A local pawn shop had a couple of these mics and after doing a little research on them decided to pick one up for the relative bargain price they're selling them at. The mic is an odd one...a broadcast mic with built in amplifier and limiter that puts out a line level signal. It is set up to use a battery (that's no longer available) or phantom power. Now, seeing it puts out line level, one would not use a preamp for it. I initially assumed I could use the outboard phantom power unit I have and just plug it straight into a compressor and use the gain control to control the level going into the DAW. This really does not work well. Now I'm thinking that I treat this like an instrument and run it into a D.I. input? Anyone out there that can help me with this. The thing's not working well for me and I'm wondering if I should go back and swap it out for the other SM82 they have to determine if this one has problems. Here's some info on the mic; http://www.coutant.org/sm82/ Thanks in advance for any input!