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    Choosing A 500-series Chassis

    Slot Machines

    Not all 500‑series racks are created equal. Here’s what you need to know to make your choice.

    Sound Advice . Nov 2020
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    Various 500-series modules in API rack.

    Choosing 500-series Modules

    Variety Show

    With so many modules on the market, how do you make the right choices?

    Sound Advice . Nov 2020
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    Do I Need A Mic Preamp?

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    It's often claimed that expensive mic preamps will take your recordings to the next level. But is that really true, or are you...

    Sound Advice Oct 2020
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    Q. What makes a good mic preamp?

    How do I tell which preamps are good and which aren't? Are there any particular specs I should I look out for?

    Sound Advice Aug 2020
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    Q. Why do the meters of my preamp and those of my DAW give me different readings?

    I use a Focusrite ISA Two preamp with a Clarett 4 Thunderbolt interface, but I'm having trouble getting the two meters to match...

    Sound Advice Mar 2020
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    Rackmounting Mixer Channel Strips

    Is It Worth Your Time And Expense?

    We all love vintage mixer EQs and preamps, but it takes a lot of work to rack them up for use in today's studios. Is it worth your time and expense?

    Sound Advice Feb 2020
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    Q. Will the ToneDexter work with an on–board mic?

    Can I get good results on a Dobro that has a Shertler Basik on‑board mic, or will I need a piezo pickup?

    Sound Advice Sep 2019
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    Q. Should I connect a compressor to my preamp's insert point or its outputs?

    I've recently bought a Klark Teknik KT-2A compressor to use with my Warm Audio TB12 preamp and noticed the TB12 has insert input and output sockets. What is the best practice when using outboard compressors with preamps when tracking?

    Sound Advice Mar 2019
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    Q. My preamp’s phantom power is faulty — how do I track down the problem?

    Do you know where I can find a schematic for the TL Audio 5001 mic preamp?

    Sound Advice Sep 2018
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    Q. How is constant loudness maintained when balancing the Mid and Sides channels?

    I have a question regarding the Grace Design m201 mic preamp, and specifically its Mid-Sides matrix rotary switch, which...

    Sound Advice Sep 2018
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    Q. How do I prevent my preamp overloading my audio interface?

    I purchased two Grace Design m201 mic preamps but I’m having trouble understanding how the m201 A‑D converter works...

    Sound Advice Apr 2018
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    Rupert Neve: The SOS Interview (Video)

    Video Feature

    In this month's video interview  we meet a living legend of the audio industry, Mr Rupert Neve himself. Over 25 minutes, we talk transformers, software modelling, and get the story of how he created the world's first high-Q equaliser.

    People Oct 2015
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    Q. Which budget tube preamp should I buy?

    I'm looking to get a tube preamp but am on quite a small budget. I've already looked at the ART Tube MP and PreSonus TubePRE....

    Sound Advice Apr 2012
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    Q. Should I buy a separate preamp?

    I have happily been using Pro Tools for the past decade and am currently using Pro Tools LE with an Mbox 2 interface. I want to buy a mic preamp, perhaps a Behringer Tube Ultragain or similar, but will this be a waste of money when using Digidesign's LE Interfaces?

    Sound Advice Apr 2009
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    Q. What do the controls on my Preamp do?

    I've been looking up information on some external preamps, and I found that most of them have two controls — Gain and Level. Most console preamps have just a Gain control, so what is the Level control for?

    Sound Advice Jun 2006
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    Q. Do I really need to buy a channel strip?

    I often see reviews for mic preamps and channel strips in SOS and I'm wondering if I need one. I currently plug a condenser mic into a small mixer, which provides phantom power, which then feeds into my M-Audio Delta soundcard. Is there a good reason to pay money for a box that seems to do something I am already able to do?

    Sound Advice Sep 2004
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    Q. How much gain do I need from a preamp?

    Reading the specifications of various mic preamps, I notice that the amount of gain that different models provide seems to vary quite a lot. How much gain do I realistically need for using run-of-the-mill dynamic and condenser mics?

    Sound Advice Mar 2004
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    Q. Why does 'Class' matter in an amplifier?

    I saw a mic preamp advertised as 'Class A' and 'Transformerless.' What do these terms mean and why exactly are they a good thing?

    Sound Advice Oct 2003
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    Q & A

    Your Questions Answered

    What advantages are there to variable input impedance? • How can I extract loops from audio sample CDs? • Can I use the True Tape option in Cubase to prevent clipping? • Should I use S/PDIF or AES for long cable runs? • Can you have too much low-frequency absorption? • What's the best way to use the multiple filters on my soft synth?

    Sound Advice Jun 2003
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    TL Audio Ivory VP5051 voice channel.

    Voice Channels Explained

    Frequently Asked Questions

    We answer some commonly-asked questions on the use of voice channels in recording.

    Sound Advice Apr 2000
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