An amplifier that prepares the initial electrical signal from microphone, electric guitar or other source for the further amplification or processing. They can be mounted near the signal source, inside the second high power amplifier they fed or have the separate enclosure.

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Guitar Amp head or separate preamp and power amp? [closed]

I have seen metal musicians use amp heads or separate preamp and power amp. Which is better and why? Thank you.
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Amplifying a Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar, and Keyboard

If you played both a strictly acoustic classical guitar, an electric guitar (say a strat), and also a keyboard (I play an upright piano now, but I'll be getting a keyboard when I move), and you want ...
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VST difference between valve amp, preamp and tape saturation

I've been learning how to master songs with a few tutorials and I've stumbled upon various plugin categories I'd like to be able to distinguish a bit better. Many of those tutorials recommend to use ...
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Guitar amp distorts after being cranked

I have a single channel combo amp. By turning the "volume" (preamp stage) up to about 5, I used to have a great clean tone with just a touch of distortion on the peaks. One night at a show, somebody ...
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Could a microphone preamp with transformer sound differently from the transformer-less preamp?

Manufacturers of expensive microphone preamps usually write a lot about transformers and how good they are. I know transformers have been used often in the past, but with modern electronics, this is ...
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Can I use a separate pre-amp in my combo amp's effects loop?

I'm curious, is it possible to use a preamp head in the effects loop of my combo amp? The chain would be: guitar -> combo amp in -> effects send to preamp -> preamp out to combo amp return -> power ...
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Home recording: Preamp or Dynamic Mic?

I've been recording songs for almost a year now but I still don't know all the secrets of a good home recording. I'm currently using a Rode NT1-A condenser microphone, a Focusrite Saffire 6 audio ...
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Add pre amp to audio interface to enhance sound quality?

I have recently purchased a Focusrite 2i2 audio interface and have begun experimenting with recording guitar. I have also downloaded Reaper, as well as Guitar Rig and Amplitude and various other VSTs ...
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How to setup a live/practice rig with my Zoom MultiFx/AmpSim Pedal

I've been playing guitar for the past 2-3 years mostly in my bedroom and jamming along to songs using rocksmith. I have a Zoom G1XN and a 10 watt combo amp, i don't use the combo amp much because i ...
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What does a preamplifier pedal do?

I've seen a lot of people using a preamplifier pedal. What does that pedal do? Do I need one on my pedalboard?