Dynamic microphones are naturally quiet. A preamp device helps by adding extra gain to the recording signal. I recommend three different options:
DBX 286s Microphone Preamp Processor
The DBX 286 is one of my newer purchases. It provides the gain boost my mic needs and it offers additional features to improve the sound and reduce my workload in post-production. This works very well with mixer setups.
Cloudlifter CL Series
This unit is a simple solution for increasing your gain and improving your sound. I recommend these to all of my clients starting podcasts and I personally own the Cloudlifter CL1 and Cloudlifter Z. I anticipate Cloud Microphone and their Cloudlifter series quickly becoming major players in the podcast space.
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I don’t personally own this unit but it’s used and trusted by several of my friends. Think of it as a better, slightly more complicated version of the DBX 286. Plus, it has wonderful sounds of tube-driven goodness.
Personal Thoughts: Start with the Cloudlifter CL1. Its sound, quality, simplicity, and cost make it a no-brainer. Go with the Cloudlifter Z if you are more experienced and really want to dial in on your personal sound. The DBX 286 is a great solution for mixer board setups or if you want to control more aspects of your sound in pre-production. It’s worth noting that these devices can be used together.
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