pre-amp under $100

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by MaloS, Jan 4, 2006.

  1. MaloS

    MaloS Guest

    Hey, I am looking for a preamp for home-recording, specifically for electric guitars and 1-2 sm57 mics.
    My setup is:

    (mic/guitar) => preamp => echo indigo io => (laptop + soundforge + audacity)

    so far I am looking at M-Audio/Midiman Audio Buddy, would there be any better recomendations for this?
  2. daveg62

    daveg62 Guest has dmp3 for $135 if you can stretch your buget a little. i just ordered one myself.
  3. MaloS

    MaloS Guest

    ya i like the way that thing looks, just out of curioisity though, how much improvement is it going to be?
  4. jcnoernberg

    jcnoernberg Guest

    I noticed it's stereo which is cool... but will you be utilizing that? I mean you're essentially buying two $60 preamps. maybe you could get a higher quality $120 mono unit... again, if that's all you'd need... I tend to just record one instrument at a time
  5. Kemble

    Kemble Member

    Mar 4, 2002
    Presonus Tube Pre.
    I don't know what else is out there for $89-99, but I have zero complaints about this unit.
    I use it mainly as a DI for my guitar into my CPU, and for vocals. Small demo / home studio.

    8.9 for sound at harmony central user reviews. It is what it is. Highly recommended if you're looking to get your signal cleanly into/onto a recording format.


    EDIT/ADDITION- or go with a nice USB2.0 deal. Plug in is easy and its easily mobile. Will be going w/ Firewire interface next at my place.
  6. jonnyc

    jonnyc Member

    Apr 21, 2005
    The dmp3 isn't just two $60 pre's. That's what it sells for but it outperforms that IMO. I've also owned the tubepre and the dmp3 slaughters it.
  7. Kemble

    Kemble Member

    Mar 4, 2002
    Just dug around the web, and I think I'm going to be getting a new preamp. Or two, in one unit. :D

    Looks a great item, especially for what he's looking to do, and in a low price range.

    Good call.

  8. Thedave

    Thedave Guest


    Guitar center has the audio buddy and 2 condencer mics for $99, if you don't get the MXL condencers you can get it for about $40, it might take take some sweet talking but if you are looking for cheap...
  9. TeddyG

    TeddyG Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    There are also companies like "Rolls", that offer such things(Many companies offer such things.). If I had only $100 to spend, I'd be looking for the one that does the least - trying to make sure as much of my money, as possible, went INTO the preamp, itself - with NO COIN spent on "extra" features, NO TUBE(At this price-point the only hope for quality is solid state), no compression, fancy lights, case, etc... Try for a low-priced/featured "pro" brand(Some pro companies offer "single channels" of "just this", just a pre, whatever.).


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