Mark LaCoste Posted May 22, 2004 Share Posted May 22, 2004 I had a GREAT vacation: Three days in a lake front house with my best bud, five guitars, and recording gear. We enjoyed pooling our mics and pre's. We had only headphones for monitoring. Our fave combination for the weekend was a Blue Baby Bottle through Lorin's Aphex tube pre. Through cans it was an obvious winning combination, with texture and depth to guitar and vocals we recorded. The same Blue mic through an RNP/RNC combination was real good, but with less texture. But now, back at my studio listening to our mixes through monitors the differences are less amazing. I am deciding whether to add another pre to my RSS (Really Small Studio). Now, that Aphex pre is over $2000 for two channels. I too, want a big, open sounding preamp, but man, that is a steep entry fee. Especially when the sound that was so cool over cans while tracking is less distinguishable in a mix over speakers. I already have a solid state pre that was designed years ago by Geo. Massenberg. I think it compares with the RNP. Clean and accurate. I need a different color for tracking guitars or vocals in my songwriter studio. I am considering trying the Summit 2BA-221. It's a single channel for a reasonable price and seems very flexible. I don't get to audition it, though. Guitar Center is the only game in town, and they don't sell Summit. Is this worth trying? Give me your learned, biased, and much appreciated opinions! Rubber Lizard Studio Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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