ML 1 Mic / Line Preamplifier

ML 1 Front

ML 1 Rear


  • Two Channels, Mic or Line
  • Rear Panel Gain Controls with Security Cover
  • Signal / Overload Indicators
  • Switchable 48 V Phantom Power
  • Balanced line driver
  • Internal Universal Power Supply (100-240 VAC)

ML 1 Mic / Line Preamplifier

The Rane ML 1 Mic / Line Preamplifier provides the answer when you just need a preamplified pair. Go from either dynamic, condenser or electret microphones to line-level with a minimum of noise, distortion, and hassle. At the same time the ML 1 can convert those mics, or a stereo line source, to a digital output of your choice: AES3, S/PDIF coaxial or optical.

The ML 1’s rear panel provides 48 V switchable Phantom Power with an indicator LED. Each channel has Mic / Line input selection with Gain trims between 18 dB and 66 dB. Input signal and Output Signal / Overload LEDs help set levels to other equipment whether you are looking at the front or the back panel. Inputs and outputs let you choose between balanced XLR or Euroblock connectors. The Euroblocks accept 22 to 12 guage wire.

The ML 1 utilizes one of the finest ultra low noise amplifier designs available. Featuring a true differential input with high common-mode rejection, use of the ML 1 guarantees performance usually found only in mixing consoles costing thousands of times as much.

ML 1 Gain Security CoverA security cover for the rear panel Gain and Mic / Line switches section is included for those set-and-forget installations. The internal power supply operates almost anywhere in the world
with the proper IEC-C5 cord.


ML 1 Block Diagram

ML 1 Applications

Uses and applications for the ML 1 should be obvious. But to spark your imagination, these words on using the ML 1 might not be wasted.

The ML 1 is fills the need for adding a pair of microphone channels to line-level mixers, such as the Rane SM82S.

Another handy use for the ML 1 is in recording applications. Many popular products (including most computer sound cards) do not have a high enough quality mic preamp to suit the resolution of the digital processing electronics. Such irony. Using the ultra low noise ML 1 to bring the mic inputs up to extremely high quality line-level or digital signal is an easy and affordable solution for this dilemma. No garbage in; no garbage out.

The available gain and large input range of the ML 1 allows the use of virtually any type of microphone. True 48V phantom power guarantees the ML 1 works with every microphone. The better the mic, the better the ML 1 sounds.

ML 1 with HAL2

The versatility of the Rane HAL2 increases to 10 inputs using an ML 1 with a single cable: ML 1 digital out to HAL2 digital in.

ML 1 Literature

Each unit is shipped with a booklet containing all of the above, the RaneNote "Sound System Interconnection," Declaration of Conformity, and Rane's 2+ Year Warranty information.

ML 1 Support

If the above doesn't answer your question, or it's urgent...
Phone 425-355-6000, 8:30 AM to 5 PM PST, Monday through Friday.
If it's less urgent, you can email the factory.
For local service within the USA, find a service center.