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CEntrance Inc. MicPort Pro - Compact USB Microphone Preamp (24-Bit/96kHz) with 48V Phantom Power for Mac OS X and Windows XP/Vista

You Pay: $179.95

The MicPort Pro from CEntrance is a professional USB microphone preamp featuring true plug-and-play installation. The unit is very compact and enables instant computer recording to any audio software running under Windows XP/Vista or Mac OSX. The preamp supports the use of condenser microphones with the inclusion of 48V phantom power.

A rugged chassis allows the unit to be used in virtually any environment, while the MicPort's low-noise circuitry will preserve high-quality audio sources. The 1/8" stereo mini headphone output can power most headphones, features a dedicated volume control, and delivers zero-latency monitoring via a direct circuit.

The MicPort is suitable for vocal recording and overdubs, instrument and amplifier mic'ing, pod casting, multi-person interviewing using multiple MicPort units, and video production.

Compact, USB based microphone preamp with 24-bit/96kHz performance
Low-noise with input level control knob
High quality analog to digital (A/D) conversion
48V phantom power internally generated based on 5V of input, allowing for condenser microphones to be used with laptops
Loud headphone amp with output level control knob
USB bus powered - no batteries or external power supply needed
Rugged anodized aluminum construction
USB cable included
Number of Channels Single
Inputs 1 x XLR
1 x USB (shared with output)
Output 1 x 1/8" stereo mini (for use with headphones)
1 x USB (shared with input)
Phantom Power 48V
Multi Function No
Gain Range +6dB to +40dB
Maximum Output Level -4 dBV @ 16Ω load, +2 dBV @ 32Ω load
Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz, +/- 1.5dB
Noise THD+N: 0.01% (-0.5dBFS, 1kHz, minimum gain)
Dimensions (WxDxH) 4.5 x 1.9 x 2" (114 x 48 x 51mm)
Weight 2.2 oz (62 g)
Specialties USB bus powered with no batteries or external power supply required
CEntrance Inc. MicPort Pro - Compact USB Microphone Preamp (24-Bit/96kHz) with 48V Phantom Power for Mac OS X and Windows XP/Vista
  • 6' (1.83m) USB cable
  • Velvet Carry Pouch
  • One (1) Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    CEntrance Inc.MicPort Pro USB Microphone Preamp
     
    4.8

    (based on 26 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (22)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Great sound quality (12)
    • Easy to set up (11)
    • Good power output (10)
    • Good audio (9)
    • Simple controls (9)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Basic systems (5)
      • Professional recording (5)
      • Amateur recording (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Tech savvy (6), Experienced (4), Practical (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (12)

      Reviewed by 26 customers

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      5.0

      Perfect

      By A2P

      from San Francisco Bay Area

      Comments about CEntrance Inc. MicPort Pro USB Microphone Preamp:

      The perfect device for doing audio recording directly to my computer!

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      4.0

      Solid product for XLR Mic direct to USB

      By Jerrod VO

      from Burbank, CA

      About Me Voiceover Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate Controls
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Good Power Output
      • Great Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Voiceover

        Comments about CEntrance Inc. MicPort Pro USB Microphone Preamp:

        So far this product has been absolutely rock solid. I've been using this with a Sennheiser MKH416 mic for VO work directly into Garageband on my MBP. plenty of headroom on the gain and was truly plug-and-play.

        The only reason I dropped the star is that after only a month of use, the USB connection is already a little loose. I am very careful with my gear so it may just be there is too much flex (or weak metal) used on this connector.

        Overall... highly recommended though.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        I would buy this porduct again

        By KWS

        from Keswick, ON. Canada

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Great Sound Quality

        Cons

        • Limited Functions

        Best Uses

        • Basic Systems
        • DJ / Mixing

        Comments about CEntrance Inc. MicPort Pro USB Microphone Preamp:

        i resently bought item and must sat it works. i used my TLM103 and with Garage band and I loved how it sounded. A bit bright, a little eqing and that is corrected. Try this guy out before purchasing something like the Mic apogee, though the apogee mic is good. I highly recommending it.Enjoy recording.

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        5.0

        is just amazing!!!

        By Jacky Sanders

        from Geneva

        About Me Pro Audio / DJ

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate Controls
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Good Power Output
        • Great Sound Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Multiple Rooms / Whole House

          Comments about CEntrance Inc. MicPort Pro USB Microphone Preamp:

          this preamp is fantastic, incredibly simple and efficient. One of my best purchases in recent years.speed delivery intercontinental B & H is just amazing. 3 days!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Works Great B&H Service Excellent!

          By Bob

          from Boston, MA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate Controls
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Great Sound Quality

          Cons

          • No down sides

          Best Uses

            Comments about CEntrance Inc. MicPort Pro USB Microphone Preamp:

            I host a weekly podcast and needed a way to power my professional hand microphones. Easy to order on B & H website and, as usual, their service was excellent. Product was delivered in 2 days. It worked great, right out of the box. Easy to set up. I was recording my podcast in just minutes. Love the headphone jack, and the preamp boosts the power in my microphone providing me with broadcast quality sound.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Samll, Portable, powerful

            By Mark

            from Orlando, FL

            About Me Pro Audio Engineer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate Controls
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Energy Efficient
            • Great Sound Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Pod cast
              • Portable recording
              • Voice overs

              Comments about CEntrance Inc. MicPort Pro USB Microphone Preamp:

              This is a great small interface if you are looking for a single channel pre-amp. It's very portable, not difficult to install. Great for grab and go recordings or simple single channel recording. Need to be very portable, get this product.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Clean and Lean

              By David Beneke

              from Los Angeles, CA

              About Me Voice Over Artist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Good Power Output
              • Great Sound Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Professional Recording
                • Voice Over

                Comments about CEntrance Inc. MicPort Pro USB Microphone Preamp:

                Before I buy almost any product, I do a lot of research. I also ask friends and colleagues their opinions. When it came to a USB microphone pre-amp, just about everyone raved about the Centance MicPort Pro. It sounds very clean, very low noise, which is a must.

                Next, for a portable pre-amp, and it's very portable, it goes from a low to high bit rate 24/96k max, something not found in other portables that I could find. You can take this anywhere, and get high quality recordings. It is also very well built.

                Easy to use, just plug and play, has enough gain to power all my mics, with no problem, however, dynamic and ribbon mics will show a high self noise floor unless you use a Cloudlifter.

                Easy access knobs, no latency headphone jack. My only complaint would be, the phantom power button could be more accessible, and easier to see, so you don't damage a dynamic or ribbon, but that will not be an issue if you use a Cloudlifter. Just a minor complaint, which should not deter anyone from buying a MicPort Pro.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Quiet and Clean Recording

                By Matt

                from Cedar Falls, IA

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Great Sound Quality

                Cons

                • Too Much Volume

                Best Uses

                • Basic Systems

                Comments about CEntrance Inc. MicPort Pro USB Microphone Preamp:

                Have had this for about a month now and absolutely love it. Needed a way to connect some condesor mics (mainly a Blue Kiwi) to my computer for recording, and this does an excellent job. I was very surprise at how little noise it creates. My only complaint so far is that it seems to have way more volume than i need. I am consistently running the volume at almost the absolute minimum. Its a little thing though, and I would still recommend this to anyone.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Exceeds My Expectations

                By Bob

                from New England

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Functions just as claimed
                • Lighter than expected
                • Literally pocket sized
                • Smaller than expected

                Cons

                • Ackward button placement
                • Wish it had a mute button

                Best Uses

                • Live Broadcasts
                • Portable studio

                Comments about CEntrance Inc. MicPort Pro USB Microphone Preamp:

                Great idea offered via a quality product.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Works great

                By Cranium 360

                from Grand Junction, CO

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Great Sound Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Basic Systems

                  Comments about CEntrance Inc. MicPort Pro USB Microphone Preamp:

                  This device has allowed us great flexibility on how we work. We can use any of our microphones in multiple setups - Either in house or on location. We will probably get a second one.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Works perfectly

                  By Victoria PIO

                  from Victoria, Texas

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate Controls
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Great Sound Quality

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about CEntrance Inc. MicPort Pro USB Microphone Preamp:

                    I use it for voice overs straight into Adobe Premier Pro CS5 for our Municipal Channel. Recognized by Windows 7, and the wonderful sound of the large condensor mike is all there. THis saves having to use our digital recorder then popping the card into the card reader. Saves a few minutes and those count in this business.

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                    • No

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                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Is Just What I Needed

                    By Mike

                    from Colorado Springs

                    About Me Pro Audio / DJ, Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy Setup
                    • Great Sound Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about CEntrance Inc. MicPort Pro USB Microphone Preamp:

                        Gives me high quality audio recording when I'm out of the studio. It's just what I was looking for and I didn't have to buy a lower quality USB mic.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Works Well With Lip Mics

                        By Kwell

                        from Washington DC

                        About Me News Cameraman

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Accurate Controls
                        • Easy Setup

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Fcp news editing

                          Comments about CEntrance Inc. MicPort Pro USB Microphone Preamp:

                          Simple to use, works well with our lip mics (which was a concern). Much better than the cheaper plug-on usb amps. Lighted ring is nerdy but cool.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          4.0

                          GOOD STUFF

                          By siriusbw

                          from brooklyn

                          About Me Practical

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy Setup

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Basic Systems

                            Comments about CEntrance Inc. MicPort Pro USB Microphone Preamp:

                            compact, simple, easy to use.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Solved my problem!

                            By DonG

                            from New York, NY

                            About Me Practical, Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy Setup
                            • Good Power Output
                            • Great Sound Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about CEntrance Inc. MicPort Pro USB Microphone Preamp:

                                I record ads for use on a radio show. I use Sound Forge software. Plugging mic directly into my pc resulted in too little gain. Boosting gain with pc software/sound card introduced too much noise. Using this device yields clean, stronger input. I may not know all the technical explanation as to why it works, but it does, and that's all that matters!

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                                4.0

                                What a great little piece of gear!

                                By VO mama

                                from Winnipeg Canada

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Accurate Controls
                                • Clean Sound
                                • Durable
                                • Easy Setup
                                • Good Power Output
                                • Great Sound Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about CEntrance Inc. MicPort Pro USB Microphone Preamp:

                                    I am a voice over artist and am currently building a mobile studio package. I couldn't believe such a small piece of equipment could replace a traditional audio interface unit. Well, let me tell you it does the job to perfection! Sounds fabulous, and I love that I can adjust both the gain and headphones separately.

                                    One of my favorite things about the preamp is how easy it was to install. It was literally plug n play - NO learning curve whatsoever! I haven't played with it enough to find out things that aren't so great about it. All I can say is I love it so much, I have been using it in my home studio instead of my audio interface unit. I may get a second for my mobile studio kit.

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                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Jackpot!

                                    By Voices of the Chesapeake Bay

                                    from Annapolis, MD

                                    About Me Musically Inclined, Professional, Tech Savvy

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Accurate Controls
                                    • Clean Sound
                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Good Power

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Audiophiles
                                      • Basic Systems

                                      Comments about CEntrance Inc. MicPort Pro USB Microphone Preamp:

                                      I was under the gun to have a really good mic working at a session the day after I ordered the Micport Pro. I hadn't had this mic working before the date and I had paid a lot of money for it. The MicPort pro solved issues I had previously experienced and not had time to trouble shoot. The preamp and USB adapter was, as advertised, plug-n-play and it worked beautifully. I loved the volume control on the unit and it came in handy for light adjustments.
                                      Thanks B&H.

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                                      5.0

                                      Just Perfect

                                      By Ryszard. S.

                                      from Siloam Spring's. Arkansas

                                      About Me Practical, Tech Savvy

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Accurate Controls
                                      • Clean Sound
                                      • Durable
                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                      • Good Power

                                      Cons

                                      • Price should match size

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about CEntrance Inc. MicPort Pro USB Microphone Preamp:

                                        This mic-port is perfect solution for travelers.
                                        Is small, easy to use, work great.

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                                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Good Product, Nice Price

                                        By Mixer Man

                                        from Chicago

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Good price

                                        Cons

                                        • none

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Vo or narrator track

                                        Comments about CEntrance Inc. MicPort Pro USB Microphone Preamp:

                                        I use this with a Mac Book Pro and FCP. I use a Schoops mic for doing VOs on the road. Works great for me. Small unit , easy to travel with. Be sure to use a good pair of headphones. Mac Book saw it right away. No problems.

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                                        5.0

                                        Small, Well-Built, Easy to Use

                                        By Chris

                                        from Philadelphia, PA

                                        About Me Experienced

                                        Pros

                                        • Clear Sound
                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Powerful
                                        • Professional Functions
                                        • Versatile

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Amateur Recording
                                          • Events

                                          Comments about CEntrance Inc. MicPort Pro USB Microphone Preamp:

                                          I use this to record lectures. Instructor wears Countryman mic plugged into MicPort Pro. I use ASIO-4-All to record into Audition 3.0 on a Core 2 Duo Laptop. Great Product. Phantom power, headphone out, durable metal construction.

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