Blue Microphones Robbie
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Robbie, Preamplificador de Válvulas from Blue Microphones.

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afterglow479 01/10/2008

Blue Microphones Robbie : la opinión de afterglow479 (content in English)

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This is an analog tube microphone preamp by Blue Microphones. The Robbie is a very stylish looking and great sounding mic pre. The controls on the pre are very steamlined and simple, so there isn't a big learning curve or anything, except with learning the coloration that it provides to your sounds. There is a simple power switch, a switch for phantom power, a phase reversal switch, and a pad for loud source material. There is of course also a large knob for your gain control. As for connections, you have an XLR input and a line level XLR output.

UTILIZATION

There is pretty much no set up involved for this piece of gear. You really only need to plug it into a power source, plug in your mic and switch on the phantom power and pad if needed, and you are good to go. There aren't any tone controls on it except for the gain control, so once you are turned on that's all you'll need to worry about it. The manual explains all of the functions perfectly well, though it doesn't need to go into too much depth.

SOUND QUALITY

The sound quality on the Robbie is wonderful. It's a very colorful mic pre. It has a very warm sound, almost as if it provides a smoothness and sort of a halo around your sound sources. You have to hear it for yourself to know what I mean, but it's definitely a positive effect. Lead vocals obviously benefit very much from this treatment, but I have also had great success using this with acoustic guitars that are meant to be more of a pad in a rhythm section. The Robbie really helps to soften the metallic brightness and smooth the peaks a little bit. It's definitely got a great tube sound.

OVERALL OPINION

I have been using this for a few years. I love the unique sound coloration you get from the Robbie. It really can take a rather dull signal and suddenly make it come to life - something not every preamp can do. I have tried a lot of preamps and this one is one of my favorites. The value is okay - Blue tends to be a bit pricey and I feel like you are partially paying for just looks. Having said that it is still a really good sounding pre. I recommend it highly. I would get it again.