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Preamps

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by NineStar, Oct 10, 2005.

  1. NineStar

    NineStar Guest

    Hi Guys,

    I've been reading and searching topics on preamps and the use of them.

    I want to record some Guitars and Vocals through my Audigy 4 but want to know if a mic preamp can also be used as a guitar preamp?

    I have plugged my guitar straight in the Line2/Mic input and it seems to record pretty damn well! Do I really NEED a preamp?

    What is the cheapest good preamp one can buy.

    Last question, is it OK to record Bass guitar through the soundcard/preamp too?

    Thanks for all the info and advise!

    :cool:
     
  2. bap

    bap Member

    'Good' will always be subjective and depends entirely on your needs and desires. You can get pre amps by ART, M-Audio, or Presonus for very little and they will give a stronger signal going into your Audigy 4.

    To record guitar or bass, the pre will have to have a Direct In, or 'DI'. If you have a 2 channel mic pre with direct ins then you can simultaneously record voice in 1 channel through the microphone input and guitar/bass through the other channel using the DI.

    As a general rule, you will get a 'better' mic pre by spending more money. :wink:
     
  3. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    with a DI box designed for guitar ... yes

    the basic issue is that although you have some gain with a Mic-pre, the Mic is typically loaded with a low impedance and the typical guitar needs a VERY high impedance ( 1meg ohm and perhaps more ).

    The DI box makes this impedance change for you and sometime can add a liitle gain.
    Some Mic-pres have the added instrument input ... ( a built-in DI box )

    A top flight DI box won't set you back too much and will probably serve you a lifetime.
    It is also a very cool idea to have a couple of different types of DI boxes.
     
  4. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    I never quite believe in going into the microphone inputs on these lower-cost sound cards. They just aren't good. If you are going to do a fair amount of direct in recording from guitars and basses, I might recommend those POD products. They are wonderful emulators and sound great and you won't lose your lease in your apartment! For microphone inputs many of the sub $500 preamplifiers will do you well, better than the Audigy any day. For a good low-cost microphone you still cannot beat a Shure SM58. In the studio, in the past, when we've run out of Neumann U87s, we've found that the SM58 is a good match. After all, many of Michael Jackson's vocals were recorded with a Shure SM7, which is nothing much more than a glorified SM58.
     
  5. NineStar

    NineStar Guest

    Thanks for all the advise guys.. much appreciated!
     

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