Why, yes—yes it is a pre-amp.
Anyone interested in doing some quality on-the-go recording will want to check out the MicPort Pro from CEntrance, which replaces much bulkier gear in your bag.
The MicPort Pro is also as straightforward as it gets: connect it via USB to your computer, then plug your XLR microphone into the MicPort Pro.
Why would you want to do this instead of just buying a USB microphone? Quality. The best mics on the market use an XLR connection and require a pre-amp. The MicPort Pro both powers your mic and gives it an instant interface to your computer.
Did we mention it’s a 24-bit/96kHz pre-amp? That’s right: there’s no skimping on features, just because it’s so tiny.
There’s also no skimping on price either, unfortunately. The MicPort Pro will set you back a cool $149.97 from Sweetwater, pricing many hobbyists out of the market. But if you’re serious about your recordings and already own a solid XLR microphone, the MicPort Pro is very much worth considering.