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Microphone Preamps

Preamp Buying Guide
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    Universal Audio 4-710d 4-Channel Mic Preamp
    $1,999.00
  2. Sale
    Phoenix Audio DRS-Q4 Mk2, 19-inch Rackmount Dual Mono Mic Pre, DI & EQ
    $1,299.00 Was:  $2,499.00 On Sale Now!
  3. Top Rated
    Cloud Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator
    Cloud Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator
    $149.00
  4. 16% In Rewards
    ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp
    ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp
    $49.99
  5. Top Rated
    Universal Audio UA-S610 SOLO/610 Classic Vacuum Tube Microphone Preamp and DI Box
    $999.00
  6. Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre
    Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre
    $399.99
    Open Box:
    $351.99
  7. ART ProMPA II - 2-Channel Tube Mic Preamp
    ART ProMPA II - 2-Channel Tube Mic Preamp
    $299.00
  8. Rupert Neve Designs Portico 511 500-Series Mic Preamp with Texture Control
    $545.00
  9. Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5012 Duo Mic Preamp
    $1,725.00
  10. Top Rated
    ART Digital MPA-II 2-Channel Tube Microphone Preamp with A/D Conversion
    $399.00
    Open Box:
    $351.12
  11. AEA Microphones RPQ2 Preamp
    AEA Microphones RPQ2 Preamp
    $1,499.00
  12. Universal Audio 2-610 Silverface Dual Channel Mic Pre
    $2,199.00
  13. Top Rated
    ART Tube MP Project Series Tube Microphone/Instrument Preamp
    $69.00
  14. Top Rated
    Cloud Cloudlifter CL-2 Phantom powered gain booster for dynamic and ribbon mics
    $249.00
  15. AEA Microphones TRP2 Two-Channel Ribbon Preamp
    $899.00
  16. Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic
    $599.99
  17. Warm Audio WA-412 - Classic 4-Channel Mic Pre
    $1,199.00
  18. Behringer 8-Channel Microphone Preamp AD/DA Converter w/MIDAS
    $199.99
    Open Box:
    $175.99
  19. Daking Mic-Pre IV
    Daking Mic-Pre IV
    $2,099.00
    Open Box:
    $1,847.12
  20. Chandler Limited TG-2 Abbey Road Special Edition Mic Preamp
    $2,315.00
  21. ART TubeOpto8 Mic Preamp with ADAT I/O
    ART TubeOpto8 Mic Preamp with ADAT I/O
    $399.00
  22. Top Rated
    Grace Design M101 Microphone Preamp
    Grace Design M101 Microphone Preamp
    $765.00
    Open Box:
    $612.00
  23. Top Rated
    Universal Audio 710 Twin-Finity Mic Pre & DI Box
    $799.00
  24. Warm Audio WA73-EQ 1 Channel British Mic Pre & EQ
    $799.00
  25. Top Rated
    Focusrite ISA One Classic Single Channel Mic Pre
    $499.99
    Open Box:
    $439.99
  26. Warm Audio WA273-EQ 2-Channel British Mic Pre & EQ
    $1,499.00
  27. Top Rated
    PreSonus BlueTube DP V2 2-Channel Mic/Instrument Tube Preamp
    $229.95
  28. Rupert Neve Designs Portico 517: 500 Series Mic Pre / DI / Comp
    $850.00
  29. Top Rated
    ART SplitCom Pro 2 Way Mic Splitter / Combiner
    $35.00
    Open Box:
    $30.80
  30. Focusrite ISA Two Classic Dual Mono Transformer-Based Microphone Preamplifier
    $799.99
    Open Box:
    $703.99
  31. ART Tube MP Studio V3 Mic Preamp
    ART Tube MP Studio V3 Mic Preamp
    $79.00
  32. ART TPS II 2-Channel Variable Impedance Tube Preamp
    $185.00
  33. Top Rated
    ART S8 8-Channel Balanced Mic Splitter
    ART S8 8-Channel Balanced Mic Splitter
    $239.00
  34. Top Rated
    Cloud Cloudlifter-Z Microphone Activator
    Cloud Cloudlifter-Z Microphone Activator
    $249.00
  35. Midas 8-Channel Digi-Log Microphone Preamp
    $899.00
  36. Rapco Horizon CVPBLOX Variable Pad Microphone Volume Control
    $35.70
  37. Black Lion Audio Auteur Quad Mic Preamp and DI
    $799.00
  38. ART S8-3Way Eight-Channel Three-Way Mic Splitter
    $279.00
  39. Top Rated
    A Designs Pacifica Solid State Stereo Microphone Preamplifier
    $2,095.00
  40. PreSonus TubePre V2 Single-Channel Tube Preamplifier/DI Box
    $129.95
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When a microphone's signal is too weak to be transmitted to other recording devices, it needs an extra tool that can boost its signal strength back to line level. This additional piece of equipment is called a microphone preamp, and they are essential to your recording studio setup.

Before you purchase a microphone preamp, it's best to ask yourself a few key questions. For example, what kind of microphones are you using? If you're recording with a condenser microphone, you'll definitely need a preamp with phantom power, since condenser mics need electricity in order to work. However, dynamic mics have a weaker signal than condenser mics, which means you'll need a preamp for more gain, but without adding any additional noise. Although microphone amps are typically used to increase a microphones volume or provide phantom power, they are also a superb way to add warmth and clarity to the sound.

For a high performance microphone preamp at an affordable price, the new ART ProMPA II is the next generation of microphone preamp technology. Remarkably powerful and easy to use, this preamp is an excellent way of giving your projects a rich tube sound along with Mid-Side stereo recording. Another option is the Summit Audio 2BA-221 tube mic and line module. This microphone preamp contains individual controls to mix mic with Hi-Z or line inputs for variable vacuum tube output. Versatile and amazingly clear, this microphone preamp is fantastic for both amateur and expert recording setups.

You can be the best sound technician in the world, but in order to prove that you're the best, you need recording equipment that's designed by professionals, and this includes your microphone preamp. Because microphone preamps are offered by many of the world's top pro audio brands, you can have peace of mind knowing that the option you choose in this section will be more than capable of taking on its important role in the studio.


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