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Old 21st September 2002
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Valley People preamps?

Just scored a valley people lunchbox with 2 maxiQs, 2 gain brains, 2 kepexs and 2 quad mic preamps. I've never heard of valley people mic preamps!!??? Anyone used em or know anything about em?
Old 21st September 2002
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Wiggy Neve Slut's Avatar
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I used to have an Auditronics console that had the Valley people VCA 'trans amp' premaps. They are very clean and dont have much in the falvour department. Decent levels of gain etc, but no FAT ness. They are fine for incidental things like toms, etc if you only have a few nice preamps, but its not like i personally.. would cut a vocal through them or snares.

I have done awhole kit throught, and it was acceptable but nothing compared to my usual rig of neve's.

Many console manufacturers during the early 80's used these VCA preamps in their console mic pres sections as a cost cutting excercise. Harrison comes to mind as one company that sued them extensively int heir MR-4 console.

But please report your findings on all the groovyu things in the rack!... i like kepexs alot and some of the Valley people compressors are very cool VCA designs.. definately on par with some of the vintage and older VCA DBX designs.

Old 21st September 2002
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valley vca

Love the Valley 610 comp, can't say a vca pre sounds nice at all though.
Old 21st September 2002
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Interesting, how does a VCA work in a preamp? FWIW, I know a few people who like the preamps in Harrison consoles. Steve Remote is one of them.
Old 22nd September 2002
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I dont think VCA's has any place in a mic preamp.

But in this particular case it's different.

The Valley People VCA - actually an Allison Research TA101 or the like - is really just a collection of super-matched transistors.

Before the days of LM394, MAT02 and so on, low-noise electronically balanced mic-level preamps were hard to build.

But in this case they use the VCA block, not as a VCA, but as matched differential input transistors:

Jakob Erland
Gyraf Audio
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