Okay fellow experts, I need your help/advice,
I'm wanting to take my nature field-recordings and in-studio voice-work to the next level and am in the market for a decent -- BUT under $300.00 -- microphone preamp. From what I've been learning is that there is a certain level of "circuit noise" in my set up and when I am recording birds or other soft sounds, this inherent electronic noise is present and I understand a good mic-preamp will help a lot.
Here is my set-up: Zoom H4N recorder and I use several different microphones depending on the application: (1) Twin stereo Samson C02 microphones (2) Rode NTG-2 shotgun microphone and for my voice-work (3) Audio Technica 2020.
For starters I have pasted the link below of a very inexpensive preamp....will this work decent, OR, do I need to spend more $$ ???
As always any help would be wonderfully appreciated and would lead to more and better recordings for me to share with the world.
Here are my thoughts: if you have some kind of noisy mics (like you have) using a pre-amp is simply going to turn that noise up (along with add its own noise). Particularly with field recording you would have to figure out how to power that thing and you would probably want to double it if you want to get two channels.
I think of it like I think of cameras, the most important part is the lens because if you have a fuzzy image from the lens it doesn't matter the camera (film, big sensor, whatever). So maybe spend the money on some mics and maybe look for used ones since your budget is small. For voice-over things change of course and you want to find a mic that works well with your voice (I had the same one but found it kind of sharp and eventually died). But for VO a pre-amp might make sense and again it helps if you can try some out to see if you like what they do the sound (besides make it louder).
Thanks for the good advice Corsica,
I've been hearing from others and, yes, think I'll start FIRST with investing in a good microphone and then think of getting a good preamp.
As far as microphones I'm leaning towards the AT4050, MXL v-69 , or the Senhiser Sennheiser MD 421 II.