Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by NineStar, Oct 10, 2005.

  1. NineStar

    NineStar Guest

    Hi Guys,

    I've been reading and searching topics on preamps and the use of them.

    I want to record some Guitars and Vocals through my Audigy 4 but want to know if a mic preamp can also be used as a guitar preamp?

    I have plugged my guitar straight in the Line2/Mic input and it seems to record pretty damn well! Do I really NEED a preamp?

    What is the cheapest good preamp one can buy.

    Last question, is it OK to record Bass guitar through the soundcard/preamp too?

    Thanks for all the info and advise!

  2. bap

    bap Member

    Nov 22, 2003
    'Good' will always be subjective and depends entirely on your needs and desires. You can get pre amps by ART, M-Audio, or Presonus for very little and they will give a stronger signal going into your Audigy 4.

    To record guitar or bass, the pre will have to have a Direct In, or 'DI'. If you have a 2 channel mic pre with direct ins then you can simultaneously record voice in 1 channel through the microphone input and guitar/bass through the other channel using the DI.

    As a general rule, you will get a 'better' mic pre by spending more money. :wink:
  3. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    with a DI box designed for guitar ... yes

    the basic issue is that although you have some gain with a Mic-pre, the Mic is typically loaded with a low impedance and the typical guitar needs a VERY high impedance ( 1meg ohm and perhaps more ).

    The DI box makes this impedance change for you and sometime can add a liitle gain.
    Some Mic-pres have the added instrument input ... ( a built-in DI box )

    A top flight DI box won't set you back too much and will probably serve you a lifetime.
    It is also a very cool idea to have a couple of different types of DI boxes.
  4. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    I never quite believe in going into the microphone inputs on these lower-cost sound cards. They just aren't good. If you are going to do a fair amount of direct in recording from guitars and basses, I might recommend those POD products. They are wonderful emulators and sound great and you won't lose your lease in your apartment! For microphone inputs many of the sub $500 preamplifiers will do you well, better than the Audigy any day. For a good low-cost microphone you still cannot beat a Shure SM58. In the studio, in the past, when we've run out of Neumann U87s, we've found that the SM58 is a good match. After all, many of Michael Jackson's vocals were recorded with a Shure SM7, which is nothing much more than a glorified SM58.
  5. NineStar

    NineStar Guest

    Thanks for all the advise guys.. much appreciated!

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