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ART TPS II - 2 Channel Tube Microphone Preamplifier with V3 Valve Voicing and Variable Impedance

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The TPS II is a two-channel high performance preamplifier coupled with V3 (Variable Valve Voicing) functionality. It also features variable input impedance that allows users to dial in and match any microphone type from large condensers to ribbon microphones.

The V3 feature provides optimized reference points to begin the recording process for guitars, bass guitars, synthesizers, acoustic instruments, percussion, vocals and more. The TPS II displays level monitoring with two analog meters as well as two newly added input monitoring LED meters.

The TPS II can accept +20dB peaks while maintaining over 120dB dynamic range, quiet performance and incredibly low distortion. The OPL (Output Protection Limiting) feature is used to control overshoots and normalize levels before clipping occurs. The unit also functions as a direct box, with impedance matching and preamplification for instrument or line-level sources. High-Z instruments or balanced microphone signals can be input through front and rear panel jacks.

Two channel preamplifier system
V3 Variable Valve Voicing presets
Adjustable input impedance
OPL - Output Protection Limiter
Balanced XLR inputs and outputs
High impedance instrument inputs and line level outputs
Automatic instrument input switching
48v phantom power (switch selectable)
Phase reverse switch
Gain switch (+20dB)
Input gain and output level controls
Number of Channels 2
Inputs 2 x Neutrik combi XLR (front)
2 x 1/4" TRS phone (rear)
Output 2 x XLR
2 x 1/4" TS phone
Phantom Power +48v
Multi Function Line and instrument-level inputs
Gain Range 80dB, XLR to XLR
Maximum Output Level +28dB
Frequency Response 5Hz to 50kHz, +/-0.1dB
Noise EIN: -129dBu XLR to XLR (A weighted)
Dimensions (WxDxH) 19" X 6 1/2" x 1 1/2"
Specialties Hand selected 12AX7A dual triode tube
ART TPS II - 2 Channel Tube Microphone Preamplifier with V3 Valve Voicing and Variable Impedance
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  • Three (3) Year Warranty
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    ARTTPS II Preamplifier
     
    4.2

    (based on 6 reviews)

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        4.0

        not my choice

        By lynhnn

        from San Jose, Ca

        About Me Audiophile

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Easy to Mount
        • Easy To Set Up

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Basic Systems
          • DJ / Mixing
          • Home

          Comments about ART TPS II Preamplifier:

          Good things:
          - You can boost up at least 20Db for your mic. You can select various tube options. I found out that the "flat" option is the least noisy one.
          - It has XLR in/out for a 1U unit. Nice looking unit.

          Not so good:
          - Big noise injected into the mixer.
          - Cheap control knobs and buttons
          - Big distort sound if amplifying too much

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          5.0

          Quiet, versatile tube preamp

          By Highwater Moe

          from North Idaho

          About Me Hobbyist musician, Practical, Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Great Sound Quality
          • Quiet
          • Transparent

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Basic Systems
            • DJ / Mixing
            • Home
            • Larger Rooms
            • Smaller Rooms

            Comments about ART TPS II Preamplifier:

            It's not an Avalon, but if you want a lot of bang for the buck, this is it. I'll likely pick up another two of these things. I was pleasantly surprised at how quiet and transparent it is. I am using this one to mic my stereo guitar amp rig with an MXL990 on each cab. This has done wonders for my tone in the mix. I would like to have four more decent mic preamps at the console and these will do nicely.

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            3.0

            Will be good for some things

            By whipman

            from New Zealand

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Warmth
            • Hot mush

            Cons

            • Need time for testing

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about ART TPS II Preamplifier:

            The pre would be good for adding some tone to some of the over clean digital
            recordings. I use this on some of my mics to soften down the digi sound. It works good but you will need to work out the best settings as it can distort a bit to much at times (thus the valve sound). Every thing has it's place and it's all about finding out what best suites this pre.

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            4.0

            Great sound for cheap price!

            By Loic

            from Camarillo, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about ART TPS II Preamplifier:

              I always loved the ART Brand.
              I use TPS II in both studio and live performance, for guitar and bass instruments, and occasionally on voice.

              There is only one tube for two channels, so we may be worried to have both channels mixed together, but they're not. I changed the original chinese tube for a Mesa Boogie 12AX7, and the warmth is a lot better!

              Very useful to get a warm tube sound and a crunchier guitar.

              For voice, I'm not a fan of the presets, so I prefer using the PRO MPA. But don't forget that it's $70 per channel... Very cheap for such a great sound. Looking for a similar product in another brand would be at least 2 or 3 times the price.

              I recommend this product!

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              5.0

              Warm tone, great value

              By Eric@Imago Dei

              from Greenville, SC

              About Me Pro Audio / DJ

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Easy to Mount
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Good Power Output
              • Great Sound Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about ART TPS II Preamplifier:

                  This unit was purchased to use for live sound, primarily for a cellist. Hooked it up to test it using an acoutic/electric guitar, then vocal, and everything sounded great. Will now have to purchase a second unit for the cellist and bassist.

                  For the money, it's definitely worth investing in a couple of these units.

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                  4.0

                  great for the price

                  By Gus

                  from houston, tx

                  Verified Buyer

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                        Comments about ART TPS II Preamplifier:

                        i'm using it with a 2 channel audio interface. it makes a great difference while recording anything but one has to know how to operate it to get optimal or disired results.

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