Best 2018 Mic Preamp Under $500

Golden Age Project Pre573 MK2 Vintage 1073 Style 500 Series Mic Preamp
2 Reviews
Golden Age Project Pre573 MK2 Vintage 1073 Style 500 Series Mic Preamp
  • Made for 5-Series racks
  • "Vintage Style electronics, no intergrated circuits in the signal path"
  • Enough gain to handle passive ribbon mics with quiet sound sources
  • "GAIN/LINE mode switch, gain is reduced by 3 dB in LINE mode"
  • "Selectable two position high frequency AIR boost eq, 3 or 6 dB @ 3 kHz"

BEHRINGER MICROPHONO PP400
509 Reviews
BEHRINGER MICROPHONO PP400
  • Converts your phono signal to a line level signal
  • State-of-the-art phono preamp to accommodate all magnetic pickups
  • Dedicated RCA and1/4" TRS output connectors
  • DC 12 V adapter included
  • 3-Year Warranty Program*

Black Lion Audio Auteur 2-Channel Microphone Preamp
2 Reviews
Black Lion Audio Auteur 2-Channel Microphone Preamp
  • Fully balanced design
  • High-speed input stage
  • M-6 silicon steel output transformer

Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 (1st GENERATION) USB Audio Interface With Eight Focusrite Microphone Preamplifiers
251 Reviews
Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 (1st GENERATION) USB Audio Interface With Eight Focusrite Microphone Preamplifiers
  • Eight high-quality award-winning Focusrite preamps
  • High-quality 24-bit/96kHz USB 2.0 interface, Compatible with Mac OS X 10.8/Windows 7 or higher
  • 18 inputs & 20 outputs with dual independent headphone buses
  • Scarlett MixControl ultra-low-latency DSP mixer/router
  • Includes an authorization code for Ableton Live Lite, Scarlett Plug-in Suite (RTAS/AU/VST), Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite (AAX/AU/VST), the Softube Time and Tone Bundle, Novation Bass Station, and 1GB of Loopmasters samples

Golden Age Project Pre573 MK2 Vintage 1073 Style 500 Series Mic Preamp
2 Reviews
Golden Age Project Pre573 MK2 Vintage 1073 Style 500 Series Mic Preamp
  • Made for 5-Series racks
  • "Vintage Style electronics, no intergrated circuits in the signal path"
  • Enough gain to handle passive ribbon mics with quiet sound sources
  • "GAIN/LINE mode switch, gain is reduced by 3 dB in LINE mode"
  • "Selectable two position high frequency AIR boost eq, 3 or 6 dB @ 3 kHz"

Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 (1st GENERATION) 18 In/8 Out USB 2.0 Audio Interface with Four Focusrite Mic Preamps
251 Reviews
Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 (1st GENERATION) 18 In/8 Out USB 2.0 Audio Interface with Four Focusrite Mic Preamps
  • Four award-winning Focusrite mic pres with 18 inputs and 8 outputs
  • Two independent headphone outputs each with a level control
  • Rugged metal unibody chassis. High quality 24bit 96KHz audio interface for Mac, PC and iPad
  • Includes an authorization code for Ableton Live Lite, Scarlett Plug-in Suite (RTAS/AU/VST), Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite (AAX/AU/VST), the Softube Time and Tone Bundle, Novation Bass Station, and 1GB of Loopmasters samples
  • Compatible with Mac OS X 10.8/Windows 7 or higher

Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface with Pro Tools | First
1,140 Reviews
Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface with Pro Tools | First
  • Eight natural-sounding Scarlett mic preamps with plenty of even gain, exceptional headroom, low noise, and minimal distortion; two newly-designed instrument inputs, with increased headroom
  • Class-leading conversion and sample rates up to 192kHz / 24 bit; super-low latency for using your plug-ins in real time without the need for DSP (measured at 2.74ms, working at 96kHz with a 32 samples buffer)
  • 10 1/4-inch balanced jack outputs, including a dedicated stereo pair with anti-thump circuitry; two discrete headphones output with dedicated gain controls; MIDI I/O; S/PDIF in and out; ADAT I/O (expand up to eight additional inputs and outputs)
  • Includes Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack and Ableton Live Lite, Softube Time and Tone Bundle, Focusrite's Red Plug-in Suite, 2GB of Loopmasters samples, and monthly Focusrite Plug-In Collective offers, all available via download
  • Focusrite iOS Control now available - download the free Focusrite iOS Control app and adjust cue mixes remotely from an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch
  • Monthly software plug-in offers from Focusrite's Plug-In Collective via download upon registration; choice of one free XLN Addictive Keys virtual instrument via download upon purchase and registration; 2-year limited warranty on manufacturing defects

Golden Age Project Pre 73 Deluxe Vintage Style Mic Pre With High Pass Filter
1 Reviews
Golden Age Project Pre 73 Deluxe Vintage Style Mic Pre With High Pass Filter
  • "Vintage Style electronics, with no integrated circuits in the signal pathMaximum input gain 80 dB, enough to handle passive ribbon mics with quiet sound sourcesGain range on the Line input: -20 to + 10 dBSwitchable impedance on mic input, 1200 or 300 Ohms, will change the tone of most micsSwitchable phantom power and absolute phaseA high-impedance instrument input for any sound module, electric guitar or bassA simple but effective 4-step LED output level meterThe output level controls for fine
  • "Maximum input gain 8 dB, enough to handle passive ribbon mics with quiet sound sources"
  • Gain range on the Line input: -2 to + 1 dB
  • "Switchable impedance on mic input, 12 or 3 Ohms, will change the tone of most mics"
  • Switchable phantom power and absolute phase

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Yamaha MG16XU 16-Input 6-Bus Mixer with Effects
177 Reviews
Yamaha MG16XU 16-Input 6-Bus Mixer with Effects
  • "D-PRE" Mic preamps with an inverted Darlington circuit
  • Metal chassis with XLR balanced outputs and internal universal power supply
  • Built-in SPX digital effects, bi-directional USB, one-knob compressors
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