Best mic preamp in 2024: microphone amplifiers for vloggers and filmmakers

Best mic preamp - Scarlett microphone preamp
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The best mic preamps do a job that many of us may not have realized needs doing! Even if it’s just a podcast or short voice-over you need, getting a great sound doesn’t stop at which microphone you choose. Unless you’re opting for a USB mic that likely has its own power supply, you’ll probably need a preamp. Mic preamps (pre-amplifiers) work by boosting the microphone (or instrument) signal before it reaches a recording device such as a laptop or other computer.

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Jase Parnell-Brookes

Jase Parnell-Brookes is an award-winning photographer, educator and writer based in the UK. They won the Gold Prize award in the Nikon Photo Contest 2018/19 and was named Digital Photographer of the Year in 2014. After completing their Masters Jase has spent a good chunk of two decades studying and working in photography and optics shooting and writing all over the world for big-name brands and media outlets. Now the Channel Editor for Cameras and Skywatching at their speciality is in low light optics and camera systems.