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November 10, 2008

Test: Audient Mico Dual Preamp review

Audient’s Mico: The Test
When a brand as serious as Audient comes out with a dual mic preamp with tube simulation circuitry, variable phase adjustment and digital outputs for around $1100, one thinks that this type of product may interest more than one home-studio owner. So, disappointment or revelation?  


The Mico, as it’s called, has the width of a half rack but is as deep and high as a 1U. It’s a compact and lightweight product that will not take up much space in a small home-studio and that is easily transported along with a mobile recording setup.

Obviously, it’s got external power, but there’s no inconvenient adapters here. It’s a cable with two pins connected to a small box which powers the Mico with a nice long wire. It’s a shame that Audient didn’t fit it with front handles, even removable ones, in order to protect the knobs during transport. If it’s transported frequently, it will be necessary to provide better protection for the Mico. And it deserves this care: its esthetics are particularly successful with a pro look without the usual austerity. With its brushed metal facade, its chrome knobs (metal) and bright colored buttons, the appearance of the Mico is quite pleasant, even elegant, whether in daylight or in the twilight of the studio.


The Mico is not perfect and has a couple of small shortcomings. One of the most important is the lack of inserts. Reference was made to the lightness of the knobs, and one could also mention that gain incrementing, which is smooth for most of the way, suddenly becomes over the top near the end. So handle with care if your looking for high gain. Similarly, it’s too bad that each time you press a button (HMX, Variphase, low-cut) it generates a small noise. This is not dramatic, but it does stop you from making any adjustments during a take.

Despite these details, the Mico is a purchase worthy of consideration. Someone already well equipped will thereby get, for around $1100, two quality preamps with really nice features, especially considering that the Variphase is usable on line-ins. For those seeking a good first preamp, it seems an even more relevant buy, having a reasonable price, great sound quality, portability and features that expand the palette of one’s sound. And since it has a quality digital output it can put off or even stop an eventual sound card upgrade. The few sacrifices made in order to make the Mico reasonable priced and compact should not make one forget that we’re dealing with a pro product, with its finish, its sound quality and its many features. In short, a really attractive device.

 Sound quality 
 Intelligent concept 
 Very useful features 
 Wealth of connections 
 Integrated converter

 No inserts 
 Knobs a little



Read the full review of the Mico Dual Preamp on Audiofanzine.



  1. Thanks for this review for the Mico. I’m currently interested in one of these. Audient have corrected the gain incrementing jump on their current models.

    I currently own an ART MPA Gold and M-Audio Tampa and DMP3.
    I’m curious as to whether the Mico will be a noticeable step up from these in quality. I will be mainly using the preamp for vocals?

    Comment by Richard Penrose — April 9, 2009 @ 1:45 pm

  2. ditto!

    if you do purchase it richard i would appreciate your comments on comparison!


    Comment by soap — May 15, 2009 @ 4:15 am

  3. If I had a greenback for each time I came to… Amazing read.

    Comment by Gregorio Smallwood — May 28, 2010 @ 4:09 pm

  4. Hello,
    Just wanted to introduce myself.. Im Sean… glad to be here! Does anyone have any recommendations / advice on using this site?

    Comment by UtenenamBlamn — March 30, 2011 @ 7:50 pm

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