Daking Mic Pre IV Reviews4.7/5.0 based on 6 customer reviews
The Mic Pre IV will eliminate your search for that preamp that is just right. These sound phenomenal on drums. I'm telling you, your dynamic mics will not want to leave their XLR connections to this studio mainstay. If you are looking for that big, classic rock drum sound, look no further.
Just did some drum tracks with one of these. Amazing...I was very impressed. Took my standard drum mic collection and kicked it up a notch. Highly recommend.
April 25, 2013Music Background:
Musician, Engineer, Songwriter
FinallyThis pre sounds amazing. I am finally getting sounds in my studio that I have imagined for a long time. This thing is fast, detailed, and has a really nice color that gives beautiful harmonic content to everything you run through it. The pad does not influence the tone, and is very useful because this thing runs hot! I love the meters as well. They look great in a dark studio, My only gripe would be that there is no power switch. I have mine wired into a power source, so when my studio is on, this thing is on.
from van nuys, ca.. u.s.a.
December 6, 2011Music Background:
Multitasking musical madman of the analog kingdom
excellent !Excellent!!!! Excellent!!! Excellent!!! Excellent!! super nice audio, of course !!! Made in U.S.A. !! Hooray!!
from van nuys, ca.
November 12, 2011Music Background:
June 24, 2011Music Background:
Studio Owner, Producer, Engineer, Pro Musician
Daking Mic Pre IV SweetLooking the Mic Pre IV. Great on Kick drum and other drums as well.
Like others I wish the gain control was continuous but I am fine with it. It keeps up with the 3124+ I've got on kick drum for sure. Sweet.
from Virginia Beach, VA
April 1, 2011Music Background:
pro musician, recording engineer
Great Success! I Like!Seems like most people are using these for drums, which is what I use mine mainly for too...My kick and toms are ran through this. As a session drummer I can send back my "mail out" PT sessions to customers/studios with great sounding "dry" tracks...the drums sound full and complete! Just how I hear them in my room...I don't think they color at all, just sound full! I really don't have to EQ that much either and it always sounds great! Def get one for your studio..I will eventually run all my drums through the DaKing brand mic pre's and compressors, and use my other pre's for other instruments...HOWEVER, I have ran acoustic guitars, keyboards,basses, and done vocals all with the Mic Pre IV...everything sounds great through it! A+
from Calgary, AB, Canada
January 21, 2009Music Background:
Pro Musician/Intermediate Engineer
Quality ContenderOn our last album we ran a bunch of different preamps throughout the sessions... especially when tracking the drums. We used a Neve Portico for the overheads with a Focusrite Big Red and a Daking Mic Pre IV as the preamplification for the rest of the kit. Sound wise the Daking kept pace with the other two no problem and we ended up keeping it over the other the Neve and Focusrite to finish off the guitars and vocals.
The only thing I didn't like about the Daking was that the gain selection wasn't continuously variable... i.e. you had to 'click' into preselected db increments. The pad switch did help fine tune the gain however, but nevertheless I like being able to adjust the gain absolutely!
For the money, it's a serious contender in the 4 channel preamp category... I dig the look, the sound...I dig it!