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#512506 - 04/17/04 11:25 PM Groove Tubes Vipre, is it as good as they say?
Green Latern Offline
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Registered: 04/13/04
Posts: 8
I have heard so many great things about this unit, and reading the SOS review made me want to go and buy one. http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/Jul02/articles/gtvipre.asp?session=88184fd36e5c0af05c708f05b5cb7bb2
Has anyone actually heard it, and if so what are your impressions? It seems this unit has been neglected on many of the forums

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#512507 - 04/18/04 05:45 PM Re: Groove Tubes Vipre, is it as good as they say?
Loco Offline
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Well, I tried it on a couple of vintage mics, and as I turned the impedance knob I could hear how the mics gradually came to life.

And then I hooked the mics to a Millenia Origin, where the mics really shined.
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#512508 - 04/18/04 08:14 PM Re: Groove Tubes Vipre, is it as good as they say?
Ruairi O'Flaherty Offline
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Registered: 01/04/02
Posts: 343
Loc: IRELAND
Green Lantern,

I have only heard the Vipre briefly so I couldn't comment. BTW there was a huge fuss about it on the forums about 18 months back.

I'm with Loco on the Origin. One of the best things I've ever bought for the studio. It has a huge range of tonal options. The HV pre is really clean, the valve pre a little softer, the transformer option is great fun and the compressor rocks on vocals. Give it a whirl,

cheers,
Ruairi

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#512509 - 04/18/04 08:17 PM Re: Groove Tubes Vipre, is it as good as they say?
Ruairi O'Flaherty Offline
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Registered: 01/04/02
Posts: 343
Loc: IRELAND
BTW at the risk of repeating myself SOS reviews are practically worthless. Dig a little deeper and your info will be worth a whole lot more,

cheers,
Ruairi

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#512510 - 04/18/04 10:00 PM Re: Groove Tubes Vipre, is it as good as they say?
3D Audio Offline
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Registered: 01/19/00
Posts: 1032
Loc: Spring Hill, TN, US
My initial reaction to the Vipre was overwhelmingly negative. After further review, with four more units here for the shootout, I must conclude that the first unit I got was broken. The Vipre really sounds great in the right setting. I would say it's worth the price.

But just like every other preamp, I wouldn't want it as my only option.
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#512511 - 04/18/04 10:29 PM Re: Groove Tubes Vipre, is it as good as they say?
Meriphew_dup1 Offline
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Registered: 11/22/01
Posts: 467
Loc: Seattle USA
I can't say enough good things about the Vipre. It's definitely a modern day classic IMO. Beautiful sounding and very flexible.
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#512512 - 04/19/04 07:12 PM Re: Groove Tubes Vipre, is it as good as they say?
Alécio Costa - Brazil Offline
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Registered: 07/21/02
Posts: 487
Loc: Brazil
check the Sebatron VMP200VU.
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#512513 - 04/19/04 10:58 PM Re: Groove Tubes Vipre, is it as good as they say?
buickwilson Offline
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Registered: 03/20/01
Posts: 59
Loc: San Diego,CA,UNITED STATES
email me if you're interested in a good used Vipre (I have too many preamps and selling some things)..

nwilson@hns.com

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#512514 - 04/20/04 12:08 AM Re: Groove Tubes Vipre, is it as good as they say?
dondottcomm Offline
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Registered: 06/28/01
Posts: 261
Loc: Orlando Fl.
Quote:
Originally posted by Meriphew:
I can't say enough good things about the Vipre. It's definitely a modern day classic IMO. Beautiful sounding and very flexible.
Yup..
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#512515 - 04/20/04 10:42 AM Re: Groove Tubes Vipre, is it as good as they say?
Rog Offline
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Registered: 10/05/01
Posts: 3974
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It's a very good pre with plenty of tonal variations. I never found it to be particularly neutral though so you might want to look at it once you've got that side of things sorted out.
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