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    I have quite a few microphones, but I still need 2-3 more in order to record an entire band with decent enough microphones at once. However, I don't have any outboard preamps and I know my tracks would sound a lot better with one. My question is should I focus on microphones or purchase a high quality preamp first. By the way, my board is a Soundcraft 200B so the preamps aren't as good an outboard pre, but aren't Mackie either (which I like for live sound, but not for recording).

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    Hey Rec-Engineer:

    A GOOD MIC PRE-AMP will be an asset to your studio. It is especially neat for vocals if you like that UP FRONT Clear vocal, such as Sinatra did during his recording career. [Of course he used some awesome mics too]

    I use an ART mic pre-amp but you can spend more too. If you get into the hi-end, make sure you rent one before you buy one.

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    I've used an ART Pro pre and is the best in its price range. I'm considering to different types which I've heard, but never used. A stereo tube pre w/3 tone controls by Dredge-Tone and a Neve 1272 Class-A pre racked by Brent Averill. I don't know! The vocal mics I own are a matched-pair of Neumann TLM 103s, a matched-pair of Neumann
    U 67s, and a Bruaner Valvet. Obviously I need a outboard pre to make these mics really shine, but most of my clients want to record all the tracks but vocals at one time and I'm about 3 mics shy to really do that yet. I figure when I do have enough mics, I'll have enough clients right away to pay for both my mics and pre.

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