#1
hey guys
my current setup is a chinese mic (sm 58 copy kinda) hooked up to the computer with an xlr-usb cable, a carillon 49 key midi controller and i use a bunch of vsts (mainly drums n synths) and record and mix with ableton live 8.
i dont like how my recoridngs are sounding. acoustic guitars sound just fine, perfect for my home application even but when i record electric guitars (fuzzed up / overdriven) they dont sound so impressive. i've talked with my muso buddy and i've decided that a pre-amp is necessary to improve my recording quality.
So what cheap and quality preamps do you guys recommend? i only require one mic input, usb fucntionality preferred and yeah just a quality preamp for about 150 dollars aussie max? which is about 120 US.
thanks guys
Last edited by jimzer at Jul 10, 2010,
#2
Cheap gear = Cheap sound quality
Just tossin that one out there.

OK, so there is no such thing as a USB preamp, (at least that I know of LOL). What you really need to look into are devices called Audio Interfaces. They have inputs for mics and instruments but also have on board preamps.

For $120 you cant really get much but I think even still, it will boost your sound quality a little more. I suggest the M-Audio Fast Track MKII

Overall, you may be much happier with a higher priced audio interface in the end. I would suggest saving up for either an M-Audio Fast Track Pro or a PreSonus FireStudio Mobile, (Firewire connection to the computer).
#3
Quote by moody07747
Cheap gear = Cheap sound quality
Just tossin that one out there.

OK, so there is no such thing as a USB preamp, (at least that I know of LOL). What you really need to look into are devices called Audio Interfaces. They have inputs for mics and instruments but also have on board preamps.

For $120 you cant really get much but I think even still, it will boost your sound quality a little more. I suggest the M-Audio Fast Track MKII

Overall, you may be much happier with a higher priced audio interface in the end. I would suggest saving up for either an M-Audio Fast Track Pro or a PreSonus FireStudio Mobile, (Firewire connection to the computer).


thanks mate yeah i meant an audio interface haha
ill look into the fast track pro.
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/M-AUDIO-FAST-TRACK-USB-II-AUDIO-INTERFACE-PRO-TOOLS-NEW-/320558788544?cmd=ViewItem&pt=AU_Pro_Audio&hash=item4aa2caefc0#ht_3082wt_911
is this what you're talking about? it doesn't strictly display 'mk ii' but it is ii
Last edited by jimzer at Jul 11, 2010,
#4
That's the lower end Fast Track MKII:
http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/M-Audio-Fast-Track-MKII-USB-Audio-Interface?sku=703669

This is the Fast Track Pro:
http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/M-Audio-Fast-Track-Pro-Mobile-USB-AudioMIDI-Interface?sku=241710

There is an older Fast Track which looks like this, but be sure to stay away from it as it has minimal amounts of features for the price:
http://j17productions.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/m-audio-fast-track-usb-audio-interface.jpg

The Fast Track and Fast Track Pro are both nice. Choose whichever you feel will work best for your setup. I always like having two mic inputs so the Fast Track Pro would be my choice if I were buying.
#5
thanks a lot for your help man. might have to get myself a mk ii.

just out of curiosity, why do you prefer 2 inputs? just so you can leave 2 mics plugged in simultaneously?
#6
yea I mostly record one mic in my studio doing voice over work for radio stations or videos but I still own a large interface with 8 mic inputs on it just incase someone jumps into my studio and wants me to mic and record their drum set.......I have the gear and ability to do it and so I won't be running out to the store to buy a large interface hours before recording....

Buy an interface looking at how many inputs and features you'll need, both now and in the future. That way you won't outgrow your gear too quickly.