I am very pleased to present sound samples of my new favorite signal chain for under $1,100: the LewittLCT-450 microphone into a PreSonus RC|500 channel strip. I had the opportunity to record a bunch of samples of this chain. Skip to the bottom if you just want to get to the samples.
The Lewitt line has always been a favorite of mine. Ever since I heard my first Lewitt mic in person, I knew I had to get one. Every single one of them has a color and cleanliness that is indescribable. Luckily for us, they have tons of samples on their website of most of their microphones. They didn't have any of the LCT-450, so I thought I could add to that collection.
As for the channel strip, I was thoroughly impressed with the clean and punchy response from the preamp and the extreme amount of color from the compressor and EQ. The RC|500 circuit is modeled after the revered ADL 700, but with a Class-A, solid state gain-stage, compression and EQ. When I heard this piece, I didn't know the price. My guess had it somewhere around $1,000, as the ADL 700 is $1,499.95 brand new. To my exuberant surprise, it was only $599.95! (We have some B-Stocks unit for even less!)
The first recording is electric guitar with distortion and no effects on the preamp. In all of the samples, the mic is flat.
The second is clean electric guitar with no compression or EQ.
Here is a clean guitar part with compression and EQ on. I over did the compression on purpose so that the color was much more apparent.
The last I have for you today is a Cordoba classical guitar. The LCT-450 was placed at the 12th fret of the guitar and no effects were used.
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