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Best All around ANALOG Channel Strip 2012?
Old 8th September 2012
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Best All around ANALOG Channel Strip 2012?

I'm going to make some much needed changes to the home studio frontend.

What high end analog channel strips (at least pre and EQ - compressor optional) can you recommend for tracking with some eq on the way in? Stereo or mono.

Thanks
Old 8th September 2012
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APi is best for my taste
The Channel Strip

Neve also makes full channel strip with also expander/gate
AMS Neve | 8801
Old 8th September 2012
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It comes down to what you want to drive and how you drive it. And by "it" I mean the channel strip of your choosing.

For different reasons I like both the Grace 103 and the Retro Powerstrip. I like the Grace because I find that it's very versatile and overall allows me to hear the mics and space as clearly as I wish, even after some pretty significant EQ and compression dialed in.

I like the Powerstrip because the sound rocks through it, and I really like to drive a Pultec as an enhancement EQ because of what it does. So for more thumping, rocking, non-fine detail dependent stuff I'm all about the Retro. But for the kind of work that requires you to agonize over mic selection and placement, as well as room ambiance, I'm all about the Grace.
Old 8th September 2012
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The Empirical Mike-E is awesome. UA 6176 has just enough EQ for tracking.
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Great river is excellent.
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