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Understanding microphone and recorder/preamplifier noise specifications

I am currently trying to understand the connections between microphone sensitivity, decibels, signal-to-noise ratio, bit depth, dynamic range, etc. A picture from which I expect a lot to understand ...
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Would I benefit from a preamp?

When does it make sense to use a pre-amp? I'm using the Shure SM57 with the Focusrite Scarlett Solo (3rd Gen) to record my podcast. This mic requires a lot of gain - I always have the gain on the ...
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Acoustic guitar with 2 pickups, but no internal mixer: what to do to make it mono?

I have a custom Taylor Dan Crary guitar which has two pickups installed. One goes to the left, one to the right stereo channel. One pickup is for the strings, the other for the body sounds (ie. ...
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My Windows 10 PC isn't picking up any sound coming from my BM-800 Mic wired through my pre-amplifier [duplicate]

I bought a BM-800 Condenser Microphone The Mic has a 3.5mm jack so I'm using an adaptor (3.5mm female to 6.5mm male) I have it hooked up into the Mono 6.6mm jack of a Joseph MIX-278 Phono/Mic Pre-...
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What kind of output does an active acoustic guitar pickup provide?

My kid has a Cort AD880 acoustic guitar with a built-in CE304T active ceramic pickup (amplifier and EQ). I failed to find any documentation about this piece of electronics, but connecting it to my ...
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Any recommendations for replacing a 20-year-old Korg digital audio workstation?

I bought a Korg D1200 20 years ago for recording 4-part acapella vocals. While it has done me well, it is always a bit of a chore getting used to the quirky UI after a spell away from it, and getting ...
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set up Audio-Technica AT-LP140XP [closed]

I want to buy an "Audio-Technica AT-LP140XP". I saw that this turntable did not have a "preamp" so I imagine that you have to buy one too. I have only theoretical knowledge in this ...
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Surprising issues with a Shadow 4020 preamp

I have a Faith guitar which came with a Shadow 4020 preamp fitted. The preamp worked beautifully for a few years, but at some point over the last year (I think!) it started to misbehave. Specifically, ...
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How to determine cause of white noise with new microphone/preamp?

I've been meaning to start making videos of covers of songs with vocals and acoustic guitar, so i purchased a Shure M58 microphone with a blue icicle XLR-USB. My Laptop is a macbookpro with touchbar ...
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How to set mic input levels on ART Tube MP Studio V3

I'm setting up a small studio to do live streaming and podcasting and need some advice on how to properly setup my mic levels on my preamp. It's an ART Tube MP Studio V3 and the microphone levels can ...
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Line inputs and sound quality

Ive been recording my guitar from the line out of a two notes captor into the line in of my presonus audiobox itwo via a trs cable. I'm not 100% happy with what I am hearing as it sounds like the ...
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Software equivalents for the high end hardware microphone pre amps

Is there an (affordable) software version of a microphone preamp (such as the world class but unaffordable avalon 737 specifications) that allows my (phantom powered) nararted voice audio recordings ...
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iRig Pre and Huawei P8 Lite 2017 compatibility

I'd like to purchase an iRig Pre XLR microphone interface for recording pre-production ideas out in the field. I'm wondering if anyone has tried this on a Huawei P8 Lite 2017? I can see that it's ...
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How do I improve the Signal to Noise Ratio of low level signals?

I'm recording breathing sounds (inside anechoic chamber) with a MEMS microphone in a custom housing. The sound level is low; and near the noise floor of the mic, so we have a lot of input gain and ...
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For my specific purpose (1 mic, hiphop vocals only), will one of these preamps give a better sound?

Looking at the new Presonus Quantum 2 at $700. Since I'm just using one mic (TLM 102) and laying down vocals, is there an advantage to getting that over their lower end modals, such as their Studio 6|...
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Do I need one preamp for each microphone

Im looking for a usb interface for recording some jam sessions. So I want a usb interface where I can put 8 Microphones (for drums, guitars, bass and voice). My question is do I need a preamp for ...
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How to connect dbx 286s and dbx 266xs to Behringer DX2000USB Mixer

This is my first question here. Thank you for your help! Much appreciated! I run a small online EDM radio station on a Mac mini running Radiologik DJ and NiceCast and I have been using the Behringer ...
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Connecting two dynamic microphones to one preamp

Our podcast recording setup is a Behringer multitrack mixer with 4 preamps and we have 5 microphones. I have made peace with the fact that two microphones will have to occupy the same track. How would ...
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Combining several inputs to a single headphone output?

I use in-ears on stage and was wondering if there are any headphone amps that support several inputs to a single output? Input 1 (jack) Input 2 (jack) Output 1 (jack) Basically my end game is that I ...
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Low/distorted signals from headworn microphone

I'm producing a podcast with several speakers in the same room. I'm also a complete novice when it comes to audio engineering. The Original Setup Originally we used a Yeti microphone set to '...
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Rode SmartLav+ does not work with Scarlett 2i2

I try to use my Rode SmartLav+ with Scarlett 2i2 USB pre-amp. I already bought Rode SC3 adaptor and small jack to big jack adaptor. I try to use any of the line/instrument inputs on my pre-amp, but it ...
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Get mics to line level in the field

I'm new to field recording and I have a 744t, but channels 3&4 have to be line in. So if I want 4 mic channels, let's say Rode NT4 on 1&2 and Line Audio CM3 on 3&4, I need to get the 3&...
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Playing MP3/AAC music on powered loudspeaker [closed]

I have a Mackie Thump15 15-Inch powered loudspeaker that I want to be able to play music from my iTunes library on. The speaker has active amplification and has a mic and line input. I read that I can ...
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Practical difference between channel gain, fader and amp gain

Why do channel gain, fader and amp gain all seem to affect the sound differently, particularly when it comes to feedback? Is this just a placebo effect? Is it a symptom that something is connected ...
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Unbalanced Line Level vs Balanced Microphone Level [closed]

So, I'm trying to digitise some vinyls. I have a big amplifier, and I might just use the preamp in that, but I might instead get the Radial J33. The Radial J33 is a phono preamp, but it has both RCA ...
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Microphone preamplifier for live stereo recording

I'm looking for a simple, compact, high quality but reasonably priced 2-channel microphone preamplifier. I will use the preamp with a stereo microphone with two phono connectors so the inputs need to ...
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Neumann RSM-191 - Can I use a Sound Devices 302 as a substitute for the MTX Box?

I've found a good deal on a Neumann RSM-191 stereo shotgun. It's just the mic alone - no cables or the proprietary MTX preamp box. Since the 302 mixer can do M/S decoding, could I just use that in ...
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How do I add 3V plug in power to a 3.5mm lavalier microphone?

I'm trying to hook a cheap lavalier microphone to a Behringer HA400 micro preamp. The input line does not provide any power to the microphone. The microphone works fine when powered by a sound card ...
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Level difference between 2 AKG CK91 capsules

I have recently borrowed two AKG SE300B preamps from a friend each with a AKG CK91 capsule. The two CK91 capsules seem to have a difference in level of about 6db, which seems quite a lot to me. I ...
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What are the audible consequences of preamp impedance mismatch?

When working with outboard effects, microphones, preamps etc. the impedance may vary and some combinations may have a bad influence on the signal/operation of the equipment. Consider the following ...
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Low audio levels with AT875R shotgun microphone. Is this due to missing a preamp/mixer and/or other hardware?

Background: I recently decided to move away from my AT2020 USB microphone and jump on the next tier up— AT875R Shotgun microphone. I like the fact it'll be more directional, won't need to be directly ...
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How can I avoid the self-noise of Electro-Voice RE-20 microphone?

I use my dynamic RE20 mic with Focusrite 2i4 preamp/USB-interface. I have some noticeable hiss with this setup. The least noise I can get is when the gain knob is on maximum (which is not what you ...
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What cables for electric bass+preamp+pc?

I wan't to record a bassline using my PC. I have a passive electric bass, a behringer mic100 preamp, and a PC with soundcard emu 0404 PCI. What audio cables do i need for Bass->Preamp and Preamp->PC? ...
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Testing low-end turntable performance [closed]

I've found an old low end turntable on a garage sale, and I was trying to get it to work with some of my LPs. It's an AKAI AP-M393, very low end and very basic. I've realised I need a phono preamp ...
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Preamp for Sony ECM MS907 mic

I'm pretty new in the audio world, I'll try the best I can to explain. I recently bought a Sony ECM MS907, a capacitor microphone with the idea to do some voice recording and maybe music. At first, ...
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Sound Devices 744t - Preamp / Self noise or Mic?

Recently purchased a used Sound Devices 744t and have been very impressed with it in general, however as purchased 2nd hand I have had some minor worries about it (most of which are probably unfounded)...
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Pre-amp/Mixer or USB Interface for vocals?

I am a newbie to studio recording (voice artist) . I have decided to purchase a condenser mic for my recording (audiotechnica). However, I am confused as to whether I should purchase a Pre-amp/Mixer ...
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obviate extreme gain noise

Anyone knows about the lack of preamps to provide extreme gain setups? Even my sound devices 702 gets very noisy at the end of the gain range. Today i stumbled across this little device. It's a pre-...
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How do I know if I need a microphone preamp?

I don't often record with microphones (mostly with synthesizers patched directly to an audio interface, or in-computer with virtual synths). However when I do, I've never been very happy with the ...
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How do I run this setup?

I have an Audio-Technica AT2035 Cardioid Capacitor Microphone with an ART Tube amp. The mic has a Low Cut switch and an -10db to 0dB switch. The preamp has 2 dials: Input and Output, along with 4 ...
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Mic input vs Instrument input

I just got a Focusrite iTrack Solo. This has two inputs. One has an XLR jack and one has a TRS jack. It appears that the idea was that you would use the XLR jack for a mic and the TRS jack for an ...
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USB power enough for a Mic preamp?

I've seen some vague claims that an XLR microphone-to-usb that's powered solely by USB will necessarily sound worse than one powered by a separate power source (a wall wart) because the preamp will ...
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Interface/preamp/mic upgrade options

I'm a composer that is looking into recording sound effects and foley in my studio. Right now I've got the Alesis IO2 Express, and the Rode NT1-A as a mic. I would like to record quiet sounds with it,...
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How do I make my AutoHybrid louder? (connected to my PA system)

I'm not an audio engineer, but I could sure use the help of one! Recently I helped my church purchase a little box called an AutoHybrid by JK Audio. It basically takes a balanced line-level output ...
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Suggestion on preamp, RME QuadMic 4 channel preamp?

I'm looking for a 2 channel, preferably 4 channel, mic preamp for the studio. My budget is around €350, which is what the RME QuadMic is going for in Europe. It seems to suite my needs but I'm not ...
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Connecting Turntable to Mic input to bypass preamp?

Would it be possible to connect a turntable to a mic input to completely bypass the preamp?
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Is this audio signal path enough/correct?

After reading on the forum here, I have narrowed down some options to record classical solo flute (recital style in concert hall or similar) via the following setup. This is where I will start looking ...
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When should I use a separate preamp or field mixer when recording from a mic?

I'm quite new in sound recording - I'm only starting out with this as a hobby, and have yet to invest in (most of) the equipment... Let's say I should record voice with a microphone into a mobile ...
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lack of gain, Zoom H4n with Rode NGT2

I have just recently purchased a Zoom H4n and Rode NTG2 and I am also having the same problems with not enough gain (recording in stereo, with or w/o channel 1 and 2 linked and with or w/o mono mix ...
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what is an A/D converter? and a recommendation about it

So its an analog to digital converter that uses sampling and quantization? I understand all of that but it sounds to me like it would change the outputted sound. How exactly is this performed? The ...
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