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Ira Blonder
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Ira Blonder is the Managing Partner of Sound Kitchen Studios (www.soundkitchen.com)and The Blonder Group, LLC (www.blondergroup.com)
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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Sound Kitchen Mic Pre Shootout

We recently held a "Microphone Pre-amp Shootout" with our class of interns in the Big Boy Studio. We had a singer repeat the same lines of a song for easy comparison. The signal flow was as follows...

A Neumann U-67 going to a "selected mic pre" going through a Purple Audio M76 compressor to Pro Tools.

Our Mic Pre list was as follows

API 212L

Avalon M-5

DBX 786

Martech MSS-10

Neve 1073

Summit Audio Dual Tube Pre

Take a moment to listen to the differences below.

Which vocal chain do you think sounds the best and why?

Are there any other vocal chains that you think sound amazing?

Please let us know what you think.

All of these outboard mic pres are available for rental when you book any studio at The Sound Kitchen.

Sound Kitchen Mic Pre Shootout


Artisticmixer said...

I kinda like the Avalon M5 to my surprise. I also like the 1073 of course. I liked the Avalon "color" on Chad with the addition of the smooth warm response in the lows with apparent consistency throughout the track. However,the Neve seemed to accentuate the lows and warmth a little better. Fun Fun! Great Job Genlemen!!

-Rob Coates