The M-Audio DMP3 2-Channel Mic Pre/Direct Box gives you XLR microphone and 1/4" instrument inputs. Balanced TRS outputs deliver hum-free professional-quality audio. Low harmonic distortion for ultracl... Click To Read More About This Product
The M-Audio DMP3 2-Channel Mic Pre/Direct Box gives you XLR microphone and 1/4" instrument inputs. Balanced TRS outputs deliver hum-free professional-quality audio. Low harmonic distortion for ultraclean sound. Exceptional dynamic range allows you to capture all the nuances of the music. High- and low-gain range controls offer up to 66dB of gain. Classic VU meters and clip LEDs help you avoid detrimental levels. Low-cut filters remove unwanted rumble. Features phantom power to accommodate all types of microphones. Phase reverse switch on each channel ensures optimal recordings.
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I purchased this unit, based on the generally favorable reviews I'd been seeing online. The features were simple and straightforward. (No point in repeating the manufacturer's description, here.) I wasn't expecting something to compete with a $1000 mic pre, but I did figure it would outshine the pre-amps on my Mackie DFX6 mixer. Sadly, it did not. The sound had some transparency, but was a bit thin and raspy. The low frequency filter made the sound somewhat muddy, as did the phase reverse switch (which should not have produced any audible difference in a single mono signal (in this case coming from my AT4050 condenser mic). The build didn't seem very solid--the unit was surprisingly light. Bottom line is that for the money you'll do better with a compact mixer from a company like Mackie, Yamaha, or Soundcraft. The pre's will be better, and you'll get some EQ functions and signal routing options at no additional cost (though you will have to make do without a phase reverse option). I exchanged the unit for other gear. The folks at Guitar Center were very helpful. They get 5 stars!
I use an Echo AudioFire4 and the DMP3 is no better than the AF4's built-ins preamp wise, except for the amount of gain... the DMP3 can be louder. But, the signal isn't better as far as sound quality goes. It's the 'not so super obvious' like transients that once focused on are annoyingly present and unavoidable it seems. I'm in a small room with no sound treatment, however, but have used a Neumann TLM103 with my Echo with superior results. For pre-production anything will work fine, but save yer pennies and hit a studio with pro gear/pro engineer so that you don't waste time 'trying' to get a good sound. Is the DMP3 loud and fairly quiet - yes. Is the DMP3 on par with pro gear - no.
I've used it already - running a shure 57 for vocals and acoustic guitar (separately) into it and then into a Firepod and then into Sonar 8 Studio and it sounds great. I've heard that it warms up the sound a bit and it seems to - but not in a distracting way. I have lots of soundproofing and an awesome computer so I can get stuff sounding pretty clear and warm anyway - but I was pleased how this worked and particularly how it worked with just a shure 57 (for sure on the vocals - I rarely ever do vocals with a 57 (though I've read that Tom Petty has done his studio vocals with a 57 before....). This is a great addition to a home studio for the money.
I've had my M-Audio DMP3 from Guitar Center for about two years now, and it has been my standard preamp for all my home recordings. I have been most impressed with the full, rich bass sound I can get by plugging my Fender Precision in directly. Often the bass tracks have a presence and fullness that I could not achieve with my previous preamp (a Symetrix SX202). This ultra-affordable preamp also ably allows me to record with numerous mics, from SM57's to the MXL V67 I used often for vocals. The DMP3 has a fairly transparent sound, and at this price is the hands-down winner in its price class--you won't find a better preamp for the money, and I've been quite happy with this overall. HIghly recommended!
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