A VERY Affordable Preamp to Get Louder Vocals,
First to say, this pre-amp is a very affordable addition to your home studio.
My first audio interface I purchased had ridiculously weak pre-amps. It was a Fast Track Pro.
After much trial and error with of trying different mic cables, different microphones, it came down to one conclusion; the pre-amps were weak.
Behringer Tube Ultragain MIC200 to the Rescue!
Pre-Amps can be very expensive and pricey, easily into the $1000’s. But this one here is only like $50-70.
This was the solution to my weak pre-amps. It allows for an Input volume, allowing you to crank it hard to get warmth out of your vocals, and then the Output volume, which allows for lowering the volume to prevent unwanted distortion. The Behringer pre-amp allows for much more control in how loud/quiet you want your microphone/instrument to be, especially if you have weak pre-amps off your audio interface!
Features of the Ultragain MIC200,
It has a dial which allows you to switch to different settings such as guitar, vocals, piano, bass etc.
On the bottom, it has a couple buttons such as phantom power, a PAD switch to cut down a hot signal, low cut to remove unwanted bass, and phase reverse.
Connections of the Ultragain MIC200’s Back,
And this is the back of the Behringer Tube Ultragain Mic200. On the left is the power insert. This is powered by the 9V power adapter provided.
Next, you have your microphone/instrument XLR cable connections.
So from your Audio Interface you plug into the Output of the picture above. Then from the Input it will go to your microphone. If you are using a dynamic microphone all you do is just adjust the volume and you are good to go.
If you are using a condenser microphone you have to turn on the Phantom Power in order for your mic to work. And then same thing, just adjust your volumes.
This thing has been a BIG help in order to produce louder vocals with more control over the volume!
Overall thoughts towards Behringers Ultragain MIC200,
It’s very affordable which is great. It did exactly what I want it to, allow for louder vocals.
It is a tube pre-amp which is cool to have in a home studio to create a different sound to your recordings with the INPUT and OUTPUT features!
This allows for some cool practice recordings by really cranking the input and lowering the output, and just fiddle around with another piece of hardware to see how it works!
If you’re like me with the problems of a poor audio interface, this product will definitely give you more control over your recordings!