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Can anyone recommend a studio pre-amp with a low noise floor for recording foley? Don't worry about the $$$$££££, maybe just best in each price bracket!

Edit: I'll mainly be using it with a Neumann KMR-81i or a 416.

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Here are a few that I know are low noise, there first 2 are often used in Foley:

John Hardy M1: http://www.johnhardyco.com/M-1details.html

Milennia HV3: http://www.mil-media.com/hv-3c.html

True Systems: http://www.true-systems.com/

Grace: http://www.gracedesign.com/

Great River: http://www.greatriverelectronics.com/

  • I should add, I used Great River pres on the metal scrapes in my metal impacts library. I will also be using them on a lot of recordings that I'm doing in the next few weeks. They are very quite, but add color to your recordings, which you might not always want in foley. – Chuck Russom Jan 18 '11 at 3:16
  • @chuck russom - thanks so much for this, I will check them out! – Noiseboy Jan 18 '11 at 21:26
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I would go for the Milennia HV-3C as they are quiet, have a flat response and are very reliable.

The stepped gain is useful, as it allows you to match signals more easily if you have to re-record something (provided you remembered to take notes).

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