Photo (L to R): John Downs, Kyle Lehning, Ira Dean, Dallas Upton
(of Vintech), Lee Roy Parnell, Gary PaczosaBy Russ Long.
A who’s who among Nashville’s audio elite gathered at Ocean Way Nashville’s Studio B on December 8th to compare the new Vintech 573 lunchbox mic pre to several immaculately preserved original Neve 1073 modules.
Several audio clips were recorded by splitting identical microphone signals into the 573 and the 1073 modules. The audio files were then level matched within .2 dB in Pro Tools and then looped four times with one of the loops being the 573 version and the other three loops being the 1073 version. Listeners were allowed to listen multiple times before trying to select which loop was recorded through the 573.
There were several different musical variations including a mono upright bass, a grand piano beautifully recorded using a pair of Telefunken 251s, a drum set, a guitar/vocal performance and a simple band setup utilizing bass, drums, piano and guitar.
During my time at the event, there were on average only three listeners out of a dozen that chose the correct Vintech pass during each listen. Since this is the same odds that complete random guessing would yield without even listening to the material, I’d say that Vintech has done their homework.
Studios interested in adding a Neve flavor to their preamp pallet should give these Vintech gems top consideration as I can’t wait to add a pair to my collection.
Ocean Way Nashville