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10k Wish List Pre and Mic

One year from now I'll be picking up a "top of the line" preamp and mic. Criteria, will be the last mic to buy for at least a decade, and hold its market value, all things equal. So something that's worth it's salt.

So if your gear budget was 10K, what would you get, Mic and Pre first anything left over is just a bonus?

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  • kaulferskaulfers Pro Posts: 300
    edited December 2015
    @blondiewales,

    There are a few in mind in the 1500-3500 range, mostly for VO work and I'll be testing out a few. A high end mic won't make anyone "sound better", if anything it will show them a lot more the problems.

    I'm just painting the picture of my future treated music room.
  • kaulferskaulfers Pro Posts: 300
    edited December 2015
    SM7B is what we used in our radio studios, the Electrovoice RE20 is what is in the picture as I was trying it out that week. It is a nice mic.
  • kaulferskaulfers Pro Posts: 300
    A few choices on the list right now:

    Preamp:

    Manley CORE
    Avalon 737


  • kaulferskaulfers Pro Posts: 300
    @blondiewales ,

    I ordered an Apollo Twin Duo for now as an interface/pre. It's at the low end of pro interfaces without all the extra features a single user doesn't need.

    I'm mobile right now so this thing looked like the best solution for what I'm after at the moment.
  • highmtnhighmtn Administrator, Moderator, Enrolled, Pro Posts: 14,874
    You were considering some top-dollar, top-of-the-line pieces there... I think the Apollo Twin Duo will work well for you, though.

    Bob
  • kaulferskaulfers Pro Posts: 300
    @highmtn,

    Right now I don't have anything but my camera mic and pre, which is great (Sound Devices MM1, and a Rode NTG-2). Just a pain to go back and forth from camera to laptop. I'll still be picking up what I'm after by the end of the year.

    My main use for the Apollo is voice over, which I've been doing with a logitec headset, and a lot of doctoring in post.
  • kaulferskaulfers Pro Posts: 300
    Apollo kept pushing back their release date, told them to hold the order. It's out now but being on the move again in a few weeks again I said keep it. Just using camera inputs for now and it's fine for the moment.

  • streeterstreeter Pro Posts: 679
    @kaulfers I've been stuck for months on which interface to purchase as an upgrade from my Scarlette 2i2. I've been checking out the Apogee Duet, RME babyface and more recently, the Apollo Twin Duo. The Apollo Twin looks rather incredible, almost to good to be true but the catch is, I'd have to upgrade my computer as I don't have a thunderbolt connection.

    Do you think it's worth a total overhaul of equipment for that 1 piece of gear or would I be satisfied with an Apogee. I'm worried if I bought the Apogee, I'd always be thinking about the Apollo and then just buy it later anyway. Meaning I'd have spent even more money...
  • streeterstreeter Pro Posts: 679
    edited March 2016
    My other question is, what interface would not bottleneck a great piece of gear such as the Avalon 737 or Grace Design m101. @kaulfers @highmtn @blondiewales @philmaher
    Hypothetically, if I wanted to remain largely analogue and have great hardware, what would I need to convert it and get the signal into a DAW?
  • highmtnhighmtn Administrator, Moderator, Enrolled, Pro Posts: 14,874
    The great analog path is expensive, but having a 737 on a great mic is a worthy goal that you would be happy with. Apogee makes really good D/A and A/D converters. The apollo is getting a lot of good press, and computers seem to need to be upgraded every few years anyway... so the apollo might be a good long-term choice, if you can find a way to use it.

  • kaulferskaulfers Pro Posts: 300
    @blondiewales ,

    Thank you for the feedback.

    @streeter

    Apollo Twin comes in USB 3 now which is what I put on order before they kept pushing the date back. So right now I'll stick with my 18i8 which just two 2i2s.

    I don't think bottle necking is much of a problem. It's going to convert the line signal into digital signal just fine. the 2i2 shouldn't even bother it.

    What I've read, the USB 3 Apollo Twin does eat up the USB 3 buss, meaning nothing else can be on that line. So if you're external HDs are on it there could be a problem.

    I just like "higher end stuff" because it's easier to sell later on and I like the lower end stuff because it's easy to make videos about as it has more reach.


  • streeterstreeter Pro Posts: 679
    @kaulfers

    Have you had time to play with the twin yet... Really thinking about taking the plunge!
  • kaulferskaulfers Pro Posts: 300
    streeter said:

    @kaulfers



    Have you had time to play with the twin yet... Really thinking about taking the plunge!

    @streeter,

    No, I've been using a Sound Devices MM-1 into a focusrite interface and that little preamp does great.

    We went back and forth at work on picking up a couple of twins for our editing stations (video/voice over). But grabbed a couple Zoom Tac 2Rs, with thunderbolt. Been using a beyerdynamic m99 with it sounds pretty good, clean neutral.
  • kaulferskaulfers Pro Posts: 300
    The best investment I could make with my gear is keep on training the voice. Grabbed a few feedback sessions with Ken and boosted my training days again.

    More water less coffee as well. Although that Kona coffee is very very good.
  • kaulferskaulfers Pro Posts: 300
    @highmtn,

    Glad I waited a bit for the apollo, just picked up a MKii for a good price. Also some other goodies to go along with it.

    I'll be making some new LAH videos soon.
  • GaryDrummGaryDrumm 2.0 PRO Posts: 45
    edited October 2019
    I'm totally gear promiscuous, $10K is nowhere near enough money for me. ;)
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