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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
$9499
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Polsen MP60 Microphone Preamp

Polsen MP60 Microphone Preamp

B&H # POMP60 MFR # MP60
Key Features
  • For Recording, Streaming, Performance
  • Compact Single-Channel Microphone Preamp
  • Provides up to 60 dB of Clean Gain
  • 48V Phantom Power Button for Mics
$7999
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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
$9900
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RDL STM-2 Adjustable-Gain Microphone Preamplifier

B&H # RDSTM2 MFR # STM-2
Key Features
  • Commercial Sound, Broadcast, Recording.
  • Mic Input to 2 Line Outputs
  • Low-Noise Mic Preamp
  • Gain Adjustment: 35 to 65 dB
$17200
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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 MP213 Two-Channel Microphone Preamp

B&H # ROMP213 MFR # MP213
Key Features
  • Two-Channel Design
  • 3.5mm and XLR Inputs
  • 3.5mm and XLR Outputs
  • Dual Gain Controls with Clip Indicators
$14900
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RDL STM-1 Microphone Preamplifier

B&H # RDSTM1 MFR # STM-1
Key Features
  • High or Low Impedance Input Mic Preamp
  • Fixed 50 dB Gain for Consistency
  • Balanced or Unbalanced Output
  • +24V Phantom Power
$14996
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Focusrite Clarett+ OctoPre Eight-Channel Preamp with 24-Bit / 192 kHz Conversion and ADAT I/O

B&H # FOMOCL0012UL MFR # CLARETT-PLUS-OCTOPRE
Key Features
  • Adds 8 Mic Pres to Existing Interfaces
  • Adds 8 Line Outs to Existing Interfaces
  • Classic Focusrite Analog Air (ISA 110)
  • 24-Bit / 192 kHz AD/DA
$79999
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TK Audio SP502 500 Series Class-A Preamp

B&H # TKSP502 MFR # SP502
Key Features
  • Hybrid Class-A Preamp with 2 Circuits
  • Class-A or Electronically Balanced Outs
  • Transformerless Input Stage
  • 70 dB of Clean Gain
$89900
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Universal Audio 4-710D - Tone Blending Twin-Finity Microphone Preamp and DI

B&H # UN4710D MFR # 4710D
Key Features
  • 4 Channel
  • Dual-Path
  • 1176-Style Compressor per Channel
  • Send/Return Inserts
$1,99900
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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
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RDL EZ-MPA1 - Microphone Preamp

B&H # RDEZMPA1 MFR # EZ-MPA1
Key Features
  • Single Channel
  • 24V Phantom Power
  • Compressor
$20977
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dbx 580 Mic Preamp (500 Series Module)

B&H # DB580 MFR # DBX580
Key Features
  • Low-Noise Design
  • Up to 60 dB of Gain
  • Variable-Frequency Low-Cut Filter
  • Low and High Detail Equalization
$34000
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Golden Age Project PRE-73 Jr PREMIER Vintage-Style Microphone Preamplifier

B&H # GOPRE73JRPRE MFR # PRE-73 JR PREMIER
Key Features
  • Single-Channel Mic/Instrument Preamp
  • Carnhill Input and Output Transformers
  • 70 dB of Mic Gain, 48V Phantom Power
  • 1/4" High-Impedance Instrument Input
$44900
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RDL HR-MP2A - Microphone Preamplifier

B&H # RDHRMP2A MFR # HR-MP2A
Key Features
  • Dual Channel
  • 40dB Gain
  • Polarity Switches
  • 1/4" TRS, Terminal Block Outputs
$46927
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Cranborne Audio Camden EC1 Microphone Preamp, Processor, and Headphone Amplifier

B&H # CRACAMDENEC1 MFR # CA-CAMDENEC1
Key Features
  • For Musicians, VO Artists & Podcasters
  • Variable Mojo Analog Saturation Cricuits
  • Discrete Mic / Line / Hi-Z Camden Preamp
  • Extremely Low Noise and Distortion
$49900
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Warm Audio WA12 MKII Single-Channel Preamplifier (Black)

B&H # WA12MKIIB MFR # WA12 MKII BLACK
Key Features
  • Mic, Instrument, and Line Inputs
  • Up to 71 dB of Gain
  • Warm-Sounding, Replaceable Opamps
  • CineMag USA Transformers
$49900
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Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Rackmount 8-Channel Microphone Preamp

B&H # FOSCARLETTOP MFR # SCARLETT-OCTOPRE
Key Features
  • For Studios and Live/Mobile Setups
  • 8 Mic/Line Preamps, 2 with Hi-Z Switches
  • Outputs: 8 Balanced 1/4" Line, Dual ADAT
  • 24-Bit / 192 kHz AD Converters
$49999
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Audient EVO SP8 8-Channel Smart Preamp with A-D/D-A

B&H # AUEVOSP8 MFR # EVOSP8
Key Features
  • For Studios and Live/Mobile Setups
  • 8 Mic/Line Preamps, 2 with Hi-Z Inputs
  • 8 TRS Line Outputs, Dual ADAT I/O
  • 32-Bit / 96 kHz AD/DA Converters
$51999
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ART Voice Channel - Tube Channel Strip

B&H # ARVC MFR # VOICECHANNEL
Key Features
  • Single Channel
  • Variable Impedance Mic Preamp
  • Dynamics
  • Semi-Parametric EQ
$61999
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Golden Age Project PRE-73 DLX PREMIER Single Channel 73-Style Mic Pre

B&H # GOPR73DLXPRM MFR # PRE73DELUXEPREMIER
Key Features
  • Mic, Instrument, and Line Inputs
  • Up to 80 dB of Input Gain on Mic Path
  • Warm, Sweet, Punchy Tone
  • Selectable Air Band
$64900
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Expected availability: 2-4 Weeks
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Trident Audio 80B 500-Series Microphone Preamp

B&H # TR80B500PRE MFR # 80B-500PRE
Key Features
  • Recreation of Trident 80B Console Preamp
  • Lundahl Transformer-Coupled Mic Pre
  • Front-Facing Hi-Z 1/4" Input
  • Variable Low- and High-Pass Filters
$64999
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Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic 8-Channel Preamp and Compressor

B&H # FOSCARLETTOD MFR # SCARLETT-OCTOPRE-DYNA
Key Features
  • 8-Channel Preamp and ADAT Interface
  • 2nd-Generation Scarlett Preamps
  • AD/DA with Sample Rates up to 192 kHz
  • Dual Instrument Inputs
$69999
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Grace Design m501 - Microphone Preamp

B&H # GRM501 MFR # AM501
Key Features
  • For 500 Series Racks
  • Single Channel
  • Wide Gain Range
  • Hi-Z Input
$74500
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Expected availability: 2-4 Weeks
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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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Millennia HV-35 500-Series Microphone and Instrument Preamplifier (Black)

B&H # MIHV35 MFR # HV-35
Key Features
  • Single Channel
  • API 500-Series Format
  • Front-Panel Hi-Z Input
  • Phantom Power
$85500
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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
$89999
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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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