Intro to Microphone Preamps (17:18)
Why Microphone Preamps? (3:03)
You Get What You Pay For (5:35)
Types of Preamps (2:57)
Mic Pres on Electric & Acoustic Guitars (13:49)
Mic Pres on Rhodes & Synths (12:24)
Mic Pres on Bass & Vocals (9:28)
Mic Pres on Drums (5:40)
Gain Structure (6:27)
New to recording with Microphone Preamps? Not sure of the differences between a $100 preamp and a $1000 preamp? Well pull up a seat and hang out with Scottie Dugan and Brian Zieske, as they show you everything you need to know to get started with using microphone preamps!
This series is designed for those who never used a microphone preamp before, and want to know about all the common features and controls found on mic pres, as well as how to set them up. It also touches on how the components and circuit design varies between units, and gives some sonic examples between an inexpensive “all-in-one” mic pre / audio interface and more expensive stand alone mic pres. It's not a mic-pre "shoot out" however, and we chose the MOTU because there are so many out in the field, and the others because they are studio staples.
Scottie starts off the series welcoming you, and then gives a crash course on Mic Preamps, covering what they are and do, they’re different features and functions, and how to hook them up.
Scottie then turns the show over to his friend and colleague Brian Zieske, who invites you into his pro studio for some critical listening videos featuring different types of Mic Pres on different sources. Instruments include Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Fender Rhodes, a Juno 60 Synth, Bass Guitar, Vocals, and Drums, so you can really hear the differences between various mic preamps. (High quality monitoring or headphones recommended.)
Wrapping it up, you’ll learn about one of the most important, but often overlooked aspects of using a microphone preamp, Gain Structure. With this set correctly, you’ll get much better sounding recordings and have correct levels into your recording interface, and that’s a good thing.
See the individual tutorial descriptions below for more info. If you’re just getting started recording and have no clue what a microphone preamp is, just want to brush up on using them, or hear the differences they make on different sources, check out “Microphone Preamps Explained®” today!
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Submitted 1 month ago
This tutorial provides a decent insight into the often mysterious world of mic pres. The delivery is easy to follow and the examples are clearly explained. Only thing I wish was explored/explained further is the concept of connecting and gain staging synths (unbalanced TS jacks) via preamps. Nonetheless a highly recommended turorial.
I am a: Professional, Producer
Submitted 2 months ago
Exactly what I was looking for!
I am just a short way into these so far. I am taking my time. It speaks directly to equipment I own and am very satisfied with this!!!
I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Pro Tools
Submitted 3 months ago
I liked that they focused on hardware! Man online tutorials only focus on recording and mixing in the box.
Submitted 7 months ago
Really gave me a great understanding of the different attributes of various mic pres.
I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV
Submitted 8 months ago
Great information and examples
Leaned a lot with this. Clear, to the point and plenty of ear knowledge
I am a: Semi-Pro, Audio Engineer, Studio One
Submitted 9 months ago
does a good job of describing the subtle difference between mic pres
I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Reaper
Submitted 10 months ago
A lot of useful information.
Why do I love Groove3? The first time I viewed this course I gave it a poor rating, so Groove3 contacted me to find out what I objected to. There were flaws in the volume levels in the original presentation that drove me crazy. I explained and lo and behold, they fixed it! I viewed it again top to bottom and now I was able to concentrate on the VERY useful and valid information contained in this course. A company that cares that much gets my vote and dollars. This course is not for the very advanced user, but to give home studios and other project operations some true and useful information about preamps. The authors are well up on the tech side of things and it is handy to know these things. Be very aware of their signal to noise information because that one little thing can make a HUGE difference.
I am a: Professional, Musician, Audio Engineer
Submitted 10 months ago
Really helpful...shows how to tweak.
Has real world applications...and compares and contrasts various pres...
I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Audio Engineer, Digital Performer
Submitted 10 months ago
Video was interesting and helpful
Everything was well explained. Well worth the watch.
I am a: Hobbyist, Producer, Cakewalk Sonar, Reason
Submitted 10 months ago
The instructor was very knowledgable
I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound for Film/TV, Ableton Live, Pro Tools
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