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Simple Way Audio Simpleway MP

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How many times have we desired to have a few extra gain db´s in the preamp of our mixer for those hungry gain microphones such as Ribbon or even some dynamic?. Simple Way audio has developed the MP, a unit which solves these situations. A microphone preamplifier no bigger than a guitar FX pedal.


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Simple Way Audio Simpleway MP by Midas

  • Sound Quality 4 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 4 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.5
Simple Way Audio MP

How many times have we desired to have a few extra gain db´s in the preamp of our mixer for those hungry gain microphones such as Ribbon or even some dynamic?. Simple Way audio has developed the MP, a unit which solves these situations. A practical and straightforward fully balanced inline true A class mic preamp no bigger than a guitar FX pedal.

What is the MP?

Apart from the Sonic qualities of an equipment, what perhaps the vast majority of professionals appreciate is the simple operation and direct functionality of the units. And this is what the MP preamp is, just a small and practical Class A mic preamp which can solve our lives a lot in situations where the preamplifier of our consloes , does not properly feed a Ribbon microphone or the occasional dynamic mic. The MP It is also highly recommended and a good solution for those amateurs who bought an USB interface and try to pair a microphone with it that needs a lot more gain than the interface preamps can provide.
Simple Way Audio set apart from some of the the mainstream manufacturers which are base don cloning those consecrated equipments and do so just thinking and creating useful units for the needs and requirements in the day to day of the professionals both in the recording studios and in the live sound.

The unit

The unit is implemented by a lightweight aluminium chassis smaller in size to a conventional FXguitar pedal. On the side of the bottom end of the unit and were the input XLR/Jack ¼” goes, we have a switcher to switch between the two posible gain increment positions (+6dB/+20dB) that the unit allow us to boost. The XLR connector input it is a quality connection as is Neutrik . I find it a shame that the unit does not present a potentiometer where to control the increase amount of gain of the preamplifier, something perhaps understandable due to the cost purposes.Right on the top of the unit, is the male XLR output connector and where the unit activation LED is also iluminated once phantom power has been applied.

Sound performance

Fort the test, i used the preamp of an apogee duet usb and a somewhat “hungry” gain microphone like the Sennheiser MD-441. In a scenario like this, is where the MP shines by itself. Since the preamps of almost any modest interface are not enough to be able to properly feed some even dynamic microphones, without introducing high doses of noise. The MP not only has a better sound than the duet´s own preamps, but it does so by capturing and enhancing the sound qualities of the microphone itself. It should be noted that the MP should be properly fed by power for its máximum efficiency. I obvioulsy wouldn´t compare the MP with a bigger A Class units specially the ones with tubes but regarding its size the MP does the job very well. Obviously , once we apply the +20dB boost gain Its noisefloor insignificantly arise a bit but as it could be with other units.

Conclusions

The MP perfectly do the job for someone who only needs one microphone o as a stopgap for a more comprehensive preamp or interface and can´t spare an outlet for a DC-Power amplifier or preamp. Very useful also if you are recording on-location. Its price it is not cheap, but neither is buying a more powerful interface or a more expensive microphone. Due to its low output impedance (≤ 40 Ohm) the MP is a good solution in live sound, where long wiring distances are used. So if you couldn´t resist the temptation to get a high-end mic and therefore you also need a more “mojo” juice to feed it, you may consider the MP as a solution for it.

Technical specifications:

Gain: +6db/+20db, switchable
Input impedance: 4.7 MOhm
Output impedance: ≤ 40 Ohm
THD (+20db boost gain): 0.03% @ 1khz, input signal up to 30mV (-28dBu)
THD (+6dB boost gain): 0.03% @1khz, input signal up to 100mV (-18 dBu)
CMRR: ≤ 65 db
Signal-to-noise ratio: [email protected] 1mV input signal
Power requirements: +48V phantom power, 4-6 mA
THD Spectrum:


Dimensions

Width: 5.8cm
Long: 12cm

Alternatives

Rolls Mini-Mic preamp MP13 , Cloud CL-1 Mic Activator , Radial Engineering Mc Boost

Pros
Sound
Straightforward
Dimensions

Cons
Price
 No gain potentiometer control

VAT price : 127€

Manufacturer Website: https://simpleway.audio/shop/simpleway-mp/

Last edited by Midas; 1 week ago at 11:45 PM..

 
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