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. Jan 18, 2011 at 3:16
  • @chuck russom - thanks so much for this, I will check them out!
    – Noiseboy
    Jan 18, 2011 at 21:26

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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