help can I use an art mic pre amp into line in in my G4 emac.....

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Member Since: Feb 25, 2009

Ive posted this in Sos forum this morning but not had answer yet. I normally use a line 6 pocket pod into the line in with no problems as it presents a signal that is acceptable to the computer. From what I read the ARt mic pre amps which I will link to below also have this feature as it mentions they act as a DI box. I'll paste the original post which gives an explanation of my setup and the spec of the mic pre amps. Thanks for any help in advance.
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Hi I am currently using an apple EMAC G4 1Ghz 768 ram with ableton live 7 as a DAW. When i want to use an external instrument , mainly my guitars, I am using the line 6 pocket pod for guitar plugged directly into the line in socket. This seems to be a satisfactory arrangement at the moment as there is no sign of latency and nothing to slow my computer down.

I am thinking of getting a condenser mic like a tbone sc400 and would need phantom power so I thought it would be useful to get a mic pre amp with this feature.

Below are two I am interested in as they are a reasonable price and seem to have the facilities I need without being over complex. It says they are an excellent direct box so i am assuming they can both be plugged into the line in socket where i would normally plug in my line 6 pocket pod.

A usb/firewire would introduce extra cost at the moment and possibly place stress on my already underpowered by todays standards machine. Seeing as I am only wishing to record one external instrument at a time , would either of these pre amps be suitable tp plug into my line in and use with a condenser mic. Thanks for your help.< br />

* Provides Superior Preamplification for: Microphones, Instruments and Line Level Sources
* V3™ - Variable Valve Voicing
* OPL™ - Output Protection Limiting
* Hand Selected 12AX7a Provides 70dB of Gain Smooth, Warm and Fat Sound Quality
* Variable Input and Output Gain Controls
* Excellent as a Tube DI
* XLR and 1/4" Inputs and Outputs +48 volts
* +48 Volts of Phantom Power
* Phase Reversal Switch
* Superior Sonic Performance to On-Board Preamps
* TEC-Award Nominated Design
* Portable, All Steel Construction
* 1 Year Warranty


* Dimensions 5.0in D x 5.5in W x 2.0in H
* Dynamic Range >100dB (20Hz to 20kHz)
* Equivalent Input Noise -129dBu ('A' weighted XLR to XLR)
* Frequency Response 10Hz to 20kHz (+0,-1dB)
* Input Impedance 2k ohms (XLR), 840K ohms (1/4 in.)
* Maximum Gain 70dB (XLR to XLR typical)
* Maximum Input Level +14dBu (XLR), +22dBu (1/4 in.)
* Maximum Output Level +28dBu (XLR), +22dBu (1/4 in.)
* Output Impedance 600 ohms (XLR), 300 ohms (1/4 in.)
* Phantom Power +48 Volts
* Power Requirements 9 VAC @ 700ma (typ)
* Total Harmonic Distortion <0.1% (typical) >CMMR: >75dB (typ @1kHz)
* Tube Type Hand Selected 12AX7A, provides over 70dB of Gain
* Weight 1.5 lbs.

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Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

May 09, 2009 07:35 pm

Either one of those will do the job just fine. You get a little more bang for the buck with the second choice, the V3 I believe.

But on a budget either one will work fine.

Since: Feb 07, 2009

May 10, 2009 02:27 pm

I have the 1st one and use it a lot on my Imac G5 - it really is a nice little bugger and you can overdrive it too - I get some "warmth" from it using it with my Guitar - I also use it with one of my amps (Valve Junior V3 Combo) and it helps BOOST the cleans and helps drive the dirty stuff too (anything past 6 or 7) - by overdriving the output I can actually warm up the gain on the amp too.

Since: Feb 25, 2009

May 10, 2009 06:14 pm

Thanks Guys thats great, just what i needed to know, the guys on SoS harped on about not using the 16 bit soundcard in the computer but thats about my limit at the moment. whn I get a more powerful system I will probably get an m -audio fast track pro or firewire solo but meanwhile I shall endeavour to make some music on this machine. thanks again guys, I like this forum

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

May 10, 2009 07:47 pm

While the on board card may not be perfect if its what you need to use for the time being then so be it. Sometimes we just gotta live with it for awhile.

I know several here who made some fantastic music with nothing more then an old 16 bit sound blaster on a very slow PC with free software and the cheap little plastic PC mic.

So it can be done.

And HRC isn't about bashing. Well, maybe a tiny bit here and there. :-)

You'll find the ART a decent investment as it will be something you can use down the road as well even with other interfaces and such.

Since: Feb 25, 2009

May 11, 2009 05:25 am

Thanks , yes I like it here i got some good answers to previous questions and the Tips section has some great info in it too especially on mixing. I have no excuses for procrastinating now and must start making music hehe. best wishes have a great week.....Paul

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