All about the Preamp?

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by Kyuss50myt, Dec 14, 2004.

  1. Kyuss50myt

    Kyuss50myt Guest

    Im runnin line in from an acoustic pickup, and from an electric Bass into a mixing board, to a soundblaster in my comp.

    is it all about the Preamp, because my sound qaulity is not what im looking for, i gotta boost stuff in my editing prog and it muffles it even worse... i get hiss and just an over all bad sound.
  2. Kyuss50myt

    Kyuss50myt Guest

    To Clarify

    the question is,

    Is it all about the preamp, will that clean up the recorded sound and make a significant difference in quality.clarity.
  3. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    The weakest link applies. Depending on the bass and it's sound quality, how well it is played, and what damage the soundblaster is doing. A great preamp would not shine as it would with a signal path that sounds like a cloudy day.
  4. Sebatron

    Sebatron Well-Known Member

    Dec 22, 2002
    This is an impedance mismatch problem.

    The line input of the mixing board is probably a lower impedance than the acoustic pickup and electric bass.
  5. Screws

    Screws Active Member

    Feb 16, 2001
    Home Page:
    In other words, you need a D.I. or a preamp with a built in D.I.

    A D.I., or Direct Box, converts your bass or guitar signal (high impedence) to a line level signal (low impedence). It has a 1/4" input and an XLR output to run to the mic preamps on your mixer. Then use the gain or trim control on your mic preamp input to boost the gain to a respectable level.

    Your sound should improve quite a bit.

    Here are some D.I. boxes, in a range of prices.
  6. frob

    frob Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2004
    what type of sound blaster are you using?
  7. Kyuss50myt

    Kyuss50myt Guest

    sound card

    all i can find is Creative SoundBlaster Live (WDM)
    seems like it would be Ok, thanks for all the help guys, any more info would be much appreciated.
  8. Kyuss50myt

    Kyuss50myt Guest


    would using shure mic's help this signal problem at all, instead of just line in?

    then would a Preamp with D.I. make a huge difference in the quality of my recording?
  9. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2002
    With mics and pickups, a preamp isn't just a good idea... it's the law. Any pre will be a very large improvement over your current setup.

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