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I'm going to have a lot of free time over the summer (no school!) and I'm planning on trying to make my own 2 channel high quality mic preamp. Any ideas on a starting point / resources?


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Groff Sun, 04/22/2007 - 23:41

If I may you suggest, JLM Audio kits are the best solution for the starters. You have plenty of options ... NEVEish, APIish … and those kits with its quality kick the *ss few times expensive pre's on the market.

Check the Lab forum from above for various JLM kits. Nothing but superlatives.

If you have interest I have few links to mp3 recorded with JLM somewhere on my drive, but need the time … :D

therecordingart Tue, 04/24/2007 - 08:39


I've built the JLM Baby Animals, SCA N72, and the Green Pre. None of them are difficult to build if you know how to solder, and all of them have enough info/instructions that you won't be left with a product that doesn't work.

My vote is for the SCA A12 and SCA N72 for starters if you are in the US. I love the JLM stuff, but after you pay for the shipping and wait the few weeks it takes to get to the US from could've built a new studio.