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Rupert Neve Designs Portico 511 Mic Preamp

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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ART Tube MP Studio V3 Single Channel Tube Microphone Preamp with V3 Preset Technology and Output Protection Limiter
$11999
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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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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
$6300
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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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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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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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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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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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Expected availability: 2-4 weeks
$11999
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$13995
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RDL EZ-MPA1 - Microphone Preamp

B&H # RDEZMPA1 MFR # EZ-MPA1

Key Features

  • Single Channel
  • 24V Phantom Power
  • Compressor
$16995
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Whirlwind LMPRE Microphone Preamplifier

B&H # WHLMPRE MFR # LMPRE

Key Features

  • Compact Single Channel Preamp
  • Adds up to 70dB of Gain
  • +24V Phantom Power
  • 2-Band EQ
$18800
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Expected availability: 3-7 business days

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)
$27039
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Useful Arts Audio Hornet Compact Microphone/Instrument Preamp

B&H # USHORNET MFR # HORNET

Key Features

  • High-Gain Mic Preamp and JFET Active DI
  • Up to 60 dB of Gain
  • Variable Harmonic Distortion
  • XLR Microphone and 1/4" Hi-Z Inputs
$27900
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Expected availability: 2-4 weeks
  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.

RDL FP-MP1 - Microphone Preamplifier

B&H # RDFPMP1 MFR # FP-MP1
$28216
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Expected availability: 3-7 business days

Golden Age Project PRE-573 Premier 500 Series 1073-Style Microphone Preamp

B&H # GORE573PREM MFR # PRE573PREMIER

Key Features

  • Fits in 500 Series Racks
  • Carnhill Input and Output Transformers
  • -10 to +80 dB Gain Range
  • Switchable 1200- and 300-Ohm Mic Level
$39999
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Expected availability: 2-4 weeks

ART Voice Channel - Tube Channel Strip

B&H # ARVC MFR # VOICECHANNEL

Key Features

  • Single Channel
  • Variable Impedance Mic Preamp
  • Dynamics
  • Semi-Parametric EQ
$54999
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Tascam SERIES 8p Dyna 8-Channel Mic Preamp with Built-In Analog Compressor and Digital I/O

B&H # TASERS8PDYNA MFR # SERIES 8P DYNA

Key Features

  • Mic, Instrument & Line Inputs
  • For Recording or Live Use
  • 8 x Mic Preamps with Analog Compression
  • Selectable +48V Phantom Power
$59900
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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
$59999
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Expected availability: 2-4 weeks
  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.

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
  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.

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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$1,19900
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$1,33099
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Expected availability: 2-4 weeks
  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.

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
$1,59900
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Rupert Neve Designs RMP-D8 8-Channel Dante Microphone Preamplifier

B&H # RURMPD8 MFR # RMP-D8

Key Features

  • 8 x XLR-1/4" Mic/Line Inputs
  • Up to 60 dB of Gain in 1 dB Increments
  • Class-A Preamps & Custom Transformers
  • Premium 24-Bit/192 kHz Converters
$5,99900
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Expected availability: 2-4 weeks
  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.

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 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
$7999
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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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