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post Nov 13 2007, 09:04 AM
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I have been here for a while and it seems most folks use drum/bass tracks from software packages. Quite understandable, since who has a drummer with a full kit that can be recorded at will. Then we get to what sounds good on guitar amps, and of course the consensus is all over the board.

What I have found in the past 3 years is that a good preamp (mic) can make a huge difference. Historically, some of the geat classic pres were API 312's and Neve 1272's (which is kind of misleading as far as nomenclature goes.) I researched this stuff and found SCA, which is Seventh Circle Audio. They have kits to replicate the API 312 (A12) and Neve 1272 (N72). Of course, you have to build them. IOW - know how to solder components to a circuit board and perform simple voltage/current checks via a DMM.

I currently have the rack case with 2 N72's and 2 A12's - this is not cheap, but for the originals I could not begin to touch them price wise. I use the A12's for the overhead drum mics and they are killer - no EQ at all even after the final mix. The N72's with SM57's are great for guitar cabs - just find your sweet spot. If you mix the N72 with your choice of mic with the A12 with a different character mic, you can get some great sounds.

I am no way connected to this company - I am just passing info along - I have stuff uploaded and I use these pres on just about everything. These are for folks like me that love music/guitar/electronics.












The blue transformers are the N72's - It should be pointed out that all input and output transformers are "real" - that's the clue. This thing weighs close to 20 lbs with four slots filled.
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post Nov 13 2007, 09:18 AM
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Looks pretty cool smile.gif Maybe I'll make a few of these when I finish my Tube Amp construction project!


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post Nov 13 2007, 10:31 AM
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QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ Nov 13 2007, 02:18 AM) *
Looks pretty cool smile.gif Maybe I'll make a few of these when I finish my Tube Amp construction project!



Well, if you have the time to build a tube amp, what's a little more time for a mic pre. Seriously, I have built
a Bass pre amp from scratch (all tube of course) and have modded all my tube amps - if you have any questions - let me know - best was an all tube effects loop in a '69 Marshall 100 watt head. Bought from Bill Gibbons back in 03/13/1971 (Yes ZZ-TOP) It was a Super Bass Not Super Lead. The effects loop would be Kevin O'Connors mod from Canada. AWESOME............ I have both of his 4X12 cabs greenbacks.
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