#1
Do preamps do anything else but add more volume without distorting the recording? What is the point of spending thousands on a good one?


(Yes, I have read tweak's guide, but I am still a little concerned)
#2
Preamps are used with instruments but mostly mics.
They amp the signal up so it can be recorded.
distortion/clipping happens when you push the signal too far into your recorder. Turning a preamp too far will only add noise but wont cause distortion/clipping.

better ones are extremely quiet and will have much better sonic qualities
#4
good recordings come from good gear and good instruments.
also the user of software and artist playing the instruments.

- gear being interface, (some with on board preamps)
- recording device, (mostly computer these days)
- mics (some go well above $500 and make a nice difference)
- instruments explains itself.
- The recording software/user. (you can give someone a great program that has great sound capability but if the user doesn't know how to use it they cant make a great sounding song.)
- Artist, being a good artist helps in making a great song...

to get good recordings get a good interface first.
when upgrading recording rigs most will update mics followed by the preamps.
Last edited by moody07747 at Nov 17, 2007,