Submitted June 3, 2017 by Tod M in Northfield , VT
"Warm, Detailed and Reasonably Priced"
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I will give you my background up front so you can decide how useful this review is. I have worked in project studios for decades but never been in a top-flight facility. As a result, I have never had access to a high end mic pre, so I am comparing what I have used, which on the low to mid end of things is pretty extensive. From the built-in Makie mixer and built-in PreSonus mixer pres, to several different -$500 units like this one. So far. I am very very happy with this unit.
Clean, mildly warm (not muddy) and detailed.
The level of control and variations are amazing for this price point, hell for many units twice as much.
Ease of Use
Now here's he rub. Plan to spend some time getting to know this piece of equipment if you really want to get your moneys worth. However, if you just plug it in and pick a random setting, you will be hard pressed to go too far wrong, assuming that you have your levels set. The Tone Beast makes that part pretty easy and a reasonably forgiving
Built like a brick house, and whisper quiet.
Yeah, I would say that based on other mid-priced units, this thing shines about most, if not all, in terms of bang for the buck.
Haven't had to deal with them
The Wow Factor
It's not sexy but here's the thing. If you want a pre-DI at this price, with these features, you are going to sacrifice fancy VUs and pretty chassis for solid workmanship and get it done sound. You can't have them both.
Pro Producer, Engineer, Singer/Songwriter and mult-instrumentalist
Rock, Blues, Alternative, CCM, Americana
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