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On paper, the role of microphone preamps in the recording process is just to bump a signal up to line level, but in practice, mic preamps can play an enormous role in defining the character of your tracks. Here on Reverb, popular options from the Rupert Neve Designs Portico 511 500-Series Mic Pre Module with Silk to the Soyuz Microphones Launcher Inline Mic Preamp/Gain Booster are available every day at great prices.

There aren't just solid deals to be had: whether you want to get tips from studio veterans, learn how to get that Nashville sound, or see a pro setup for some inspiration, there are plenty of articles, videos, and more on Reverb.

Plus, check out our mic preamp buying guide for staff-approved picks.

What Does a Mic Preamp Do?

In general, microphones operate at a level far below an optimal one for recording. That's where the mic preamp comes in: it juices the signal with gain to get the mic in working order. Plus, preamps improve the quality of your recordings and give them a distinctive character to make your own sonic signature.

A "preamp" can mean two things: either the preamplifier circuit inside of another device, or a standalone unit dedicated to preamplification. We're talking about standalone units here, and there are three things to keep in mind when shopping for one:

  • Format: Mic preamps come in three forms: rackmount, 500 series, or desktop. Each one has its advantages and disadvantages, but it really comes down to how you like to record. Rackmounts are good choices for building a studio setup, 500 series is loved for its modular nature, and a desktop unit is great for home recording.
  • Tube vs. Solid State: The eternal battle: old-school tone or modern functionality? In the context of mic preamps, the tube/solid state debate follows the same script as in other realms of the gear world: tube will give you a more organic sound with color to it while solid state offers clean, transparent response, even at high gain levels. You can also go hybrid and get both types in one unit.
  • Channels: Just want to record an instrument or two in your person home setup? A single- or dual-channel preamp unit will serve you well. For those with an expansive setup in mind, looking into multi-channel units is worth your while.

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