Tedly Nightshade Posted September 26, 2004 Share Posted September 26, 2004 Originally posted by clusterchord: I have 2 stereo units of the Manley DI's. ... ...just recording through these things to digital, BUT- you still need a mic pre! It's not a preamp.Ted, what kind of pre do you usually go into with Manleys? considering they already added the 'colour' you were after, do you tend to use a 'cleaner' pre? I've been looking at Avalons U5 for a while now - they are DI with mic level out, but also have a line pre built in with secondary out w balanced line levels - are they any good? i usually see people drive avalons into GR NV or APIs. Robmix, Ted, or anyone else: NEVE, API, MANLEY seem like a great choice for adding 'thickness' or 'character', but what would you guys use in a case where preservation of original signal is important - like , for example, i'm recording Andromeda with its tremendous low end and i don't want some active DI to add colour to that. What would u use in that scenario? Radials passive into Millenia HV3,or TD1 perhaps? thanksUsually I go into a Manley 40dB pre or now the SLAM! pre- I don't have a lot of pres, just a couple that do it all. To be really really clean I would see if you can record right off the synth- otherwise I would use whatever was the cleanest simplest possible thing with no more gain than you really need. I wouldn't be afraid to record at -30 dB digital full scale that's what sounds best. I would say the Little Labs stuff is plenty clean and gives you some gain too if you want. Haven't used the Avalon, but from all reports it's quality stuff. I think Summit Audio is for real too, haven't tried it. I've been tempted to use nice mic pres live, but unless you can be sure it gets to the soundboard into a line level input, it's going to be padded down a whole bunch and then amplified again, which is not such a nice thing. For live, you don't want a pre. You want a DI. You want to send the soundboard something that looks like a microphone- DI outputs look that way. A WOP BOP A LU BOP, A LOP BAM BOOM! "There is nothing I regret so much as my good behavior. What demon possessed me that I behaved so well?" -Henry David Thoreau Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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