ART Tube MP Project Series - Microphone Preamplifier with USB

ART Tube MP Project Series - Microphone Preamplifier with USB

ART Tube MP Project Series - Microphone Preamplifier with USB

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  • Single Channel
  • LED Metering
  • USB

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  • 1Description

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
UPC: 840402017158
In the Box
ART Tube MP Project Series - Microphone Preamplifier with USB
  • External Power Supply
  • One (1) Year Warranty to Original Purchaser
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description


    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
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.7 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.6 x 6.6 x 2.5"


    Tube MP Project Series - Microphone Preamplifier with USB is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 17.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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. 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.
    Date published: 2008-09-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Sound 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.
    Date published: 2012-03-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from ART Tube Microphone Preamp 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.
    Date published: 2009-08-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best thing btw. my mic and my mac so far 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.
    Date published: 2011-09-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Limiter 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%.
    Date published: 2010-05-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good entry level pre-amp 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.
    Date published: 2011-02-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great piece of eq 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.
    Date published: 2011-03-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works well for me 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.
    Date published: 2013-02-04
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