How to Use a Behringer MIC200

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How to Use a Behringer MIC200
The Behringer MIC200 features a vacuum tube which adds warmth and tone the sound. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

The Behringer MIC200 is a vacuum tube preamplifier. It has a 12AX7 vacuum tube, which processes and amplifies the audio signal as it goes in. The purpose of this device is to add clarity, warmth and colour to the signal chain, typically where all other devices are digital. It is an easily portable tone enhancement solution. The Behringer MIC200 is suitable for vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, bass guitars and synthesizers. There are multiple preset configurations, each suitable for a specific musical application.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 2 XLR cables, plus 1 more if using 2 microphones
  • 2 instrument cables, plus 1 more if using 2 instruments

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Instructions

    Instruments

  1. 1

    Connect a 9-volt AC adaptor. Because the guitar cable does not carry a current to the preamp, you can't use phantom power.

  2. 2

    Connect a 1/4-inch instrument cable to the input jack on the rear panel of the amplifier. Connect the other end to the guitar, bass or synthesizer.

  3. 3

    Connect a second 1/4-inch instrument cable to the output jack on the rear panel of the amplifier. Connect the other end to the output device, for example an audio interface or live mixing desk.

  4. 4

    Select a preamp mode by turning the "Preamp Mode" dial. There are 16 options, the most suitable for instruments including "Guitar," "E Guitar" and "Bass."

  5. 5

    Set the gain level. This determines the strength of the signal, as opposed to the output volume. The higher the gain, the warmer the tone. Turn the "Gain" dial clockwise to increase it. Play your instrument as you do this. If the red LED light flashes, the gain is too high and will lead to distortion. Turn the gain down if this happens.

  6. 6

    Set the output level. This determines the overall volume. Set it to a suitable level.

    Microphone

  1. 1

    Connect the female end of an XLR cable to a microphone. Connect the other end to the XLR input socket on the rear panel. Connect a second XLR cable to the output jack and plug the other end into the output device.

  2. 2

    Press the "+48V" button to activate phantom power, if you are using a condenser microphone. Condenser microphones are those with no power supply. They draw their power from the output device, via the XLR cable. In such cases, it's necessary to configure the preamp for this application. This also means you do not need to fit a separate power supply to the preamp, as it too will draw power from the output device.

  3. 3

    Depress the phase reverse switch if using multiple microphones. This prevents phase-inversion, which can happen if two mics pick up the same signal.

  4. 4

    Select a preamp mode, for example "Vocal."

  5. 5

    Tweak the "Gain" and "Output" dials to set the level and volume of the preamp.

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