Alright, so after a couple months of trying to get my bearings, in just knowing what questions to ask, and what to focus on, I've gotten to the point where I've selected my first mic, and now am trying to match a preamp to it.
The mic I chose, is the Cad E100s. Reviewed as versatile, it can handle anything from, "from breathy vocals to a jet engine" or something ridiculous like that. CAD Audio - The Brand Used by Professionals!
I've really been trying to figure out what's important to focus on, and it seems to me that the main thing, (when selecting something for the E100s), is making sure the pre can handle the max SPL, Sensitivity and Noise.
Excuse me if I'm blundering terminology... but there's a site I've been using to try and make the conversions, as it's quite a powerful mic, and I don't want to overload the preamp. Selecting Mic Preamps
Max Output level of Mic, (used to match to max Input level of Preamp)
Sensitivity: -30dBV (28mV) @ 1Pa
Max SPL: 150dB (Pad Engaged)
SO, as a result, the Input max (28mV by 150dB) is 27 dbu.
Technical intelligence, has never been a strong suit, so you can imagine how much fun I've been having with this.
I've gotten to the point where I'm trying to do the noise conversion, but I'm not given the variable in the Unit of measurement needed, to make the conversion, and everything I've google'd is suggesting that there is no simple conversion between the unit I'm given and the unit I need to complete the noise conversion formula given.
I'm stuck. I was hoping from here, I'd be able to narrow this down, what pre's can handle the mic, thinking, if I get a pre that can handle this mic, it can handle just about everything. Sounded like a good start to things.
Even so, this is a hell of a process, finding something I can afford, (within 300$) that meets these stats, and having to do conversions every time.
I'm starting to feel the "analyses paralyses" setting over me again, and could really use a hand moving forward.
If there's any specifications, that I should attach, or if I should be posting this in a different section, to attract users who do the math when making these selections... just let me know.