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    OK, how about solid state?

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    What is a good solid state mic preamp? Sudgestions for something under $200.00?

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    Re: OK, how about solid state?

    Originally posted by Jblount
    What is a good solid state mic preamp? Sudgestions for something under $200.00?
    Hi

    You can make a passibly good mic pre out of a 5534 IC, a 10K pot and a few resistors + capacitors, and a pair of 9 volt batteries.

    Most bits (other than the 5534) available from Radio Shack!



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    Well, I am not an electronic engineer. Thanks though.

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    M-Audio DMP3. Two channels, clean sound. $200

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    Rane MS-1b (single channel, so you'd need two), a bit over $200 for two channels I think unless you get them used.

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    Hello, those are both Chip pres, not solid state. I think the Meek vcq3 is solid state.

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    The Joe Meek VC3Q is also a chip based pre.
    Not that there's anything inherently wrong with that.
    It also has a compressor and EQ section.

    J., there's a planned revamping of the Joe Meek line coming up.

    Your microphone selection can make a big difference though.
    What microphone(s) do you plan to use?

    Chris

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    Originally posted by darrin_h2000
    Hello, those are both Chip pres, not solid state. I think the Meek vcq3 is solid state.
    Hi

    Solid state is a word from the 60's that implied that (for instance) the latest "high tech" Sony portable radio had transistors in it rather than tubes.

    I've never really thought of the term in any other rationale than tubes versus semi-conductor technology.

    IC's are just a bunch of transistors in an epoxy block and you can get great sounding audio out of well designed IC circuits as well as sucky performance out of poorly designed tube and transistor circuits. A box with a well designed SSM IC based pre shouldn't sound sucky!

    I would not discount the technology inside the box without listening to it first... there's plenty of major hit records made on consoles full of IC's and computer sound cards and digital converters are full of the darn things.



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    Originally posted by darrin_h2000
    Hello, those are both Chip pres, not solid state.
    Same thing.

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    In that price range, I second the DMP3. It's the best value in budget pres out there, IMHO. Beats my Joe Meek MQ3 hands down on most sources.

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