Top Preamps
Top Preamps

Top 30+ Preamps 2021

We have created for you a rating of the Best 30 Preamps

Equipment list navigation:

  1. Universal Audio 6176
  2. Manley Core
  3. Chandler Limited REDD.47
  4. Black Lion Audio Auteur Mic Pre Mk2
  5. Great River MP-2 NV
  6. Audient ASP 880
  7. Royer Labs dBooster
  8. BAE Audio 1073DMP
  9. SPL Gainstation 1 Premium
  10. Heritage Audio HA-81A Elite
  11. Heritage Audio TT-73
  12. Radial Engineering Vocoloco
  13. Warm Audio WA273-EQ
  14. Focusrite ISA One Analog
  15. Focusrite Clarett OctoPre
  16. Focusrite ISA Two
  17. Focusrite ISA 428 MKII
  18. Tech 21 QStrip
  19. SPL Gainstation 1 AD
  20. Golden Age Premier PREQ-73
  21. DBX 286 S
  22. Audio-Technica AT2020 Bundle
  23. SPL Gainstation 1
  24. ART Tube MP
  25. Behringer MIC500USB Tube Ultragain
  26. Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-2 Mic Activator
  27. Slate Digital VMS ONE Preamp
  28. Presonus Bluetube DP V2
  29. ART Tube MP/C
  30. ART Tube MP Project Series USB

1. Universal Audio 6176

Universal Audio 6176

High quality channel strip

  • With the 610B tube microphone preamp and the legendary 1176LN compressor
  • Microphone and instrument preamp with tube technology
  • Variable setting of gain and output level
  • Several input impedances can be selected
  • Very low-noise signal processing
  • Two-band equalizer, each with three fixed frequency ranges for desired cuts and boosts
  • Selectable -15 dB pad
  • Mono version of the well-known 1176LN vintage limiter / compressor classic
  • Extremely fast attack times: From 20-800 microseconds is possible
  • Dimensions: 19″ / 2U
  • Weight: 5.5 kg

2. Manley Core

Manley Core

Channel Strip

  • Channel strip with tube input stage
  • Compressor
  • 3-Band EQ and limit section
  • 48 V phantom power
  • 120 Hz high pass filter
  • Phase Invert
  • Compressor: ELOP technology
  • Ratio 3: 1
  • Silent bypass switch
  • Variable attack, release and threshold
  • EQ: low and high Baxandall shelves (80Hz and 12kHz) with ± 12dB range
  • Sweepable Midrange Bell EQ (100Hz – 1kHz) or (1kHz – 10kHz) with ± 10dB range
  • Limiter: FET brickwall limiter
  • Peak Limit LED
  • 10 dB range output gain control
  • Large illuminated VU meter
  • Connections: XLR Mic input balanced
  • XLR line input balanced
  • Instrument input 6.3 mm jack
  • Insert 6.3 mm jack
  • XLR Direct output balanced
  • XLR Main output balanced
  • Format: 19″ 2U

3. Chandler Limited REDD.47

Chandler Limited REDD.47

1-Channel tube microphone preamplifier

  • Based on the EMI REDD.51 console preamplifier
  • Tube (EF86, E88CC)
  • +57 dB total gain
  • Rumble filter, 20dB pad switch, phase switch
  • + 48V switchable phantom power
  • Gain 16 to 52 dB (Stepped), Fine gain: +/- 5 dB (variable)
  • Transformer balanced inputs/outputs
  • Connections: Mic/line balanced XLR input, Hi-Z 6.3 mm jack input in front, XLR line output
  • Integrated power supply
  • Model: 19″ 2U

4. Black Lion Audio Auteur Mic Pre Mk2

Black Lion Audio Auteur Mic Pre Mk2

2-Channel Preamplifier

  • Excellent allrounder for detailed recordings, e.g. vocals, drums, guitar
  • Sound captivates with clarity and warmth
  • Frequency range: 10 to 30000 Hz
  • Gain: 0 – 65 dB continuously adjustable
  • Switchable -10 dB PAD
  • Switchable phase reversal
  • THD + N (@ +4 dBu Output): 0.0033% @ +10 dBu Gain, 0.0054% @ + 24dBu Gain, 0.027% @ +40 dBu Gain
  • Input impedance: 600 ohms
  • Output impedance: 600 ohms
  • Inputs 2 x XLR (balanced)
  • Outputs 2 x jack (symmetrical)
  • Headroom: 26 dB
  • + 48V phantom power
  • External 24 VAC power supply
  • Height: 1U
  • Width: 9.5 “(rack mountable)
  • Weight: 1.5 kg

5. Great River MP-2 NV

Great River MP-2 NV

2-Channel Solid State Microphone Preamp

  • 2x XLR micro input
  • 2x Hi-Z instrument input on the front
  • Balanced XLR outputs
  • TRS insert after the output amplifier
  • Adjustable gain in 5 dB increments up to 60 dB
  • 1/4 “-10 dBV output for latency-free monitoring
  • Phantom power
  • Format: 19 “/ 1 U

6. Audient ASP 880

Audient ASP 880

8- Channel Microphone Preamp

  • With insert loops and A/D converters
  • 2 Hi-Z Class-A instrument inputs for guitar/ bass
  • 8 Inserts
  • 123 dB Burr Brown based AD converter technology
  • High pass filter and input impedance variable
  • Fanless power supply
  • Design: 19″ 1 U
  • Incl. license for extensive Audient ARC download software package (license after product registration); the download package contains products from the following companies: Eventide, Steinberg, LANDR and Producertech – Audient is responsible for the validity and scope of the software package.

7. Royer Labs dBooster

Royer Labs dBooster

In-Line Signal Amplifier

  • For ribbon and dynamic microphones
  • Switchable gain (12/20 dB)
  • Frequency range: 20 to 20000 Hz
  • 48 V Phantom power supply
  • Class-A input stage
  • High-impedance XLR input and low-impedance XLR output XLR
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 51 x 41.3 x 92 mm
  • Weight: 170 g

8. BAE Audio 1073DMP

BAE Audio 1073DMP

Microphone Preamp with DI Input

  • Frequency response: 10 to 55000 Hz (-3dB)
  • Mic Input impedance: 1200 Ohm
  • DI Input impedance: 150 kOhm
  • Output impedance: 65 Ohm
  • Maximum output level: +27.4 dBu @ 600 Ohm
  • Gain: 0 to 71 dB
  • DI in and 2x DI Through
  • 48 V Phantom power
  • Phase reversal
  • Built-in power supply for best possible portability
  • Sturdy metal housing
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 135 x 102 x 279 mm
  • Weight: 3.31 kg

9. SPL Gainstation 1 Premium

SPL Gainstation 1 Premium

High Quality Class A Micro and Instrument Preamp

  • Microphone input transformer by Lundahl
  • 60 V technology (125 dB dynamic at 30 dB gain)
  • Separately controllable solid-state and tube preamps for seamless transition from cleaner transistor pre-amplification to tube saturation
  • Peak limiter
  • Switchable input impedances (200 Ohm, 1.2 kOhm and 10 kOhm)
  • Adjustable high pass filter 12dB / 50Hz
  • 48V phantom power
  • Frequency response linear up to 200 kHz (!)
  • Also ideal for mobile use

10. Heritage Audio HA-81A Elite

Heritage Audio HA-81A Elite

Heritage Audio HA-81A Elite; Channelstrip; Class-A 73-style mic preamp and 81-style equalizer; Gain: max: +80 dB; all discrete Class-A design with Carnhill and St. Ives input and output transformers; -20 dB Pad; Phase Reverse Switch; +48 V Phantom Power; inductor-based equalizer; Low pass filter: 3.9 – 5.6 – 8.2 – 12 – 18 kHz; High pass filter: 27 – 47 – 82 – 150 – 270 Hz; Low EQ points (peak or shelving): 33 – 56 – 100 – 180 – 330 Hz; Low Mid EQ points (with Hi-Q): 220 – 270 – 330 – 390 – 470 – 560 – 680 – 820 – 1000 – 1200 Hz; High Mid EQ points (with Hi-Q): 1.5 – 1.8 – 2.2 – 2.7 – 3.3 – 3.9 – 4.7 – 5.6 – 6.8 – 8.2 KHz; High EQ points (peak or shelving): 3.3 – 4.7 – 6.8 – 10 – 15 kHz; Connectors: 1x Mic-Input XLR, 1x Line-Input XLR, 1x DI-Input, 1x Line-Output XLR; Dimensions: 19″ 1U


11. Heritage Audio TT-73

Heritage Audio TT-73

1-Channel Microphone Preamplifier / DI in Desktop Housing

  • 80 dB Class A Microphone Preamplifier with 20 dB Pad
  • 50 dB Class A Line Preamplifier
  • DI input
  • DI-THRU socket with groundlift switch
  • Separate gain controls in the input and output to saturate the input signal without overloads in the output signal
  • Variable high pass filter
  • Phase circuit
  • Impedance: Mic: 1,200 ohm HI, 300 ohm LO, Line: 10 kOhm, DI:> 2 MOhm
  • Carnhill input and output transformers
  • +48 V phantom power
  • Internal power supply
  • Mic input XLR
  • Line input XLR
  • DI input 6.3 mm jack
  • Line output XLR
  • Desktop housing with wooden side panels and straps

12. Radial Engineering Vocoloco

Radial Engineering Vocoloco

Effects Loops Switcher with Mic Preamp

  • For vocals or instruments
  • By way of an effects loop, enables you to incorporate guitar FX pedals into the signal path
  • Adjustable Dry / Wet
  • Adjustable Send and Return
  • Adjustable Low / High EQ
  • Mute button
  • Loop Wet / Dry button
  • 48 V Phantom power
  • XLR In / Out
  • Jack In / Out
  • Incl. external power supply

13. Warm Audio WA273-EQ

Warm Audio WA273-EQ

2-Channel Microphone Preamp in British 1073 Style with Equaliser

  • Discrete Class A circuit
  • Carnhill transformer
  • 80 dB gain
  • Incremented potentiometer
  • Tone button for switching the input impedance
  • Switch for phase reversal
  • Low-cut filter 4-step switchable: 50, 80, 160, 300 Hz
  • 3-Band induction coil EQ low-band Boost/Cut: 35, 60, 110, 220 Hz
  • Mid-band Boost/Cut: 360, 700, 1600, 3200, 4800, 7200 Hz
  • Treble-band Boost/Cut: 10, 12, 16 kHz
  • Additional treble band EQ points
  • LED meter
  • 48V Phantom power
  • Integrated 115 / 230V power supply
  • Build: 19″ / 2 U

Connections:

  • 2 Microphone inputs: XLR
  • 2 Line inputs: 6.3 mm jack
  • 2 Instrument inputs: 6.3 mm jack
  • 2 Insert inputs and outputs: 6.3 mm jack
  • 2 Line outputs: XLR and 6.3 mm jack

14. Focusrite ISA One Analog

Focusrite ISA One Analog

Mic preamp

  • 1 Channel
  • Mic / Line / Instrument input
  • Insert
  • Line out / DI out
  • Switchable impedance
  • Headphone output with volume control
  • VU meter
  • High pass filter
  • Switchable phantom power: 48V
  • Optional AD converter: 192 kHz
  • Dimensions (W x H x D top to bottom): 220 x 104 x 254 – 290 mm
  • Weight: 3.9 kg

15. Focusrite Clarett OctoPre

Focusrite Clarett OctoPre

8-Channel Microphone/ Line Extension with ADAT Interface

  • 8 Clarett-style microphone preamplifiers with “air”- transmission emulation
  • 8 Line outputs (signals from D/A converters or microphone preamp)
  • 24-bit A/D and D/A conversion with up to 192 kHz sample rate
  • Two ADAT INs/ OUTs: Eight channels with up to 96 kHz, four channels at 176.4/ 192 kHz
  • Switchable insert with real bypass per channel
  • Mic preamps and front instrument inputs with extra headroom
  • 6-Segment LED meters and channel clip indicators
  • 48 V Phantom power for all inputs
  • Word clock in/ out and JetPLL jitter elimination
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 482 x 286 x 44.5 mm
  • Weight: 4.15 kg

16. Focusrite ISA Two

Focusrite ISA Two

2-Channel mic preamp

  • Lundahl LL1538 mic input transformer
  • Up to 80 dB gain
  • Variable input impedance
  • High-pass filter with variable cut-off
  • 2x XLR mic inputs
  • 2x Line inputs, 6.3 mm jack
  • 2x Instrument inputs, 6.3 mm jack
  • Insert per channel
  • Line out XLR
  • LED meter per channel
  • Switchable phantom power: 48V
  • Internal power supply
  • 19″, 1 U

17. Focusrite ISA 428 MKII

Focusrite ISA 428 MKII

4-Channel preamplifier

  • For microphone – instrument Hi-Z and line signals (transformer-based)
  • 4 Line outputs
  • Variable input impedance
  • Per channel: phantom power, insert, phase reverse and variable high-pass filter (16 – 420 Hz)
  • 6-Segment LED display
  • Optionally upgradeable with: 24 bit 192 kHz 8-channel AD converter card
  • Dimensions: 19″/ 2U

18. Tech 21 QStrip

Tech 21 QStrip

Channel strip / preamp

  • High-quality channel strip / preamp for acoustic instruments or bass
  • 3 different operational modes
  • A very high impedance input handles piezos as well as low impedance signals equally well
  • The XLR output is capable of driving power amps and can be lowered to 20 dB to, ex., accommodate mic inputs on mixers
  • Jack output can be increased by 10 dB to drive power amps or tube amplifiers
  • Phantom power via XLR
  • Controls for: volume, low, mid 1, mid 2, high, shift 1, shift 2
  • Input: 6.3 mm jack
  • Output: 6.3 mm jack or XLR with phantom power
  • HPF suppresses unwanted frequencies which can occur with direct connections
  • LPF can be used as a speaker simulation
  • Power supply via 9V battery or AC adapter (not included)
  • Robust metal housing
  • Suitable power supply: Thomann NT 0910 art.

19. SPL Gainstation 1 AD

SPL Gainstation 1 AD

Microphone Preamp

  • High quality class A micro and instrument preamp
  • With 24 bit / 192 kHz AD converter
  • 60 V technology (125 dB dynamic at 30 dB gain)
  • Separately controllable solid-state and tube preamps for seamless transition from cleaner transistor pre-amplification to tube saturation
  • Peak limiter
  • Switchable input impedances (200 Ohm, 1.2 kOhm and 10 kOhm)
  • Adjustable high pass filter 12dB / 50Hz
  • 48 V phantom power
  • Frequency response linear up to 200 kHz (!)
  • Also ideal for mobile use
  • Device is also available without 24 bit / 192 kHz AD-converter (article nr:

20. Golden Age Premier PREQ-73

Golden Age Premier PREQ-73

1-Channel Preamplifier with Equaliser

  • Suitable for microphone, line and instrument signals
  • Discrete design
  • No integrated circuits in the signal path
  • Maximum input gain: Mic 80 dB, Line: -20 to +10 dB
  • Switchable impedance: 1200 or 300 Ohm
  • Switchable +48V phantom power
  • Switchable polarity
  • 2-Band LF and HF shelving EQ with 2 selectable frequencies
  • Coil-based centre EQ with 3 selectable frequencies
  • Combo input XLR/jack 6.3 mm
  • Combo output XLR/jack 6.3 mm
  • Design: 9.5″, 1 U
  • Includes power supply

21. DBX 286 S

DBX 286 S

Microphone processor

  • Studio / Live microphone preamp
  • 48V Phantom power, de-esser, enhancer, compressor and expander gate
  • Design: 19″, 1U

22. Audio-Technica AT2020 Bundle

Audio-Technica AT2020 Bundle

Bundle offer comprising

Audio-Technica AT2020

  • Condenser Microphone
  • 16 mm diaphragm
  • Cardioid characteristic
  • Frequency range: 20 – 20000 Hz
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: 74 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
  • Dynamic range: 124 dB (typical), 1 kHz max. SPL
  • Sensitivity: 7 dB (14.1mV) re1V at 1Pa
  • Impedance 100 Ohm
  • Max. SPL: 144 dB (1kHz, 1% THD)
  • Requires 48V phantom power
  • Dimensions 162 x 52 mm
  • Weight 345 g
  • Incl. mount and pouch

Behringer MIC100 Tube Ultragain

  • High-End Microphone/Line Tube Preamp
  • For studio-, live- and hard disc recording applications
  • UTC technology and hand-selected 12AX7 tube for an exceptionally warm sound with minimal noise
  • Sound processing tool for virtually any sound source
  • The ideal supplement for studio condenser microphones
  • Provides a high-end DI-box for maximum signal purity
  • Gives conventional digital recorders and sound cards the typical, warm sound character of tubes
  • The dynamic limiter protects equipment from overload
  • Phase reversal
  • +48V Phantom power
  • 20 dB Input attenuation for high flexibility
  • Balanced in- and outputs: 6.3 mm Jack and gold XLR
  • 8-Digit LED display
  • High input gain range and high output level adjustment
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 64 x 135 x 135 mm
  • Weight approx. 1 kg
  • Incl. power supply

the t.bone MS 180

  • Mounting Popkiller
  • With elastic arm
  • Arm length: 20 cm
  • Edge-Ring: Ø 15.5 cm
  • Nylon-Cover: Ø 14 cm

the sssnake SM6BK

  • High quality microphone cable
  • XLR Male / XLR Female
  • Length: 6 m

23. SPL Gainstation 1

SPL Gainstation 1

Microphone Preamp

  • High quality Class A micro and instrument preamp
  • 60 V technology
  • 125 dB dynamic with 30 dB gain
  • Separately adjustable solid-state and tube preamps for a stepless transition from clean transistor preamplification to tube saturation
  • Peak limiter
  • Switchable input impedances: 200 Ohm, 1.2 kOhm and 10 kOhm
  • Adjustable high-pass filter: 12 dB / 50 Hz
  • 48 V phantom power
  • Frequency response linear up to 200 kHz
  • Also ideal for mobile use
  • Device is also available including AD converter: Art.

24. ART Tube MP

ART Tube MP

Tube Microphone Preamp

  • Hand selected 12 AX7A tube
  • Phase reverse switch
  • XLR (balanced) and jack (unbalanced) inputs and outputs
  • 48V Phantom power
  • Can also be used as a Tube DI Box
  • Incl. power supply
  • Dimensions: 127 x 139 x 50 mm
  • Weight: 0.68 kg

25. Behringer MIC500USB Tube Ultragain

Behringer MIC500USB Tube Ultragain

Tube Preamp & Audio Interface

  • Preamp modeling with 16 preamp presets for voices, acoustic and electric guitar, bass, keyboards, drums and other sound sources
  • Limiter
  • 20 dB pad
  • Phase reverse switch
  • 48V phantom power
  • Gain and output volume controls
  • USB audio interface
  • Jacks and XLR jack
  • Including power supply

26. Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-2 Mic Activator

Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-2 Mic Activator

2-Channel Gain Amplifier

  • +25 dB for dynamic or passive ribbon microphones
  • To be used in conjunction with a microphone amplifier with standard phantom power on mixers/preamplifiers/audio interfaces with mic input
  • Requires phantom power
  • 2 x XLR input and output
  • Metal casing
  • Band for fixing to microphone stand included

27. Slate Digital VMS ONE Preamp

Slate Digital VMS ONE Preamp

Microphone Preamplifier

  • For Slate Digital ML-1 and ML-2 microphones
  • Switchable +48 V phantom power
  • Pad switch
  • Polarity switch
  • Gain control
  • Combined XLR microphone / jack 6.3 mm instrument input
  • Line output XLR and jack 6.3 mm symmetrical
  • Including external power supply

28. Presonus Bluetube DP V2

Presonus Bluetube DP V2

Stereo Dual Path Mic / Instrument Preamp

  • With XMAX Class A microphone preamplifier
  • -20 db Pad switch
  • 48 V Phantom power
  • Phase reverse switch
  • 2 Analog illuminated level meter
  • 12AX7 Low-Noise tubes
  • Gain adjustment
  • Tube drive
  • XLR and 6.3 mm jack inputs
  • 6.3 mm Jack high-Z impedance input for instruments gain
  • Dimensions: 1U / 9.5″

29. ART Tube MP/C

ART Tube MP/C

Preamp / Compressor / Limiter / Di Box

  • Tube preamp for mic / line signals with up to 80 dB
  • 12AX7a Tube
  • Optical compressor circuit
  • Phase reverse
  • Adjustable release time
  • 48V Switchable phantom power
  • LED Display for tube drive
  • Gain reduction and output volume
  • > 90 dB Dynamic range
  • Mic input XLR
  • Instrument input 6.3 mm jack
  • Transformer balanced XLR output
  • 6.3 mm Unbalanced jack output
  • Dimensions: 44.5 x 150 x 165 mm (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 1.32 kg

30. ART Tube MP Project Series USB

ART Tube MP Project Series USB

Tube microphone preamplifier

  • 70 dB Gain
  • FET Limiter
  • Selectable input impedance
  • LED Metering
  • +48V phantom power
  • XLR and jack inputs and outputs
  • Switchable phase invert
  • Switchable low cut filter
  • Variable input and output controls
  • USB 1.1 output
  • Runs on Windows 98 SE or higher/MAC OS 9.1 or higher
  • Dimensions: 44.5 x 150 x 165 mm
  • Weight: 1.14 kg

Write your review and rate this rating The Best 30 Preamps

Top Preamps
Top 30+ Preamps 2021
SOUND QUALITY
98
VALUE FOR MONEY
97
EASE OF USE
89
FEATURES
99
Reader Rating0 Votes
0
96

Categories

Subscribe
News, Reviews, Discounts from stores