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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 what is optimal for recording. That's where the mic preamp comes in: It juices the weak microphone signal with gain to get the mic up to a level suitable for your DAW. Plus, preamps improve the quality of your recordings and can give them a distinctive character to make your own sonic signature.

Mic preamp circuits have long been built into mixers and recording consoles, but here, we're talking about standalone outboard mic preamps. There are three main things to keep in mind when shopping for one:

  • Format: External, outboard mic preamps come in multiple forms: rackmount, modular (including but not limited to 500 series), or desktop. Each one has its advantages and disadvantages, but it really comes down to how you like to record—one format isn't always superior to another.
  • Tube vs. Solid State: This debate rages in nearly every corner of the gear world, and mic preamps are no different. The honest truth is that the answer always changes based on the particular preamps you're comparing and the sound that you're looking for. There is no one-size-fits-all answer here, so the best way to decide for yourself is to experiment. And if you want the best of both worlds, you can even pick up a hybrid unit housing both options.
  • 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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