Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Mystery of Microphone Preamps

Those of you who have been reading here these past few months have no doubt observed that I've been testing and selecting equipment for a small DAW based project studio. The next and hopefully the final item on my shopping list is a first rate microphone preamp.

I've been doing some research on this subject and have found something that I want to share with you. There are a couple of excellent articles by John Hardy which provide an excellent introduction to the world of high quality dedicated microphone preamps.

You can access the articles from Mr. Hardy's informative links page and you can also go directly to the articles by clicking here on the titles (or right-click to download the PDF files):

These articles cover the topic much better than I can so I won't even attempt it. I would just like to say a quick thanks to Sean at Mercenary Audio for suggesting the John Hardy M-1 Mic Pre-amp to me. It was while reading up on the M-1 that I came across these excellent articles.


John Guth said...

Hi, Thanks for the review of the DPA mic. It is super cardiod not a shotgun fyi. Do you hear any hiss or other noise when using it? Its noise spec is on the high side. Can you record fingerpicking without audible hiss?

Alan Acuff said...

I double checked my info with DPA support. The 4099 is a miniature shotgun mic. See my follow-up review for more info.