Can you recommend any good, mobile/bus-powered preamps?

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by keokeo, Dec 27, 2007.

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  1. keokeo

    keokeo Guest


    So, I know there is M-audio's MobilePre USB but that's the only one I know about. I'm thinking this won't be enough as far as noise/hissing goes. I'd like something better for clearer vocal recordings, so I can use compression a bit more liberally and tick all those sound engineers off. Something that I can also take with me (along with my laptop) when I feel like taking a trip and experimenting in the car, up in the mountains or in the airport parking lot where I feel more inspired. Not very professional workflow but whatever.

    Alternatively, is there a way to work around this? Make a conventional preamp work where there are no electricity sockets around ? I heard something like a Firepod would give a much clearer signal than MobilePre USB and even though it's more than double the price I'm be willing to pay if there is a way to use it in the car.
  2. fourone3

    fourone3 Active Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    The MOTU Traveler is one that I first think of. It's bus powered as well as external battery.

    The Metric Halo 2882 might be a step above the MOTU and is also FW powered.

    Both might have more I/O than you'll need, but you'll certainly get better quality recordings as opposed to the M-Audio MobilePre.
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