great mic pres
By: Lonzenator from pens, fl USA
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
Yes. I have only had it for 6 days though, but it looks and feels like it was built to be a tank. It fired right up and sounds. great....
What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could?
Best features... sound of the pres, This sounds great, especially on the ISA 110 setting...
Ease of Use
How easy is this product to use? How easy is the product to use with other products? Did it take long for you to learn to use this product? Was the manual helpful? How playable do you consider this product to be?
plug and play... a monkey could probably get it sounding good, ok maybe not a monkey... It sounds good for me... limited number of knobs to turn and mess up the sound.
How is the tone?
To me... getting this set of pres, after using the ones on a nameless mixer, other pres by lesser name and cheaper companies... This thing blows away my Mackie, destroys my ART DPS II and is better sounding than my Focusrite Saffire 40 (and it sounds good). So far have used it paired with a Rhode NT-1, a pair of AKG c1000s, and an sm-57... each one sounded great for their specific purposes. the c1000s overheads for a drum kit, sm-57 for a 4x12 guitar cab (mesa), and nt-1 male rock vocal... IT let each of those shine... will eventually by the 828 just to get more...
How has it stood up over time?
again, only had it 1 week. so cannot say yet, but based on the look,weight and feel, should be very solid....
Your general opinion of this product.
The only thing I wish this unit would have added would have been a digital out option, but for the price and the sound... It is great...
If you are recording vocals you will love the sound, guitar cabs, can't go wrong, overheads for drums, piano or anything else, you will like it. I have yet to try it on acoustic guitar, or violins, violas or such...