Allnic Audio L-10000 OTL/OCL Preamplifier Review

April 8, 2022 § Leave a comment

The flute whistle tones (a very delicate effect and very quiet; it takes great skill from the player to get the tones steady and pitch centred) on The Constant Gardner soundtrack is a test I use frequently. The delicacy and overtones (the note is all overtones and harmonics) are equally difficult to unravel. No problems for the L-10000. By far, the clearest I’ve heard them. 

It goes without saying, the uptick in timbral accuracy as we go more expensive was profoundly beautiful. Allnic examples 2, 3 and 4 are all pretty spectacular at timbral beauty, the DHT, especially, but the accuracy played through the L-10000 was intoxicating. I could tell my intent on several recordings I’ve made over the years, even the to and fro between Bede Hanley’s fabulous oboe (Principal, Auckland Philharmonia) and my solo in Scheherezade. Any quality preamp will give you quality tone, but only the very best preamplifiers like the L-10000 place you in the hands of the performer. Here, their are no secrets, no fixing it in the mix, etc. If it’s on the original tape, you’ll be hearing it. 


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