#1
So I've got some material and I want to start recording all of it. I read somewhere that it will be an epic failure without a pre-amp. So can someone tell me exactly what a pre-amp does and why I need one? sorry for sounding noobish, but I want to have a decent quality recording.
#2
If you have a studio mic you'll probably need a pre-amp to amplify the noise before it goes into your computer or you won't be able to hear it (or it'll just be very quiet). If you use a computer mic or you just plug in the guitar from the amp to the computer you won't need one. I went through this last year and I ended up getting an EMU-0404 USB and it's fantastic ($220 Canadian, comes with recording software, it's actually just an external sound card meant for audio production). You may also want to look at similar M-Audio products in your price range as an alternative.
#3
do u mean a mic preamp or a guitar preamp? if a mic preamp then yes u need one to amplify your mic signal enuff for ur recording software to recognize it. if its a guitar recording pre-amp like a rocktron prophesy then no, u can mic an amp, which i would recommend cuz u get truer tone, especially if u have a tube amp. hope that answers ur question
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#5
what amp are u using?


you can line out or even better just mic ur amp and record it with ur computer.

a preamp can be nice to warm up some line in recordings, but it's not necessary in most cases. especially when ur just starting out.
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Quote by jj1565
what amp are u using?


you can line out or even better just mic ur amp and record it with ur computer.

a preamp can be nice to warm up some line in recordings, but it's not necessary in most cases. especially when ur just starting out.


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#7
oh, well you can line out from the headphone jack or mic it with a quality mic, into the back of ur computer.

it might sound a little sterile. but try it first, see if u need to warm it up.

most of the time i record onto a digital recorder, but when im not micing my amps, ill go thru a $50 behringer mic200. even warms up vocals.
try it straight in first tho. see if it's good enough.
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#8
Quote by HeavenlyVirus
So I've got some material and I want to start recording all of it. I read somewhere that it will be an epic failure without a pre-amp. So can someone tell me exactly what a pre-amp does and why I need one? sorry for sounding noobish, but I want to have a decent quality recording.


You dont need a preamp unless you are just micing a guitar cab but you also need other gear to go with it

easiest and best sounding way would be to get a toneport or a Mackie firewire interface.
They will take a mic and you can mic your amp with this setup to record with a computer.

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