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Great River MP-500NV 500 Series Microphone Preamp/DI
The Great River MP-500NV is a professional quality microphone preamplifier designed to re-create the vintage sound characteristics of the early 1970s large consoles. Modern components give the MP-500NV more clarity, punch and performance under normal use. In addition, features like metering before and after the major gain stages let the user drive it hard to greatly expand the range of sonic options. All microphones will benefit from the power of the MP-500NV preamplifier, including dynamic, condenser and especially ribbon types. The MP-500NV uses the same audio and metering circuit board found in the NV series preamplifiers. This unit is designed to fit into a "500 Series" rack using 2 available slots. It receives its power supply from the host rack. The unit is equipped with a HI-Z instrument jack that has its own input amplifier and was designed for DI applications. All specifications and performance details are identical to the NV series preamplifiers with the exception of size, weight, patch jack, -10dBv Out - 125ma current draw.
|Tube or Solid State||Solid State|
|Module Type||500 Series|
|Module Slot Count||2 Slots|
I'm in love with this thing. It's got a 1073 "vibe" but sounds a little more modern and clean without sacrificing thickness. What I love most about it is that whether I drive it or keep it clean, it's easy to get the tone that I'm looking for. Most settings sound great. I'm writing this review after having purchased a 1073EQ copy and exchanging it after 30 days (thanks VK for a great return policy).
The unit I'd originally ordered did the job but there was no "wow" factor when I plugged in an instrument or mic. It was definitely nicer sounding than my UAD Unison 1073 plugin but not worth the cost of upgrade. The moment I plugged my bass into this MP-500NV I knew I had a clear upgrade to what I was previously using.
If you're looking at rackmounted 1073ish things in this price range, it's well worth ponying up an extra $400 to get a 500 series rack and getting this thing instead. You'll keep it forever, and you then get extra 500 slots to more easily invest in other equipment down the line.
An outstanding mic pre! I love the meters and the variety of shadings you can get with this mic pre. It can be very clean or somewhat driven, and the impedance and loading choices allow for further variation. I would buy it again in a heartbeat1
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