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Thread Alto Alphamic any good?

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raven1276

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1 Posted on 11/10/2004 at 02:38:20
Hi,

I´m planning on buying myself a Tube Mic Preamp

Now I found one that fits my budget. The Alto Alphamic.

My Budget is about 100 $. Ist that device any good or should I rather
invest in a presonus tube pre?

greetings
robert
gawain_en

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2 Posted on 11/10/2004 at 23:25:50
I do not trust alto gear very much. I had a friend who worked for their french distributors and he told his share of horror stories about alto gear.

You cannot expect an entry level tube pre to sound like a neve preamp. If you want a very clean preamp, I'd stay away fom tubes in this price range. The only cool thing about all those cheap tube pres (Art, Behringer, Presonus, Dbx...) is that they color the sound. So if that's what you're after go for it. If you're looking for a transparent souding pre, go solid state.
raven1276

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3 Posted on 11/11/2004 at 00:03:08
Hi,

if I would want to buy a preamp without a tube, what could you recommend there for about a 100 - 130 $ ??
gawain_en

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4 Posted on 11/11/2004 at 22:53:54
In this price range M-audio has a unit called Audio Buddy. Might be exactly
what you are looking for.
manowar

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5 Posted on 11/12/2004 at 01:55:42
M-audio mics sucks. They have very good soundcards but mics are bad.
raven1276

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6 Posted on 11/12/2004 at 02:49:45
Hi manowar,

i think you understood something wrong. I´m not looking for a mic, i´m looking for a preamp.

Rob
raven1276

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7 Posted on 11/12/2004 at 12:06:54
Hi,

what do you think about the sm pro audio SM PR4. Is it any good?

Oh, probably I should mention my other equipment. I have a Behringer B-2 pro. The Preamps I recorded with were in my Berhinger MX1604a. So it should have a better Quality than these preamps.

greetings Robert
gawain_en

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8 Posted on 11/12/2004 at 23:07:09
If I were you I'd keep recording with the Behringer mixer. I don't think a mic pre in your price range will be a major improvement.
raven1276

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9 Posted on 11/13/2004 at 00:52:58
Hi,

well the problem is that the preamps broke down and it would cost at least 100$ to fix them. So I thought I just buy a seperate preamp in that pricerange. But it should have at least the quality of these preamps maybe i little bit more noise than the behringer ones.

Rob
raven1276

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10 Posted on 11/13/2004 at 01:01:00
oops i meant less noise than the behringer ones :D
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