG C414 XLII

http://go.redirectingat.com/?id=690X1299&site=gearslutz.com&xs=1&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FAKG-C414-Studio-Condenser-Microphone%2Fdp%2FB003GUQJ0Q%2Fref%3Dwl_it_dp_o%3Fie%3DUTF8%26coliid%3DI19BZ2L17LS9SS%26colid%3D3T8UKERG64P00&sref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gearslutz.com%2Fboard%2Fhigh-end%2F618777-help-gear-buying-advice-preamp-mic.html
Is this a good pick for my needs? I have been reading wonderful stuff about it.

I would continue to use the m-audio profire for A/D purposes. Would this be the "weak link" in my signal chain?

I know the ideal would be to just go out and try all the gear, but I live in Costa Rica and am ordering online... so its not really an option. I need good advice from people who know what they are talking about. ¿Am I going about this the right way?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2011 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't overlook Grace and Summit...I'm not crazy over Blue gear. Or perhaps, you buy a small RME interface. I would also aim for a matched pair of condenser mics. Audio Technica 40 series are workhorse mics.

As far as studio quality; well...your mileage may vary due to every other variable.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks!!! Ill be looking into those brands... any recommendation on particular preamps...? Kind of a newbie.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RNP: really affordable and really good. Two channels of clean boost for about $500.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would have to say my all time favourite condenser mic is the AT4033, the most flexible microphone I have every used.

The Golden Age Pre-73, is a reasonable cost character preamp loosely based on the neve 1073 circuit.

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