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The concept behind the Useful Arts SFP-30 Single Channel Tube Microphone Preamp is simple: Take the exact audio and power circuitry from the SFP-60, put a single channel into a tabletop format, and make it less than half the price of the SFP-60. Done. Everything about the SFP-30 signal path is identical to the SFP-60, except that the SFP-30 lacks the DI input. Other than that, you can now get the finest, most flexible tube preamp available. A better sonic toolkit for recording simply isn't available at this price. Anywhere.
|Tube or Solid State||Tube|
|Input Connectors||Analog XLR|
|Output Connectors||Analog XLR|
|Tube Complement||ECC82, EF-806|
What a lively preamp. Everything I record sounds great through the SFP-30, mostly using it on guitar cabs, vocals and snare. Wish I knew more about what kind of harmonics the “color” knob introduces but I can say that it does add good character to the recording. Mostly using Shure KSM313 and SM57 with it. Plenty of headroom to boot. If you’re looking for a killer preamp with natural tube sounds I would give the Useful Arts a go.
This preamp gives a focused, finished sound to vocals, whether you use cheaper dynamic mics or more expensive condensers. It's very versatile, making an array of colors and shades of sound available in one box. There's also really no competition in this price range. Finally, Peter at Useful Arts is extremely helpful, and answered my questions very quickly by email.
Above and beyond sound, and above and beyond customer service!
The Perfect tool to create definitive recordings home during lock down.
I use with the Sony C-100 ... it is the dream team.
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