M Audio - Audio Buddy

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Member Since: Jan 12, 2004

Hi Guys

Quick question, in my never ending search to build the best home studio I can (Spent nearly 800 so far!!! man!!)..

Anyway - I am going to buy a MIC Pre-Amp and was considering the M Audio - Audio Buddy. For around 90 it gives you 2 inputs etc.

Has anyone got any experience of this little unit and/or advice for a better preamp for a similar (or lower priced) alternative??

I really cant pay any more but want a good quality. I dont actually NEED the phantom power just now but its handy for the future :=)!!

All input greatfully received guys.

Also, I'd just like to say a big resounding thanks to y'all for all your help and advice so far with my music ... all very much appreciated!



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Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Mar 20, 2004 12:27 am

It is a very generic Pre-amp. That said, I own one and use it alot. It is very quite and adds no colour to the audio. It works well and has Phantom Power for using condensor mics. I will sometimes use it instead of the pres on my desk.

And yes, mine has lasted many years and has never had a glitche. Very good value for the money.

Since: Jan 12, 2004

Mar 22, 2004 06:20 am

Cheers Noize...

I think I will give this a go.

ALthough it's 89, I could nab a Behringer preamp for about half this (why is it so cheap I ask tho?) but this has the dual input which will be handy for the accoustic/vox I plan on recording.

Do you know of any other good preamps like this I could maybe look at to?



Brother in Christ
Since: Jun 12, 2002

Mar 22, 2004 09:40 am

The M-Audio DMP3 is a bit more money, but waaaay better. The Audio Buddy seems to have a problem putting out a true 48 volt phantom power. Like you said , you don't need that right now, but when you do, you might come up short.

I heard a lot of folks say good things about the Behringer UB mixers' pres. You might want to check those out as well. Another good low cost pre is the Studio Projects VTB-1. Only one channel but a very good sounding pre.

Blessings, Terry

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Mar 22, 2004 09:43 pm

Mine seems to put out a very stabel 48 for phantom power. And at that price there isnt really isnt anything esle I can think of that I would recomend.

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