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Old April 30th, 2004, 12:59 PM   #1
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Newbie needs help, plz!


Im a newbie, going to get my first mic -- be gentle!

Going to purchase sennheiser 416 and a mackie mixer. What is a preamp, and do I need one? If I need one, could you recommend a reliable, cheap one? (I know you get what you pay for!)

Thanks for your time!
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Old April 30th, 2004, 01:18 PM   #2
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What kind of recording work are you trying to do? That mic and mixer is a bit of an odd combination because the 416 is generally for portable outdoor recording and Mackie mixers are almost always used in a fixed location with AC power.
A preamp is necessary to bring a mic-level signal up to line-level.
Cameras with mic inputs have this built in. Mixers have it built into their mic inputs.
A separate preamp is a specialized device just for pre-amplifying a mic signal before sending it to a device that uses line-level signals.
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Old May 5th, 2004, 10:26 PM   #3
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A mixer is a pre-amp with mixing abilities, so no you don't need a pre-amp because you'll already have one built in. Make sure you research your mixers and get one for DV audio, not a DJ-type mixer. They are different.
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