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All-Star Gear: Microphone Preamps

zZounds customers' top-rated mic preamps

It's easy to see why so many musicians and engineers love their microphone preamplifiers. Whether you need tons of clean gain to make a low-output dynamic mic sing, or you're looking for a fat-sounding tube pre to add warmth and grit to your signal, the preamps on this list can help you capture great sound from the start.

Many of the happy customers on this list gave a new preamp a shot after reading good reviews online. Now they're a staple of their studios, starring on countless tracks. We want you to have the same experience, so check out these glowing reviews, and you may just find the perfect pre to put your recordings over the top.

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ART Tube MP Studio V3

"It's probably one of the best budget preamps; it works as a DI box, has a compressor, and the V3 voicings make mixing a hell lot easier."

"I was blown away by the warmth of this unit on vocals where I believe it really shines. Exactly what I wanted and more..."

"I love how this little box sounds. If you have a small-diaphragm condenser, good amp and good effects, this little box accurately gives you the sound of everything you use."
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PreSonus Studio Channel Tube Microphone Preamp

"I just set it up for vocals according to the specification recommendations of the manufacturer and gave it a try. Unbelievable! No distortion, clear, warm, and simple."
- Corey in Lexington, KY

"I picked this lil' puppy up, plugged it in and started turning knobs......WOW!!!! The sound that came from my mic (AKG C214) was awesome and it reduced the amount of effects needed in Pro Tools."
- Oscar in Copperas Cove, TX

"Overall, these units have been a game changer for me...very inspirational for studio work."
- Paul in South Shore, MA
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Focusrite ISA One Analogue Microphone Preamp

"I can't recommend this preamp enough. I wanted to get a preamp that was clean, but not too clean, and that's exactly what this is."
- Jonathan in Myrtle Beach, SC

"Man...get it! You will not be disappointed! This is a preamp channel out of a legendary $4 million dollar mixing board...you can't go wrong!"

"Great-sounding unit, professional-grade stuff for sure. It's really nice to be able to adjust the impedance to tweak the sound."
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Universal Audio 710 Twin-Finity Microphone Preamplifier

"The UA-710 has made a HUGE difference in sound compared to my interface's stock preamps. The sound I hear through my headphones while tracking has so much more body and clarity...it's actually inspirational."
- Nathan in Jonesboro, AR

"This is the best preamp I have purchased by far. Simple knobs with big results. The 710 will be my first choice with vocals. I am sure my acoustic will have the same results."
- Andrew in Eidson, TN

"The blend knob is extremely adept at covering the gap between the full-bodied tube sounds of my 610 and the accuracy and attack of my 110 units."
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ART Voice Channel Tube Microphone Preamp System

"After playing with the voice channel for a couple sessions, I was blown away by the killer character it added! From then on at my studio, it has simply been referred to as 'the magic box' because everything that goes in to it comes out sounding better, every time."
- Matt in Carrboro, NC

"Compression is easy and effective and let me tell you -- I have NEVER used such a good de-esser before. Not in hardware or in software." - Anthony in Winnipeg, MB
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Universal Audio LA-610 MkII Classic Tube Microphone Preamplifier

"Sound is simply amazing. Very warm and clear, but when you drive the pre or the output you can get a really aggressive saturation."
- Marcus in Bradley, IL

"This is without a doubt an amazing piece of equipment. I've used it on everything from kick drum to snare, bass guitar to guitar, and most of all vocals. Amazing warmth and tone and such a great out-board piece to have to keep your tracks clean."
- Richard in Old Orchard Beach, ME

"This unit rocks and integrates what made the LA-610 predecessor along with several enhancements. Definitely worth the investment at this price point!"
- Tony in Southfield, MI
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Black Lion Audio B173 Microphone Preamplifier

"I am very pleased with the sound of this little preamp. For the price it cannot -- I repeat -- cannot be beat."
- Frank in Miami, FL

"I have been using this preamp for just about a month now and it has surpassed my expectations."
- Riley in Enid, OK

"My BL B173 is linked to a Tascam UH-7000 (interface setting only) and sounds rich, textured and warm. The Tascam preamp alone is super-clean, but slightly thin. The B173 added to the audio chain is perfect for my resonant voice."
- Tommy in Clarksburg, MD
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Golden Age Project Pre-73 DLX Microphone Preamplifier

"This preamp is about as authentic as you can get, especially for the price. Matches up great with the Golden Age R1 MKII and Apex 460."
- Jason in Princeton, ME

"It can go from clean to a nice warm sound easily and colors my vocals in a complementary way. This is a 'must have' if you are on a tight budget and need a quality microphone preamp for your studio."
- Ron in Farmington, MN
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