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Old 19th June 2022 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by Earcatcher ➡️
What do you exactly want from a tube preamp in this context? The normally very neutral Earlybird can be thick and colourful by "pushing" it: turn down the output gain and increase the amplification. If you want to go into further distortion you can even select the low input impedance. So I wonder how this cannot be enough for you.

There aren't many classical recordings of mine that do not include tube amplification. Spots in particular blend much better with a main array when recorded with a valve amp. This is caused by the slight compression effect that valves give. Spots will not cause dynamic spikes that will stick out in the mix, with that "decent" amplification. Another trick for this better blend is to use ribbons for spots.
Instead of a tube preamp, why not just use a compressor/limiter on a spot mic track to tame the peaks. If you’re doing it after the fact on the iso track you can adjust for transparency.