What is that makes a good mic-preamp?

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by ffynnon, Feb 22, 2003.

  1. ffynnon

    ffynnon Guest

    What is that makes a good mic-preamp? There's such a large range to choose from. Starting at a 100 dollars/pounds to many thousands of dollars/pounds. I assume low noise and distortion are a major consideration, but even the relatively cheap ones seem pretty good at that. I've never had the chance to play with an expensive piece of kit. My experience up to know has been limited to three pre's at the bottom end of the price range- Behringer ultragain mic2200, a Joe Meek VC 3Q and a Mindprint DI Port Preamp AD/DA converter. Each of these has it's own characteristics. What exactly could I expect for my money, If I went up a level or two?

  2. ffynnon

    ffynnon Guest

    Hey!! This isn't the "I've a thousand dollars to spend on a preamp, what shall I get" question. I'm asking, what improves as the price tag goes up?
  3. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    "Thin like Mackie fat like Neve" ... it means just that. The better pres just have more girth, warmth are more "solid" sounding. "Big", the only way you will ever be able to know this is to hear it for your self. But I think I know where this is leading ... is the difference worth the price? IMO yes. Look around and see if you can find a rental place and compare some pres yourself. Then you will understand.... Fats

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