GearAudition mic preamps

Mic preamp shootout method:

Recorded in 24bits 96kHz format, downsampled and dithered to 16bits 44.1kHz using R8brain pro, and finally compressed to 360kbits VBR format using LAME mp3 encoder. Signal chain:
Source > Neumann TLM 103 mic Neumann TLM 103 microphone:

Acoustic guitar distance: 3 inches, pointing toward 12th fret.

Female vox distance: 3 inches

Male vox distance: 3 inches

*Please note that humans can hardly reproduce twice the exact same performance. However, particular attention was accorded to settings, keeping them as precise as possible.
  > preamp > Apogee Rosetta 200 > Cubase SX4. No Fx added.
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Avalon VT-737sp tube



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Avalon VT-737sp
16/03/2008
# of channels: 1
Gain range: Up to +58dB
DI: yes
Phantom power: yes
Polarity reverse: yes
Famous: Joss Stone
Notes: very good equalizer too

API 512C solid-state



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API 512C
16/03/2008
# of channels: 1
Gain range: Up to +65dB
DI: yes
Phantom power: yes
Polarity reverse: yes
Famous: Avril Lavigne
Notes: must be racked

John Hardy M1 solid-state



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John Hardy M1
16/03/2008
# of channels: 1
Gain range: Up to +60dB
DI: no
Phantom power: yes
Polarity reverse: yes
Famous: -
Notes: upgradeable up to four preamps in one module

TL Audio 5051 Ivory Series II tube



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TL Audio 5051 Ivory Series II
16/03/2008
# of channels: 1
Gain range: Up to +60db
DI: yes
Phantom power: yes
Polarity reverse: yes
Famous: -
Notes:

DBX 386 tube



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DBX 386
16/03/2008
# of channels: 2
Gain range: 60 dB of gain
DI: yes
Phantom power: yes
Polarity reverse: yes
Famous: -
Notes:

Melcor 1731 solid-state



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Melcor 1731
16/03/2008
# of channels: 1
Gain range: -
DI: yes
Phantom power: yes
Polarity reverse: yes
Famous:
Notes: ancestor of the famous API 2520

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