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Important Safety Instructions
has two blades with one wider than the other. A grounding-type plug has two blades and a third grounding prong. The wide blade or the third prong are provided for your safety. If the provided plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet. 10) Place the power cord so that it is protected from being walked on and sharp edges. Be sure that the power cord is protected particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles and the point where it exits from the apparatus. 11) The apparatus shall be connected to a MAINS socket outlet with a protective earthing connection. 12) Where the MAINS plug or an appliance coupler is used as the disconnect device, the disconnect device shall remain readily operable. 13) Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer. 14) Use only with the cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table specified by the manufacturer, or sold with the apparatus. When a cart is used, use caution when moving the cart/apparatus combination to avoid injury from tip-over.
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Welcome to the BEHRINGER family!
Thank you for the confidence you have placed in us by purchasing the MIC200. Your MIC200 is a professional mic preamp that can be used in a variety of applications. Due to its incredible functionality and the broad range of connection options, the MIC200 can even be used as a preamp for electric and bass guitars, keyboards and percussion instruments. No matter where you use your MIC200, you always get optimal performance, be it live or on the stage, in a professional recording studio or at home!

1. Introduction

With the MIC200, you have purchased an extremely musical mic preamp that is equipped with a 12AX7 vacuum tube. Thanks to BEHRINGERs preamp modeling, its main advantages are thenumber of preamp settings you can select. Additionally, features like an integrated limiter, phase reverse function, phantom power supply, highly accurate LED meter, switchable pad function and low cut filter make the MIC200 a very powerful piece of equipment. 1.1 The design concept The heart of the TUBEULTRAGAIN is an extremely low-noise microphone preamp circuitry that uses discrete components and produces a highly trans-parent sound. In combination with our BEHRINGER tube technology, the operational amplifiers 4580 and a sophisticated circuit topology, the TUBEULTRAGAIN yields excellent noise and distortion properties. The innovative UTC circuitry that has been developed by our engineering team offers an abundance of sound-shaping possibilities. Absolute musicality was our major goal when we designed the TUBE ULTRAGAIN. The result is a device that, thanks to our tube circuitry, lends an incredible punch to percussion instruments. On the other hand, instruments that are rich in upper harmonics will receive more transparency. The sound will be warm, detailed and brilliant. Surely you know the recording problem that single instruments or vocals sometimes dont cut through. Thanks to the TUBEULTRAGAIN, vocals gain in presence and volume without masking other instruments. As a result, your voice will be perfectly integrated in the mix.

Introduction 3

1.2 Online Registration Please register your new BEHRINGER equipment right after your purchase by visiting and read the terms and conditions of our warranty carefully. Should your BEHRINGER product malfunction, it is our intention to have it repaired as quickly as possible. To arrange for warranty service, please contact the BEHRINGER retailer from whom the equipment was purchased. Should your BEHRINGER dealer not be located in your vicinity, you may directly contact one of our subsidiaries. Corresponding contact information is included in the original equipment packaging (Global Contact Information/European Contact Information). Should your country not be listed, please contact the distributor nearest you. A list of distributors can be found in the support area of our website (http:// Registering your purchase and equipment with us helps us process your repair claims more quickly and efficiently. Thank you for your cooperation!


2. Control elements
Fig. 2.1: User interface of the MIC200 2.1 User interface {1} The GAIN control allows you to control the gain from +26 to+60 dB to the input signal. This control should be set all theway to the left when (dis)connecting a sound source from the MIC200. When all connections are made, slowly start raising the gain control. {2} We recommend using the LED meter to adjust gain. The LED chain displays the output signal level in dB. Please make sure that the clip LED never lights up permanently. It should light up only at peak signals, but it should never be on all the time. {3} If your MIC200 is connected to the mains via the enclosed power supply unit, the POWER LED lights up to indicate that your MIC200 is running. {4} The 20 dB PAD switch reduces the input sensitivity by 20 dB (switch pressed). The appropriate setting depends on the equipment connected. Generally speaking, lowering the signal level in mic

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applications is not recommended. No matter what your application is, the clip LED warns you to reduce the gain setting to avoid distortion. This +48 V switch activates the phantom power supply for the XLR input. Phantom power supply is required for operating condenser microphones. Dynamic microphones require no phantom power. Press the LOW CUT switch to eliminate undesired subsonic noise, such as floor rumble. With the PHASE REVERSE switch, the input signal is reversed by 180. This function is available for both mic and line signals. Use this function in a multi-microphone setup if you detect phase cancellations in specific frequency bands. The OUTPUT control governs the output level within a range from -oo to +10 dB. If the control is turned all the way to the left, there is no output signal at all. The more the control is turned to the right, the higher the output level. The PREAMP MODE rotary switch gives you a wide selection of preamp presets. The options available are: WARM, WARM/ LIMITER, LIMITER and NEUTRAL:

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WARM (moving clockwise, starting at 9 oclock): These settings make sense if you wish to add that typical warmth associated with analog signals. == KEYB: For electronic keyboard instruments of all types. == E-GTR: Electric guitar. == VOCAL: Speech and vocals. == VALVE: Warm, analog tube sound. WARM + LIMITER (moving clockwise, starting at 12 oclock): Use these settings when working with high volumes or with sounds with frequent signal peaks, and if directly recording an instrument with a mic (e. g. drums) to insert additional warmth. == MULTI: Various applications. == VOCAL: Speech and vocals. == A-GTR: Acoustic guitar. == PIANO: Piano/grand piano.

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LIMITER (moving clockwise, starting at 3 oclock): Select these settings if you wish to use the limiter function without adding tube warmth. == BASS: Bass guitar. == A-GTR: Acoustic guitar. == PERC: Percussion and drums. == LIMIT: Neutral limiter setting. NEUTRAL (moving clockwise, starting at 6 oclock): These settings are ideal for neutral and natural sound reproduction without limiter and without tube sound. == NEUTRAL: Neutral sound setting. == VOCAL: Optimized setting for speech and vocals. == GUITAR: Optimized setting for guitars and guitar amps. == BASS: Optimized setting for electric bass guitar. ++ Since presets cannot cover all possible applications, experiment with different settings until you find those that work best for you. Think of presets as the starting points for your sound configuration. 2.2 Rear panel
Fig. 2.2: The rear panel of your MIC200 (10) The balanced 1/4" TRS INPUT of your MIC200 can be used to connect your electric guitar, for example. This input is wired parallelly to the XLR input. Ideally, the balanced XLR INPUT should be used to connecta microphone.

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++ In contrast to its outputs, the MIC200s inputs should never be used simultaneously! (11) This is the balanced XLR OUTPUT of your MIC200. Use this connector to feed the XLR input of your mixing console, multitrack recorder or power amp. The balanced 1/4" TRS OUTPUT of your MIC200 can also be connected to a mixer, recording system or power amp. (12) Use the POWER SUPPLY CONNECTOR to hook up the enclosed power supply unit. Next to this connector youll find the strain relief clamp, which prevents accidental release of the power supply. The device's SERIAL NUMBER is found on the bottom side of the unit.

3. Wiring examples

Youll be surprised how flexibly you can set up your MIC200. The following chapter describes some typical wiring examples. 3.1 Enhancing vocals and instruments in live applications Here, the MIC200 is wired before the mixers channel input. Thus, the sound gains in warmth and transparency. Thanks to the limiter setting for vocals (VOCAL), distortion is eliminated effectively.
Fig. 3.1: Standard live application 3.2 Direct to disk application in studio or home recording environments If you are looking for a device that considerably enhances the sound of your digital workstation, this is where the MIC200 comes in. Many hard disk recorders lack a certain liveliness. In addition, they are often equipped with lousy microphone preamps. Such problems can be solved perfectly with the MIC200.

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Fig. 3.2: Connection of the MIC200 and the soundcard of your PC 3.3 The MIC200 as DI-box Your MIC200 is excellently suited for this application. For example, you can connect an unbalanced acoustic guitar signal to the MIC200 to prevent hum or interference noise. What you get is a balanced, noisefree signal.
Fig. 3.3: The MIC200 as DI-box

Wiring examples

4. Audio connectors

Fig. 4.1: XLR connectors

Fig. 4.2: " TS connector

Audio connectors

Fig. 4.3: " TRS connector

5. Specifications

Audio Inputs XLR input Connector Type Impedance Max. input level " TRS input Connector Type Impedance Max. input level E.I.N.1 (20Hz - 20kHz) @ 0 source resistance @ 150 source resistance @ 600 source resistance Audio Outputs Connectors Type Impedance Max. output level balanced/unbalanced transformerless, DC-decoupled input approx. 2k +7dBu / -20 dB with pad balanced/unbalanced transformerless, DC-decoupled input approx. 1M +16dBu / -20 dB with pad -125.5dBu / -128.5dBu A-weighted -124dBu / -126.8dBu A-weighted -120dBu / -122.7dBu A-weighted XLR connector + " TRS jack balanced/ unbalanced transformerless, DC-decoupled output approx. 700 balanced, approx. 350 unbalanced approx. +26dBu @ 100k

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System data Signal-to-noise ratio Frequency response Mic input Line input Function controls GAIN OUTPUT Preamp mode control Function switches 20 dB PAD +48 V LOW CUT PHASE REVERSE Indicators Input Level Power LED Power supply Mains voltage USA/Canada Europe/U.K./Australia China Korea Japan Mains connector Physical/weight Dimensions (H x W x D) Weight (without power supply) Equivalent Input Noise 120V~, 60Hz 230V~, 50Hz 220V~, 50Hz 220V~, 60Hz 100V~, 50/60Hz external power supply 9V~/1300mA approx. 2.5" x 5.3" x 5.3" (approx. 64mm x 135mm x 135mm) 1.1lbs (0.5kg) 90dB A-weighted @ -28dBu input level <10Hz to 47kHz (3dB) <10Hz to 55kHz (3dB) variable ( +26dB to +60dB) variable ( - to +10dB) selection of various preamp settings for microphone and instruments level attenuation (20dB) activates the phantom power High pass filter (cut-off frequency 90Hz) Phase reverse (180) 8-segment LED meter: -24, -18, -12, -6, 0, +6, +12, Clip indicates operation

BEHRINGER is constantly striving to maintain the highest professional standards. As a result of these efforts, modifications may be made from time to time to existing products without prior notice. Specifications and appearance may differ from those listed or illustrated.


6. Warranty
1 Other warranty rights and national law 1. This warranty does not exclude or limit the buyers statutory rights provided by national law, in particular, any such rights against the seller that arise from a legally effective purchase contract. 2. The warranty regulations mentioned herein are applicable unless they constitute an infringement of national warranty law. 2 Online registration Please do remember to register your new BEHRINGER equipment right after your purchase by visiting and kindly read the terms and conditions of our warranty carefully. Registering your purchase and equipment with us helps us process your repair claims quicker and more efficiently. Thank you for your cooperation! 3 Warranty 1. BEHRINGER (BEHRINGER International GmbH including all BEHRINGER subsidiaries, except BEHRINGER Japan) warrants the mechanical and electronic components of this product to be free of defects in material and workmanship for a period of one (1) year* from the original date of purchase, in accordance with the warranty regulations described below. If the product shows any defects within the specified warranty period that are not excluded from this warranty as described under 5, BEHRINGER shall, at its discretion, either replace the product by providing a new or reconditioned product or repair the product using suitable new or reconditioned parts. In the case that other parts are used which constitute an improvement, BEHRINGER may, at its discretion, charge the customer for the additional cost of these parts. In case BEHRINGER decides to replace the product, this warranty shall apply to the replacement product for the remaining initial warranty period, i.e one year* from the date of purchase of the initial product. 2. If the warranty claim proves to be justified, the product will be returned to the user freight prepaid. 3. Warranty claims other than those indicated above are expressly excluded. 4 Return authorization number 1. To obtain warranty service, the buyer (or his authorized dealer) must call BEHRINGER during normal business hours BEFORE returning the product. All inquiries must be accompanied by a description of the problem. The buyer or his authorized dealer will receive a return authorization number. 2. Subsequently, the product must be returned in its original shipping carton, together with the return authorization number. The return shipment address will be indicated by BEHRINGER. 3. Shipments without freight prepaid will not be accepted. 5 Warranty regulations 1. Warranty services will be furnished only if the product is accompanied by a copy of the original retail dealers invoice. Any product deemed eligible for repair or replacement under the terms of this warranty will be repaired or replaced. 2. If the product needs to be modified or adapted in order to comply with applicable technical or safety standards on a national or local level, in any country which is not the country for which the product was originally developed and manufactured, this modification/adaptation shall not be considered a defect in materials or workmanship. The warranty does not cover any such modification/adaptation, irrespective of whether it was carried out properly or not. Under the terms of this warranty, BEHRINGER shall not be held responsible for any cost resulting from such a modification/adaptation. 3. Free inspections and maintenance/repair work are expressly excluded from this warranty, in particular, if caused by improper handling of the product by the user. This also applies to defects caused by normal wear and tear, in particular, of faders, crossfaders, potentiometers, keys/buttons, tubes, guitar strings, illuminants and similar parts. Warranty 13

4. Damage/defects caused by the following conditions are not covered by this warranty: == improper handling, neglect or failure to operate the unit in compliance with the instructions given in BEHRINGER user or service manuals. == connection or operation of the unit in any way that does not comply with the technical or safety regulations applicable in the country where the product is used. == damage/defects caused by force majeure or any other condition that is beyond the control of BEHRINGER. 5. Any repair or opening of the unit carried out by unauthorized personnel (user included) will void the warranty. 6. If an inspection of the product by BEHRINGER shows that the defect in question is not covered by the warranty, 7. Products which do not meet the terms of this warranty will be repaired exclusively at the buyers expense. BEHRINGER will inform the buyer of any such circumstance. If the buyer fails to submit a written repair order within 6 weeks after notification, BEHRINGER will return the unit. Costs for freight and packing will be invoiced separately C.O.D. When the buyer has sent in a written repair order such costs will also be invoiced separately. 6 Warranty transferability This warranty is extended exclusively to the original buyer (customer of retail dealer) and is not transferable to anyone who may subsequently purchase this product. No other person (retail dealer, etc.) shall be entitled to give any warranty promise on behalf of BEHRINGER. 7 Claim for damages Failure of BEHRINGER to provide proper warranty service shall not entitle the buyer to claim (consequential) damages. In no event shall the liability of BEHRINGER exceed the invoiced value of the product. * Customers in the European Union please contact BEHRINGER Germany Support for further details.
Technical specifications and appearance are subject to change without notice. The information contained herein is correct at the time of printing. BEHRINGER accepts no liability for any loss which may be suffered by any person who relies either wholly or in part upon any description, photograph or statement contained herein. Colors and specifications may vary slightly from product. Our Products are sold through authorized dealers only. Distributors and dealers are not agents of BEHRINGER and have absolutely no authority to bind BEHRINGER by any express or implied undertaking or representation. This manual is copyrighted. No part of this manual may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording of any kind, for any purpose, without the express written permission of BEHRINGER International GmbH. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. (c) 2007 BEHRINGER International GmbH, Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Str. 36-38, 47877 Willich-Muenchheide II, Germany. Tel. +9206 0, Fax +9206 4903



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