ART TubeOpto 8 8-Channel Tube Preamp

ART TubeOpto 8 8-Channel Tube Preamp

ART TubeOpto 8 8-Channel Tube Preamp

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Product Highlights

  • 8-Channel ADAT I/O
  • Class-A Vacuum Tube Preamps
  • 24-Bit Digital I/O
  • Pad & Phase Switches
  • Low Frequency Roll-Off Switches
  • 2x 1/4" Phone Inputs
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ART TubeOpto 8 overview

  • 1Description

The ART TubeOpto 8 8-Channel Tube Preamp features 8 fully featured Class-A tube microphone preamps, ADAT lite-pipe 24-Bit digital I/O and 8 balanced analog outputs. There are two additional instrument inputs on the front, as well as Pad, low-frequency roll off, and phase switches for each channel.

Also featured on every channel are input and output gain control dials for 70dB of clean gain with incredible sonic transparency, or for the tube stage to be dialed in for warming effects and soft clipping. The Art TubeOpto 8 is an ideal solution for adding quality mic-pres to your ART lite-pipe compatible digital recorder or DAW interface.

Eight Fully Featured Class-A Tube Mic Preamps
Eight Channels of ADAT lite-pipe Digital 24 Bit Audio I/O at 44.1 or 48kHz
Input Gain and Output Level Controls on Every Channel
Input Pad, Phase flip and Low Frequency Roll Off Switches on Every Channel
Two Additional Front Mounted High Impedance Instrument Line Inputs
Eight 1/4-inch TRS Balanced Outputs
UPC: 840402018582
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ART TubeOpto 8 8-Channel Tube Preamp
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    ART TubeOpto 8 specs

    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 16.3 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 22.2 x 17.0 x 4.4"

    ART TubeOpto 8 reviews

    TubeOpto 8 8-Channel Tube Preamp is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 6.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best value for a tube 8 Preamp! I wanted to add pre's to my saffire pro 40 and I didn't want the same kind of pre's I already had with my interface. So I went with these tube pre's. I really like them on Drums, they really add a kind of presence, more life to the drums, compared with the pre's on the saffire. For stuff like dialogues or voiceovers I think they are a bit too coloured tho, and the noise floor is quite high. But I really like them on loud sources. I am looking to change the tubes for high quality ECC83 soon to reduce noise floor. This is really cheap and a real good value. They add 8 pre's with one adat cable to my saffire pro 40, so I can carry my rack anywhere and record drums or a full band with 16 inputs. Really versatile. There's also 8 analogue balanced output, which is nice.
    Date published: 2014-03-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great add on for a budget studio! After trying out the tubeopto, I was pleasantly surprised at the clarity and transparency of the pre's. I had thought I would end up with a tube warmth that would color my signal too much, but found that the signal is nicely balanced to keep as much color off of each pre as possible. This was also definitely a plug and play piece of equipment, and i was running audio as soon as I had it out of the box and plugged in via ADAT and a word clock (which had no problems at all). I highly suggest the tubeopto8 as a 8 channel extension for any project or home studio.
    Date published: 2011-05-12
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from No direct analog out I thought this preamp was suitable for MOTU 16A in my portable recorder. It is not because the analog out is not direct out from preamplifier. It goes through A/D and D/A. The sampling rate of ADAT goes only to 48 kHz.
    Date published: 2015-11-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Much better than it should be! I've been running a professional recording studio for nearly 25 years, and have always prided myself on using only expensive, snooty, high-end gear and avoiding anything considered 'pro-sumer'. Last year, against my better judgment, I agreed to do a location recording. It went well and has opened up a new market for me, but toting my expensive, snooty, high-end gear all over town was worrisome. So I decided to delve into that 'lower echelon', and since I'd dabbled with their Tube MP in a classroom setting and felt it was 'good for the money, I settled on the ART TuboOpto 8. But 8 preamps and ADAT A/D for less than half the price of some of my other preamps alone? How good can this possibly be? Well, I was very impressed with the build quality and feel of the controls when the unit arrived, and more importantly, even in my informal tests of the unit before using it on location, was surprised at how nice it sounded. Warm and clear, with definite character. My first gig with it, recording a live jazz ensemble, put it to the test, as I ran all the horns through it. I expected serious problems with both headroom and noise, but the preamps responded beautifully, just as I would expect from an expensive, snooty, high-end piece of gear, none of which this is. Getting the tracks back to my studio where I could really compare them with other similar recordings I had done, I was beyond surprisedshocked, actuallyat how well the audio held up, both from a preamp and a converter standpoint. Because of this I've also added an ART VLA tube compressor to my priority purchase list. I don't plan to give up any of my e-s-h-e stuff anytime soon, but ART has a winner here, and has certainly given me reason to reconsider my life-long aversion to 'pro-sumer' gear.
    Date published: 2013-05-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from High end sound for pocket change I bought two of these to us for importing and exporting 8 stereo stems from my DAW via ADAT Lite Pipe. The tubes are the icing on the cake. These sound sweet and clean, and are a breeze to operate. The interface is so intuitive than the manual is almost unnecessary. Grab one before ART figures out that they're worth far more than list price.
    Date published: 2016-02-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible bargain For the price, this is an unbelievable product. The tone is clean and smooth, the conversion is great, the ADAT output is simple, the whole thing is rugged and takes up only 1 rack space. The tone won't change your life or solve all your problems but I haven't found another product that gives you 8 channels for anywhere near this price.
    Date published: 2016-12-11
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