#1
I recently acquired a Shure SM57 dynamic mic. From what I've read and sort-of experienced, I need some sort of Mic Pre-Amp to help boost/clear my sound. Basically I'm asking for some help and advice on what kind of pre-amp I should look into. My ideal price would be around $150 or less.

Two that have somewhat caught my attention are:

M-Audio Fast Track MKII USB Audio Interface
http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/MAudio-Fast-Track-MKII-USB-Interface?sku=703669

ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp
http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/ART-Tube-MP-Studio-Mic-Preamp?sku=180581

If anyone can shed some light on what is considered a "good quality, clean sounding pre-amp", that would be great. Thanks in advance and I welcome any advice on recording. For the record, I'm using the SM57 to mic my Marshall JCM 600 on which I will be recording personal songs (Guitar-Heavy Alternative Rock).

Thanks,
Derek
Last edited by DLXperience at Dec 28, 2009,
#2
the ART preamp is very, very nice for the price. I love mine. I actually have the "project" series which I use it for my 57 and my Golden Age Project FC1 mk ii. But I have used the studio series and it is good as well. If you could though, I'd get the project.
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Last edited by Artemis Entreri at Dec 28, 2009,
#4
Quote by DLXperience
For the ART preamp, how do you run it to your computer?



You can run it direct in as it produces a level line out but I run it through my E-Mu tracker interface.
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#5
Forgive me for my lack of knowledge, but does direct in mean to the mic input of the computer, or USB?
#6
Okay, so when I run the SM57 to my computer with a mic cable that has a Male XLR end as well as a Male 1/4 inch end this runs into a 1/4 to 1/8 inch adaptor into the mic input on my computer, the sound picked up is very staticy and unclear. I'm using Sony Acid Pro to record. I DO NOT own a preamp yet. Is this a common occurance when not having a preamp for this mic?

For a better explanation of what I'm using:

Shure SM57 -> XLR - 1/4" cable -> 1/4" to 1/8" adaptor -> Mic input on computer = Static

When recording a sustained chord, it records the first second and then the volume greatly backs down.
Last edited by DLXperience at Dec 31, 2009,
#7
The ART Tube preamp has a version with a USB, get that.
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#9
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#10
Sorry for confusing you. I can look that up, but I'm more interested in my latest/previous question:

Okay, so when I run the SM57 to my computer with a mic cable that has a Male XLR end as well as a Male 1/4 inch end this runs into a 1/4 to 1/8 inch adaptor into the mic input on my computer, the sound picked up is very staticy and unclear. I'm using Sony Acid Pro to record. I DO NOT own a preamp yet. Is this a common occurance when not having a preamp for this mic?

For a better explanation of what I'm using:

Shure SM57 -> XLR - 1/4" cable -> 1/4" to 1/8" adaptor -> Mic input on computer = Static

When recording a sustained chord, it records the first second and then the volume greatly backs down.
#11
that first one you posted (fast track) would be the best idea for you if you don't have a real interface yet. that will get you a very clean sound that you will be quite pleased with.
#13
With the one I posted all you'd have to do is The SM57->XLR->interface->USB->computer.
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