12   The Mud-n-Sizzle Preamp

When you pump up the volume, you have more sound to work with. A preamplifier boosts your instrument’s volume, allowing a quieter instrument to cut through the mix when it’s being played with louder instruments. This is also handy if you have an instrument-level signal—like the one produced by an electric guitar or by the Playing-Card Pickup (Project 9)—that you want to feed into effects or other gear that expects a hotter line-level input (the sort generated by synths, drum machines, powered mics, and so on).

Even in a stripped-down solo application, a preamp can be your best friend: boosting the volume brings out subtle sounds and tones, lengthens the decay of your notes, and gives you access to a broader dynamic ...

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