Topic: Mic preamps in the digital domain
This maybe a stupid question... what is the purpose of having mic preamps when a line level output is never used? I am thinking of products like the RME 12Mic where the signal goes directly into the AD converter, but the same goes for many interfaces with in-built mic preamps. Surely a mic signal can be AD converted directly. Maybe AD converters require a line level signal for some reason? Or does it have to do with optimising SNR?
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