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ART Tube MP Project Series - Microphone Preamplifier with USB

B&H # ARTMPPSU Mfr # TUBE MP PROJECT S. W/ USB
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Product Highlights
  • Single Channel
  • LED Metering
  • USB

The Tube MP Project Series from ART, is a professional quality audio interface that connects a microphone, instrument or line level signals to a mixer or other audio input as well as a digital audio workstation via a USB interface.

The unit uses a high quality 12AX7A tube to add warmth to the source material and is housed in an all-aluminum stackable chassis. It includes precision LED level metering circuitry and is capable of delivering up to 70dB of clean musical gain.

USB (Universal Serial Bus) provides quick and easy connection of the microphone preamp to a computer. The unit features a single Type B USB peripheral connector on the rear panel for outputting audio. One of the nice features of USB is its "Hot Swap" capability, allowing the Tube MP to be connected and disconnected without turning the computer off.

Extremely low noise, discrete front end for digital audio workstation with up to 70dB of clean, musical gain
USB interface allows for direct connection with a computer
Selectable input impedance with high output signal drive capability
Fast FET limiter to prevent signal overload
Built-in, low noise, phantom power supply and precision LED metering
Phase invert and high cut filter switches
Variable input and output controls
Compact, stackable all aluminum chassis
Number of Channels Single
Inputs 1 x XLR
1 x 1/4" TRS phone (unbalanced)
Output 1 x XLR
1 x 1/4" TRS phone (unbalanced)
Phantom Power Yes
Multi Function Limiter
Gain Range Mic: 0 to +45dB (input gain switch adds 20dB)
Line: 0 to +25dB (input gain switch adds 20dB)
Maximum Output Level XLR: +26dBu
1/4": +20dBu
Frequency Response 10Hz to 40kHz, +0/-1dB
Noise EIN: -130dB, XLR to XLR A-weighted
Dimensions (WxDxH) 5 15/16" x 6 1/2" x 1 3/4"
Weight 2.5 lbs
Specialties USB interface for interfacing with a computer
ART Tube MP Project Series - Microphone Preamplifier with USB
  • External Power Supply
  • One (1) Year Warranty to Original Purchaser
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    ARTTube MP Project Series - Microphone Preamplifier with USB
     
    4.4

    (based on 16 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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      (1)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Great sound quality (10)
    • Attractive (7)
    • Easy to set up (6)
    • Good power output (6)
    • Easy to mount (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Basic systems (9)
      • Home (7)
      • Smaller rooms / apartments (6)
      • Amateur recording (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Practical (6), Tech savvy (6), Audiophile (4), Pro audio / DJ / mixing (4), Novice (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (7)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Solved my GarageBand audio problems

      I needed a preamp to fix sound quality issues while recording with line in mic and instruments in GarageBand. I read great reviews for this one and it has worked out excellent so far. ...Read complete review

      I needed a preamp to fix sound quality issues while recording with line in mic and instruments in GarageBand. I read great reviews for this one and it has worked out excellent so far. The manual could use more detail for novices like me and it would be nice if there was an on/off button, but overall it's a trusty little friend. Took me some trial and error to figure out the settings, but it has upped my recording quality substantially and the price tag is a very reasonable investment. Mac OSX recognized it right away and GarageBand was more than happy to comply.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Bad

      Pre amp crackles and pops over voice with heavy latency. Develops issues with software.

      Pre amp crackles and pops over voice with heavy latency. Develops issues with software.

      Reviewed by 16 customers

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      5.0

      perfect for our needs

      By office maven

      from az

      About Me Practical, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Great Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Basic Systems
        • Larger Rooms
        • Smaller Rooms

        Comments about ART Tube MP Project Series - Microphone Preamplifier with USB:

        Small, portable amp- works great. We use it to enable us to connect a really nice mic to a pc/laptop for video conferencing. It really helps improve the audio capture of the whole room. So much better than usb microphones, and much less expensive than pro audio equipment.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Works well for me

        By Just in the Bay

        from San Jose, CA

        About Me Pro Audio / DJ, Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Great Sound Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Basic Systems
          • Home
          • Home Theater
          • Smaller Rooms

          Comments about ART Tube MP Project Series - Microphone Preamplifier with USB:

          I got this guy for VO recordings on corporate gigs. So far worth every cent.

          It does its job well and provides me with a pre amp and phantom power for some of my mics. Sound is great with my Studio B1 mic.

          If I had to pick on it I would say a battery option so you could go portable. However I believe there are other types of preamps that are intended for that.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Very good.

          By Remi

          from Buenos Aires

          About Me Audiophile, Practical, Pro Audio / DJ

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Basic Systems
            • Home

            Comments about ART Tube MP Project Series - Microphone Preamplifier with USB:

            I just would like to receive another POWER font.
            Here in argentina we dont have 110 V. We use 210 V.
            It doesnt matter now.

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            • No

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            1.0

            Bad

            By Yung Kash SK

            from Where?

            About Me Pro Audio / DJ

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Great Sound Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Smaller Rooms

              Comments about ART Tube MP Project Series - Microphone Preamplifier with USB:

              Pre amp crackles and pops over voice with heavy latency. Develops issues with software.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great Sound

              By Mr Fixit

              from NoVa

              About Me Audiophile, Practical, Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Great Sound Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • DJ / Mixing

                Comments about ART Tube MP Project Series - Microphone Preamplifier with USB:

                used with a piezo pickup on an accoustic to provide input to computer to drive learning software and personal recording. The pickup level is quite low but this amp has sufficient gain to drive the output to limit. Soft limiter provides a compressed dynamic range for recording. There is a mix of input and output gain but the process for determining how to use them is a bit opaque. Some trial and error was involved in finding the correct configuration. A small expanatory diagram of the amp would be helpful. I suspect that used for it's intended purpose the setup would be smoother. When configured well the amp produces a warm coloration. USB setup is simple.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great little piece of tech

                By jkweld

                from richmond, ca

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Portable
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about ART Tube MP Project Series - Microphone Preamplifier with USB:

                  Flawless mac interface (garageband reads as audio codec). Nice, warm sound for vocals and guitar. I use it for home recording and have found the plug and play aspect to be easy to use and yet still professional sounding.

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                  4.0

                  Nice but a little hum

                  By BICKY

                  from Concord, NH

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Poor Sound Quality

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording

                  Comments about ART Tube MP Project Series - Microphone Preamplifier with USB:

                  Great product, small and light and very versatile.
                  I got a hum when connecting to the usb output to my pc. So I went xml out with my xml usb adapter and that worked fine, no noise.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Best thing btw. my mic and my mac so far

                  By Silver Tongue

                  from San Francisco CA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Good Warmth
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about ART Tube MP Project Series - Microphone Preamplifier with USB:

                    I'm not an audio engineer, nor a full time voiceover artist. But I need to record very high-quality voiceovers for use on Keynote videos for the Internet. Paid content people watch on a membership Web site.

                    I've been through the mill. 3 mixers. A small usb-powered preamp. The videocam mixer. All helped, but none was quite right. Plus, I needed something that would set up quick and provide clean, reliable sound that my engineer (3000 miles away) could bend, mold, and shape to his satisfaction.

                    This preamp, which I stumbled across by accident, does the trick. It's quick, easy, and the results are stunning.

                    I'm using a really good studio mic and garageband on a macbook pro. I can set up, record, and be out of there with everything put away in less than half an hour for a 10 minute voiceover. That's really important to me.

                    GREAT product.

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                    5.0

                    Does the job very well.

                    By mplieb

                    from Highland Park, NJ

                    About Me Practical, Pro Audio / DJ

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Basic Systems
                      • DJ / Mixing
                      • Home

                      Comments about ART Tube MP Project Series - Microphone Preamplifier with USB:

                      This is a nice unit, that has sufficient features to enable any microphone to be connected to a PC via USB. Low noise, very quiet tracks are produced. Indicators could be made more functional, but overall a good unit for the money.

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                      5.0

                      Great piece of eq

                      By Inhale

                      from Duluth, mn

                      About Me Practical

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Basic Systems
                        • Home
                        • Smaller Rooms

                        Comments about ART Tube MP Project Series - Microphone Preamplifier with USB:

                        I was looking for a pre amp that was affordable and had great quality and this is exactly what I needed. Connects directly to my mac pro w no problem what so ever. Just plug in your mic and record! The effects are limited and almost unnoticeable, but not too worried a long as it has phantom power. I am very happy w this purchase. I'd recommend it for the traveling recorder or someone who wants to record for very cheaply but w great sound.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Very good entry level pre-amp

                        By M. Wang

                        from CT

                        About Me Practical, Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Great Sound Quality

                        Cons

                        • Lack Of Power

                        Best Uses

                        • Basic Systems
                        • Home

                        Comments about ART Tube MP Project Series - Microphone Preamplifier with USB:

                        I got this preamp from B&H at a decent price. It came with USB connectivity for easy link-up to PC. I have not tried this yet, but it only adds a few dollars in price to the base ART Tube MP Project Series Preamp and should be worthwhile.

                        The tube circuit is quite good, adding noticeable warmth to the sound. The built-in phantom power supply works well with condenser mics. The gain and volume controls are flexible and the output is reasonably strong for such a small unit. Both the input and output ports accept either the XLR and 1/4" plugs, with the latter taking precedence when both are connected. Other than the phantom power and 20db gain buttons, there are four more controlling impedance, filter, limiter and phase, giving this little unit complete functionality of a preamp. Overall, a great value.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

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                        5.0

                        Great product

                        By Nerd

                        from Cambridge, MA

                        About Me Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy Setup
                        • Easy to Mount
                        • Good Power Output
                        • Great Sound Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Basic Systems
                          • Home

                          Comments about ART Tube MP Project Series - Microphone Preamplifier with USB:

                          I've really liked this product. Easy to use, reasonably cheap pre-amp. Would definitely recommend it.

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                          4.0

                          Great Limiter

                          By Curtis

                          from Knoxville, TN

                          About Me Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy Setup
                          • Great Sound Quality
                          • Value

                          Cons

                          • Can clip with limiter on
                          • Gain not clean

                          Best Uses

                          • Digital Recording

                          Comments about ART Tube MP Project Series - Microphone Preamplifier with USB:

                          I use this to record services at my church with a 6 channel Behringer mixer being fed by a DBX Compressor. I use 2 channels- one for the right and the other for the left. I really need the mixer to power this device as it can take more power to push than the soundcard on my laptop. I love this device. It really does offer a good sound. Just as a notable point, when the limiter is turned on, it can be overloaded without the lights on the front indicating that sound is being clipped. Also, the gain is not clean beyond 75%.

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                          4.0

                          Good for the price

                          By Josh

                          from Los Angeles

                          About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attractive Design
                          • Easy Setup
                          • Easy to Mount

                          Cons

                          • Lack Of Power

                          Best Uses

                          • Basic Systems
                          • Home
                          • Smaller Rooms

                          Comments about ART Tube MP Project Series - Microphone Preamplifier with USB:

                          I use this preamp for home recording. For what I paid, it works fine - but to get decent levels I need to really crank the gain. Sounds okay though. Again, for the price, pretty good.

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                          5.0

                          ART Tube Microphone Preamp

                          By Scott

                          from Morris County, NJ

                          About Me Musically Inclined

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attractive Design
                          • Easy To Connect

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Basic Systems
                            • Smaller Rooms

                            Comments about ART Tube MP Project Series - Microphone Preamplifier with USB:

                            Found this preamp to be simple to use. The instruction bulletin is easy to read. The improved sound from any microphone in my collection is better than most preamps on the mixing consoles I have. I use the ART with my Shure SH55 for saxophone work and with condensers for recording the spoke word. I also plug my acoustic / electric guitar into the ART preamp for stage work and have found a nice, not too fat, sweet spot that extends the sustain without exotic effects.

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                            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Solved my GarageBand audio problems

                            By Tina Rocks

                            from Maui

                            About Me Novice

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Manual Needs More Info
                            • No On or Off Switch

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Music Videos
                            • Soundtracks

                            Comments about ART Tube MP Project Series - Microphone Preamplifier with USB:

                            I needed a preamp to fix sound quality issues while recording with line in mic and instruments in GarageBand. I read great reviews for this one and it has worked out excellent so far. The manual could use more detail for novices like me and it would be nice if there was an on/off button, but overall it's a trusty little friend. Took me some trial and error to figure out the settings, but it has upped my recording quality substantially and the price tag is a very reasonable investment. Mac OSX recognized it right away and GarageBand was more than happy to comply.

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