MPR Adds Great River Electronics

Mar 3, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Audio engineers at Minnesota Public Radio (St. Paul) have recently installed state-of-the-art microphone preamps from Great River Electronics, including five new MP-2NVs.

Four of the five MP-2NVs are being used in the studio with a range of mics, including models from Shure, Neumann, Schoeps and B&K. An additional unit, plus a Great River MP-4 mic preamp, is used for live remote production.

"The MP-2NV has a lot of nice features that enable us to tailor the sound to what we want to attain with both voice and music," said Scott Liebers, audio engineer. "Unlike most mic preamps that you can only adjust for gain--and the sonic character stays the same throughout--the MP-2NV lets you change the sonic character of the sounds through a variety of different settings. This allows you to tailor the sound to what you want and make it distinctive for different voices and instruments. There's quite a palette to choose from that allows you to get a range of sound--not only 'big' sound, but cleaner sound and a lot more in-between."

Liebers said that he was able to adjust the unit's input impedance and load a Schoeps microphone to bring out more bass in a live studio string quartet production that was partly "bright and edgy-sounding." Using the same impedance switch on the unit, Liebers was able to load the mic differently so it could reduce sibilance from some female voices. "There are a lot of things to use with the MP-2NV before reaching for the EQ knob on the console," he said.

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