This review will cover the various ways you can use the unit as well as how I like to use it for podcasting. If you are a musician, singer, or guitarist you will get some use out of this review also. Please also note that I paid full retail price for this unit and it was not free or a gift in exchange for any review. The Behringer Ultragain Preamp is a dual channel microphone and line preamp.
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This review will cover the various ways you can use the unit as well as how I like to use it for podcasting. If you are a musician, singer, or guitarist you will get some use out of this review also. Please also note that I paid full retail price for this unit and it was not free or a gift in exchange for any review. The Behringer Ultragain Preamp is a dual channel microphone and line preamp. This means you can run any type of microphone into it.
Once you have your microphone connected you use this unit to set the input and output level of the microphone as you send the signal to a soundcard or mixer. This is a low noise preamp capable of powering condenser microphones, pushing dynamic microphones as well as line level signals.
What does this allow you to do? It allows you to keep the gain down on your audio interface. Many audio interfaces have decent preamps these days until you start to push them hard. The Ultragain Pro is for musicians, voice-over actors, and podcasters. Many dynamic podcasting microphones have a very low output level. This means you need to usually crank the gain on the audio interface up which increases the noise floor. Having this preamp working for you and powering the microphone allows you to run the gain on the audio interface down.
This means your overall audio signal is much cleaner with far less noise. Musicians can use it for powering your favorite vocal condenser microphone or having more flexibility with your favorite instrument microphone. It has been used for powering a Rode NT2A microphone that I used for tracking acoustic and electric guitar amplifiers on several albums. I have also used it for tracking vocals and have even tried it with an SM dynamic microphone.
In each of these situations for recording music, I have little to complain about. The louder the source is you are recording the less I feel you actually need this preamp. If you are tracking a snare drum, for example, most regular preamps on a sound card will be fine. The reason this is better if you have more control the input and output gain more.
What I can tell you though, is the tube itself does not light up as it would in a guitar amplifier. The upside of the valve not working at full capacity is it will last a lot longer. I wanted a preamp that was not noisy and that is what I have got. For those wanting a true tube preamp just remember — With valves usually comes coloration to the signal.
I have tried it with the following Microphones for Podcasting: Rode Procaster — This worked so much better in the MIC than direct to my sound card. This is a phantom powered microphone.
Rode NT2A — Another large diaphragm condenser microphone that worked great. This is also a phantom powered microphone. It is like a premium SM58 style mic. Is the Behringer Ultragain Pro Worth it? In terms of value for money and performance, this is a clear yes from me.
If you want to hear more podcasting microphones check out my article here. The controls and buttons all feel very solid. Each of the pots is notched. This makes it very easy to find your favorite settings time and time again. The XLR inputs and outputs are as solid as anything else I have used out there. What are the Alternatives to the Behringer Ultragain Pro? These are units that would give your low output dynamic microphones more gain.
The downside of these units is they only work with dynamic microphones and also require phantom power to push the dynamic microphone harder. Both the Cloudlifer and Dynamite are both very limiting and also more expensive than the Ultragain Pro. I had the opportunity to buy either the MIC or the dynamite and the Behringer was the clear winner for various situations.
Another very viable option is a Behringer Mixer or any other brand. These little mixers are very good and gave me very similar results. The only downside of this setup was I had more cables on the floor and desk. For me, having a rack unit was ideal. Another good quality single channel preamp is the DBX s preamp. Some advantages of the DBX is the compressor, gate, and de-esser. Who is this NOT for? I would avoid this unit for any loud recordings.
I would also avoid this if you want the tube saturation effect. Like with any preamp. I do not find this noisy at all with the EQ section off. The high pass filter works a treat but the EQ section is better left off.
My results on my podcast and videos so far have been fantastic. Irrespective of where you live the price is very reasonable. Sound quality. It allows for one or two microphones to be used at the same time. Build Quality. The build quality is great. High Pass Filter — Being able to determine the frequency you wish to roll the audio out at. Soft Pad Phantom Power switch. You have both a balanced line out as well as an unbalanced line out jack connection.
It has a maximum of two microphone inputs and two line inputs. If you need more channels then you need to buy a mixer. I would suggest this one from Behringer with 8 microphone inputs. There is no compressor built into the MIC It allows you to connect a microphone or line signal into it and then boost the signal without any noise. The idea of any good preamp regardless of brand and price is to take your audio source and make it sound great. With the exception of the EQ section which you can just leave off, this works a treat.
I would recommend this for anyone who wants to boost their dynamic microphone or condenser microphone signal for recording, podcast, or music production purposes. For those who find they are getting a hissing noise out of their audio interface preamps at higher gain levels then this is a welcome addition to any setup. I first purchased one of these in and I originally posted a video up on my intheblues channel. Many, many years later I purchased a second one because of the price and performance I had experienced in the past.
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