M-Audio Audio Buddy Dual Microphone Preamp with Phantom Power and Direct Box

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The Audio Buddy from M-Audio is an ultra quiet, phantom powered dual mic preamp and direct box and is the perfect companion for any digital audio system.

With the tremendous proliferation of PC based recording systems there has arisen a new need to interface mics and guitar to line level PC sound cards. Introducing Audio Buddy, the ultra quiet, phantom powered dual mic preamp and direct box. Audio Buddy is the perfect companion piece for any digital audio system. It's the ideal audio gateway for recording the 2 most significant, non-line level instruments - microphones and electric guitars.

Features

- 2 independent XLR, fully balanced inputs.
- 2 alternate, independent 1/4 in. unbalanced, high impedance inputs. These alternate 1/4 in. inputs are impedance matched for ideal performance with typical electric guitars.
- Separate gain controls for each of the 2 preamplifiers.
- Individual signal and clipping LEDs for each of the preamplifiers.
- XLR phantom power can be switched on and off for both of the Mic preamps.
- Phantom power LED indicator.
- Dual purpose independent 1/4 in. outputs which accept either TRS plugs for balanced signal or TS plug for unbalanced signal.
- Super-small size: 5.5 x 3.3 x 1.7 in.
- Ultra-quiet design.
- You can't get a quieter preamp at any price
- Rugged all steel construction.

Frequency Response: 5 Hz to 50 kHz, +0, -3 dB

Mic Gain: 60 dB max.

Mic Input Impedance: 1 K ohm

Guitar Gain: 40 dB max.

Guitar Input Impedance: 100 K ohms

Approximate weight: under 1/2 lb.

Power supply: 9 volts ac 300 milliamps

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 401-658-5765

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars. (78 ratings)
Submitted April 19, 2006 by a customer from yahoo.com
"Audio Buddy fills the need for an inexpensive clean preamp."
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
I'll probably step up the M Audio DMP3 in a few months.
Sound
It sounds fine for my application. I'm using it as a bass preamp before going into a rack compressor and then into my Alesis Sumo 300. This setup works great. Without it, the Sumo's impedance is too low and the amount of gain available would not be sufficient for a good signal.
Features
I really wish it had xlr outs w/ground lifts so it could truly be used as a direct box. But it has nice clean gain with mic AND instrument inputs.
Ease of Use
It is very simple to use.
Quality
It's very well built. My only complaint in this area would be that the 1/4" jacks are board mounted only and not secured to the panel. This could become a problem after heavy use.
Value
This product is worth what it usually goes for.
Musical Background:
Active, Full-time Musician
Musical Style:
Country, Rock
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