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The M-Audio DMP3 2-Channel Mic Pre/Direct Box gives you XLR microphone and 1/4" instrument inputs. Balanced TRS outputs deliver hum-free professional-quality audio. Low harmonic distortion for ultraclean sound. Exceptional dynamic range allows you to capture all the nuances of the music. High- and low-gain range controls offer up to 66dB of gain. Classic VU meters and clip LEDs help you avoid detrimental levels. Low-cut filters remove unwanted rumble. Features phantom power to accommodate all types of microphones. Phase reverse switch on each channel ensures optimal recordings.
DMP3 2-Channel Mic Pre/Direct Box
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You may have doubts about my statement..for my surprise, This baby surpassed clearly my for live recording with my band to the acclaimed mackie onyx preamps(1640i). This unit blows away the preamp for acoustic guitar and voices found on mackie onyx 1640i. I'm going to get the mod for this unit which only cost $100 and it's going to put it on another level. I will get a couple more of this units, I have several products from different brands, this ones beat anything under $200 for acoustic guitar and voices(linear recording).
I needed a preamp just to warm my input to my MBox2 Pro. I wanted something clean, uncolored, quiet. it did not make since to spend a lot of money on equipment (mic,guitar)and run it through a preamp that would color the sound. This preamp is in the pocket. I love this preamp.
I'd hoped that the M-Audio DMP3 mic pre/direct box would be a step up from the mic pre's in my compact mixer (which are pretty good). The features were right, but the performance just wasn't there. I found the sound to be a little thin and raspy--not terrible, but not as good as what I already had. Engaging the high-pass filter made the sound muddy. I was very surprised that engaging the phase reverse switch also made the sound muddy, because there should be no audible difference when inputting an individual mono source. (I was using an Audio-Technica AT4050 condenser--a very good microphone.) The build seemed a bit lightweight.The unit was quiet, which was nice, and it might be useful as a phono pre-amp, but I didn't explore that option, given that I was disappointed with the mic pre performance.These evaluations are pretty subjective, of course, but for me, the same money could be better spent on a quality compact mixer (Mackie, Yamaha, Soundcraft, etc.). You'll get more mic pre's that are at least as good, plus additional EQ and signal routing features (though you won't get the phase invert option). I returned the unit I'd purchased.
The DMP3 is simply the best all-round preamp I have found in its price range -- or for a good bit more, for that matter. Clean but with plenty of gain. Clean at low levels is easy but the competition is found lacking when you turn up the gain. Not a problem with the M-Audio. I have had no qualms about using this to record classical music recitals and choir concerts. It remains my go-to for that sort of job. Also works very nicely as a direct box and/or pre for live acoustic guitar. Any complaints? Well, the two-stage gain is a pain. I can never remember whether the button should be in or out! Otherwise, nothing much to bother me. Build quality seems quite respectable; mine has held up for years of regular use.
I just got this for Christmas. I was using the Audio Buddy before which is good but doesn't supply full 48v phantom power and is a little noisy. I've cranked the gain on the DMP3 almost all the way up and didn't hear any noise at all. I don't notice any color on the sound either. If you want a good, silent, clean, transparent preamp, then get this. I record mostly acoustic and electric guitar, but everything I've recorded through it sounds great. Even if I decide to upgrade pres in the future I don't ever see myself getting rid of this preamp.
I've never owned a microphone preamp before, so I can't compare the DMP3 to another product. All I can say is that it's very easy to use and the sound is good. Regarding the first point, there's no confusing LCD screens with menus and navigation buttons, etc. Just a gain knob, some push buttons, analog meters, and a few LED's. On the second point, it transfers the signal cleanly to your recorder; actually, it seems to warm your voice up somewhat, but maybe that's just my subjective impression. The gain is more than adequate for digital recorders. I think it's a good product. But again, I have nothing to compare it to.
For years I have been looking for a preamp for vocals. Trying everything from an Avalon VT737SP, a Focusrite ISA220, a Grace 101, Universal Audio M610, and a Presonus MP20. The preamps listed wereeither too clean or too warm sounding. I finallydesided to try something cheap, and M-Audio has always impressed me. The DMP3 sort of sits in between all those preamps, giving a nice balancedtone. I can honestly say that I will never "need"another preamp for recording. That does not mean that I will never buy a different one for a different sound.
The GOOD:- Generous amount of gain (66db) Works great with my SM58 and Behringer compressor- Phantom power for those that need it- Very transparent sound with low noise- Analog VU meters gives off a nice warm/retro feel- Quality construction and solid feelThe BAD:- It has XLR inputs but not XLR outputs- Comes with an AC Adapter for the power supply (wall wart) instead of a builtin power supply.- The VU meters barely move at all at low volumes.- Well this is more of a quibble, but I wish it came in rack form; it looks a bit out of place on top of my behringer compressor.