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The best Voice Over Preamps

Here is a list of the preamps we would recommend for voice over. But remember: It is always the combination of Mic, Preamp and AD converter which defines the result. Not to mention "little things" like EQ, Compression or even cables (we only use Monster Cables or Vovox Klangleiter in our studios):

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The features of this microphone amplifier consist of low noise and low distortion. It offers switched gain controls for high accuracy level setting (4 dB steps), D.I. Input (high impedance), level indication, high pass filter (switchable), 26dB pads (switchable), phase reversal and 48v phantom supply (switchable).This british made two channel preamp rocks at an unbelievable price. Our voice over preamp favorite for under 1000 $ !
Price $560 (US) or 699 € (Europe)

Grace Design m101
This preamp has a stellar quality for a unbeatable price. 0,5 % precision metal film resitors offer a clean and authentic sound that you normally get only from the expensive stuff. When paired with the right mic, the m101 sounds fantastic on your voice. It doesn`t color the voice but it will deliver every last bit of detail in the source.
Price $565  (US) or 699 € (Europe)

Symmetrix 528 E
This complete single channel strip performs six separate functions: microphone preamplification, de-essing (sibilance removal), compression/limiting, downward expansion, parametric EQ, and voice symmetry alignment. All six processes may be used simultaneously. For Broadcast, podcasting in very good quality.  
Price $599 (US) or 699 € (Europe)

Universal Audio 710 Twin-Finity
This fine preamp combines both the classic retro warmth of tubes with the transient bite of solid-state, all in a 2U, half-rack unit. With tone blending between 100% tube and 100% solid-state, offering a practically infinite range of unique preamp tones. Ultra High Z impedance for christal clear voice sound. This thing sounds huge.
Price  $799 (US) or 729 € (Europe)

APHEX 230 Master Voice Channel Processor
Make YOUR voice heard above the crowd with the Aphex 230! Reflected Plate Amplifier Tube Mic Preamp, EasyRider Compressor, Logic Assisted Gate, Split Band de-esser, Aural Exciter, Parametric EQ, Big Bottom, +4 dBu and -10 dBV outputs,24 Bit 96 kHz A/D, AES, SPDIF and Optical outputs, Low jitter word clock output, Word Clock Input. Everything you need from Aphex. Best Podcasting euipment. The APHEX 230 Master Voice Channel Processor is a professional grade voice over microphone processor.
Price $899 (US) or 1199 € (Europe) 

Focusrite ISA 220 Session Pack
For anyone serious about professional voice over production, the ISA 220 Session Pack from Focusrite is one of the best values you'll find. This Focusrite channel-strip style processor is a complete processing toolbox, featuring a transformer-coupled mic/line/instrument preamp, 4-band EQ with filters, compressor, optical de-esser and a frequency adaptive limiter. Together with a Neumann U87ai or TLM 103 you have a perfect setup to record your voice.
Price $1499 (US) or 1299 € (Europe)

Easily one of the world's finest-sounding and respected preamps, the M5 belongs in the studio of every audio professional. The M5 is a low-noise mic preamp with DI instrument input. It's also a sterling example of Avalon's first-class design specifications-100% discrete. Hit the Hi-Z Input Button and you will hear your voice much detailed. Very clean sounding, some folks like it more than its big brother, the AVALON 737. The M5 is also the single channel of the Avalon 2022. It sounds great with the AT 4060 and any Neumann (U87 or TLM 49 or TLM 103).
Price $1575 (US) or 1449 € (Europe) >

The VT-737sp brings its magic touch to everything in your voice. Run your dullest, most sterile mic through the VT-737sp and you'll be amazed at how warm and sweet it sounds. This 2-rackspace combo brings a new standard to high-end audio, taking your voice to places you never thought possible and giving you precise creative control. The VT-737 will energize your voice recordings! Press the High Gain Button and your mic will sound like playing in a different league. This preamp is widely used with the U 87 or MKH 417 (Los Angeles area). The compressor is not like a LA2A, yes, but it works.
Price $2250 (US) or 2089 € (Europe)

Mindprint DTC
The 3-rackspace DTC is a fine processor with a very high-quality mic preamp, line input and instrument stage (all with superb noise and distortion characteristics) and a wide-open, clean-sounding nature made in germany. The EQ is very musical and simply fabulous — even at extreme settings — allowing subtle creative shaping of a voice tonal colour. Every mic sound just more detailed and way more expensive. Use it with a AT 4060 or TLM 103 or U 87, the result is simply amazing. The build in compressor/limiter is the only thing that could be improved, we use a LA2A in our voice chain and the result is just perfect. And it has two channels - for this price it is simply our mid class favorite for your voice recording!
Price $2299 (US) or 2149 € (Europe)

Universal Audio 6176
The Universal Audio 6176 combines one channel of the legendary 610 amplifier with an updated 1176LN to create the ultimate single channel signal path. The 610 amplifier is packed with features, such as Mic, Line and Hi-Z inputs, two bands of shelving EQ, and a 15dB pad. The resulting character, heritage and tone simply cannot be found on other channel strip units.
Price $2399 (US) or 2395 € (Europe)

Pendulum MDP-1 Mixwerk
Pendulum MDP-1
Entering the major league, the Pendulum MDP-1 is a modern two channel vacuum tube Mic/DI preamp designed to be the ultimate way to get your mic or source directly to tape or hard disk. Unlike vintage or hybrid designs, the MDP-1 uses a pure tube, class A high voltage circuit topology with a transformerless output stage to deliver an open, intimate sound with a level of detail that meets the requirements of the most demanding recording applications. It can be orded with two different transformers: a Jensen 13K7A for a full, open sound with plenty of sparkle in the high end and a deep low end, or a custom-wound transformer for a more 'focused' sound, with extra presence and clarity in the midrange - ideal for a bright vocal sound that easily distinguishes itself in a mix.
Price $2700 (US) or 2520 € (Europe)

Telefunken V72
The V72 and the V72s are highly sought after because they set the benchmark for high quality studio equipment and have also been used by most of the European Recording Studios with productions for the Beatles, Pink Floyd and many others. The prices are very low compared to the quality and sound, they sound fat and creamy but not muddy at all. This is a major league unit for a middle class price. On the picture you see 2 of them in a special custom made rack.
Price around $2700 (US) or 1500 € (Europe)

Millenia STT-1 Origin
The STT-1 Origin is a perfect go-to channel strip for your voice when you need a massive selection of tones without compromising audio quality. Not only is the complete signal path of the STT-1 Origin totally discrete, but it features Millennia's exclusive Twin Topology design that combines two completely separate and discrete amplifiers (one solid state, the other tube) into the same chassis. The STT-1 Origin's signal processing section also offers completely independent tube and solid state paths, and the input transformer is bypassable — giving you control-freak dominion over your voice sound. Capturing the vitality of your voice performances with STT-1 Origin is almost effortless. Major league sound - clean, crisp and the tubes are marvelous, we just really love them on every voice.
Price $3055 (US) or 3290 € (Europe)

Manley Voxbox
Manley's all-tube VOXBOX channel strip may well be your "last stop" voice processor, but it's also set to make the most out of virtually any voice you throw its way. The VOXBOX shares its fully featured microphone preamplifier design with Manley's acclaimed Mono Microphone Preamplifier, offering a whole lot of headroom and Class A vacuum tube tone. What's more, the smooth compressor section is a perfect blend of Manley's best-selling Variable MU and the opto-design of their ELOP. All of these features, in addition to a flexible Pultec-style mid frequency Equalizer, de-esser/limiter section, and Stereo Link function, make the VOXBOX a true sonic studio workhorse. Combined with a Neumann M149 or Brauner VM1 you get the ultimate voice sound.
Price $3600 (US) or 3490 € (Europe)
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