[linux-audio-user] Soundcards & preamps [a bit OT]

Christophe Vescovi vescovi at lpsc.in2p3.fr
Wed Jul 7 11:09:59 EDT 2004

R Parker a écrit :

>>Interesting, but these are different beast, I think
>>the hamptone pre 
>>must be much more colored (transformer, two stage
>>jfet amplifier) and 
>>less versatile,
> I'm curious, could you explain what you mean by a lack
> of versatility?

Transformer input pre have they own sound, sometime it's what you are 
looking for sometime not. It also depend of the kind of stuff you are 
recording : people who do classical recording often prefer a cleaner 
sound. You can always add some color after the take if you want, but 
it's impossible to remove it .... Just like a compressor ...

> Reguarding "color", audio engineers purchase for it.
> The difference of sound quality between Avalon, Neve,
> Focusrite, Soundtrac, etc is obvious and I want them
> for their distinct qualities.

True, but I doubt that it would be their choice if they have to buy only 
one preamp. But i'm not an audio engineer...

> The model I'm curious about is the HVTP2: 2 CHANNEL
> take on that model?

Well, tube mic pre are almost always the same, a Xfrm and some tube 
stage after. There are plenty of schematics on the net. What make the 
difference is often the tube quality.


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