By: Rick Rhoda from Charlotte, NC
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
Yes, this mic pre is made well.
What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could?
The mic pre sounds great. I wouldn't go full tube on vocals. I saw a suggestion to change out the tube which is an excellent idea. The SS side is very sweet - pretty good gain and vocals are sweet. Bass is sweet on the tube side b/c of that bit of distortion.
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?
UA compressors aren't what I'm used to but it's no problem getting to know this mic pre. You can't go wrong with UA. The SS side is really really sweet. It's hard to describe. You would have to hear it.
How is the tone?
Amazing. I used an AT4050, a Neuman TLM103 among other mics and this is by far the best sound I've achieved. I even compare it to the LA610 which costs a lot more.
How has it stood up over time?
So far, so good.
Your general opinion of this product.
This mic pre is so good, I have abandoned my quest to get the LA610. I have even decided to buy the 4 channel version. There is no way you can go wrong with this mic-pre. I have used Focusrite, among other mic-pre's and this is by far the best value.