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ART Tube MP Project Series Tube Microphone/Instrument Preamp 

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Enhance mic, instrument, or line-level signals for input directly into your audio system.

The ART TUBE MP Project Series Preamp for Microphone and Instrument can also make your voice sound fabulous, warmed and made silky smooth by the genuine 12AX7A tube inside. A makeover of the popular original, the Tube MP features an ultralow-noise discrete mic preamp front end that has an extremely flat, wide frequency response and can handle very low and high signal levels with minimum coloration. High impedance instrument input bypasses the mic preamp circuitry for a shorter signal path. External power supply minimizes AC line noise and hum.

Input gain control and switch maximizes dynamic range of input and lets you control how hard you drive the tube. Switchable input impedance on the XLR in optimizes mic response. Bessel switchable low-cut filter removes rumble and wind noise. Set at 40Hz, it won't overly affect bass tonality. XLR input features phantom power of +48V DC from a very quiet internal high voltage power supply.

The Tube MP Project Series Preamp has an FET limiter with fast attack and musical release times that protect other gear in the chain without compression. This allows you to maximize the dynamic range of your signal before converting to digital. A phase invert switch lets you switch signal polarity at the source to minimize cancellation. Output control after the tube and limiter matches output level to a wide variety of systems. Added output section at the end of the signal path has enhanced signal drive capability to both output jacks.

FEATURES
  • XLR and 1/4" ins with selectable phantom power
  • Gain knob
  • Output knob
  • Gain switch
  • Impedance switch
  • Filter switch
  • Phantom power switch
  • Limiter switch
  • Phase switch

Now you've got the killer digital studio and the high-end mic, you need a good preamp. This one is among the best performers in its price range. Order today.

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ARTTube MP Project Series Tube Microphone/Instrument Preamp
 
4.7

(based on 34 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (27)

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    (5)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (6)
  • Good audio (6)
  • Good power output (4)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Professional functions (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (6)
  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Performances (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (4), Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

FANTASTIC

Personally I use it for recording guitar using my M-Audio Jamlab USB interface which is really just an external sound card with hi-z guitar interface for a computer with 24 bit 48khz abilities. I...Read complete review

Personally I use it for recording guitar using my M-Audio Jamlab USB interface which is really just an external sound card with hi-z guitar interface for a computer with 24 bit 48khz abilities. I then run Native Instruments Guitar Rig 3. The M-Audio Jamlab is awesome and it's the only usb guitar interface I've found that will give you 6ms of latency without a hickup. To get to the point, if you're using a computer setup with some sort of usb interface and modeling software this is the final piece of the puzzle for you. Although the m-audio device is high fidelity and the software amp modeling software is top notch, still the guitar signal has a heart of cold. You might be tempted to buy a new pickup for the bridge.. Or even buy a new guitar or some other hair brained scheme.. DON'T! Listen Up! Tubes are REAL and Amp modeling is PRETENDING to be real.. when you send your guitar through this great tube pre-amp, the REAL and the PRETENDING come together and make something truly beautiful.. I tried all sorts of pedals from compressors and sustainers and level boosters and even other kinds of pre-amps and had no luck. I even tried the DOD Milk Box with the hope that it would add some sort of dimension or warmth that I craved.. You think, "If you could somehow just compress your tone and control it, everything will just work out.." What you're really thinking is that if you compress your tone it will sound like a mastered cd.. IT WON'T. This ART Tube MP Project Series device is finally what I was searching for.. I bought it on a whim.. in the 90's I owned an Art Express 2000 effects processor and I remember how great the tube tone sounded in that device. back in the 90's there was a fad for effects processors to have a real tube in the pre-amp. So I was curious about this. This thing is great becuase it doens't change your tone or EQ at all.. it's very transparent.. it just turns your tone into a tube-tone like a real tube amp.. then modeling software is at your mercy.. I get deep beautiful AC/DC distortions or even vintage Jeff Beck or Eric Clapton or Mark Knopfler clean blues tones.. some people even run this right into the board with nothing else and get really nice sweet guitar tones.. I'm very happy.! Get one!! You'll love it..

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Defective

I have used this preamp before and I was very satisfied with it, so I ordered one for myself. The first unit was defective, so I returned it. The second unit was also...Read complete review

I have used this preamp before and I was very satisfied with it, so I ordered one for myself. The first unit was defective, so I returned it. The second unit was also defective. I would have probably been happy with it, but I'm not trying my luck with this again.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

ART Microphone/Guitar Preamp

By Joe Costa

from Vermont

Comments about ART Tube MP Project Series Tube Microphone/Instrument Preamp:

Very good value for the price
I'm very satisfied with my recent purchase of an ART mic/guitar preamp. The tone and overall sound quality from my Shure PG 42 microphone is amazing. The preamp allows me to sing from a distance of six to twelve inches away from the microphone and still have enough recording level without normalizing the track for the mix. This eliminates background noise and his on the track. It also makes for great acoustic guitar recording through the microphone provided you have a noise free room to work in. Great little product for the price.

Joe Costa, singer/songwriter

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

tube warmth on all applications

By TikiCrooner

from Honolulu, HI

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Comments about ART Tube MP Project Series Tube Microphone/Instrument Preamp:

BOTTOM LINE: I gig twice a week and started using it on my acoustic night at a tiki bar for my Breedlove acoustic which already sounded good. I then tried it one night for my vocals (along with a BBE Sonic Stomp) and, voila, nice warm vox...the Breedlove takes care of itself. Unbelievable value and haven't had one problem in a year.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Don't leave home without it!

By Mark-_H9Rr

from Los Angeles

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Comments about ART Tube MP Project Series Tube Microphone/Instrument Preamp:

Since I bought it I've booked 3 National spots. I wouldn't record without it. I see the mic's out there that plug directly into your computer and feel sorry for the people that buy those. They don't realize the benefits of a preamp like this!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Warm With A Punch

By Michael Neff

from Wellsboro PA

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Comments about ART Tube MP Project Series Tube Microphone/Instrument Preamp:

Very pleased with the silky smooth sound from this ART Preamp. Performs wonderfully in combination with my Shure SM7B microphone. Had been using another ART Tube MP Professional Mic Preamp/Processor with equally great results. This ART unit delivers even better quality for just a slightly higher investment. Commercial clients and broadcasters give favorable reviews on the voice-overs and spots I produce. They're happy ... I'm happy.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Upgrade my bass rig

By Patrick Allard

from Québec city

Comments about ART Tube MP Project Series Tube Microphone/Instrument Preamp:

I use this little thing in Line on my ampeg B2R and it pump up my gain and change my solid state to a hybidre. Basicaly I bypass the B2R preamp and warm up with the Tube MP. It result to a powerfull warmmy/punchy tone. I tried A/B test with & without, the most segnificant thing is the increase of the gain & volume, but also have more warm and you get more defenition with the filter on. If you had the chance to try a hybidre bass head before, like a SWR, you will understand what mind of improvment you can get with the MP. finaly for bass player who want to upgrade is rig without losing is budget, you have this little baby.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

sweet deal

By Keanu Records

from tiverton R.I.

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Comments about ART Tube MP Project Series Tube Microphone/Instrument Preamp:

I have had this preamp for a few weeks. I have been using it for everyting I do musical. I love it. I run it for both acoustic and electric guitars(great if you have a solid state amp or if you just want a killer sound out of a practice amp.) Keep your gain as low as possible and keep the output almost all the way up..knock it down a little bit just to prevent any possible clipping(dependent on your gain settings.)But with the gain low and the output high this allows the audio to drag on the tube therefor warming the sound and acctually using the preamp for whats its made for.Small studio, home recording, or jsut the joy of having a great sound, no matter what you use it for, pick one up

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Phenomenal as an instrument pre with Bass

By ZillaGod

from Western NY

Comments about ART Tube MP Project Series Tube Microphone/Instrument Preamp:

I use this with a bass that has passive pick ups, and then run from this unit into my combo amps "active" inputs and I cannot tell you how many positie comments I get on my bass tone- makes the notes sound like lower piano tones- warm, pure, and FAT

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Defective

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about ART Tube MP Project Series Tube Microphone/Instrument Preamp:

I have used this preamp before and I was very satisfied with it, so I ordered one for myself. The first unit was defective, so I returned it. The second unit was also defective. I would have probably been happy with it, but I'm not trying my luck with this again.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Rocky

By Rocky-iD2v8

from Atlanta, Ga

Comments about ART Tube MP Project Series Tube Microphone/Instrument Preamp:

I bought this for a preamp for my Fender Rhodes piano paired with some Leslie 60's Piano speakers. It does exactly what it's suppose to. I could have spent a lot more for other preamps that wouldn't make this Rhodes sound any better

(2 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Its Great.. But the Alesis Mixer IS way Better!

By Jerome Harris

from Texas

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Comments about ART Tube MP Project Series Tube Microphone/Instrument Preamp:

The Alesis Mixer Is Better.
This product was the heart of my music productions. I loved it and respected its qualities and abilites. I loved it. Enough said. But the Alesis Mixer is great compared to this. Now this product is just laying waiting to be used. Good buy for the price.

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