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Focusrite OctoPre Eight-Channel Preamp with 24-Bit/192 kHz Conversion and ADAT I/O

Focusrite OctoPre Eight-Channel Preamp with 24-Bit/192 kHz Conversion and ADAT I/O

B&H # FOOP824 MFR # CLARETT-OCTOPRE

Key Features

  • Adds 8 Mic Pres to Existing Interfaces
  • Adds 8 Line Outs to Existing Interfaces
  • 118 dB Input Gain & 119 dB Output Gain
  • 24-Bit/192 kHz AD/DA
$74999
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Grace Design m101 - Microphone Preamp

Grace Design m101 - Microphone Preamp

B&H # GRM101 MFR # AM101

Key Features

  • Single Channel
  • Hi-Z Input
  • Ribbon Mic Mode
  • Internal Power Supply
$76500
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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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MXL USB Mic Mate - Preamp and USB Interface

B&H # MXMM MFR # MIC MATE

Key Features

  • Mobile Recording
  • Podcasting
  • Phantom Power
$6995
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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
$5600
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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
$6999
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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
  • Portable
  • 3 Powering Options
$9999
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Behringer TUBE ULTRAGAIN MIC500USB Vacuum Tube Preamplifier

B&H # BEMIC500USB MFR # MIC500USB

Key Features

  • For Mic, Instrument & Line-Level Sources
  • 12AX7 Vacuum Tube for Warmth
  • 16 Preamp Voicings for Instruments
  • 48V Phantom Power
$8899
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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
$14995
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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
$39900
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$13949
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RDL EZ-MPA1 - Microphone Preamp

B&H # RDEZMPA1 MFR # EZ-MPA1

Key Features

  • Single Channel
  • 24V Phantom Power
  • Compressor
$14900
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Rolls MP222 Studio Pro Dual-Channel Microphone Preamplifier

B&H # ROMP222 MFR # MP222

Key Features

  • Two Independent Channels
  • Balanced XLR Inputs and Outputs
  • 1/8" TRS Output for PC Connectivity
  • Switchable +48V Phantom Power
$16900
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Expected availability: 4-6 weeks

PreSonus BlueTube DP v2 - Mic/Instrument Tube Preamp

B&H # PRBTDPV2 MFR # BLUE TUBE DP V2

Key Features

  • 2-Channel
  • Preamp and DI
  • Solid State Preamp
  • 12AX7 Vacuum-Tube Stage
$23995
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Expected availability: 2-4 weeks

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)
$27500
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ART TransX Two-Channel Microphone Preamp

B&H # ARTRANSX MFR # TRANSX

Key Features

  • Mic and Instrument Inputs
  • Up to 68 dB of Gain
  • Variable Input Impedance
  • Adjustable Mic Gain and Output Trim
$48999
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Expected availability: 2-4 weeks
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ART TubeOpto 8 8-Channel Tube Preamp

B&H # ARTUBEOPTO8 MFR # TUBEOPTO8

Key Features

  • 8-Channel ADAT I/O
  • Class-A Vacuum Tube Preamps
  • 24-Bit Digital I/O
  • Pad & Phase Switches
$48999
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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
$53599
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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
$59900
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Expected availability: 4-6 weeks

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
$64900
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Focusrite ISA ONE - Microphone Preamp

B&H # FOISAONE MFR # ISA-ONE

Key Features

  • Single Channel
  • Transformer Based
  • Insert Point
  • Headphone Output
$64999
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Warm Audio WA73-EQ Single-Channel Microphone Preamplifier and Equalizer

B&H # WA73EQ MFR # WA73-EQ

Key Features

  • Mic, Line, and Instrument Inputs
  • Insert Send and Return
  • Balanced XLR and 1/4" Outputs
  • Up to 80 dB of Gain
$79900
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Expected availability: 4-6 weeks

Black Lion Audio Auteur Quad 4-Channel Microphone Preamp and DI

B&H # BLAUTEURQUAD MFR # AUTEUR QUAD

Key Features

  • 4 x XLR Microphone Inputs
  • 2 x 1/4" TS Hi-Z Instrument Inputs
  • Up to 65 dB of Gain
  • Edcor Transformers
$79900
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Focusrite ISA Two - Microphone Preamp

B&H # FOISATWO MFR # ISA-2

Key Features

  • Dual Mono
  • Transformer Based Microphone Inputs
  • Variable Input Impedance
  • Front Panel Instrument Inputs
$94999
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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
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$1,42500
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Warm Audio WA273-EQ Dual-Channel Microphone Preamplifier and Equalizer

B&H # WA273EQ MFR # WA273-EQ

Key Features

  • Mic, Line, and Instrument Inputs
  • Insert Sends and Returns
  • Balanced XLR and 1/4" Outputs
  • Up to 80 dB of Gain
$1,49900
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Grace Design m108 8-Channel Remote-Controlled Mic Preamplifier / ADC

B&H # GRAM108 MFR # AM108

Key Features

  • 8-Channel Preamp & ADC
  • Mic & Hi-Z Inputs
  • Gain Range of -8 to 74 dB
  • Transformerless Preamp Design
$3,22500
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Millennia HV-3D 8 - Microphone Preamp

B&H # MIHV3D8 MFR # HV-3D 8

Key Features

  • 8-Channel
  • Transformerless
  • Entirely Balanced Audio Path
  • 36-Position Grayhill Gain Controls
$4,02199
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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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Microphone Preamps

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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