« on: March 19, 2017, 08:22:02 PM »
Upgraded my signal chain recently to a Phoenix Audio pre amp.....I have run all my synths through mic pre's since around 2007 and my studio has been balance since then. Having the Eq is really nice though I tend to over do it just because it makes the pre's sing. Its a bit strange to me as the low frequencies are on the right side and high on the left. This is the first external hardware Eq I've had so what do I know ...think it may have something to do with the much revered Neve 1073 pre amp that a good deal of manufactures are inspired to recreate and harness its sonic virtues
That you buy Phoenix Audio stuff means you have done a lot of reserach, Phoenix Audio a kind of hidden gem in the audio community, they use transformless designs , it brings the best of both worlds, the sound of neve and the clean sound of solid state.
The guys behind the company did repair for neve. Even though they cost a lot you still get a lot for the money they are a lot more cheaper then lets say a neve, but Phoenix Audio also bring their unique sound and combination of both worlds .
I had plans to buy the NICE DI for guitars and also the NICERIZER as summarizer I also had plans to buy the EQ, their 500 Series is most affordable, I had plans to buy 3 of their 500 series to fill a 19 rack. DSR-8 Was my choice after long research If I buy a mic pre today I would choose DSR most likely.
Sound pur made some good review of them.
Your are right Ekstasis, Phoenix Audio do make really "Nice" kit.....you have obviously research it yourself. The Nice Di was something I had looked at a while back before I wanted to commit to a full pre amp, its well priced.
The DRS - Q4 Mk2 actually has no transformers on the inputs but has them on the outputs. I do not touch the input gain and leave it at its lowest setting but dial in the gain on the output to saturate the transformer. For super clean the reverse would be the case. Its not really colored compared to my experience with tubes but the pre amp has a beautiful way it articulates the sound of whatever goes through, in my case its synths and the Eq is very special
I had an eye on a few pre amps in traditional rack form and 500....the main contenders were the Avedis MA5 in API 500 series and the Aurora Audio GTQ2 Dual Channel Preamp/EQ....both look back to 1970's British console design pre's for inspiration. I found the Phoenix Audio Mic pre on sale for around $800 off the list price at a us dealer, Zen Pro Audio, the rest is history as they say.