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Preamp noise My Audio Buddy Preamp is hissing and crackling. One input is not working at all. The recording channel levels on my software are going sky high even without anything plugged into the preamp. Through a process of elimination I have worked out the cables etc are OK. Please advise if it is repairable and if so, an estimate of cost would be great. Thanks

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  • KenO2 Jul 22, 2008


    I thought that a repair might not be worth it. Thank you for confirming. I will try and track down an alternative preamp on ebay as a new Audio is still expensive at the moment. Thanks also for the link to zzsounds!


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Hi KenO2

First thing to check is that the phantom power is not turned on. If you are using a condenser mic, then it should. If you are using dynamic mic, then it will crackle and makes weird noises in the manner you describe. Other than that it sounds like you have a failing op amp in your preamp. This sort of repair work is not expensive(with respect to the outcome). I would anticipate $40-60 to fix it. Trouble is you can replace it super cheap at the moment 45% off for $64.95plus $9.95 shipping from zzsounds

So I guess that it may not be worth repairing, and more a replacement item for that money. If you have a mate with electronics experience, you could just replace the opamps at home for $10 worth of parts.

If you think my advice helped you to work out what to do, a FixYa rating would be great. Cheers


Posted on Jul 21, 2008

  • Graeme Ross
    Graeme Ross Jul 22, 2008

    Hi Ken, I know that what I had given you was "helpful", was expecting that I had given you enough information for you to make a decision about what to do with your problem. If you still have any questions I am happy to go the extra mile for you.
    A "FixYa" rating is the only thing that really counts for us in here as I don't get paid for taking the time to work through this problem for you. Any chance of an upgrade. Thanks mate :)



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