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M-Audio MobilePre USB Portable Audio Interface  

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The M-Audio MobilePre USB is the preamp with a built-in audio interface designed for your laptop's needs. 3 kinds of audio inputs and outputs provide maximum flexibility, including 2 onboard microphon... Click To Read More About This Product

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The M-Audio MobilePre USB is the preamp with a built-in audio interface designed for your laptop's needs. 3 kinds of audio inputs and outputs provide maximum flexibility, including 2 onboard microphone/instrument preamps and high impedance instrument inputs ideal for connecting guitars and basses. It's completely bus-powered, allowing you to record and play music anywhere, including field recording and sampling expeditions with your laptop. Zero-latency monitoring provides you with a streamlined professional recording experience. 2x2 16-bit/48kHz analog I/O. 2 XLR mic inputs, 1/8" stereo mic input, 2 - 1/4" hi-impedance instrument/line inputs, 2 - 1/4" -10dBV line outputs, and 1/8" stereo line output.

Features

2 - 16-bit/48kHz analog I/O
2 microphone inputs (XLR balanced) with 48V phantom power
Stereo mic input (1/8")
2 high-impedance instrument/line inputs (balanced/unbalanced 1/4" TRS)
2 line outputs (unbalanced 1/4" @ -10DBV)
Stereo line output (1/8")
Stereo headphone output (1/8") with level control knob
Gain control knob for each input channel (+40dB max)
Zero-latency hardware direct monitoring (mono/stereo with software level control)
USB-powered for total mobility
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M-AudioMobilePre USB Portable Audio Interface
 
4.3

(based on 15 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good interface

I am a beginner as far as recording vocals. I bought this interface off of ebay for only 69 dollars (brand new). I gotta say this interface is pretty good as far as...Read complete review

I am a beginner as far as recording vocals. I bought this interface off of ebay for only 69 dollars (brand new). I gotta say this interface is pretty good as far as quality. I upgraded from that cheesy audio buddy which was outputting too much bass on my vocals, and made it hard to hear the vocals over beats, so do not mess with that thing. This outputs a little bass on the vocals, which is fine, but it doesn't make the vocals peak like the audio buddy. The quality is crispy. I normalize my vocals to 200 percent to see how clear it was and it still sounded good. If you plan on buying this, try to get the deal that I got. It also powers up from USB. It requires no adapter, so that made me even more satisfied. If anyone wants to hear a demo of how it sounds, just email me: cncblack@yahoo.com

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Would Not Recommend

I picked this up from a Guitar Center retail store on New Years Eve hoping that I would go home and be able to record vocals without a problem. I plugged it to my...Read complete review

I picked this up from a Guitar Center retail store on New Years Eve hoping that I would go home and be able to record vocals without a problem. I plugged it to my HP DV6000se series laptop, only for the output to be extremely low with a ridiculous amount of white noise (hissing). At first I thought it was the DAW, but I tried it in three different programs, so it wasnt the issue. Come to find out, the Mobilepre doesnt put out enough power to record through XLR. Taking this back ASAP to get a different interface.

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(25 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good interface

By cncblack

from Detroit, MI

Comments about M-Audio MobilePre USB Portable Audio Interface:

I am a beginner as far as recording vocals. I bought this interface off of ebay for only 69 dollars (brand new). I gotta say this interface is pretty good as far as quality. I upgraded from that cheesy audio buddy which was outputting too much bass on my vocals, and made it hard to hear the vocals over beats, so do not mess with that thing. This outputs a little bass on the vocals, which is fine, but it doesn't make the vocals peak like the audio buddy. The quality is crispy. I normalize my vocals to 200 percent to see how clear it was and it still sounded good. If you plan on buying this, try to get the deal that I got. It also powers up from USB. It requires no adapter, so that made me even more satisfied. If anyone wants to hear a demo of how it sounds, just email me: cncblack@yahoo.com

(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Perfect Session

By luckydrummer7

from Hebron, KY

Comments about M-Audio MobilePre USB Portable Audio Interface:

I am using this product with a condensor mic to record some jam sessions. I listen in with headphones while recording and the sound is great. Same great sound with play back. The two channels are vey useful and the phatom power is priceless. Phatom power allows me to power the condensor mic and I record to an external hard drive with my laptop. I have used the product for 11 sessions so far and stand behind it as a great deal.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A minor problem but top of the line for its price range

By Tim

from Cedar Rapids, IA

Comments about M-Audio MobilePre USB Portable Audio Interface:

This is a perfect little setup for the home/portable studio. For the price, it gives great sound quality, and latency elimination. One complaint: the preamps could be a BIT more transparent, as I've noticed a bit of floor noise in all of my recordings. Definitely not enough to make it any less worth the price though!!!

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I Love It

By SmilingZero

from New Jersey

Comments about M-Audio MobilePre USB Portable Audio Interface:

I use this for all my home recording. I plug mics, instruments, and amps into a mixer, and then output the mixer to the MobilePre. It is a wonderful device, that makes recording easy.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Would Not Recommend

By William Johnson

from Baltimore, MD

Comments about M-Audio MobilePre USB Portable Audio Interface:

I picked this up from a Guitar Center retail store on New Years Eve hoping that I would go home and be able to record vocals without a problem. I plugged it to my HP DV6000se series laptop, only for the output to be extremely low with a ridiculous amount of white noise (hissing). At first I thought it was the DAW, but I tried it in three different programs, so it wasnt the issue. Come to find out, the Mobilepre doesnt put out enough power to record through XLR. Taking this back ASAP to get a different interface.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Professional sound for any musician

By Asher

from Amherst, MA

Comments about M-Audio MobilePre USB Portable Audio Interface:

Just recently, I decided to get back into music. Being a Berklee College of Music Alum, I have used many different recording interfaces and recording programs as well. So when it came down to choosing a new interface I bought 3 different ones and ended up keeping the M-Audio MobilePre. With this small super portable unit, I am able to record virtually anywhere. It works perfectly with a number of different music production programs, allowing me to record, perform, mix and dj. Not only have I produced a top notch quality demo with this unit, but I literally earned back the price of this unit within a week of purchase from using it while DJing parties and recording vocals for the college students in my area. Overall M-Audio is a leading brand in the industry, and as i've always said, "Your recording quality can only be as good your gear." Wether beginner or professional you will not regret this recording interface! enjoy!

 
5.0

Great All Around

By cballard

from Memphis, Tn

Comments about M-Audio MobilePre USB Portable Audio Interface:

What else to say besides WOW. This little interface made my recording go smoother than ever. The deffinition of plug n play. Within 15 min. I was recording all sorts of things. This is especially useful for any songwriters out there who need to get that idea down quick. Just open up the software and press record. Super "simple-stupid" Overall this product just can't be beaten by any other product like it on the market.

 
5.0

The Little Interface that could...

By Jimmy Bear Pearson

from Raleigh, NC

Comments about M-Audio MobilePre USB Portable Audio Interface:

The M-Audio MobilePre interface and preamp is a solid value and is probably the best low-cost solution available. I?ve used my MobilePre for more than two years and for countless hundreds of recordings ? it is still going strong and still proves to be the best all-around value. This interface includes a very good, nearly noiseless mic pre that gives phantom power to one of its two channels ? I?ve used nice condenser mics with no issues, and have double-mic?d lots of acoustic recordings with dynamic mics. It really is plug-and play, both on a Mac and PC. All the major recording software packages work flawlessly with the Mobile-Pre. It?s very simple, easy to use/adjust, and does wonders for not getting in the way of your creativity. If you need the db and warmth of high output sound, consider adding a little tube-pre in front of one of the inputs for extra flexibility. This interface works best for line-instruments and low-noise mic?ing of voice and acoustic.

 
5.0

Great For On the go recording!

By John710

from Los angeles, CA

Comments about M-Audio MobilePre USB Portable Audio Interface:

The Sound Quality In The M-Audio MobliePre Is Unbelievable, It is very crisp and clear. And Its very easy to set up to your computer. It also has two instrument & microphone channels, Clip monitor, Volume Control, Phantom power, and much more. This is also great for on the go recording, plug it into your laptop, plug in your instrument and your ready to go! And the price is the best recording hardware you can buy. Highly Recommended!!

 
4.0

The little pre-amp that could

By dmcnelis

from Chicago, IL

Comments about M-Audio MobilePre USB Portable Audio Interface:

I've been using the MobilePre USB by M-Audio for about a year and a half, primarily with GarageBand. In terms of value, the MobilePre is a great buy, with a low price and wide variety of features budget conscious buyers will not be disappointed. The unit features USB power, with a pre-amp for both of its Mic inputs and provides instrument inputs as well. Additionally there are levels to adjust the gain on both channels as well as a headphone level for monitoring. I've used this unit primarily with MXL 990/991 microphones, usually double mic'd when recording acoustic guitar, and have had almost no significant issues. I do find, however, than on occasion I'll detect a "snap" in my recordings, though whether this is a result of the unit, the mic, or something in my recording space remains to be determined.

 
4.0

perfect tool

By Mo Beatz

from greenville sc

Comments about M-Audio MobilePre USB Portable Audio Interface:

I purchased the mobile pre about 3 months ago and it works like a charm. I have a small home studio set up in an extra room in the back of my house and this thing was a great fit. I use to get a slight static like sound,but after adjusting the buffer a little bit it went away. I think it could use a midi in and out but I for what I do its just fine. This is perfect for starting out!!

 
5.0

Awsome at home recording device

By Mike

from Durham, NC

Comments about M-Audio MobilePre USB Portable Audio Interface:

The M-Audio MobilePre USB Portable Audio Interface is an amazing little device. I have worked with sound boards and devices for 6 years and this by far is the coolest one I've seen to date. Unfortunately I do not personally own this item but a friend of mine got it as a graduation present. So i came over and me and another guitar player i know played some music and it recorded beautifully, and at optimal volume you could hear every note and cord played without any problem. I must say however that one of the programs included was slightly annoying as it had a pop up every 10 minutes or so about buying the full version, But as i recall it came with several programs to choose from. All-In-All an amazing at home recording device that i look forward to purchasing for myself.

 
5.0

Everything I need and then some

By Tim Sheets

from Spring Hill, TN

Comments about M-Audio MobilePre USB Portable Audio Interface:

The only problems I have with this incredible device are due to my own lack of knowledge. I was using a Soundblaster Live 24-bit card. I have a high end PC and I still had terrible lag from the SB. Posts on various MIDI and music related blogs suggested the lag was not the PC, but the sound card. I bought this M-Audio USB sound card and have never looked back. Just today, I was playing back 6 tracks of midi and 2 audio tracks, while recording 2 different audio tracks, all at the same time, with NO audible lag. The thing works like a charm.

 
5.0

Great Product!

By Danny

from Miami, FL

Comments about M-Audio MobilePre USB Portable Audio Interface:

Just picked up the MobilePre recently, and what can I say? It does everything as advertised - and executes it all perfectly! I instantly fell in love with the quality of the XLR inputs with my cheap mic, and this makes my guitar sound great on my MacBook Pro. Not much buzz and feedback. Speaking of MacBook's, this also solves the problem of the poor headphone ports. You can use this unit to output audio to your speakers via the 1/8th port. So all in all, this is a great unit. Time to start recording...

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

MobilePre USB was alright

By Scott

from Bettendorf, IA

Comments about M-Audio MobilePre USB Portable Audio Interface:

I recently traded in a fast track interface for the mobilepre usb due to the variety of inputs it allowed me. For the most part the product performs well for its price range however, once the interface is plugged in to my laptop and the outputs are hooked up I pick up a great AM signal that will not go away. The AM interference plays during the playback of the recordings and is very annoying. I have read other reviews stating the same problem. I would stick with the fast track options.

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