Seventh Circle Audio Microphone Preamp – $1,200
Q: Who makes the best preamps for the money?
A: I do.
I worked for hours and days meticulously building these preamps in 2006. I have stopped using it and am ready to find it a new loving home. If you love recording, you are going to love these preamps. Plus, there is plenty of space for you to build more!
They are in great condition. I moved twice, but they always remained safe in my studio and have probably been used less than 1,000 hours.
C84 ($349 new)
The SCA C84 is a transformerless microphone preamp based on the “Double Balanced” circuit first published in 1984 by Graham John Cohen and since used by many notable manufacturers. The C84 is superb on acoustic instruments, percussion, and any source that needs to be captured as accurately as possible. The C84 is also inexpensive and easy to build.
J99 ($479 new)
The SCA J99 is a flexible, high-gain, low-noise, low-distortion microphone preamplifier, based on the classic Jensen Twin Servo design. This is a great preamp to use when a neutral sonic character is required, but the slightest amount of euphonic transformer coloration is desired.
Chassis and Power Supply ($499 new)
The CH01 is a rugged 2RU chassis designed to accept up to 8 of our preamp modules and a single PS03 power supply. More than just a cosmetic frill, the chassis supports and protects the electronics inside and provides essential shielding from external noise sources. Many kitbuilders find that drilling and punching a chassis to be the most challenging aspect of electronics construction, and even after hours of work are dissatisfied with the results. The CH01 provides a simple route to a professionally finished chassis that’s as good as the electronics inside.
That’s $1,327 worth of awesomeness for only $1,200!
I’ve gotten so much good recording done with this rock solid audio interface and it’s still going strong. One firewire 800 connection and one TRS output have come loose and stopped working. The good thing is that there is that there are two firewire 800 connections and seven other TRS outputs, but I priced it accordingly.
The Fireface 800 from RME is a multi-channel FireWire audio interface for use both the Mac and Windows. Up to sixteen analog sources can be connected at one time, which include four microphone preamps with phantom power available. Dual ADAT ports add further connectivity by inputting or outputting up to sixteen digital channels from the correct digital sources. The latest “plug and play” technology guarantees a simple installation, even for the inexperienced user.
A front-sided headphone output delivers a high volume, adequate enough for low-impedance headphones, and represents the playback channels 9/10. The headphone output can be used directly with ASIO Direct Monitoring. The Fireface 800 also provides a Hi-Z instrument input for the use of guitar and bass. A soft limiter, a drive circuit and a speaker emulation filter can be used to further enhance the sound of these instruments.
At $1,300 new, you save $160!
ART SLA4 4x140W Power Amplifier – $390
This is a great amp when you need four channels in a single rack unit. I bought it for a play, then never used it again. Super simple design with TRS inputs on the back and binding post outputs.
The ART SLA-4 is a 400W studio linear power amplifier that delivers the clean power necessary for any professional audio or commercial sound environment. A 4-channel, single rack-space amplifier, you can easily switch the ART SLA-4 between multi-channel, stereo, and bridged mono modes. Separate mode switches let you bridge channels one and two, three and four, or both channel pairs for the ultimate in flexibility. A SmartFan cooling system, high-quality decoupling system, and included tamper-proof cover round out the professional ART SLA-4.
At $439 new, you save $49!
I used this mic on this record for all of the drums and several of the other instruments. I love ribbon mics. It’s still in perfect condition.
The 46MXL features a Lundahl® transformer that provides an extended frequency response that “vintage” ribbon microphones don’t. Capturing the magic in drums, piano, guitars, strings, and horns has never been easier. From quality of sound, to the best quality accesssories, you won’t find a better ribbon microphone.
I only used these a couple of times. Good for drum overheads. You can hear them in this song.
The MXL 993 Condenser Mics Stereo Pair includes the latest in quality instrument microphone technology. Using transformerless FET circuitry and a gold diaphragm capsule design, the 993 delivers the dynamic range required in the most demanding instrument microphone applications. It has a silky, open sound with a wide dynamic range essential for accurate, instrument recording. With a 30Hz-20kHz frequency range, 10dB switchable attenuation, selectable -10dB low-frequency roll-off, and sturdy brass enclosure, the MXL 993 is perfect for guitar and overhead drum miking. Includes deluxe carrying case and mounting clips.
This is a great matched pair of condensers for the money. I used them a lot on drums and percussion. At some point I lost one of the screws and replaced it with one that doesn’t look the same. See photo.
The package includes a wood case and stereo mounting bar. Accurate sonic reproduction and high SPL response make the SE1A ideal for percussion, electric guitar, keyboard cabinets, piano and most acoustic instruments.
For a long time these were my backup mics. I would carry them to shows in case we needed to mic up another drum kit or ran out of mic stands.
The CAD Pro-4-Drum Mic Pack is designed to cover the miking needs of the touring drummer or percussionist with ease, excellence, and economy. The pack consists of one CAD KM 212 dynamic kick drum microphone, two CAD TM 211 tom mics, and one CAD SN 210 dynamic snare mic with a frequency response specifically tweaked for snare. The CAD TM 211 tom mics and CAD SN 210 snare mics include integral shockmount mic clips for optimal sound and easy mounting.
This is just a big old volume knob. I used it for a couple of years and it worked great. Then I switched audio interfaces and don’t need it any more.
TC Electronic’s Level Pilot gives you handy control of your stereo volume levels. Rather than having to lean way forward to grab a tiny volume knob, let the TC Electronic Level Pilot give you a convenient, great-looking desktop volume solution. It’s sleekly designed, with a slip-free rubberized bottom plate – and it requires no extra power supply. Just connect it up via its fully balanced quad-core cable, and you’ll be ready to make precise, high-resolution volume adjustments. It’s all analog-controlled after the final D/A conversion, so you get the utmost quality with Level Pilot.
Solid wood case with a single pair of rails in front.
Plastic rack case. Lighter than that wood one. Rack rails are metric. I have about 8 screws. You can get more at the hardware store…or move to Europe.
I’ll throw in these cool rack mounted TRS-XLR adapters and Y-cables for free.
Gator’s mini racks are the perfect solution for shallow rack gear such as effects, eq’s, and the new smaller amps. Compact with the total rackable depth of 14.5″, these racks are easy to carry. Packed with all the features such as front and rear rack rail, universally stacking, durable front and rear lids and comfortable sloped side handles these are the perfect space savers offering all the benefits of a full size rack in a compact size!
This is a great little rolling rack case that can be taken as a carry-on on a plane. I used to keep my whole live mixing and recording setup in it, including the laptop. There is a foam pad and it packs in tight.
The SKB SKB-RSF2U Studio Flyer case gives you an ideal transport solution for your portable recording rig. This roto-molded case includes a 2U rack for disk drives or recording devices, plus an adjustable storage space for your laptop. The Studio Flyer’s easy-glide wheels, retractable pull handle, and rubber-coated carrying handle make the SKB-RSF2U Studio Flyer great for on-the-go musicians. Nylon-reinforced fiberglass latches have trigger releases, while features such as a removeable cover and built-in mouse pad surface make the SKB-RSF2U Studio Flyer a performance-ready platform.