ART USB Dual Pre - USB 1.1 Digital Audio Interface with Dual Microphone Preamps

ART USB Dual Pre - USB 1.1 Digital Audio Interface with Dual Microphone Preamps

ART USB Dual Pre - USB 1.1 Digital Audio Interface with Dual Microphone Preamps

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Product Highlights

  • 2 Input/2 Output
  • Phantom Power
  • Portable
  • 3 Powering Options
  • Mac OS
  • Windows
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The USB Dual Pre from ART is a combination portable preamplifier and computer interface, housed in a compact rugged case. The unit is suitable for a wide variety of applications including remote field work to desktop/studio recording. The 2 input channels can accept either a microphone or line input and provide up to 48dB of gain.

Phantom power is available for use with condenser microphones even when running from the USB bus or any of the other powering options. Those include using an optional external power supply, or an optional internal 9V battery. When running off the battery, operational hours are in excess of 50 hours with phantom power off.

A stereo mini headphone jack is provided for monitoring and the rear level and monitor mix controls allow for latency-free recording. The monitor mix is also routed to the main outputs. The USB interface is fully compliant with the USB 1.1 specification and uses USB adaptive mode for playback and USB asynchronous mode for record.

Portable USB interface with dual microphone preamps
Low-noise, fully balanced XLR and 1/4" TRS combi inputs
Preamps provide up to 48dB of gain and feature independent gain controls
Built-in, low-noise phantom power supply
Signal present and clip LED indicators
Latency free monitoring with mix and level controls
Includes Audacity recording and production software
3-way powering options - via the USB bus, an optional external power supply, or with an optional 9V battery
UPC: 804040201904
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ART USB Dual Pre - USB 1.1 Digital Audio Interface with Dual Microphone Preamps
  • USB Cable
  • Three (3) Year Warranty
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    ART USB Dual Pre specs

    Converters 16-bit
    Sample Rates 44.1 and 48kHz
    Analog Input 2 x 1/4" TRS/XLR combi
    Analog Output 2 x 1/4" TRS phone (balanced)
    1 x 1/8" stereo mini Headphone
    Digital Input No
    Digital Output No
    MIDI In/Out No
    Sync In/Out Not applicable
    Headphone Output Yes
    THD + N <0.01% @ 1kHz
    Dynamic Range Not specified by manufacturer
    Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz, +0/-1dB
    Power Requirements USB bus
    9.5V to 12V external power supply (optional)
    9V battery (optional)
    System Requirements Mac:
    OS 9.1 or OS X
    Native USB support

    PC:
    Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP/Vista 32bit
    Available USB 1.1 Port

    Specialties No special drivers needed
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.3 x 6.2 x 3.7"

    ART USB Dual Pre reviews

    USB Dual Pre - USB 1.1 Digital Audio Interface with Dual Microphone Preamps is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 69.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Satifaction with this product Two of these digital preamps were used in the construction of my first surround sound microphone array internet appliance. The first stream from the appliance using this preamp went online May 15, 2011 and will be available very soon at @. I have been operating these preamps for 24 hours straight and they are working great. The construction of the unit appears very professional. Operating at about 44db of gain, there was little noise in the stream. However going from 44db to 48 db, the amplifier noise became apparent. If you are looking for a low cost, high qaulity preamp for your computer, this is the preamp to buy.
    Date published: 2011-05-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works as expected I'm powering it from USB, and have the gains set to 0dB since I'm digitizing a line-level input. So far, this little box is working just fine, and I do not notice any additional noise over the background of our worship sanctuary. I also love the direct feed-thru of the headphone jack, which I used to patch our XLR audio feed into the unbalanced input of a telephone system's music-on-hold + intercom input. ps: It works fine in Linux for web audio streaming.
    Date published: 2013-02-25
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Digital artifacts (noise) It seemed to work fine at first, until I listened carefully and heard a faint but noticeable digital artifact repeating every four and a half seconds or so. When you know it's there, it's impossible to overlook, and it's all you hear when you play back your recording. I emailed support@artproaudio.com to try to find out if the unit might be defective, but of course I never got a reply. I suspect the digital artifact is caused by a poorly shielded microprocessor inside the unit. Aside from the noise, the quality of the recording through USB seems poor when compared to recording through my low-budget Zoom H2n. I replaced it with a Rolls MP13 which seems to be completely analog, so no digital noise.
    Date published: 2017-01-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple, solid and reliable! I was looking for a 2in 2out interface that was tiny and without the price tag of an Apogee Duet. Of course we're not talking about the same class of converters and preamps, but as an alternative playback device when you need a quality balanced output instead of the headphone jack of your computer, it's perfect. I use it as my travel interface when I'm installing and tuning pro audio sound systems and it works flawlessly!
    Date published: 2016-04-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Versatile - You Get a Lot for Your Money I have so many uses for this thing that I wish I'd known about it before. I bought this dual pre-amp/interface so I could record to my computer and still use my nice condenser mics. It's simple and works great for that, drawing it's power from the USB connection. It's also compact enough that I can keep it with me for odd gigs where the sound system may be lacking phantom power, or puts out less than 48v. I'm an acoustic musician, but I use an electric lap steel for dobro practice at night. Now, I plug it into this little guy and listen through headphones. ALL of this can be done anywhere, if you use the 9v battery option. The price is great and I keep wanting to buy another one, even though I don't really need it!
    Date published: 2011-08-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Generic Sounding Interface I am a musician and an audio engineer. I use this in studio and I bring a number of AIs (Audio Interfaces)to my A1 jobs runing live sound mostly for canvention / corporate. I often have to play entrance music requested by the PM or speakers. I try different ones - like the Tascam US322, Presonus Audio Box and Berhinger Uphoria. The ART was the least expensive. Its preamps are compatible with the Presonus, But the Audio Box has more options. Its TRS out, so no balance. The pres in the Euphoria are the best (Midas). My fav to work with is the Tascam as it has the most control and bundled programs. The ART for the price is the most durable and the most basic. No modern bundled materials. It shows up as generic interface on PCs. And thats what it is. generic. But it does the job for basic application. for basic - the price is right and will suit you.
    Date published: 2015-11-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great preamp for video production I use this little preamp in my video production, to provide phantom power and/or clean gain to a variety of microphones, from shotguns (i.e. AT-897) to camera-mounted mics (i.e. videomic pro, using the Rode 1/8 to XLR adapter). The gain is extremely clean up to about 42db (out of a possible 48db). The unit also provides a 1/8 headphone out for monitoring, as an addded bonus. The unit gives the options of linking it to an external recorder (Tascam DR-40) using 1/4 TRS cables or going straight into the camera using a 1/4 TRS to 1/8 mini jack cable. The only issue I had to overcome with the unit is the mounting options. I ended up removing the plastic feet, and using industrial grade velcro between the preamp and a cheap baseplate for 15mm rod rigs. Overall, a way better bang for the buck than the Juicedlink units, if you can overcome the mounting challenges.
    Date published: 2013-03-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT PRODUCT! Easy to use, battery powered, small, light, ruggrd.
    Date published: 2015-01-02
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