What do you get when you bring together 10 leading preampmanufacturers, sit them down at a table and let them loose? You get 3DAudio’s panel discussion, held January 31, 2004, in Murfreesboro, Tenn.3D Audio’s Lynn Fuston brought together Geoff Daking, Doug Fearn (DWFearn), Greg Gualtieri (Pendulum Audio), Dan Kennedy (Great River),Dave Hill (Crane Song), Grant Carpenter (Gordon Instruments), HutchHutchinson (Manley Labs), Oliver Archut (AMI), George Massenburg (GML)and John Hall-Langevin (Electrodyne, Quad 8) to discuss mic pre topicssuch as transformers, solid-state vs. tube, ICs vs. op amps, partsavailability and its impact on designs, manufacturing in the PacificRim (cost vs. quality) and many others.
According to Fuston, it was exciting to witness the amount ofcamaraderie shown between these otherwise competing manufacturers.“These guys are competitors, but there was an overriding sense ofbrotherhood with the common goal of making better-soundingrecords.”
The result of this preamp gathering will be a two-part “timecapsule” video documenting the roundtable and a bonus“preamp comparison blowout” that will be available at AESin San Francisco.
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