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SPL Goldmike 9844

SPL Goldmike 9844
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item number 123370
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SPL Goldmike 2-channel Class A tube preamp, 48V phantom power, phase reverse switch, pad switch, flair switch, XLR Mic Input, XLR Line Out balanced, 1/4" Line Out unbalanced, 19", 2U

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SPL Goldmike: More versatile than you think

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You shouldn't buy this unit because you have seen the word 'tube' on it. But you should buy it for plenty of other reasons.
Although it does have a single tube on each channel, this only contributes a small amount of fixed gain to the overall sound, so it doesn't really have that typical sound you would associate with all tube preamps.

It does have exceptional distortion and noise stats, giving a very pure and clean signal, with a whopping 72dB of gain availabale. I liked that.

VU meters are incredibly small, to the point of almost being un-useful.
The 'flair' switch is a very fun feature, which is quite well described by it's name..

I used this mainly for passing stereo mixes through rather than a mic preamp, or for make up gain on passive summing boxes/EQ, as it does have a very special quality, but there are other, better preamps available.

The price point is excellent however, and you would be hard pressed to find a better spec'd 2 channel preamp for this.

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What do you expect from a pre-amp? This depends on what job you are doing. In my case it must be ABSOLUTELY bright and clear. I'm using it primarily for LIVE sound (not studio). The problem I've had (for nearly 16 years) is that everything tended to either fail to cut enough low frequency, or sounded too dark at the top end. I've only recently found a microphone that cuts enough low (to eliminate proximity effect with a gentle slope of 4dB per octave from 500Hz), unfortunately it also has to cut the level by 14dB because of limited options with the microphone. This is where the Goldmike comes in. I've found that the pointer knob setting at 33, just below 12 o'clock, boosts the signal up to line level, so I can back off the input channel gain without any noticeable valve distortion from the pre-amp. The "Flair" option gives an added presence boost which is most welcome. Wow! So far I've only had this set-up a few weeks, but it is the best and liveliest sparkling sound I've ever achieved!

Decent preamp for home studio

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Lately, I owned only a cheapest available rack preamp which did unsatisified my demands. When I searched for replacement for it, Goldmike 9844 seems to be right one.

Firstly ordered unit came in with defective VU meter. It was not a big deal, while Thomann replaced it with new by the fly.

After receiving this beauty I was nicely surprised how awesome it pick sounds. Very easy to use, without unnecessary bells and whistles. As visible there are built-in mimimalistic metrics. But it`s not a big trouble for me, while I have ART VLA compressor in rack chain which has gigant VU meters.

Goldmike really helps me to make my home studio to the new level, by recording live sources. Not just friendly for the budget, but this unit is worth the investment. Remember, this is only SPL entry level preamp.

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