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Sytek Mic Pre Improvements

Post by eh91311 » Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:38 pm

atomiumamps has an interesting tumblr blog article about Sytek MPX-4Aii mic preamps and attempts to implement different op amps to improve performance. I'm thinking about sending one of mine in for Matt's mods...

Link: https://atomiumamps.tumblr.com/post/187 ... mous#notes

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Re: Sytek Mic Pre Improvements

Post by winky dinglehoffer » Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:36 pm

Even by the blog's description, the change doesn't sound very dramatic at all. Are you sure it's worth it?

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Re: Sytek Mic Pre Improvements

Post by digitaldrummer » Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:52 am

I would agree. if you are going for clean, there are other clean pres. if you are going for color, there are other much more colored pres out there. but it's your money... :lol:
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Re: Sytek Mic Pre Improvements

Post by eh91311 » Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:04 am

winky dinglehoffer wrote:
Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:36 pm
Even by the blog's description, the change doesn't sound very dramatic at all. Are you sure it's worth it?
The mods are not expensive, but yes, I agree with you that the changes may not be all that noticeable.

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Re: Sytek Mic Pre Improvements

Post by Recycled_Brains » Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:27 am

Do they need to be "improved"?

They are excellent preamps stock. I couldn't imagine them being much better than they already are.
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Re: Sytek Mic Pre Improvements

Post by I'm Painting Again » Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:01 pm

this won't do anything worth the time or $ imho

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Re: Sytek Mic Pre Improvements

Post by unholyE » Tue Jan 28, 2020 7:14 am

I'm generally game for experimentation but I don't think I'd throw any more time or money at the Syteks. I have them and I rarely use them but I would suggest either keep them as is- they are useable, if slightly "plain" sounding preamps- OR maybe just save up and get something more clean or more colored, depending on your needs. I've got Grace pres for clean and BAE and Warm for "color."

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Re: Sytek Mic Pre Improvements

Post by losthighway » Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:20 am

Yeah, I'd second the 'fine as is' statement. But since everyone is throwing some subtle shade at the once-lauded Sytek I will say that those pres will never be a problem on anything, They will always work, and you have to spend a good deal more $$ to get something that's clearly better. I mean, for doing vocals I'd want a tube compressor on the back end to round things out, but they're great for percussion/drums and just fine for guitars/bass/strings/piano.

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