Originally Posted by saxmeister
The Presonus preamps are decent for the money and not too terribly noisy, so cranking up the gain wasn't terrible. But, an extra 16-20dB of gain is needed!
I do not mean to take this thread too far off course, but someday, get yourself some better preamps. The Presonus preamps you are talking about are NOT all that good, no matter what anyone else has been saying. I compared my Firepod preamps with other mic pres and the Firepod Xmax preamps were the losers every time. I still have my Firepods, but I use them strictly as line-in devices. The Xmax preamps sound veiled, less dynamic and pretty dead compared to anything else I tried, including my A&H MixWizard preamps, which are not known to be anything amazing.
So anyway, at some point, do yourself a big favor and pick up a Focusrite ISA One, or an FMR Audio RNP, or a Black Lion Audio Auteur or some such preamp in that price-point. You will be VERY pleased with the results. And you will have the gain you need, going forward. I think the available gain on the Presonus stuff is around +50dB, maybe a little more, compared with most of the stand-along preamps providing +60 or more dB of gain.