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M-Audio MobilePre USB Mobile Preamp and Audio Interface

by M-Audio
37 customer reviews

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  • 2 x 2 16-bit/48kHz analog I/O with preamps
  • 2 microphone inputs (XLR balanced) with 48v phantom power
  • 2 high-impedance instrument/line inputs (balanced/unbalanced 1/4" TRS)
  • Zero-latency hardware direct monitoring (mono/stereo) with software level control
  • USB-powered for total mobility
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Product Description

Product Description

MobilePre USB is the preamp with a built-in audio interface that's designed for laptop recording such as field recording and sampling expeditions. It's completely bus-powered (of course, you can use it on the desktop as well). A total of three kinds of audio inputs and outputs provide maximum flexibility for any application--including two on-board microphone/instrument preamps and high-impedance instrument inputs ideal for connecting guitars and basses. And unlike many competitors, zero-latency direct monitoring provides you with a streamlined professional recording experience.

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MobilePre USB is the preamp with a built-in audio interface that's designed for laptop recording such as field recording and sampling expeditions. It's completely bus-powered (of course, you can use it on the desktop as well). A total of three kinds of audio inputs and outputs provide maximum flexibility for any application--including two on-board microphone/instrument preamps and high-impedance instrument inputs ideal for connecting guitars and basses. And unlike many competitors, zero-latency direct monitoring provides you with a streamlined professional recording experience.

Perfect for laptop recording such as field recording and sampling expeditions. Click to enlarge.

A variety of input options. Click to enlarge.

Gain control knob for each input channel (+40 dB max).

Flexible Input Options
The MobilePre USB boasts a variety of inputs to suit a variety of applications--two balanced XLR microphone inputs with built-in preamps, complete with a phantom circuit to power your condenser mics; two 1/4-inch instrument/line inputs for guitar, bass, etc.; and even an 1/8-inch stereo microphone input.

Line and Headphone Outs
Monitor while recording with the stereo headphone output, conveniently located right on the front of the unit.

Both a stereo 1/8-inch and two mono channel outputs on back let you send to powered monitors, computer speakers, etc.

Hardware Direct Monitoring
Thanks to the MobilePre's zero-latency hardware direct monitoring and software level control, you can overdub without lag, and adjust the levels to best suit whatever you're tracking.

Total Mobility
Because the MobilePre is USB bus-powered, it's perfect for field recording or other sessions where you want to travel lightly. No need for a "wall wart" power adapter.

Ableton Live Lite
Ableton Live Lite delivers much of the functionality of Ableton Live--the revolutionary, multi-award winning music production solution that allows you to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise and edit your musical ideas in a seamless audio/MIDI environment. Live brings your acoustic, electronic and virtual instruments--as well as your digital audio recordings and MIDI sequences--together in a single interface with unparalleled ease of use.

What's in the Box
MobilePre USB audio interface, One high-quality USB cable, M-Audio Driver CD (includes driver installation software), Additional software installation CDs, This Product Manual.

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Product Details

  • Item Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0000TP57E
  • Item model number: US41401
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,800 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

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Customer Reviews

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By P. Jones on July 9, 2005
The MobilePre USB has been a fantastic performer in my home studio for some months now. No latency issues when recording Mic (XLR or 1/4") or Guitar. Clean output for my Alesis monitors and Sennheiser headphones. I've had no driver issues, no unexpected noise, nor latency setting problems - but...I do have a newer PowerMAC Dual G5.

Whether working in GarageBand, Logic 7, or Reason 3 with Native Instruments' "Guitar Rig", or just using it to play back my collection via iTunes, it's been a joy.

However, I also tested it on an older G4 500 iMac and I witnessed what others are complaining about. So, if you have a dinosaur CPU, you may want to look into a soundcard rather than the MobilePre USB (or other USB sound interface). Or better still, it may be time to update your computer :).
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ian Butler on October 13, 2005
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This is a great value as it can power a condenser mic as well as being a recording interface.

Two gripes:

First, as another reviewer pointed out, this unit is a little more noisy than advertised, with a noise floor of about -75db in my testing. This is fine for demos, but not for recording anything for a major release.

Second, there seems to be some bleed-over from one channel to the other, which is fine if you're recording one channel at a time, or using both for stereo recording, but don't expect a pure channel of drums and a pure channel of guitar.

However, for the money, this is a good unit, especially with its portability and preamp.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By leosport on July 7, 2005
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I was looking for a device that would allow me to use my professional XLR mics to record voiceovers on my PC and MAC machines. This device allows the recording of professional sounding audio without high-end studio equipment. I am extremely satisfied with this product.
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49 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Kent Miller on February 2, 2004
I bought this recently after the release of Garage Band for OS X. I'm going to share some information that is negative but I am overall happy with the features of this product, with the OS X support, and would recommend it for purchase. The features that I was looking were analog instrument input and the XLR microphone input, along with the best price I could find. I might get into home recording, but I didn't want to spend a ton of money until I was sure I would stick with it.
First off the information in the M-Audio web site lists that the box is able to sample up to 24bit/96kHz. It isn't a big deal to me yet, but I haven't figured out how to change the sample rate. This may be a function of the application but I can't figure out how to change it.
The second issue I had was with drivers. When I got the unit I downloaded the latest drivers 1.5.8 off their website that were supposed to be for use with OS X 10.3 (Panther). I was never able to get anything but squealing out of my machine with those drivers -but the 1.5.8 drivers worked fine on my PowerBook. Out of desparation I installed the drivers 1.5.1 off the CD that came with the MobilePre and the squealing went away. While I am happy that I can record on my desktop I wonder why I have to back down on the driver version.
The third thing is that there is sometimes some sort of latency issue with the unit. Sometimes as I play and switch settings in Garage Band, there will start to be some lag before what I play comes out of the computer. It makes it pretty impossible to play. Strangely when you open up System Preferences and change the "Latency" setting the lag goes away. It doesn't really matter what you change the latency to, it goes away just with changing.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JThang on February 7, 2006
I bought this hardware expecting to just make some nice tracks of myself...maybe for a demo. Some of the reviews had some negative things to say so I was very skeptical. I just expected it to be OK, but I must admit I was extremely surprised. First off, I think the software and kind of mic you use are most important when it comes to the mobilepre. The software it came with is very inadequate. I'm using CoolEditPro along with a Shure Beta58 mic, and the sound is phenomenal for personal PC recording. For the price you pay, I think this is an INCREDIBLE deal for beginner recording equipment. The sound you get is by no means studio quality, but you get 85% of studio power for 15% the price of studio equipment. Bottom line, it's great for anyone looking for simple starting pc recording hardware. A Great value.

If you want a sample of what I've recorded with the mobilepre, feel free to email me and I'll send you a sample of one of my recordings.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By wilson on September 29, 2006
This item is perfect. it does what the manual says it does. I opened this box about two hours ago and I can't stop recording music with it. I installed the drivers, plugged it and it worked. I didn't have to do any configuration changes except for changing the input settings on Garageband. Sound is clear and I didn't have any flow in the sound or recording. I was able to record two instruments at the same time guitar and vocals. Preamp works a lot better than I expected. I would give it a 5 out 5. I recommend this item to anyone. I tried other items such as Tascam US-224 (good luck if you can make this thing work) and Tascam 788. A mac and this item is everything you need to start recording your own tracks. Also, they don't make it in blue color anymore like shown on the picture above. The new color is metallic gray with a black front. It matches the color of my Macbook Pro. Check out the new Mac Laptops they start at $1100 or the Mac Mini at $700. They both very powerful, but if you can afford a Macbook Pro buy one. You can't go wrong with a Mac it does more than windows base computers. You can also install windows if you like. but after using Mac OS X, you can't go back to windows.

Macbook Pro, Mac OS X 10.4.7

1.8 GHz, Dual Core Intel

I Gig Memory

Garage Band
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