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Preamp Shootout With Drum Machine
Produced by Dan Richards



Session Notes: Session 4 features a Korg Trinity Plus V3 sequence of an eight-measure drum beat using kicks, snare, hats and cymbals. At first we weren't quite sure what we would hear, but as we moved from mic pre to mic pre it became apparent that a programmed drum groove reveals much about individual preamps — as it allows for simultaneous presentation of the lows, mids and highs.

The purpose of this session is to listen to the different qualities of each preamp. The signal path is minimal and there was no dynamic processing — no EQ, compression or limiting — of any kind used on these tracks. To insure a consistent signal level, we employed a Countryman Type 85 FET Direct Box.

A note of caution: Be very careful with the volume on your monitors! You are essentially getting the same signal from these sound clips as you would from plugging a drum machine/workstation straight into your system. Please start at a low volume, and then raise as desired and as is safe for your monitoring system. We assume no responsibility for any damage these files may cause to your sound system or to your relationship with your neighbors.

The signal chain for these recordings: Korg Trinity Plus---Countryman 85 FET DI---Mic Preamp---Radar II---Apogee Rosetta---Cool Edit Pro


320 bitrate MP3. Total file size approx 30 MB
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Mic Preamp
API  3124
API  3124
API  3124
Great River MP-2
Manley SLAM!
Millennia M-2B
Millennia Media HV-3D
Great River MP-1NV
Great River MP-1NV
Behringer MIC2200 Ultragain Pro
A Designs MP-1
A Designs MP-1
Studio Projects VTB-1
Studio Projects VTB-1
Studio Projects VTB-1
Studio Projects VTB-1
John Hardy M-1
Speck MicPre 5.0
Speck MicPre 5.0
TL Audio 5051 Ivory 2
HHB Radius 40
Phoenix Audio (UK) DRS-2
M-Audio Tampa
M-Audio Tampa
M-Audio Tampa
Brent  Averill Neve 33122A
M-Audio Audio Buddy
FMR Audio RNP
Joe Meek MQ3
Joe Meek VC6Q British Channel
MP3
Track 1
Track 2
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Track 4
Track 5
Track 6
Track 7
Track 8
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Track 10
Track 11
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Track 13
Track 14
Track 15
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Track 25
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Track 27
Track 28
Track 29
Track 30
Add'l Set-up Notes
w/  vintage 2520  opamp  Huntington,  NY
w/  vintage  2520  opamp  Melville,  NY
w/  Millennia MM-990 opamp




impedance @ 300 ohms, input @ 35db, gain @ 0db
impedance @ 1200 ohms, input @ 35db, gain @ -2db

@ 600, input @ 11 o'clock
@ 10K, input @ 10 o'clock
SS 50 ohm impedance
SS 200 ohm impedance
Tube @ 9 o'clock - 50 ohm impedance
Tube @ 9 o'clock - 200 ohm impedance
w/ transformer
transformerless
w/ transformer



@ 300 ohm impedance
@ 600 ohm impedance
@ 1200 ohm impedance






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