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ART Tube MP Studio V3 Single Channel Tube Microphone Preamp with V3 Preset Technology and Output Protection Limiter

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ART Tube MP Studio V3 Microphone Preamp

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The Tube MP Studio V3 is a single channel tube based microphone preamp that builds on the success of the original Tube MP but with added features. Primarily, the unit features V3 technology which provides optimized reference points - presets that allow the user to select between preamp settings designed for guitars (electric and acoustic), keyboards, bass guitars, drums, vocals and more. Also included is OPL (Output Protection Limiter), which precisely and accurately controls and maintains the output peak signal.

While it's primary function is as a microphone preamp, the Tube MP Studio V3 is also a great direct box - impedance matching, amplifying and improving the sound of any instrument. Additionally the usage of external mic/line preamps has become increasingly popular over the past several years. The unit offers better performance and sound quality over that which can obtained from the "on-board" preamps included in many of today's low-cost mixers and multi-track recorders.

The hybrid design of the Tube MP allows it to add warmth and fatness to a signal, while maintaining exceptionally low-noise. Quality sound combined with features like a 12AX7a tube, phantom power and phase reverse, are what have made the Tube MP a staple in many studios. For a minimal investment, a Tube MP Studio V3 can provide the single largest improvement to the sound of a studio.

Single channel of tube microphone preamplification
V3 Technology
Variable Valve Voicing provides preamp presets for vocals along with a variety for instruments
OPL
Output Protection Limiter precisely and accurately controls and maintains the output peak signal
Hand-selected 12AX7A Vacuum Tube
Variable input and output gain controls
Ideal for use as a tube DI box
XLR and 1/4" connections
Number of Channels 1
Inputs 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4" TS phone
Output 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4" TS phone
Phantom Power +48V
Multi Function No
Gain Range 70dB (XLR to XLR typical)
Maximum Output Level +28dB (XLR), +22dB (1/4")
Frequency Response 10Hz to 20kHz
Noise EIN: -129dBu ("A" weighted XLR to XLR)
Dimensions 5" x 5.5" x 2" heavy duty desktop enclosure
Specialties Phase reversal switch
ART Tube MP Studio V3 Single Channel Tube Microphone Preamp with V3 Preset Technology and Output Protection Limiter
  • External 9v Power Supply
  • One Year Warranty
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    ARTTube MP Studio V3 Microphone Preamp
     
    4.1

    (based on 7 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

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      (1)

    86%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (5)
    • Good audio (5)
    • Versatile (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur recording (3)
      • Home studio (3)
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        • Experienced (4)

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      5.0

      Pleased with my results... for voiceover

      By repsov1

      from Oceanside, CA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Noise When Input Cranked

      Cons

      • Nice Warmth On Spoken Aud
      • Plenty Of Gain
      • Solidly Constructed

      Best Uses

      • Home And Live Recording A
      • Voice Over Work

      Comments about ART Tube MP Studio V3 Microphone Preamp:

      I do radio commercial voice over work from my home studio and was looking for a product to provide me more gain and also warm up my vocal... all without spending a lot of money in the process. For [$] bucks I think I got MORE than I paid for and I think this is a great little unit! The only draw back I have found thus far is that there is a bit of noise if you need to crank up the input gain; however, I have plenty of gain, excellent headroom, and indeed I was able to add the warmth I sought... all of this is available without the need to crank up the input volume control. This is a great value and would definately recommend the unit... it performs well.

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      5.0

      Versatle Product

      By TV Studio Prof.

      from Nashville, TN

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Powerful
      • Professional Functions
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Professional Recording

        Comments about ART Tube MP Studio V3 Microphone Preamp:

        We use these at a college TV station for voice-overs. It has versatile set of options. You can connect either an XLR or a 1/4" cable and it has the same output connections--you can use it with a variety of equipment. It has both input and output level adjustments giving lots of options. It can add phantom power or not. The tube options give a nice variety of effects to the tone. We've found this well worth the investment, even buying several more since we like the first one so much!

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          1.0

          Not a serious preamp

          By Petross

          from Greenville, SC

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Great Product Concept

          Cons

          • Unreliable
          • Very Noisy

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio

          Comments about ART Tube MP Studio V3 Microphone Preamp:

          Every time I attempt again to use this preamp recording documentary voiceovers with my EV-20 I end up wondering why I keep bringing it out of the case. It is unacceptably noisy with dynamic mics, even good ones like the EV-20. It is a such a good product idea and I love its features--if only the implementation were up to its concept. I ended up buying an old used Shure mixer to use instead. The resulting signal is much cleaner and more pure.

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          5.0

          Great value.

          By Sciguy

          from Utah

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Well Built

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Mobile DJ

            Comments about ART Tube MP Studio V3 Microphone Preamp:

            I use this preamp for an auxiliary microphone system for video recording in a classroom. The build quality is great and it functions very well for the ridiculously low price.

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            4.0

            Not a bad little preamp

            By garnermike

            from Raleigh, NC

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Limited Functions

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about ART Tube MP Studio V3 Microphone Preamp:

            I use it as a preamp to my bass amp head (which suffers from a intermitently crippled internal preamp). The voicing is pretty impressive given the unit's small size and low cost.

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            (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Prosumer quality? This is it!!!

            By Jawja boy in FL

            from Melbourne, FL

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Lots of adjustability
            • Meter
            • Powerful
            • PRICE

            Cons

            • AC power required
            • Hard to mount near camera

            Best Uses

            • Boost DSLR audio

            Comments about ART Tube MP Studio V3 Microphone Preamp:

            YOWZA, this thing ROCKS! Look no further, my friends! I've been cobbling together a few things here and there to finally start shooting the films (okay...digital video) that I wanna make before I die. I started with a Canon T3i and a Pro Series Canon lens (35-105mm, I think). Plus I bought a tripod, lighting, and built my own nle workstation (very nice!). But the sound quality over Canon's P.O.C. condenser mic is even worse than ANYTHING I've ever heard recorded (yes, really).

            So I buy me a battery powered Rode mic that everybody says is the bomb for prosumer hacks like me, and the sound is marginally improved, but still not acceptable. Then I'm doing the internet solutions bit, and everyone's touting these uncomfortably priced ($350-800 is uncomfortable to me) boxes and recorders and such, and you STILL have to sync your sound track to your video files in post-edit. Fuggedaboudit!

            Just as I was about to give up hope, I run across this little bad boy. Not only does it JACK UP the input from my Rode (you could easily go phantom power, kids), and have settings out the wazoo, IT'S GOT A STINKIN METER ON IT!!! All this at a price so obscenely miniscule, that I only had to sell roses on a street corner ONE DAY to be able to pay for it. And it's even cheaper now than when I bought it a couple months ago.

            Sorry, but you gotta use AC power (read the product name, people--"Studio" V3 Preamp). And though I'm thinking it'll take two mics (one XLR jack and one 1/4 inch), there doesn't seem to be a way to adjust individually for each input. No worries...I just plug my one Rode mic into the V3 and send my newly amped output to the Canon T3i. Now I'm not gonna go look, but I think the manual audio on my camera has between 20 and 40 levels that I can set it to--so I bump it down to ZERO, and then notch it up to a level ONE! I test levels and make adjustments on the V3, NEVER on the Canon. And my vocals are byoooooootiful!!! AND THEY SHOW UP ON THE DADGUM VIDEO FILE so there's NO SYNCING in the edit!!!

            Sure, the audiophile quality snobs are gonna poo-poo that your sound now only rates an 8 or a 9 instead of a 9.438 or higher, but to them I say, "Get over yourselves!" This is VIDEO. It's all about what comes through the lens, or they'd all be in radio. Believe me--this mamma-jamma will give your mic signal EXACTLY the boost you need for a REASONABLE price so you can focus (no pun intended) on the more important parts of your shoot...like why the actor who can't stop talking between takes cannot remember the 3 WORDS of dialog you've given him in the script!

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            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great Sound for the Price

            By Kevin Chang

            from Mountain View, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • NG tube inside

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about ART Tube MP Studio V3 Microphone Preamp:

            First of all, removing the Chinese 12AX7 tube for it is far from good. Simply use an inexpensive GE or Tesla tube instead can make it at least 3 times the value. With the price you can't find anything else better than that. Though the V3 features different characteristics, it does increase the noise floor. I would suggest to keep it at flat position to get the best sound, or turns to the Tube MP instead if you really don't need the V3. With the above modification and configuration it really sounds good. No doubt it can greatly outperform the onboard pres, and even compete those with many times of the price after replacing the tube inside.

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