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Tubes and Tubes

Q: I’ve been told I shouldn’t use a tube microphone with a tube preamp. Is this true?

A: We’ve heard this before as well. Here’s our take on it:

  1. Tons of older records were made using tube mics and tube preamps/compressors/EQs/consoles…they sound fine to us!
  2. We can’t think of an absolute technical reason why two tube devices should not be connected together.
  3. There MAY be aesthetic reasons why you don’t want to use two tube devices together, for example, both the mic and the preamp may be heavily colored and using them together results in too much coloration.

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