#1
i am a super noob and dont even know if this belongs here but can someone give me a solid definition of preamps and what they do?

i looks on some sites and they have it as a little device u plug your mic into and on others its a huge speaker so please help a noob out...
#2
Preamp is what does the actual modifications to the sound(eqing, gain, etcetera). As opposed to a power amp, which takes a signal and makes it louder.
#3
i'm actually curious also.

so what you are saying is that the signal (let's say guitar for instance) goes into the preamp (EQ gain) and then into the power amp, and then it can go out into a speaker or is there something else that is needed?
#5
yes tho, a preamp is Before the amplification, so like.
Guitar --> preamp(EQ, EFFECTS, SUCH)-->Amplification -->SPEAKERS
#7
No, it's PART of the amp - the preamp bumps a signal up to line level, the power amp ramps it up further so it can drive speakers.
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so when u look on sites for pa and the speakers show up thats a power amp?

Nope, that's a PA, and speakers are speakers.
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#10
Pre amps are used to amplify low level signals (e.g. from a guitar or microphone) to line level. Line level is the same as the output of keyboards and studio effects etc. Its also the level of signal that you can send into your computer for recording. Basically, Pre-amps make a guitar signal useable.

In guitar amps, the pre amp section is also what usually generates the distortion.
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