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Budget Mics and the 20db pad question...

I went into my attic and pulled out a couple of my first mic purchases and I was wondering what my recording Guru's Think of the possibilities> I was also wondering...(I Feel so retarded for asking this)What the hell does the word pad mean on my mixing board and in these microphone reviews I keep reading? By the way I'm also going to be getting that PreSonus BlueTube in the mail in the next couple of days and I was wondering what you guys thought about it as a preamp...I want it all, Give it to me straight, the good the bad and the ugly...beacuse what I'm thinking is that with a good vocal performance and some precision engineering I can make up for a tiny bit the disadvantage that my inexpensive equipment places me at.


Boswell Thu, 05/10/2007 - 02:18
A pad on a microphone is an attenuator for reducing the output level (or the input level if on a mixer) when dealing with very loud sound sources to avoid overloading the preamp input stage.

The BlueTube is OK, but even a roomful of the most expensive audio gear isn't going to compensate for sub-standard engineering. The corollary of this is that good engineers can make even inexpensive gear sound good.

As for the mics in your attic, well.... give us a clue as to the make and model and someone may be able to comment.


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