ART Tube MP Preamplifier

ART Tube MP Preamplifier

ART Tube MP Preamplifier

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ART Tube MP Preamplifier

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  • Single-Channel Tube-Based
  • Hand-Selected 12AX7A Vacuum Tube
  • Variable Input & Output Gain Control
  • Ideal as a Tube DI Box
  • XLR & 1/4" Connections
  • Inexpensive, Professional Performance
  • Exceptionally Low Noise
  • A Staple in Many Studios
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ART TUBE MP overview

  • 1Description

Whether recording to 4-track cassettes or to multi-track digital recorders, the award-nominated design of the ART Pro Audio Tube MP Preamplifier allows users to obtain professional results at a fraction of the cost of comparable equipment. The hybrid design of the Tube MP allows it to add warmth and fatness to a signal, while maintaining exceptionally low-noise.

While it's primary function is as a microphone preamp, the Tube MP is also a great direct box - impedance matching, amplifying and improving the sound of any instrument. 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.

Quality sound combined with features like a 12AX7a tube, variable input/output levels, phantom power, and phase reverse are what have made the Tube MP a staple in many studios. For a minimal investment, a Tube MP can provide the single largest improvement to the sound of a studio.

Single channel of tube microphone preamplification
Hand-selected 12AX7A Vacuum Tube
Variable input and output gain controls
Ideal for use as a tube DI box
XLR and 1/4" connections
UPC: 840402011415
In the Box
ART Tube MP Preamplifier
  • External 9-Volt Power Supply
  • 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    ART TUBE MP specs

    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
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.35 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.3 x 6.2 x 3.7"

    ART TUBE MP reviews

    Tube MP Preamplifier is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 6.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from A classic, if you're using cassettes Don't expect real tube sound from these things, they aren't actually tube preamps. The tube sits between two solid-state opamps, which do the actual amplification, to muddy up the sound and hide the flaws of the circuit. The consistency of the Tube MP's build over the years is pretty random, some are kind of great, most are really awful. If you're still using cassette tapes to record, then a good Tube MP will work wonders. But for even basic digital recording, say 24/44, then you're going to just have muddy tracks, with various other noise issues. Another good use for the Tube MP is with piezo pickups. The awful sound of one seems to cancel the awful sound of the other.
    Date published: 2010-10-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply a Great Value I use it for recording on a budget, and it works as a mic and guitar preamp. I would imagine that any other instrument you can plug into it would sound great as well. It has the distinctive sound that you'd expect from a valve. And with a guitar plugged up to it, any but the most picky audiophiles would be hard pressed to tell it apart from a tube amp. It also functions as a splitter as it sends signals through both the XLR and TS (1/4) outputs at the same time. It was so well worth the $ dollars that I ordered a second one within minutes of receiving the first.
    Date published: 2010-07-04
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from so so toy only its cheap...good for curiousity satisfaction and as a toy... but if you hav e downright cheapie recorders or what not...this might actually upgrade u a bit... esp for CHEAP dyn mics and CHEAP ribbons or cheap geetars, direct line in stuff... but if you have already spent fw hundred dollars on your mixers, mics or gear...this is a downgrade in both overall sound quality and guarantee of constant hisssss noise at all levels. too bad... but can be a fun toy to keep in back of closet. NOT for recording..and Not for condenser mics.
    Date published: 2012-07-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does what it says and says what it does. Using between microphone and amp for a simple PA system in a large dining hall. Handheld recorder plugged into the high impedance line while feeding the XLR to the amp. Works great.
    Date published: 2010-10-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Product, Excellent Price I bought the ART Tube MP Preamplifier so I could use the Audio-Technica ATR-1300 Microphone with my PC. It functions very well, with very neutral sound reproduction. I noticed a forum posting which mentioned that if you're looking for the warm (ie not neutral) sound normally associated with the use of a vacuum tube, you simply need to replace the vacuum tube shipped with this unit with a more expensive one which can be obtained from a hobbyist store. I personally prefer the neutral sound produced by the pre-installed stock tube. ART unfortunately hasn't publish the manual for this product online. You can use either the XLR or TRS (mini-jack) input, but not both simultaneously. Both the XLR and TRS (mini-jack) outputs CAN however be used simultaneously. 48V phantom power can be enabled/disabled on the XLR input via a push-button switch. All TRS (mini-jack) ports are 1/4 female, and not the 1/8 expected by a typical PC sound card. I simply bought a 1/4 to 1/8 TRS adapter. There are separate knobs used to adjust the amplification of the input and output signal. You will definitely need to set the output knob to half power (white line straight up), or you won't get any perceivable output regardless of the input amplification (which is where most of the work is done). I found that I got the best results with my computer by setting the input knob to 25% and enabling the +20dB gain push-button by pressing it in. Because of the warnings given with regards to potentially blowing the pre-amp, I've taken the additional precaution of dialing down the input to zero when I'm not using the microphone. Overall it's a good product, and I'm very happy with the purchase, especially given the excellent price!
    Date published: 2012-05-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Arsaxophone When I bought this product. I was a little bit not confident on it. Once I started using it with my saxophone it was amazing clear crispy and nice.
    Date published: 2017-05-11
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