Our Composer of Music for Art set about to break from her intense pace of late to do a little generic learning. There is a website called www.tweakheadz.com which has a fantastic home audio guide section (although apparently the site has ceased to be updated for a year or so). She has been wading through it slowly and decided to delve in again today. She has been thinking about equipment upgrades, and trying to better understand technical parameters and features of audio equipment which would make sense for her work. So today she finally asked the question “what is a microphone preamp”.
Well, of course you know what it is, but for our girl, anything that smells vaguely of technology, of engineering, let alone electrical engineering, is scary and intimidating stuff. But today she decided to be brave and explore the world of electrical pre-amplification. Turns out that a pre-amplifier is a signal booster. And it turns out that the reason our lady’s recording from keyboard into the computer is always so wimpy, the reason why she can never boost the sound up to a full and satisfying volume in the mix, is because her microphone preamplifier in her little external sound card sucks. And that is why she is looking for a new piece of equipment. And she understand that better now, thanks to her bit of courageous delving into scary topics of electrical engineering.
And now she is full of clarity on a choice of equipment, and looking forward to what that equipment will do for her in terms of making available a host of beautiful sounds only available from external sources. And she returns to her work energized by this hope and knowledge, and the creative juices are bubbling and flowing free.
Learn something new, fill yourself with hope and creative energy, and get back to work!