Reviews And Opinions:
There is nothing "better" than a couple channels of John Hardy, unless it happens to be a 4 channel unit...
I use both the Great
River and John Hardy M1 preamps on live jazz recordings. You are right
that they are among the least colored. I would say that the GR is
slightly less colored than the Hardy. But the Hardy is colored in an
extremely subtle way. They are both eminently suited for acoustic
recordings. I haven't had an instance where I wouldn't use them
interchangeably. Both are, of course, extremely clean, and meticulously
crafted. I've had satisfying results from both on the M149, Royer R121,
TLM103, Schoeps MK41, BPM TB95, MBHO MBC608, Oktava's The most
satisfying sound I've gotten so far was with a pair of Royer R121 in a
Blumlein pair on the horn section of a jazz octet, using the GR. I have
no doubt the Hardy would do as well. I use other mics as well, and
haven't found one that doesn't mate superbly with either preamp. Other
favorite sounds are standup bass into M149, and piano into MK41s,
through either preamp. These are really great preamps for general
use...very very hard to go wrong with either one.
I was hired to do a set up for a session. It was all acoustic, and the players are all tops in their class. They hired me to help get tones in a studio they hadn't used before.
The pres at the
Pres brought to the
The mic pre that
stood above the pack:
I've since used those pres on other sessions and they always end up on the recording typically along side Millennia, Massenberg, Neve, Sytek, etc.
They sound great.
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