What is line-level Microphone input?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by purplefish, Aug 30, 2005.

  1. purplefish

    purplefish Guest

    Sorry for a newbie question.

    I am considering getting a new sound card, the new creative X-Fi. Under the specification page, it states "Shared line-level analog Line/Microphone input via 6.35 mm (1/4-inch) stereo jack".


    What does "line-level" mean? When a microphone is connected to the sound card, will it be amped? Or a pre-amp is still neccssary?

    A simple answer will suffice. Thanks.
  2. Spy

    Spy Guest


    Greetings purplefish,

    Simple answer: Yes, you'd need a separate mic pre.
  3. purplefish

    purplefish Guest

    thank you.
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