The unique character of the Daking MicPre 500 makes it one of my favorite dark preamps. I often use my pair on drums because of the way it brings out low end while almost compressing top-end attack. It adds punch to toms and kick, and when I use it on the bottom side of snare drums I get fat lower mids and tight attack.
Brings out the best from your mics.
Has it's own vibe compared to API and Neve.
Super clean and highly tranparent.
Professional results at a fair price.
I've been using Daking pres for a while now. I own a pair and I'm planning on purchasing a few more. I went with Daking because of all the great reviews about how great they sound on drums. And they really do! But what really got me was that they sound great on just about anything that I run through them.
I've used the API 512c, Rupert Neve 511 and a few other random pres. I wouldn't say that the Daking is better or worse than the others. It is just different. That said, I would track an entire record with these pres. Between the amount of gain available and the -20 pad, you can really push all sorts of sounds and tones through this pre.
For the price, go ahead and grab a pair of these. You won't be disappointed.
Just tracked an entire album through this pre, and the unit really seems to inhabit a perfect sweet spot between, cleanliness, body, hype, and character. At $499, anyone diving into their first 500 series rack should snag one or two of these. You can't go wrong with this, it punches well above it's price range.
This is a classic mic pre. It really shines on acoustic guitar and drums, and it has more gain than you will ever need!
I give it 5.0 since is the best mic pre no only at that prized !! I owns a shadow hills gamma which used the secret weapon "Jensen Transformer" I love my portico 5017 also but this Daking pre have become my favorite !!! Thanks Mr Daking !
Geoff Daking makes exceptional sounding audio gear, and this preamp is no exception. The sound is clear and solid, with an undeniably pleasant musical quality. The DI sounds great too. A must for your 500 collection.
works great with all my other equipment unique tone makes drums stand out big sound!!! in your face