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ART ProMPA II - 2-Channel Tube Mic Preamp  

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  • Variable Input Impedance For Flexible Microphone Voicing (150 Ohms To 2400 Ohms)
  • Selectable Plate Voltage
  • Large VU Meters
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An affordable high-performance, 2-channel microphone preamp.

The new ART ProMPA II is the next generation in affordable high performance microphone preamp technology. Each microphone input circuit, with selectable 48v phantom power, features variable input impedance which can radically vary the overall performance of any high quality dynamic or ribbon microphone. The ProMPA II can be configured for dual mono or stereo operation with selectable mid/side mic support, summing the adjacent channel, to decode left/right signals.

The ProMPA II can operate at either a low or high plate voltage on the two integrated hand-selected 12AX7 tubes for wider variation of preamp tone and performance. Large back-lit analog VU output meters display input or output levels while multi-colored LED arrays, with average or peak hold, show tube gain.

Housed in a standard 2 rack unit space rack-mountable steel chassis, with CNC routed black anodized aluminum face panel, the ProMPA II is designed to deliver years of reliable operation in the studio, production facility, or on the road for live sound reinforcement.


Features

  • Variable Input Impedance For Flexible Microphone Voicing (150 Ohms To 2400 Ohms)
  • Selectable Plate Voltage
  • Large VU Meters
  • Backlit Function Switches
  • Discrete Class-A Input Microphone Preamplifier
  • Low Noise at Lower Gain Settings
  • Extremely Low Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)
  • Wide Frequency Response
  • Additional Front Mounted Instrument Input Jack
  • Supports Mid/Side Miking Technique
  • Operates at +4dbm/-10dbv Output
  • Selectable Stereo/Dual Operation of Output Controls
  • Automatic Instrument Input Selection

Give your recordings the rich euphonics of tube recording along with Mid-Side stereo recording. Order today.

 

ProMPA II - 2-Channel Tube Mic Preamp Specifications:

  • Frequency Response 15Hz to 48 kHz (+0, -1dB) @ normal plate voltage
  • 15Hz to 120 kHz (+0, -1dB) @ high plate voltage
  • Dynamic range: >110dB ("A" weighted)
  • CMRR: >90dB
  • THD: <0.005% (typical)
  • Equivalent Input Noise: -129dBu (XLR, "A" weighted)
  • Maximum Input Level: +19dBu (cannon)
  • Maximum Instrument Input: +17dBu
  • Input Impedance: 150-3000 Ohms adjustable (XLR)
  • >800K Ohms (Instrument)
  • Maximum Output Level: +27dBu (XLR)
  • Output Impedance: < 47 Ohms (XLR)
  • Maximum Gain: 75dB
  • Meter Calibration: 0 VU = +4dBu output (+4dB mode)
  • 0 VU = -10dBV output (-10dB mode)
  • High Pass Filter: single pole, 10-200 Hz adjustable
  • Power Requirements: USA - 105 to 125 VAC / 60 Hz Export units configured for country of destination
  • Dimensions: (H x W x D in) 3.50 x 19.0 x 8.75
  • Dimensions: (H x W x D mm) 88 x 482 x 222
  • Weight: (lb/kg) 10.5 / 4.7
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ARTProMPA II - 2-Channel Tube Mic Preamp
 
3.9

(based on 8 reviews)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (3)
  • Good audio (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (3)
    • Home studio (3)

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    What A Game Changer...AWESOME SOUND..!!!

    By lone waudy

    from port richey, florida

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about ART ProMPA II - 2-Channel Tube Mic Preamp:

      IF you have a mixer, then you KNOW what your preamps sound like on your mixer. Do you want to bump up your game? This preamp will change everything. I run this through a mic pre on my mixing board, with the gain on that board mic pre at 0db gain. I use the gain on this unit, put the settings the way they sound good to me and WOW. since there are 2 tubes in this unit, I changed 1 tube in channel 1 for a Mullard 12ax7, left the stock tube in channel 2 to compare the two tubes. You will have to make your own judgement on what you want, but, I can tell you, this unit is amazing. I can't believe how much an external preamp can change the sound of a microphone...amazing...Bottom line, I can run this preamp through my board and use the processing on the board along with this preamp...I am amazed...what a difference in sound..

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      My Experience

      By pH2Oville

      from Waterville, ME

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

        Cons

        • Not Enough Oomph

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about ART ProMPA II - 2-Channel Tube Mic Preamp:

        I ordered a restock, tried & returned it, basically due to the following: to get decent levels I had to max everything, then some noise was audible. I may have received a sub-par unit? All I know is I own a Pro Channel (previous version) , which I would suggest over this. If you absolutely need dual channels in one unit, there are better options, but you will pay more.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Sounds great

        By Jisch

        from NE USA

        About Me Experienced

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about ART ProMPA II - 2-Channel Tube Mic Preamp:

            I bought the MPA for use as a preamp in my basement recording studio. This is my first external preamp so I don't have a lot to compare it to except the inboard preamps in my mixers. I find it quiet, easy to use and easy to get the sound I want for vocals, guitars and bass. I was hoping I wouldn't get lost in all the knobs, and I haven't had an issue at all. I pair this up with an ART VLA compressor and get some really deep, warm, natural sounding vocals.

            I looked at a lot of reviews and I feel like this was a good value.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Real Tube Warmth

            By UKNOWATT

            from Mendocino Ca.

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Limited Functions

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about ART ProMPA II - 2-Channel Tube Mic Preamp:

            Right Out of the box The Art was a great tool for mic'ing acoustic guitar and dobro. It added great warmth to the Two Shure condensers I normally use for this application. Plenty of headroom and a monkey can operate this tube pre

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            (3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Look elsewhere

            Comments about ART ProMPA II - 2-Channel Tube Mic Preamp:

            I tried various signals without finding anything that sounded good through it. I was better off sending signals straight to mixer's preamps. So I returned it.
            Pretty basic features, the same as any basic preamp. Nothing stands out as better or worse than others in this price range.
            The build quality looked good until I turned a knob and it came off in my hand. I had to return it. Too bad; the rest of the unit appeared solidly built.
            I found the sound to be thin, lacking depth and body. The lows were missing, the gain had to be turned almost all the way up to hear it. And there was no audible "tube quality" to the sound, no warmth, no defiinition.

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            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            You need one of these!!!

            By Anonymous

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about ART ProMPA II - 2-Channel Tube Mic Preamp:

            WOW... I just bought one of these Pre-amp units for my Studio. I had read reviews about how great this was, and it lives up to them all. I took the advice of others and changed the stock tubes out right away. I used the (Tung-sol 12ax7) tubes as recommended by other reviews, and they have proven to be a good choice as well.For Acoustic Guitar Recording you are not going to find a better sound anywhere near this price! Reallly great pre... can't say eoungh about how much I love this unit. it has great warmth and presence and almost no noise at all. Very Quiet and Clean even when cranked. So versitle, so easy to use... Get one for your studio!

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            (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            It works...

            By Jaws-QMq94

            from around the corner

            Comments about ART ProMPA II - 2-Channel Tube Mic Preamp:

            So, this preamp boasts it's a tube with digital ADAT and SPDIF outputs. Well, there's good and bad to this: The Good- it's tube, so it does sound warmer...especially when you play with the impedence knobs. The digital outs make this a pretty versitile unit. Quite handy indeed.The Bad- the tubes are extremely cheap. change them, but don't use grove tubes. go with maybe tung-sols. also i suggest 12AT7 vs 12AX7s.Also, the digital outs are ok...when they sync up. I have to play with mine for a minute just to sync up correctly with my Motu 2408. It eventually gets there and sounds fine, but it's kinda a hassle. The analog out sounds really good though. Overall, this is definitely a fantastic unit for the price. Maybe not quite high-end studio stuff, but really good for upper end home or low budget studios.

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            (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            get one

            By juju

            from Oklahoma City, OK

            Comments about ART ProMPA II - 2-Channel Tube Mic Preamp:

            we have in the studio a UNIVERSAL AUDIO la 610 an this unit ART pro mpa ii,they truley sound alike, no difference.we put both of these up aginst each other an they both sound great.i try not to get caught up in the popularity contest,because that what most of this is but this art sound just as good as the ua la610

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