If you're wondering what microphone gain is, you've likely noticed the gain control knob on your preamp or mixer. Or perhaps you're wondering what the difference is between gain and volume. Or how to correctly set gain for the best possible sound quality. Or you're wondering what mic boost is and how it relates to gain. Whichever it is, you're in the right … [Read more...] about What Is Microphone Gain?
The word "dynamic" sounds cool. But is it a good thing when it comes to microphones? The answer is vague: sometimes it is, sometimes it isn't. There are applications for which a dynamic mic is better suited and others for which you will get better results with a condenser mic. We will look at various situations where a dynamic mic is preferable and others where you … [Read more...] about What Is A Dynamic Microphone?
If you need a microphone, you will have to decide between a condenser mic and a dynamic mic. So which one is better? The answer is: neither. Both types have their advantages and disadvantages, making each better suited for specific applications. We will give a definition of a condenser microphone and examine how one works and what makes it different from a dynamic … [Read more...] about What is a Condenser Microphone?
The terms sound similar, but the two devices perform different functions. If you're setting up a studio, whether professional or just for fun at home, you have undoubtedly come across the terms amp and preamp. And naturally, you're wondering what the difference is. More importantly, do you need one, or both, of them? Good preamps and amps are not cheap, so you definitely … [Read more...] about Preamplifier Vs. Amplifier: What’s The Difference And Do I Need Both?
So, you've read you need a preamp for your mic. You're trying to set up a little recording studio or simply trying to use a microphone to record your voice or an instrument. Whatever your purpose for getting a microphone, you've just learned you're going to have to spend even more money on a mic preamp. Quite a bit of money, in fact, if you want a quality model that … [Read more...] about What Does A Mic Preamp Do?
Let's clear something up right off the bat. There is no best preamp for rap vocals. In fact, there are no microphone preamps made specifically for rap. They key for rappers, as for any vocalists, is to find the preamp and mic combination that best suits their voice and vocal style. Personally, I prefer to use a transparent microphone preamp. Transparent preamps … [Read more...] about Best Preamp For Rap Vocals
I'm going to state the obvious.When you get a budget microphone preamplifier that costs under $200 (and actually, all the models on this page are often sold for under $100), you have to make some sacrifices.The key is: finding a model that sacrifices features you can live without.Most of the more affordable mic preamps are cheaply made and do not last. Those are the ones you … [Read more...] about Best Budget Mic Preamp (Under $200)
You can find some great preamps under $1000.You will also find a lot of overpriced ones. Preamps with tons of features no one needs.You want to avoid those. If you're going to spend up to a thousand dollars, you want to make sure you get your money's worth.You want your money to pay for quality: sound quality first of all and build quality second. You want a preamp where … [Read more...] about Best Mic Preamp Under $1000
People will tell you it's impossible to get a quality preamp under $500.Not so.While there are a lot of worthless models in this price range, there are some really good ones, too.If you're outfitting a professional-level studio, then I'd look in the under $1000 range. But if you're getting a preamp for home recording of vocals or instruments, you can certainly find what you … [Read more...] about Best Mic Preamp Under $500
If you have a microphone to record your vocals, you need a preamp.The reason is simple: a microphone produces a very low voltage output that is between 50dB and 80dB quieter than the line-level output from electronic instruments.The preamplifier boosts the mic-level signal up to the same strength of a line-level signal, i.e. it ensures the sound the mic picks up is just as … [Read more...] about Best Mic Preamp For Vocals