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Home Studio Essentials by Jeff Touzeau

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Chapter 4. Preamplifiers and Channel Strips: What Goes in Must Come Out

Even though microphone preamplifiers serve a seemingly simple function—to raise the tiny electrical output of a microphone signal to line level—they can have an immeasurable impact on your sound and indeed on the overall quality of your signal. The preamplifier serves no purpose by itself, but when coupled with the right microphone, it makes a signal usable by the rest of the signal chain and has the ability to shape and refine the sound’s character.

Preamplifiers and Channel Strips: What Goes in Must Come Out

A home recording system built around a Grace m101 preamplifier.

Because microphone choice and preamplifier choice are invariably ...

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