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How to judge preamp and A/D quality on a USB audio interface?

I'm looking for an audio interface for casual recording. There are things it's easy to tell from specs -- number of channels, connectors, phantom power, etc. -- but I don't know any way to tell if an ...
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How do I match a microphone to a preamp

How can I tell if a microphone with work with a given preamp? Some preamps don't have the power for dynamic or ribbon mics. How can I tell if a certain mic is extra needy in the gain department? ...
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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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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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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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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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zoom h4+rode ntg-2(other external mic, too) = extremely low volume

greetings, I like field recording both in city and nature environment and have a question: I've been using Zoom h4 with its internal mics and really like it. I tried three different types of ...
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Vocal recording - Output level is too low even though the preamp show it's clipped

I'm using behringer B-1 mic and a Roland UA101 interface, trying to record vocals. I'm using the 1st preamp input (with phantom enabled) and although the input is clipped, it's still really really ...
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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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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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I am purchasing an active mackie speaker - do I need a preamp?

I am purchasing either an Active Mackie srm 350 or srm 450. I understand that these include an amplifier (as they are active speakers) as part of the design. As a simple example, if I wanted 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 to connect unbalanced output to balanced input?

I would like to connected my bass guitar, which has an unbalanced tele output, to a preamp/mixer with balanced XLR inputs. Currently, I simply have an unbalanced cable with a tele male connector on ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Distortion on Digi PRE

One of the inputs on my Digidesign PRE preamp recently started producing a distorted sound with a lot of static. Are there some basic things I can do or check for to fix it before I send it in to get ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sound Devices MixPre-D vs USBPre-2

Although my question is similar to another about an interface for Pro Tools/Preamp for field recording with a portable recorder (H4n aswell). I'm not as experienced as others on this site so I was ...
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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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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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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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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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How do I fix USB Mic Static through a preamp?

I am trying to setup a semi-pro recording area for creating a podcast and I am quite new to audio recording. I have a KAM C3 (Bottom one on the site) Mic going into an ART Tube MP - Project Series ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to connect Sound Devices MM1 Mic Pre with Zoom H4n

Hello Audio Pros, I have a Zoom H4n & a NTG2 & the levels are low - i have previously asked for help regarding this & someone suggested to go with Dan McComb way with the SD mix pre. I ...
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h4n+sd preamp or just r44?

hello all, ok the thing is, i already have h4n..the quality is emmm...kinda ok for beginning, now i'm thinking about upgrade and as far as i know, the audio will be cleaner with h4n with sd, but the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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