M-Audio Audio Buddy
M-Audio Audio Buddy
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Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 7 reviews )
 4 reviews57 %
 3 reviews43 %
Value For Money : Excellent
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lapiculteur's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

M-Audio Audio Buddy
everything has been said




I wanted to try it to see if there was a difference with the pre amp I was using (ULTRAGAIN, 100 and 200 mic and a tube TubePre art)
I find it very clean, it's weird there is a button to adjust the way and no master. otherwise, it's simple, it works well and it's true no breath. on the other hand I can say that contrary to what I have or I have to put a studio microphone gain in three quarts to have enough volume.


I find good is that it has two inputs that can be run simultaneously. I bought it secondhand, but 40 euros for the same price you can also purchase a Behringer ULTRAGAIN PRO with 2200 mic as two simultaneous inputs and I confess that for the voice I prefer. According to the tastes, colors ...
if not what is good is that it is very small and portable, solid and well made.
I do not buy another.

Grebz's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

M-Audio Audio Buddy
Pre-amp analog inputs simultaneously managing two, via jacks (front) or XLR (rear). 48V Phantom power supply. Off button on the front. And 2 output jacks on the back.
The box is small, rather light and robust. Ditto for the knobs that are not especially fragile. After almost two years of use, no sign of fatigue. I do not mistreat and I moved recently, but unless you drop it, I do not see why it swallowed up by itself. Photo available here shows a brown box, mine are silver.


The general configuration is it simple?
Any difficulty using this machine ... One branch, you set the knob and that's it.


The sound of my instruments (electric guitars and electro-acoustic) and microphones (Shure SM57 and SM58, Rode NT5 pair) is reproduced without breath but at maximum volume and yet it really depends on what branch there, which I suggests that the intrinsic quality of Buddy is not at issue. If the volume of the guitar plugged in is too strong, the breath is actually present, even worse if we interposed an effects pedal, but a guitar plugged into a reasonable volume produces no breath.

As for microphones, no worries. Dynamic or static (ie with phantom power supply connected), my microphone correctly record sources.

It is better to ensure the quality of their cables as they can also cause noise and crackling very unpleasant.

Adding to my previous opinion (a year ago): after almost two years of use, I notice that the sound that passes through the Audio Buddy is perhaps a bit dull. No wonder then, but it is not dramatic, especially for less than 100 euros.

On my site, my songs have all benefited from using the Audio Buddy Registration. To listen to here. ( http://www.grebz.fr/musique_grebz.php )


I use it since late 2005. What I like most is its neutrality and lack of breath. It was my first pre-amp so I could hardly make a comparison. I know now found much better ... for much more! Findable less than 100 euros, it offers a quality rather than correct at this price. I actually bought a second Audio Buddy, I'm satisfied, but the initial enthusiasm gave way to reason: I did this because I can not afford to buy a preamp tube of very good quality and I am happy. But I feel a little frustration. That said, I do not spit in the soup and frankly, these little creatures are effective, but in an amateur home studio any more.

Snapboy's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

M-Audio Audio Buddy
- What technology is used? (Analog, digital, tube ...)
Transistor preamp

- What is the connection?
2 independent preamp channels, each having:
microphone input (XLR balanced) with switch and LED phantom power
high impedance instrument inputs (6.35 mm jacks)
- Is this a rack or rack-mount model?


- The general configuration is it simple?
simple peus not you!
- The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
the what?


- The sound of your instruments or microphones is properly reproduced?

- The preamp is it clear or does it brings a stain?
c no coloration is perfect for my use!


- How long have you use it?
2 weeks

- What is so special that you like most and least?
The preamp + no breath + 60 transparant to the DB on the 48V PSU input
On - shame that he did not nor send out a more fair for DI ;-)

- Have you tried many other models before buying it?

- How would you rate the quality / price?

- With experience, you do again this choice? ...
I'll even do it again very soon for the remaining four tracks of my sound card
Dom Janvier04/14/2007

Dom Janvier's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

M-Audio Audio Buddy
Welcome to the small Audiobuddy.
His name ready to smile, little information circulating about him then as I have that at home I break my notice.
M-Audio offers several preamps Audiobuddy which is sort of the entry-level and lower. Be careful not to light. No comp EQ etc. .... nothing. But otherwise you would not be here.
It has basic features and connectivity at Mr. basic:

Two independent channels:
- Balanced XLR inputs with switch
- 6.35 mm input jack with high impedance (perfect for guitar)
- Separate gain controls for each of the two preamplifiers
- Witnesses and signal clipping for each individual preamplifiers
6.35 mm output jack that accepts either independent jacks TRS balanced or TS
Small size: 14 cm x 8.4 cm x 4.3 cm

And also, of course, phantom power for condenser mic practice.
Warning: there are four inputs IN (2XLR, 2jacks) but only two channels simultaneously. But that is a detail. It yaa good 2 output, however.


All plugs of course in 40 seconds before the sound card or table before you mix.
Allow 1 minute for those with mittens!

Operation is simple.
Independent control knobs for each input
Phantom Power
Very good direct box to gain gain entry to your guitars for example.
Reduced footprint size and hyper. Solid.
Small lights moving about in the red when you screwed up.
In short, just the vital functions.


Tells us that M-Audio? <p class="bbcode-cite"> Quote: <span>"The Audio Buddy is a workhorse in his prodigious and whose price does not abuse the budget."</span> Whether we say our ears?
No sound wonderful but it is this role (so watch enthusiasts lamps is not here) is just a small business with a good direct box that is his job (no wind) and some more (phantom power).


CONCLUSION: Low blow good investment for someone starting in computer music, preferring (rightly) investing primarily in a good sound card for example. All I / O + need the phantom power supply. Basic but interesting to get started. Its neutrality. No breath.
Allows for both voice made (2 XLR phantom power supply +) taken as Low / scraper (2 input jack high impedance). In short everything you need to get started. Floor price in relation to the beast so 7 / 10 in its category. In my opinion this is better than pseudo transistor box lights for a low price. It is 70 euros secondhand (01/09/2004) ...

trubac's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

M-Audio Audio Buddy
Very few of breath, very transparent.
All you need in connectors.


Use with the M-Audio Audiophile 24/96 ... very efficient ... very very clean!
better sound with the FA-66 or Firebox!
Can be used with all types of microphones: ribbon (which requires a lot of gain), etc ...


Very good sound quality! much higher than the ART Tube, and others.


Great little preamp.
Incredible price / quality ratio.
ITS PRO! (Yes!)
In association with the card M-Audio Audiophile 24/96, I got results bluffing!
up to my Motu Ultralite!
Ideal for the home studio very clean.

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

M-Audio Audio Buddy
Small in size, and price, it inspires confidence in a case namoins mtallique robust and quality in some other knobs and switches ... And height of luxury, it offers a intrrupteur to dye ....

On paper its technical specifications are a suprieur its competitors 'lamps' ...


A gain knob per channel and a intrrupteur to activate or not the phantom power supply on both channels, not rocket science ...


It is transparent ... trs for comparison had a VTB-1 before and if the sound seemed "imprssionnant" in dpart we quickly realized that espce distortion that gives the potato its just be trsg Nante ... plus it possde a headroom greater good ...


Sr Although everything is relative to the notice I take Whereas in the price range in which it is pramp ... for 90 was a two-channel pramp probably better than a VTB-1 (VTB-1 finally had all of the same made on a super voice, we can not withdraw ca) ... APRS is to give you a color, but if color = distortion, there are plugs that are well trs ca ... : D

Report quality unbeatable price ...
Remy Dumas01/23/2005

Remy Dumas's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

M-Audio Audio Buddy
I put 8 becaufe has to do the simplest of the simplest but nevertheless, everything is there for the price and thus force the use that is in a.
9a deserved more if for example there was more input available, but then need to type in a higher price gammede
What I also like is the small size and versatility of the thing.


There also is easy to use, there was no wiggle hours


Well, yes, the risk of offending some, I am a bomb, it's the sound I wanted.

With no top gear, it sounds excellent.
I just have a dynamic mic Senn, all made clear sound, both in voice in making acoustic guitars.
But where there has been amazed that for instruments connected to it directly.
We connected a Universe and a Jazz Bass, everything sounds with just a pet 'reverb in Cubase SX is the top, we just took the time to set the levels that's all! The trick is warm, clear, and lets the grain of the instruments.
So I ask myself in concert not to buy another and plug in any live and let the effects manage mobile automation.
I'll sell my multi effect that leaves me a lot of noise.

€ 70 for second-hand, I do not regret at all at all


I want another since there are only two entries