Microphone preamplifiers can have an incredible influence on the tone of the source being recorded. Specific microphone preamplifiers from well known name brands are coveted for the sonic imprint they impart onto recordings.
In the latest entry to our How To Listen Series, Fab Dupont and Chris Mara (producer, engineer, and owner of the Nashville based recording studio, "Welcome To 1979") sit down with four different flavors of microphone preamplifiers for the purpose of quantifying the characteristics each contribute to the final sound of the recording.
This is a chance to hear the sound of coveted microphone preamplifiers on the same drummer, playing the same pattern, through the same microphones, so that you can listen to the differences for yourself as Chris, and Fab demonstrate, explain, and give you tips on what to focus on in order to learn the sound of microphone preamplifiers.
1978 MCI 400 Console w/CAPI API MIC Preamps
Trident 80 Sidecar
Heritage Audio HA-73 Mic Amp/Equalizer
Vintech Audio X73 Mic Preamp Equalizer
Adrianj •Thursday, April 13, 2023
Forgot way more than I thought, such a great resource! Still a bit hazy trying to understand certain points, but my ears agreed which is encouraging in and of itself.
MonchiNotDead •Sunday, December 27, 2020
man.. this is gold, i change my mind about gear.. thanks so much fab and chris
gopalmetro •Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Absolutely love this series. Thank you for dining it!
MarcoPolo •Sunday, July 12, 2020
These "How to Listen" videos are golden, and this one is no exception. Nice session, Chris & Fab. Great instruction, examples, and discussion. Thanks!
Liight •Friday, June 5, 2020
This video made me discover Elvin Jones.. And I have to say it is one of the most precious video on this website!!!
Jpg454 •Monday, May 18, 2020
Enjoyed this video! Curious which model of the CAPI preamps we're hearing ... is it the 312?
Gregb •Tuesday, December 3, 2019
yeah, give me 30 sec kate! 15 mins later lmao
léo.ch •Saturday, November 2, 2019
I always felt that Neve is what"peoples" want/expect to hear on a record. But just because we heard it on so many hits that it got that familiar feeling and we want to hear it again, this is what feels legit, natural, evident? Also work for U47, LA2A...
My hear goes with MCI, kind of disappointing by the API
Also, so many things come in count : whats the genre and the speed of the song, the musician, how many instruments in the arrangemnt...some times what sound best for a drummer on a song sound bad the next day with another band... at the end its not a science and you do with what you got
Lucacherchi1 •Friday, November 1, 2019
Gerrygrimaud •Wednesday, October 30, 2019
would also like to see you guys compare plugins from waves or UAD back to back with their original hardware versions.. i think that would be really helpful for alot of engineers
Jose Malqui •Saturday, October 19, 2019
Falta la traducción al español por favor :(
Sara Carter •Sunday, October 13, 2019
It's very common these days to work in isolation so to be able to virtually sit in on a test and discussion like this between two seasoned engineers is really interesting and beneficial. More like this please!
stefan.l •Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Awesome video, but I can't see any stems
Rip0702 •Monday, October 7, 2019
Very insightful video! I would've loved to see how we would've perceived a Neve 1073 or API Plugin compared back to back with these hardware versions.
Angelrguez •Sunday, October 6, 2019
This is one of the best piece of educational video that exist. Thank you.