Step-up Transformer or Mic-Preamp

FAQ #2125 Updated October 15, 2008

Question:

I'm a leadman on a budget (imagine that !) for at home recording/jamming/creating I would plug my soon to be purchased SM58 into my Marshall head. Is a "Cheap" mic-Preamp a better "go-thru" to the amp (sound quality wise) , or can I get away with the Mic-transformer-amp combo.

Answer:

We suggest a good quality step-up transformer, like the Shure A95UF. It is a better choice than a preamp and will be quieter. There are less expensive transformers, but audio quality typically suffers.

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