Academy Dashboard Forum Studio Gear Talk Mic pre quality versus cost Reply To: Mic pre quality versus cost

Jeff Macdonald

    You will be moving away from IC based circuits into Class A fet/tube designs with the $1000 lunchbox modules. These in my experience and in my opinion distort much better than IC based preamps. They will also be designed using circuits that have been used on the records we love, so there is a familiarity with the sound. If you are good with a soldering iron you can put together DIY kits in the 200-500 USD range that will be on par with the $1000+ pre-assembled kits as well. I think you will notice a significant increase in the quality of what you are recording when you make the jump up to a better pre.