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Old 24th February 2013
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Originally Posted by ThroatCaptain View Post
Wouldn't there be a lot more noise if you compress after recording?

this is why you have to use a proper mic amplify the tiny current output of the mic to line level signal , retaining a useful S/N ratio. It is the other way around that would probably cause such a problem. Don't forget that a microphone expect a certain impedance load connected on its output in order to be properly amplified and later on processed....learn more about impedance bridging

...however there are some compressors hot enough to drive a microphone's output like the 1176 or the LA2A , however these devices still have an input impedance quite lower than what a microphone (and especially a ribbon or a dynamic) should require to perform according to specs...although the whole impedance relation thing tends to be a matter of taste too.

bottom line.....mic amps are there for a reason