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Re: Tubes in Pre-amps: your expertise and honest opinion.

I have to throw in my 2 cents here,the integrated RME
fireface 800 preamps and speakers simulation is
nothing but killer either for bass or guitar! it
really sounds wonderful without having to buy x-tra
The only thing i have to nag about the fireface 800
preamp soundcard is trying to play a DVD,it glitches
like hell and ive tried just about everything,it won´t
do it however when you play a downloaded film .mov
.avi or audio.So i have to change my souncard
preferences to the PCs sigmatel audio everytime i want
to play a DVD.Or if u have a suggestion or solution
please let me know!

--- Per Boysen <perboysen@gmail.com> wrote:

> On 2-Jan-07, at 8:31 AM, margaret noble wrote:
> > Hello List,
> >
> > I recently purchased a cheap tube pre-amp by Art
> for
> > my autoharp. I couldn't believe because it seemed
> to
> > sound as good as if not better then my Presonus
> > pre-amp (which has no tube).
> > Now, i have heard it to be widely accepted that
> many
> > prefer tubes because they create a warmer sound.
> So i
> > read a bit to see if i could understand why?
> The Presonus is very good. I bought one many years
> ago, based on  
> recommendations from colleges and reviews. I still
> don't feel any  
> need to get something more modern, tubes or not. The
> Presonus sounds  
> so good in pair with my AKG C 414 B-TL2 (the only
> better set-up I've  
> tried was two borrowed Neuman U-69). I've used the
> Presonus at live  
> concerts as well, playing sax close mic through it.
> Speaking about recording I have ran into two
> particular situations  
> where a pre amp, as the Presonus, does not give me
> the best result.  
> The first is when sampling analog synthesizers (to
> build sample  
> instrument packages for sampler playback), where I
> found out that you  
> achieve a more true sound by plugging the analog
> synth output  
> directly into the recorder (computer audio
> interface). The other  
> situation is when recording electric guitar for the
> purpose of sound  
> design libraries that will ship to computer aided
> producers. These  
> people tend to use software (Guitar Amp Pro, NI's
> Guitar Rack etc  
> etc) to emulate amp and speaker cabinet, usually a
> real loudspeaker's  
> sonic character caught as impulse response and
> applied to the sound I  
> deliver. What I do then is to use a 50w tube amp
> top,  Sovtek mig-60  
> (12AX7A tubes, similar in sound the Marshall Plexi)
> but recording  
> directly from the line output instead of sticking a
> mic to the cab.  
> By this method I get the harmonic overtone
> distortion added by the  
> preamp tubes (making even clean sound more
> "musical") so the user of  
> the sample library can run this recording through
> the power amp and  
> speaker cabinet impulse response software of his own
> choice. This  
> little 12AX roundtrip does a lot to the sound.
> > how would i know technically (besides listening)
> if i
> > have a SE tube or a PP tube from specs in my
> manual
> > that read "Tube Type: 12AX7A hand selected"?
> I don't dare even trying to answer that. I always
> listen and fell  
> fully confident with making my decision based on how
> different gear  
> sounds. But there are also other aspects on gear,
> besides how it  
> sounds. Even though I love the tube sound of my
> Sovtek I prefer to  
> use a little solid state combo, Gallien-Krüger with
> two 10" speakers,  
> when I play electric guitar live, simply because its
> faster response  
> time.
> Greetings from Sweden
> Per Boysen
> www.boysen.se (Swedish)
> www.looproom.com (international)
> http://tinyurl.com/fauvm (podcast)
> http://www.myspace.com/looproom


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