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Old 10th September 2010, 07:07 AM   #1
ZeNmAc is offline ZeNmAc  United States
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Default Preamp for ecm8000

Like the title says, I need a preamp for an ecm8000 I'll be buying soon. Going to be using it with my laptop most likely. I really don't know what to look for in a preamp.

Thanks for helping.
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Old 27th September 2010, 07:27 PM   #2
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Old 27th September 2010, 08:45 PM   #3
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It'll need to have gain and it'll need to support phantom power.

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Old 27th September 2010, 10:14 PM   #4
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Here is a good place to start:

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Old 28th September 2010, 05:18 PM   #5
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I'm in the same situation. Having looked around for mic pres i've decided it's better to just get a new external soundcard with this feature instead. There are a few cheaper mic pres around but you end up with two boxes. I ask myself if i really want something as ugly as the Behringer XENYX 802 hanging around unused most of the time?

I'm considering these audio interfaces: M-Audio FireWire Solo, M-Audio ProFire 610, PreSonus FireStudio Mobile, Focusrite Saphire Pro 14. All with 48V phantom and s/pdif coax outs (which i need).
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Old 2nd November 2010, 05:41 PM   #6
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There are now XLR to USB-AC converters around. I've seen two and the cost was from around 80-150 USD depending on model. One hade headphone connection as well. Sonically, I don't know how good they are.
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Old 2nd November 2010, 06:46 PM   #7
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There are now XLR to USB-AC converters around. I've seen two and the cost was from around 80-150 USD depending on model. One hade headphone connection as well. Sonically, I don't know how good they are.
I've forgot to mention that they are preamps as well. Blue Microphones makes the cheaper one called "Icicle" and can be had for approx. 60 USD.
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Old 22nd November 2010, 11:54 AM   #8
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Sorry to dig up an old thread but I have exactly the same question!!

I have an ECM8000 mic, I was going to build a preamp but there are 4 options I can choose from with alot less hair loss...

Blue Microphones Icicle (as mentioned above)
Blue Microphones Icicle XLR To USB Converter: Amazon.co.uk: Musical Instruments

Art Tube Mp Original
Art Tube Mp Original - Valve Mic Preamp With 48V: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics

Art Tube Mp Studio v3
Art Tube Mp Studio V3 - Valve Mic Preamp With Variable: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics

Behringer MIC800
BEHRINGER MIC800 MIC.-PRE-AMPLIFIER: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics

I will be connecting it up to an Asus Xonar Essence STX to measure the Fr. Response
of a set of speakers that I will be running active once I get the HF units.

more details on thread here:
104mm Round Tweeter Replacement

What do you think will be the best option? (UK suppliers only BTW!)
Many thanks in advance!

Justin
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Old 23rd January 2011, 06:21 PM   #9
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BUMP,

appologies again, no reply in AGES and seems pointless to keep adding the same thread all the time.....

Upon further reading it seems that `Valve` preamps are a No Go for Measurement duties
as the valve `sound` is unsuitable!

I do need a USB device BUT I dont need all the extras with some of the devices out there..

Is the Blue Icicle preamp suitable for FR measurements?

I dont want to build or spend too much money on this,
I would rather spend it on new Tweeters and building my (DIY Audio.com) Active Filter 4 boards now I have finaly got a 50VA tran for the PSU
possibly a DIY ReCap for my PAIR of Naim NAP90.3 amps too!

Many thanks (if anyone replys )
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Old 24th January 2011, 02:22 PM   #10
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The Icicle should do the job (using the free VA software). Note: it is only 16 bit at 44.1K sample rate. I would not expect more than 18kHz/14 bit measurement quality. I myself chose the E-MU 0404. 3x the price but worth it! E
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