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Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Rackmount 8-Channel Microphone Preamp with ADAT Outputs

Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Rackmount 8-Channel Microphone Preamp with ADAT Outputs

B&H # FOSCARLETTOP MFR # SCARLETT-OCTOPRE
Key Features
  • For Studios and Live/Mobile Setups
  • 8 Mic/Line Preamps, 2 with Hi-Z Switches
  • Outs: 8 Balanced 1/4" Line, Dual ADAT
  • 24-Bit / 192 kHz AD Converters
$43999
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ART USB Dual Pre USB 1.1 Digital Audio Interface with Dual Microphone Preamps

ART USB Dual Pre USB 1.1 Digital Audio Interface with Dual Microphone Preamps

B&H # ARUSBDP MFR # USBDUALPREPS
Key Features
  • 2 Input/2 Output
  • Phantom Power
  • 3 Powering Options
  • Mac OS & Windows Compatible
$9999
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Rolls MP13 Mini-Mic Preamp

B&H # ROMP13 MFR # MP13
Key Features
  • Single-Channel Design
  • 3.5mm and XLR Inputs
  • 1/4" and XLR Outputs
  • Single Gain Control with Clip Indicator
$8900
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Rolls DU30b Audio Ducker with Microphone Preamp

B&H # RODU30B MFR # DU30B
Key Features
  • For Small Clubs/Restaurants/Stores
  • For Voice Paging over Backgrounds
  • Easy to Use
  • 2 RCA Inputs for Music
$8900
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$10599
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RDL EZ-MPA1 - Microphone Preamp

B&H # RDEZMPA1 MFR # EZ-MPA1
Key Features
  • Single Channel
  • 24V Phantom Power
  • Compressor
$17499
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Rupert Neve Designs Portico 511 Mic Preamp

B&H # RU511 MFR # 511
Key Features
  • Single Channel
  • Red Silk Circuit Adds Texture
  • Variable High-Pass Filter
  • Trim and Gain Knobs
$69900
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MXL USB Mic Mate Preamp and USB Interface

B&H # MXMM MFR # MIC MATE
Key Features
  • Mobile Recording
  • Podcasting
  • Phantom Power
$5250
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ART Tube MP Preamplifier

B&H # ARTUBEMP MFR # TUBE MP
Key Features
  • Single-Channel Tube-Based
  • Hand-Selected 12AX7A Vacuum Tube
  • Variable Input & Output Gain Control
  • Ideal as a Tube DI Box
$10999
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Golden Age Project PRE-73 JR - 1073-Style Microphone Preamp/Direct Box

B&H # GOPRE73JR MFR # PRE73JR
Key Features
  • Vintage-Style Class-A Electronics
  • 20 to 70 dB Gain Switch Range
  • Switchable Phantom Power
  • High-Impedance Instrument Input
$21999
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Bellari PA555 Tube Preamplifier

B&H # BEPA555 MFR # PA555
Key Features
  • 12AX7 Tube
  • 3 x RCA Inputs in Stereo Pairs
  • 1 x 3.5mm Stereo Input Jack
  • 2 x RCA Outputs (Stereo Pair)
$24995
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CEntrance Mobile Dynamics Processor

B&H # CESOAPBOX MFR # CE1862
$59995
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Expected availability: 2-4 weeks

Warm Audio WA73 Single-Channel Microphone Preamp

B&H # WA73 MFR # WA73
Key Features
  • Mic, Line, and Instrument Inputs
  • Insert Send and Return
  • Up to 80 dB of Gain
  • Output Level Control
$64900
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Grace Design m101 - Microphone Preamp

B&H # GRM101 MFR # AM101
Key Features
  • Single Channel
  • Hi-Z Input
  • Ribbon Mic Mode
  • Internal Power Supply
$83300
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Universal Audio 710 Twin-Finity - Microphone/Line Preamplifier

B&H # UN710 MFR # 710TF
Key Features
  • Single Channel
  • Dual-Path
  • Phase-Aligned Tone-Blending
  • Hi-Z Instrument DI
$99900
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Focusrite ISA Two Rackmount 2-Channel Microphone Preamp

B&H # FOISATWO MFR # ISA-2
Key Features
  • Dual Mono
  • Transformer Based Microphone Inputs
  • Variable Input Impedance
  • Front Panel Instrument Inputs
$99999
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Avalon Design V5 Pure Class A Microphone Preamplifier (Silver)

B&H # AVV5S MFR # V5-S
Key Features
  • Discrete, Pure Class A, High-Voltage Amp
  • Microphone Dual Impedance Selector
  • 10,000,000 Ohm DI-In for "Zero-Loading"
  • Passive TONE BANK for Unique Shaping
$1,74200
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Expected availability: 2-4 weeks

Chandler REDD.47 Microphone Preamplifier

B&H # CHREDD47 MFR # REDD.47 MIC PREAMP
Key Features
  • Recreation of EMI REDD.51 Tube Preamp
  • Official Abbey Road Studios Equipment
  • Mic, Instrument, and Line Inputs
  • Increased Gain from Original Design
$2,44900
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Expected availability: 2-4 weeks
  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.
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RME 12Mic-D Network-Ready Microphone Preamp with Dante, ADAT, and MADI

B&H # RM12MICD MFR # 12MIC-D
Key Features
  • 12 Mic/Line Inputs with 75 dB Gain
  • 4 TRS/XLR Inputs + 8 XLR Inputs
  • Integrated MADI and Dante Connections
  • Remote and Front-Panel Control
$3,59900
Reg. $3,999.00
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Astatic Preamp

B&H # ASPM2 MFR # PM2
$3999
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Phoenix Audio Nice DI Rack Panel Kit

B&H # PHNICEDIRMP MFR # NICEDI-RMP
Key Features
  • For Nice DI Stereo Active DI
  • Mounts Half Rack Unit in a 19" 1 RU Rack
  • Replaces the Front Panel
  • Includes Mounting Hardware
$6000
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Expected availability: 2-4 weeks
  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.

ART Dual RP Preamp for Dynamic and Ribbon Microphones

B&H # ARDRP MFR # DRP
Key Features
  • For Dynamic and Ribbon Microphones
  • Bolsters Performance
  • Variable Impedance Control
  • 2 x XLR Inputs
$6999
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ART RP-1 Preamp for Dynamic & Ribbon Microphones

B&H # ARRP1 MFR # RP-1
Key Features
  • For Dynamic & Ribbon Microphones
  • Bolsters Performance
  • Variable Impedance Control
  • Switchable Low-Cut Filter
$7999
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ART Tube MP Studio Tube Microphone Preamp with VU Meter and Output Protection Limiter

B&H # ARTUBEMPST MFR # TUBEMPST
Key Features
  • For Recording, Project, and Home Studios
  • Single Channel, Handpicked 12AX7A Tube
  • Output Protection Limiter (OPL)
  • Large VU Meter
$7999
Temporarily Out of Stock
$14599
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$14633
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Expected availability: 7-10 business days
  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.

ART Tube MP Project Series - Microphone Preamplifier with USB

B&H # ARTMPPSU MFR # TUBE MP PROJECT SERIES W/ USB
Key Features
  • Single Channel
  • LED Metering
  • USB
$15999
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Expected availability: 2-4 weeks
  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.

PreSonus TubePre v2 - Tube Preamplifier/DI Box

B&H # PRTUBEPREV2 MFR # TUBEPRE V2
Key Features
  • Single Channel
  • Preamp and DI
  • Solid State Preamp
  • 12AX7 Vacuum Tube Stage
$15999
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Microphone Preamps (XLR Preamplifiers)

Microphone preamps use special circuits to amplify low signal levels up to the standard operating level of your recording equipment. Preamps prepare your microphone signal for processing by various recording devices. Many computer audio interfaces and systems have internalized preamplifier circuits, but you can also use a dedicated external preamp. Microphone signals are usually below nominal operating levels, so mics benefit considerably from the added gain provided by preamps.


Benefits of Using a Microphone Preamp

A dedicated external microphone preamp can boost the sound quality of your recordings considerably. You can add high levels of gain while maintaining crystal clear sound. Preamps can reduce noise levels, helping you achieve a clean, professional sound. Depending on the type of preamp you choose, you can customize the sound of your vocal recording if you need vintage or distorted sound.


Types of Microphone Preamps

Before deciding on your mic preamp take a look at the different types available, to ensure you choose the right one for your needs.

Stereo Tube Preamps

Tube preamps feature glass tubes, and use transformers to help voltage drive your sound. They offer a richer midrange, greater texture, and excellent realism.

Solid-State Preamps

Solid-state preamps use transistors to boost your mic signal to a voltage level that your amps can magnify, offering greater detail and faster sound.

Multichannel Preamps

While single and dual-channel preamps are ideal for recording with one or two mics at a time, multichannel preamps are necessary if you're building a professional studio, as they enable you to record with many mics at the same time.


Using Preamps for Instruments

You can use preamps for a variety of musical instruments. Guitar preamps often take the form of pedals, and can be used to achieve different EQ points and adjust your pre-gain tone. Using a preamp pedal also provides you with consistency if you switch guitars or travel from venue to venue.

If you like to play vinyl records, you can also use a preamp to significantly boost the sound quality of your turntable. Turntable preamps can increase sound levels for a more accurate and detailed representation of your favorite music.


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