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Microphone Preamps Explained®

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    Intro to Microphone Preamps (17:18)


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    Why Microphone Preamps? (3:03)


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    Features (2:45)


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    Impedance (4:49)


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    You Get What You Pay For (5:35)


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    Types of Preamps (2:57)


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    Mic Pres on Electric & Acoustic Guitars (13:49)


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    Mic Pres on Rhodes & Synths (12:24)


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    Mic Pres on Bass & Vocals (9:28)


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    Mic Pres on Drums (5:40)


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    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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BillDoe
Submitted 2 weeks 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

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pom pom pom
Submitted 1 month ago

Helpful

I liked that they focused on hardware! Man online tutorials only focus on recording and mixing in the box.


smpmusic
Submitted 5 months ago

very helpful

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

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Midlife Recording
Submitted 7 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

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josharenberg
Submitted 8 months ago

good series

does a good job of describing the subtle difference between mic pres

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Reaper

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Jay38
Submitted 8 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

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The Wiz
Submitted 9 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

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patb
Submitted 9 months ago

Video was interesting and helpful

Everything was well explained. Well worth the watch.

I am a: Hobbyist, Producer, Cakewalk Sonar, Reason

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19808KP
Submitted 9 months ago

Very helpful

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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Luis Che
Submitted 9 months ago

Very useful tutorial!

Finally somebody explained in simple words the relationship between VU and dBFS !, thanks!.

I am a: Professional, Audio Engineer, Cubase

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I grew up taking classical piano lessons, so music has always been a part of my life. It started out as a daily chore and eventually evolved into a passion. Now I am very lucky to call it my profession.

2. What training have you had?

After thirteen years of private piano lessons I decided to pursue a formal degree. Two years in and I realized it wasn't for me. From that point on a began teaching myself and taking various online courses that offered subjects that excited me. I've gotten to learn and sit under individuals who are way better than I am.

3. When did you get into recording?

Ableton Live and the ability to make music with a computer were the two biggest reasons I didn't continue pursue a formal degree. I was in a band, we cut a DIY "garage album" and that started the obsession. The once obscured world of synths, hardware and software was now overwhealming as I transitioned away from a piano only mindset.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I have the great privilege to be working with Ableton as one of their Ableton Certified Trainers. Being a part of that community has been really amazing and life changing. I have yet to work with anyone rich and famous... but I have a feeling one day some of these crazy talented people will be. I get to work with students and artists who are chasing their musical dreams. I like the purity and passion that comes with that.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Well, I've always been told that I'm a good teacher but I hated talking to people I didn't know. It took a while to get over those introvert tendencies and fear of public speaking and now I can't get enough. Watching a student get that lightbulb breakthrough or seeing an ignition of passion after the transfer of knowledge creates such a sense of fulfillment for me. I can't not teach.

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Microphone Preamps Explained® is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 23.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from 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!!!
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Helpful I liked that they focused on hardware! Man online tutorials only focus on recording and mixing in the box.
Date published: 2018-04-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very helpful Really gave me a great understanding of the different attributes of various mic pres.
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great information and examples Leaned a lot with this. Clear, to the point and plenty of ear knowledge
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from good series does a good job of describing the subtle difference between mic pres
Date published: 2017-10-07
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Really helpful...shows how to tweak. Has real world applications...and compares and contrasts various pres...
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Video was interesting and helpful Everything was well explained. Well worth the watch.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful The instructor was very knowledgable
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very useful tutorial! Finally somebody explained in simple words the relationship between VU and dBFS !, thanks!.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Educational! I love it when I am actually learning something new and in the areas of impedance and gain structure this series finally cleared up several issues that I have just never bothered to learn. So thats me being lazy, fortunately these tutorials are helping me out to finally get the clarity that I need.
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Top stuff Well worth a look at this one, for all of us whose only 'analog' experience is the audio interface into our computers - highly recommended
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very helpful... The most important teaching method is demonstrations. It really helps.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great tutorials... very helpful! Very well done.
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great video series! Great explanation on preamp topic! Great lectors!
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from awesome opened my understanding of why u need 1
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excelent!! Clear and Depth Fantastic!!
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Good find! So glad I found this training...I've been slogging through one tutorial after another for the last 18 mo.s and, so far, the videos have tied a lot of stuff together for me!
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Thank you!!!! Thanks to this tutorial I know understand why different preamps sound like they do. It was also great to see them taken apart. Thank you so much!!!
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Enlightening!! First of it's kind explaining pre-amp usage. I have a few nice ones and now I have a better insight as to how to use them.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Lots of useful information presented in understandable terms! The last segment, Gain Structure, left me wanting you to explain the various meter scaling, e.g., Peak, RMS, K-System. Perhaps you could include a discussion pertaining to LUFS and the recent loudness standards.
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great examples. I am especially impressed by the sound examples given for different instruments and preamps. This was very helpful in directing my ear to different sound qualities and ways to describe them.
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Great Very nice to be able to hear a/b comparisons on various signal sources, between a cheap interface, a couple of solid states, and a tube pre.
Date published: 1969-12-31
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