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    I'm planning on buying 2 pieces of equipment this coming week. Before I do Iíd like to get some feedback and suggestions. I'm going to buy a Tube Mic and a preamp. Iíve narrowed the mic to 2 choices, the Warm Audio WA-47 Large-diaphragm Tube Condenser and the Mojave Audio MA-200 Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone.
    Based on those Mic choices can you recommend a preamp? Iíve been looking at lots of them but I havenít been able to make up my mind. I really donít understand all the options. I currently have a 20 year old Art MPA Pro. But I want to upgrade.

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    my 2 cents, a tube mic and tube pre could be some tube mojo (or placebo)…. and if you have a interface you probably have a nice clean preamp, so skip that.

    Transformer or Tube.... clean & dirty... whats on your radar?




    Maybe the sound you want is a compressor? Like a LA2A tubish unit...

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    Thanks for you 2 cents. I'm not sure what type of "flavor" I really want. I just want to upgrade my preamp and buy a new mic. I don't have a tube mic so that will just give me another option. What is it you say I should "skip"?

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    Id skip the clean preamps, because you already have those with your interface most likely.

    I tried a few clean preamps during my preamp year of comparing a few, and other than added Gain, the tone and sound was near zero difference than my interface clean preamp. ymmv.

    The ART MPA upgrade is interesting... that's a great unit, isn't it? You have a long time with it, you know it well.
    The old Joe Meek stuff like VC1 and VC1Q are color. That would be different than the MPA.
    I don't know if the UA610 is a hundred miles different than the MPA. my 2 cents.

    UA is more expensive and probably engineered with better components and all that, but in HR studio that might not be a big deal so much in sound, but a upgrade in other ways.

    Im thinking you could try a Daking for transformer tone, a UA610 for a tube comparison to your MPA.... if you don't like them, they would be easy re-sells.

    if nothing else....maybe try a GAP LA2A

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    Thanks for the reply and, I've spent sometime looking at your suggestions. I have this one opportunity at the moment to buy something that "hopefully" will make an impact on my recordings. As for preamps I was looking at these 3. All are quite expensive (for me anyway) but would be a big upgrade over my MPA. What are your thoughts on:
    WA 273 eq preamp;
    Neve 5211 2 channel;
    5012 2 channel.
    Thanks so much for your response and input. I can't tell you how important it is for me to get feedback from other folks.

    Don.....

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    very nice.
    which one? the decision will be in the details, but all of the similar Neve sound.
    some transformer smoothness, the silk .... i have gearboner..


    add> ok....Ive read a bit. I think I would go with the WA273EQ because it is $1400 and the Neve 1073DPX version is $4500.
    But there the details are more similar and the In and Out transformers is a design staple.

    the Neve Portico had a lot of good articles from people using it with wide range of mics, U47 and MA200, and pro-recordings made with it on the Neve site.
    the Neve 5211 would probably be my second close choice, it has the NEVE quality and resale brand, and non-clone thing but it would be a decision based on the In transformer importance. No DI input..hmmm? It isnt the same sound as the transformer input, as I read it. Maybe its cleaner with the TLA (transformer like amplifier) but it is different.

    Is the Warm quality as good as Neve? would be a question, and will customer service be needed?

    the WA273EQ,...., just has all the NEVE stuff...the EQ and the In & Out transformers and the HR DI inputs etc. My take is this design can get a little more saturated and darker, the newer Neve might be full, rich, cleaner per some reviews.

    great stuff..

    Last edited by CoolCat; 03-27-2019 at 07:24.

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