Re: Mic preamps
It really depends on the mic and your interface unit. A low level mic and an interface unit that is noisy when the amplification level is high will benefit from a (good quality) mic preamp. But if the interface is "quiet" (is low noise) then a mic preamp may not do anything. I have a Focusrite ISA One preamp and with my MOTU it's not really needed except with my Ribbon mic. But I even negated having to use the ISA One with the Ribbon as I bought a "Cloudlifter" in line preamp to use with the Ribbon.
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