Preamp Porn

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Time for some Gear Porn. Normal people beware!

We are not fans of the time honored tradition of putting your studio gear list on the web, listing everything from your cables to your Behringer headphones, hoping to impress people who do not know about equipment with a long list of crap.

For most of you, equipment is probably not so important. And you are right. Equipment never wrote a hit song. Lots of great recordings were made with crap gear.

But we are nerds, and we care. 

Last year Vintage King delivered an 8 channel GAMA 8 preamp with 4 custom St-Ives transformers to us. It was one of the first purchases for our studio. Peter Reardon, the genious who designed puts it better than us:

The gama mic pre is an original design, based around a discrete opamp running at 24 volts. The di bypasses the input transformer injecting signal right into the opamp. Phase reverse flips the polarity of the mic input and the di. The output switch selects the output stage between "Nickle" (custom wound transformer based on an L.A. custom console.), The transformer is super clear and wonderful sounding. "Discrete" (transformerless output. Less gain but extremely clean and uncolored.), and "Steel" (custom wound to match a favorite 1970's american output transformer.) Nothing currently available was close to the original, so I had these wound exactly to my specifications. The result is an extremely versatile pre amp, than is world class in any mode. I made these without concern for cost and no corners are cut. The front panel is engraved, the knobs and switch tips are bakelite. The power supply is a custom designed discrete regulated supply and like the mic pre it uses no ic chips, or monolythic surface mount anything. It is 4 rack spaces and weighs 24 pounds! It sounds good too.

Our verdict: Well yes. It sounds beautiful. It has become the heart of our operation without any doubt. We use it on almost every recording. But not only that, it looks gorgeous, even people who are seriously gear challenged can see that it just oozes sex.

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