Just click on Preamps and then choose the DBX 580: The DBX 580 is a very cost-effective mic pre that delivers great sound with easy to use EQ controls. The Burl B1 is a 500 series mic pre/DI that is based on the classic API 500 series mic preamps. Just click on Preamps and then choose the Chameleon Labs CL 581: The Chameleon Labs CL 581 is easy to use, sounds great, and is a very affordable high-quality mic pre. This flexibility can greatly improve your workflow. There are a few compromises Chandler made for the smaller sized TG2-500 from its big brother TG2. (Lunchbox™ is now a brand name of API). The 1073 is massive, with an undeniable emotion, lots of detail, sounds like a record, the avalon has a lot of nice vibe with it especially with the right microphone and performance.. the 511 comes really close to the performance of the other two.. except it's kind of missing that "wow" factor.. A Boston native and ten-time Grammy winner, Chiccarelli’s list of production and engineering credits is extensive, featuring the likes of My Morning Jacket, The Killers, Morrissey, The Strokes, and Jason Mraz among many more. The 511 is the newest model preamp from the 500 Series from Rupert Neve Designs. While most 500 series mic preamps are single-channel, there are some channel strips available – mic preamps with added EQ or compression. The mic pre delivers tracks with lots of depth and clarity while keeping a warm tonality. In the early days, you needed to be an engineer to be able to pull out and connect modules that had different power and connection requirements. All these mic pres are great for vocals and instrumentals. The M501 is a highly-regarded mic pre for anyone wanting clear, crisp uncolored sound. It does, however, add a nice compressor and mic/ instrument blending capabilities to a great sounding mic pre. However, an early mentor of mine — engineer Shelly Yakus, who recorded John Lennon, Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, you name it — explained to me that you’re going to make the biggest change in a sound by changing the musician, because the instrument is literally in their hands. 500 series modules are a great alternative option to buying full-size rack gear or freestanding desktop/tabletop units. Joel Hamilton: In some ways, the actual preamps in Neves and APIs aren’t so very different, but the EQ sections really diverge: the frequency points that are chosen to accentuate, the way they boost or cut. For drum samples specifically, I’m more likely to use an API and I’ll take advantage of the multiple outputs on an MPC to individually dial in the preamp sound for kick, snare, hats, and everything else. If you’re looking for a mic preamp and you’re not familiar with them, then you’ve come to the right place! Just click on Preamps and then choose the Golden Age Project Pre-573: NOTE: You can also download all files as high-quality 320K mp3s for comparison against other mic preamps. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. I’ll often run synth and sound samples through the Neve 1073, especially when I don’t necessarily want to use EQ, but I want to give the sample some real presence and body. Duh, Rupert Neve design both. Think about it, when you’re just sort of cruising along at 55, it could be a Honda Accord, a freight train, or a Ferrari. A Texture knob controls the amount of “silk” you can add. With a big, bold preamp and the flexibility of variable Silk/Texture, Rupert Neve designed the 511 to combine classic sonics with 500-series value. The 500 series is a modular format that consists of individual signal processing units and the enclosure that houses them. I love tracking drums through them. You can also swap out any unit quickly. 500 series mic preamps can be an incredible value compared to desktop or rack models. It is a favorite mic pre for recording vocals and acoustic guitar. 500 series modules are housed in a powered enclosure, sometimes called a chassis, rack, or lunchbox. The TG2-500 is a single-channel solid-state mic preamp with the same discrete transformer-balanced preamp and line amp as its big brother TG2. You’ll really get a sense of its colors. The front panel has input Gain and Trim controls, with 72dB of gain in stepped 6dB increments, and +/- 6dB on the Trim. But when you crank it up to +4dB or more, that’s pedal to the metal. With an API you feel like you’ve got your hands on the steering wheel of something that took people to the top. I have to disagree. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.