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Old 11th October 2012 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by madehumble ➡️
I still think a Bae 1073 or Neve type pre sounds best with it.
Old 13th October 2012
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Manley Vox Box... the combo of the two actually does sound like sex
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Originally Posted by TheSiege ➡️
Manley Vox Box... the combo of the two actually does sound like sex
Do you mean the combination sounds noisy or fast?

Old 30th October 2012
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I use mine with a vintage designs m73 preamp (neve clone) and sounds great! next month i'll buy the EQ section of the vintage designs so i know it will sound even better! The pre tends to tame the hi frequencys of the mic, that are not harsh but sometimes are a little too much in some voices. Teh great thing is that when you add eq ITB it sounds great and do not turn harsh.
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Originally Posted by legato ➡️
The Ref C is peaked in the highs and not just a little.
Relatively speaking or even regardless, differences in mic pres will be subtle at best.
You could try a "dark" pre like an UA 610 or maybe a Chandler Germanium, but those are also less "clean" and if a noticeable change occurs, it's probably not for the better. That is, the modern, high definition sound (which was sort of the point of the mike to begin with, I guess) could get compromised.
Another -and likely better- thing you could try is different impedances. The APA Juggernaut is killer for this. Selectable trannies, in and out, too. It's probably the best "tone shaping" pre without EQ section. Still, nothing near multiple dB changes, if at all.
And of course you could simply use an equalizer to cure things.

Me, I'd start with a different microphone if things were too bright.
Just about any other (quality mike).
But that wasn't your question.

I don't recommend a 610 with ref c. It's certainly not "dark." Unless you're using a vintage or you have a voice like mike posner. His records were ref c into the newer 610.. So if you wanna know what it sounds like? Check out his records.

The ref c pairs up beautifully with Bae, aurora and TG 2 but on the tg2 you've gotta dial back some... Pad on the mic for sure
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