Daking Mic Pre IV

4-channel Class A Microphone Preamp with Variable Input Gain, Pad, and Phantom Power
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A High-quality Front End to Your Signal Chain at a Great Price!

The Daking Mic Pre IV microphone preamp puts four channels of classic-sounding Class A performance to work for you at a very friendly price! The Mic Pre IV features the same discrete transistor circuitry featured in Daking's Mic Pre One, with transformer balanced inputs and outputs. You get switchable phase, 20dB mic input pad, phantom power, and selectable 1/4" inputs on the front panel, plus large aluminum knobs to give you control over the variable gain. Made to fit into a single rackspace, the Mic Pre IV makes an incredible front end!

Daking Mic Pre IV 4-channel Class A Microphone Preamp at a Glance:
  • Plenty of options
  • Simple layout, complete control
  • The Daking story

Plenty of options
The Mic Pre IV features a 20dB mic input pad and +48V phantom power and three 1/4" inputs (plus a selectable line/hi-Z instrument input), all utilizing relays with gold bi-furcated contacts.

Simple layout, complete control
Large knurled aluminum knobs control the continuously variable input gain on each of the Mic Pre IV's channels, which are complemented by full-width, twenty-segment bi-color LED meters. The rear of the unit offers transformer-isolated mic inputs and fully-balanced XLR outputs, plus a 1/4-inch line outputs.

The Daking story
Having broken into the music industry as the drummer for '60s psychedelic band the Blues Magoos, Geoff Daking went on to truly make his mark designing and building boutique-quality studio gear. His company's latest offerings not only look classic, sound great, and perform solidly - you'll be knocked out by their decidedly non-boutique prices. Daking puts a premium on putting quality components at the heart of his gear, from circuits to transformers to amplifiers, while implementing modern techniques to ensure reliable, consistent performance.

Daking Mic Pre One 1-channel Class A Microphone Preamp Features:
  • Transformer balanced inputs and output
  • Instrument input on front
  • All discrete transistor circuitry
  • Class A amplifiers
  • Continuously variable gain control
  • 20-segment VU meter
  • All relay switching w/gold bifurcated contacts
  • Switched +48V phantom power
  • 20dB pad on mic input
  • Stainless steel construction for noise immunity
  • 1U rackmountable
  • Aluminum knobs
  • Power supply included
The Daking Mic Pre IV puts four channels of premium preamps within your reach!

Additional Media

Mic Pre IV Spec Sheet
Mic Pre IV User Manual
Studio Preamp Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Preamp Type Solid State
Number of Channels 4
Phantom Power Yes
Analog Inputs 4 x Combo (XLR/TRS, Mic), 4 x 1/4" (Hi-Z), 4 x Combo (XLR/TRS, Line)
Analog Outputs 4 x XLR
Rack Spaces 1U
Height 1.75"
Width 19"
Manufacturer Part Number MicPre4

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
Based on 9 reviews
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5/5

Ultimate Go To Mic Pre

I've been using Geoff's gear since Joan Osborme's Relish in 1994. I went through the phase of buying every imaginable "flavor" of mic pre for my Pro Tools studio and now, almost 20 years later, it's exclusively All Daking All The Time. I've got my six channels of his vintage vertical mic pre/eq units preset for drums but, otherwise, it's the Mic Pre IV on everything and I've just added a second one which will take my Neves and such off of the island, so to speak.
Music background: Singer/Songwriter/Producer/Guy In A Band
5/5

Finally

This pre sounds amazing. I am finally getting sounds in my studio that I have imagined for a long time. This thing is fast, detailed, and has a really nice color that gives beautiful harmonic content to everything you run through it. The pad does not influence the tone, and is very useful because this thing runs hot! I love the meters as well. They look great in a dark studio, My only gripe would be that there is no power switch. I have mine wired into a power source, so when my studio is on, this thing is on.
Music background: Musician, Engineer, Songwriter
5/5

excellent !

Excellent!!!! Excellent!!! Excellent!!! Excellent!! super nice audio, of course !!! Made in U.S.A. !! Hooray!!
Music background: Multitasking musical madman of the analog kingdom
4.5/5

Worth every penny

I snagged this when I was looking to upgrade my pres. I wanted something that was a little more true that I could pair well with a more coloring pre. Daking did the trick. I use it mainly with my overheads and bottom snare and single room mic. Sounds great on acoustic guitars and aux percussion. I also use it vocals, and depending on the vocalist it can sound great. If your vocalist is thin this pre won't do any favors for them, at least that is what happened to me. BUT if your vocalist (singing or rapping) has power or even if the vocalist is at least average in projection and delivery then this pre will compliment them perfectly. If you are looking for great clean, crisp pre grab this one.
Music background: REcording Engineer, Musician
4.5/5

Excellent

Excellent
Music background: producer/engineer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist

Sweetwater Advice

Carson McClain

The Mic Pre IV will eliminate your search for that preamp that is just right. These sound phenomenal on drums. I'm telling you, your dynamic mics will not want to leave their XLR connections to this studio mainstay. If you are looking for that big, classic rock drum sound, look no further.

Derek Senestraro

Just did some drum tracks with one of these. Amazing...I was very impressed. Took my standard drum mic collection and kicked it up a notch. Highly recommend.
See also: Daking, Daking Preamps