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Re: home studio build!

Posted: Wed Aug 12, 2020 1:33 pm
by postchrist
marqueemoon wrote:
Tue Aug 11, 2020 6:04 am
How do you like the ISA Two? That’s on my short list for new mic pres.
love it! i’ve had it about a month now, it’s a nice flavor. has a lot of air and depth to it, and distorts in a nice way when you push it - kinda sounds like a tamed neve, if that makes sense. the impedance function is nice for bringing out the best in a microphone.

Re: home studio build!

Posted: Wed Aug 12, 2020 3:07 pm
by marqueemoon
postchrist wrote:
Wed Aug 12, 2020 1:33 pm
marqueemoon wrote:
Tue Aug 11, 2020 6:04 am
How do you like the ISA Two? That’s on my short list for new mic pres.
love it! i’ve had it about a month now, it’s a nice flavor. has a lot of air and depth to it, and distorts in a nice way when you push it - kinda sounds like a tamed neve, if that makes sense. the impedance function is nice for bringing out the best in a microphone.
Cool. Sounds up my alley sonically. I love my MP-2NV, but am looking for something with those kind of attributes for a little contrast.

Also really like the combo of variable HPF and balanced inserts. It would be great to be able to patch my compressors in and click them in and out.

Re: home studio build!

Posted: Wed Aug 12, 2020 4:43 pm
by postchrist
the mp-2nv has always been intriguing to me, i have yet to try one out!

i will say, in my experience, the isa is harder to push low-output mics with. my m-160 and sm7b tend to sound better with my dav pres - running with the isa tends to introduce a little bit of noise. they sound absolutely stunning paired with a couple mk-012s as drum overheads, or on guitars, and the di inputs sound a lot better than i would expect.

granted, the noise thing could also be a wiring issue - the electrical in my space is less than ideal, and i deal with ground noise problems occasionally when running amps in the room, so it could just as easily be that. too many variables, it makes my brain hurt.

Re: home studio build!

Posted: Wed Aug 12, 2020 6:19 pm
by marqueemoon
postchrist wrote:
Wed Aug 12, 2020 4:43 pm
the mp-2nv has always been intriguing to me, i have yet to try one out!

i will say, in my experience, the isa is harder to push low-output mics with. my m-160 and sm7b tend to sound better with my dav pres - running with the isa tends to introduce a little bit of noise. they sound absolutely stunning paired with a couple mk-012s as drum overheads, or on guitars, and the di inputs sound a lot better than i would expect.

granted, the noise thing could also be a wiring issue - the electrical in my space is less than ideal, and i deal with ground noise problems occasionally when running amps in the room, so it could just as easily be that. too many variables, it makes my brain hurt.
You could also look into some kind of inline phantom powered preamp for your low output mics (Cloudlifter, FEThead, etc...).

I am literally running an extension cord from my garage over to my rack because my basement is all two prong and noisy as hell.
I have a power conditioner for my stuff, but I'm pretty surprised it isn't noisier.

Thanks for the mini ISA Two review. The noise thing concerns me a little, but I tend not to use low output mics on quiet sources. Really dig the MP-2NV. It was a big expense at the time, but I've never found myself wishing for something better, just something different. Like, if I want a "texture" acoustic guitar to keep pretty low in mix I want something more immediate sounding. For more stripped down arrangements a little more honest sounding pre for vocals can be nice. The DIs are great.

Re: home studio build!

Posted: Fri Aug 14, 2020 2:10 pm
by postchrist
a joyous day! ordered this a little while ago and after a tuneup at transaudio it arrived on my doorstep this morning. running some drums, sax, guitars, and full mixes through it to get the idea. so far seems to be the versatile desert island comp i was hoping it would be.

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Re: home studio build!

Posted: Fri Aug 14, 2020 2:18 pm
by postchrist
marqueemoon wrote:
Wed Aug 12, 2020 6:19 pm
You could also look into some kind of inline phantom powered preamp for your low output mics (Cloudlifter, FEThead, etc...).

I am literally running an extension cord from my garage over to my rack because my basement is all two prong and noisy as hell.
I have a power conditioner for my stuff, but I'm pretty surprised it isn't noisier.

Thanks for the mini ISA Two review. The noise thing concerns me a little, but I tend not to use low output mics on quiet sources. Really dig the MP-2NV. It was a big expense at the time, but I've never found myself wishing for something better, just something different. Like, if I want a "texture" acoustic guitar to keep pretty low in mix I want something more immediate sounding. For more stripped down arrangements a little more honest sounding pre for vocals can be nice. The DIs are great.
cloudlifter/fethead is on the list - been thinking on whether to order a couple or just go for the full cloudlifter rack unit.

an isolating transformer might be on the list as well - proposed in that rod gervais book as a good solution to ground noise issues when rewiring isn’t an option. maybe something to look into?

Re: home studio build!

Posted: Fri Aug 14, 2020 5:04 pm
by marqueemoon
Happy new compressor day!

Re: home studio build!

Posted: Fri Aug 14, 2020 6:22 pm
by Larry Mal
postchrist wrote:
Fri Aug 14, 2020 2:18 pm


cloudlifter/fethead is on the list - been thinking on whether to order a couple or just go for the full cloudlifter rack unit.
Look into the Klark Teknik mic booster for $30 first. No reason to spend $100 on a Cloudlifter that I can see.

Re: home studio build!

Posted: Mon Aug 24, 2020 8:07 pm
by marqueemoon
postchrist wrote:
Wed Aug 12, 2020 1:33 pm
marqueemoon wrote:
Tue Aug 11, 2020 6:04 am
How do you like the ISA Two? That’s on my short list for new mic pres.
love it! i’ve had it about a month now, it’s a nice flavor. has a lot of air and depth to it, and distorts in a nice way when you push it - kinda sounds like a tamed neve, if that makes sense. the impedance function is nice for bringing out the best in a microphone.

Well, I decided to join ISA Two crüe. Finally found a gently used one at a swingable price.