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Purpose Of A Mic Preamp?

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by bakerj99, Nov 13, 2009.

  1. bakerj99

    bakerj99 Active Member


    What is the main purpose for a mic preamp?

  2. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Clean and clear amplification of a sound source to line level. This generally falls into two loose categories: preamps with color and preamps that are transparent.

    Which you rely on primarily depends on your personal sonic goal but no proper thinking professional engineer limits themselves to one or the other.
  3. MadMax

    MadMax Well-Known Member

    To lure you out of money...... :shock:


  4. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    So, THAT'S what they mean when they say that a pre is "slow" or "fast", eh? :)
  5. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    yes to provide amplification

    but it also works to the impedance of the Mic and correctly terminates the mic
    tries to get good energy transfer and optimise signal to noise
    then provide an output that will work with other line level equipment.

    Mics can be very different in the same way that electric guitars are different.

    this does suggest why some Mics work better with some pre-amps and the different tonal flavours that can occur.

    SOME Mics can pass a usable signal into a Line level input.

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