[linux-audio-user] Using a Shure sm57 mic w/ low end soundcard

Peter Bessman ninjadroid at ml1.net
Sun Nov 2 15:10:32 EST 2003

At Sun, 2 Nov 2003 15:21:00 -0900,
Paul Berry wrote:
> Do I need an external preamplifier to use the sm57? If so where can I go to 
> find one or schematics to build one? 

In most cases, I'd say yes.  Unless your soundcard happens to have a
very good amplifier system and you're recording something loud (i.e.
a guitar amp on 11), a cheap-o mixer is probably your best bet
(Behringer stufff gives you great bang for the buck).  A tube preamp
isn't a bad idea, and you can get the Art OPL for around %60


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