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Apple or Orange? Buzz MA2.2 or Aurora GTQ2?
Old 5th February 2007
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🎧 10 years
Apple or Orange? Buzz MA2.2 or Aurora GTQ2?

hello fruit lovers,

I need a versatile 2 channel pre. From all I've read the Buzz Audio MA2.2 and the Aurora GTQ2 MKIII seem like great choices, but obviously very different animals
(or fruit).

I already have a UA6176 so I'm looking for a 2 channel unit that will give me the tonal variation I need to record all sorts of vocals and instruments, but mostly acoustic/electric guitar. I produce a variety of musical styles from folk to pop to jazz so....

The Aurora has a lot going for it, especially the EQ , and enough features to make it a "go to" pre for most sessions. The Buzz has that "clean and fast" thing that might make it a preferred unit for acoustic instruments, jazz ensembles and classical guitar, but it's lacking a high pass filter and a DI feature. So, eventually I'll probably want to have both units, but for now I can only afford one.

My mics are a Royer 121, Mojave MA200, Josephson C42s, AT 4050, SM57 I will be getting one of the 47 clones (Peluso, Telefunken or Lawson) after I get the preamp and use it with my existing mics.

Any thoughts on which I should get first?
Old 5th February 2007
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🎧 15 years
both nice preamps... Just comes down to what you really need.

I could see using the buzz and gtq on everything... The buzz though has a very nice vibe though clean, punchy, but still with vibe.

THe gtq on the other hand is gonne give you a more colored sound, but it's just as useful on everything as the buzz...

You can always use a di box to go di... I use whirlwind imp and it sounds fantastic pluggin into whatever preamp i am using.

So i guess it all comes down to the fact on whether or not you need the eq
Old 6th February 2007 | Show parent
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3rdeyeKnight's Avatar
🎧 10 years
Well, if you do decide to go with the apple...I mean the BUZZ MA 2.2, check this out, then hit me up.


This is with the transformer option.
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