I've been using a Groove Tubes 66 with my Focusrite VM pro, with decent results as my main channel strip.
I am looking to upgrade the mic locker & want some mics that will match up well. I'm wanting a LD condinsor for mostly male vocals and another LD as a workhorse. I have about a $1200 budget.
Another point of interest; These mics will sometimes be used with the pres/eq's on the boards I use in the studio. I have been using a Venice(my live board) but have recently purched an Onyx for the Firewire option. Haven't got the Onyx yet but imagine it might have a similar British tone.
The Voice Master is more in question here.
Thanks everyone in advance. Always a wealth of knowledge on this board!!!!!!
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One I'd seriously consider is the new Mojave MA200, which I haven't had the chance to try out personally (yet...one's making the rounds and I'll have my chance), but I have heard recordings done with it and everyone who's tried it so far has just raved about it. And based on my experience with Royer ribbon microphones I'd say that David Royer knows what he's doing. If you're looking for a U47-ish tube microphone the consensus seems to be that this one nails that characteristic (not that it sounds exactly like one...not that U47's sound the same from one to the next). With your budget that doesn't leave a whole lot for your "utility" mic, but if you could squeeze out an extra $100 or so you'd probably do well with an Audio Technica 4040.
Also keep in mind that there is absoultely nothing similar (sound quality wise) between a Mackie and a Venice. Personally, if you already have a Venice, I would forgo the Mackie and just get a good sound card. I actually like the preamps and especially the EQ much better on the Venice than on the platinum Focusrite line.