Schatten MicroPre and MicroPre 2

                                                        

 Miniature Stringed Instrument Preamps


 
MicroPre Single Channel Preamp 
$29.95
MicroPre 2 Two Channel Preamp 
$39.95

   
Control Kit-1 for MicroPre 
$19.95
Control Kit-2 for MicroPre 2
$24.95
 

     The MicroPre's - Miniature in size. Large in performance and value.

     Small and compact -Single channel and dual channel buffer preamps for stringed instruments that can be placed in any control cavity or built into just about anything.

  • Features:
    * Clean, crisp sound amplification.
    * Even, flat response.
    * 9 volt battery powered with long battery life.
  • * Control kits are available for both MicroPre's.

 

 

 

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MicroPre and MicroPre 2 In Stock Price Quantity
 
MicroPre Single Channel Instrument Preamp Yes $29.95  
Control Kit-1 for MicroPre Yes $19.95
MicroPre 2 Two Channel Instrument Preamp Yes  $39.95    
Control Kit-2 for MicroPre 2 Yes $24.95
 

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Details

 

MicroPre Specifications - Single Channel Jfet Preamp

  • Input - Single channel in.
  • Output - Single channel out.
  • Input Impedance - up to 10 MOhm
  • Output Impedance - Less than 3.5 KOhm
  • Battery Life - 9 volt alkaline - 1500 hours
  • Size - 1 1/4" long x 3/4" wide x 3/16" thick (28.5mm x 18.5mm x 4.5mm)

View Instructions for the MicroPre's (pdf)

Control Kit-1 for MicroPre contains: 2 500k audio taper pots, 1 switchcraft 1/4" output jack, 1 8" 9volt battery snap, 1 9volt battery holder, 2 12" 26ga hook-up wire, 1 12" miniature shielded cable, lock washers for pots and jack.

 

MicroPre 2 Specifications - Two Channel Jfet Preamp

  • Input - Two separate channels in.
  • Output - Two separate channels out.
  • Input Impedance - up to 10 MOhm
  • Output Impedance - Less than 3.5 KOhm
  • Battery Life - 9 volt alkaline - 1500 hours
  • Size - 1 1/4" long x 1" wide x 3/16" thick (28.5mm x 25.4mm x 4.5mm)

View Instructions for the MicroPre's (pdf)

Control Kit-2 for MicroPre 2 contains: 2 500k audio taper pots, 1 500 dual gang balance pot, 1 switchcraft 1/4" output jack, 1 8" 9volt battery snap, 1 9volt battery holder, 2 12" 26ga hook-up wire, 1 12" miniature shielded cable, lock washers for pots and jack.

 

 

 

 

 

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Control Kit 1 for MicroPre contains: 2 500k audio taper pots, 1 switchcraft 1/4" output jack, 1 8" 9volt battery snap, 1 9volt battery holder, 2 12" 26ga hook-up wire, 1 12" miniature shielded cable.

 


 

 


 

 

Control Kit 2 for MicroPre 2 contains: 2 500k audio taper pots, 1 500 dual gang balance pot, 1 switchcraft 1/4" output jack, 1 8" 9volt battery snap, 1 9volt battery holder, 2 12" 26ga hook-up wire, 1 12" miniature shielded cable.


 

 

About Pickups and Amplification


Terminology

Passive Pickup - A piezo pickup.

Impedance - To simplify things as much as posssible we'll say that impedance refers to the range in which an amplifying device can 'hear' a pickup plugged into it.

Preamp - A device specifically designed for use with piezo pickups that increases the signal strength and lowers the impedance of a passive pickup.

Active Pickup - A piezo pickup with an attached preamp.

Microphone Preamp - a device that may be built into P.A.systems and mixers that is designed to work with microphones. These units will not generally work with passive pickups.

'Normal' Electric Instrument Amps: A passive pickup has an impedance of approximately 2 mega ohms (2 million ohms) which virtually all 'normal' electric instrument amps can generally handle without issue.

 'Acoustic' Amps: may or may not require the use of a preamp with a pickup and that will depend upon whether or not there is a special built in preamp section to that amp that specifically allows for the choice in plugging in either a passive (non-preamped) or active (preamped) pickup. This choice is quite often in the form of pushbutton on the amp's control panel. Many acoustic amps show a selection that may indicate the choice of 'high impedance' and 'low impedance'.

Low impedance in these instances usually indicates that in this range the amp will handle an impedance of 1000 ohms or less - which will allow active pickups with preamps to be used.

High impedance in these instances may indicate an allowable impedance into the 2 or 3 mega ohm range - which will allow passive pickups to be used. Or it may indicate a maximum input impedance allowed of  20,000 ohms or less - which will handle magnetic electric guitar pickups but not passive pickups. You should carefully read the technical specifications of your acoustic amp in order to see what it will do.

P.A. Systems, Mixers: all of these units will require the use of a preamp between themselves and a passive pickup. Microphone preamps built into P.A.'s and mixers are not designed for use with passive pickups and will not work properly.

Computers: Due to the vagaries and variables inherent in the sound cards found in computers, the only thing that we can advise is that a preamp will almost certainly be necessary.