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I am in the market for a portable, battery-powered microphone preamp for my shotgun. My Zoom H4n portable recorder does not seem to be driving my Rode NT2-A well enough, I would like to give it more juice through an external pre.
The main one I have found is a Sound Devices MM-1. Anyone have any experience with this pre? I know a lot of people record straight into their Sound Devices recorders, so I am thinking this would be a solid option.
I am also open to exploring DIY options. Are there any kits available for this sort of thing?
Sound Devices preamps FTW. What is there to say? Best value for the dough, considering how great (transparent, low-noise) they sound and how well built they are. They're not the cheapest, but value doesn't always mean low price: It means buy once and get years of use and great results for the price.
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IMHO, anything you buy with the name "Sound Devices" on it is well worth your money, and you'll never regret it. Both the MM-1 and the MixPre (and the MP-1 for that matter) are amazingly quiet preamps that are built like tanks. There's always the 302 as well if you want to start getting fancy.
PSC makes the DV Promix1 which is a great preamp that's the same price.
Nice to have a choice, but I'd still go with the MM-1.
after much online searching guys i discovered that there are more portable preamps available in the market... and cheaper. Of course i dont expect them to have the same quality as the Sound Devices one but...