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Preamps & DIs

Preamps and Direct Boxes (DIs) are essential for many recording applications, particularly Microphones, Guitars and Basses. You need a preamplifier to boost Hi-impedance (Hi-Z) signals (which are very low) to a useable line-level signal. Some preamps are totally clean and don't alter the sound characteristics at all, while others, such as nice tube preamps, impart their own desirable 'flavor' onto the signal. Just as with microphones, you will ultimately want several different preamps for different applications. DIs serve an additional function of duplicating signals and re-routing them. For example you could send a bass signal simultaneously to an amplifier and an interface to record the original dry signal for re-amping later.

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  1. Blue Robbie Microphone and Instrument Tube Preamplifier

    Blue Robbie Microphone and Instrument Tube Preamplifier

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    Regular Price: $999.99

    Special Price: $580.00

    The quietest (and coolest!) tube mic & instrument preamp on the planet, the Class-A discrete Robbie is the perfect compliment to any Blue microphone. Learn More
  2. RME QuadMic 4-Channel Mic Preamp

    RME QuadMic 4-Channel Mic Preamp

    Regular Price: $599.00

    Special Price: $549.00

    QuadMic offers 4 balanced microphone and line inputs via Neutrik XLR/TRS combo jacks. Each channel contains switches for 48V phantom power, a low cut filter, and phase reversal. Amplification can be set between 10 and 60 dB. LEDs for signal, clip, and activated phantom power complete the list of features. Learn More
  3. Shure X2u XLR-to-USB Signal Adapter

    Shure X2u XLR-to-USB Signal Adapter

    Regular Price: $161.00

    Special Price: $89.99

    The X2u XLR-to-USB converter features built-in headphone monitoring with zero latency and easy controls to balance microphone and playback audio. Works with any microphone - just plug and play for better-than-CD quality sound. Learn More
  4. PreSonus TubePre 1 Channel Tube Preamp

    PreSonus TubePre 1 Channel Tube Preamp

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    Regular Price: $159.95

    Special Price: $105.99

    The TubePRE is the highest quality vacuum tube preamp in its class. Loaded with PreSonus award winning dual servo preamplifier, the TubePre affordably delivers low noise tube warmth for vocals, guitars, bass guitars, synths and sound modules. The TubePre noticeably outperforms preamps in low cost mixers and recording interfaces making it an easy choice for anyone desiring to enhance their recordings with the magic of tubes. Learn More

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