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Does the ECM8000 mic need a mic preamp to work ?
Yes, the preamp supplies the 48 volt phantom voltage required for the electronics in the mic, and also raises the level of the mic signal to a line level required for use with a soundcard.

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I have seen that most preamps recommended for use with ECM8000 are mixers. I wish there was a plain simple and cheap one without all the stuff i don't need.
 

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FYI, here is a circuit I used to make a phantom-power supply for testing ECM8000's for a couple of years before I finally bought a 'real' one. If worked okay and it certainly paid for itself.
 

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Audio Technica make a few single pre's which would be good. Or M-Audio have some USB types that would work too. I don't think a DIY pre is a good idea, unless you have means of checking the specs, as calibrating it would be a hassle.
 

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This is the one I use with mine, it's cheap, and works well.
Probably a good idea to include that preamp in the soundcard calibration routine to be sure to compensate for the stated "warmth" it adds.

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