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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 33 reviews)

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    (26)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (5)
  • Good audio (5)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Good power output (3)
  • Professional functions (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (5)
  • Amateur recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3), Professional musician (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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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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5.0

Nice tube amp

By bkshellb

from central florida

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

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

    I use it in my home studio and it works well.

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    5.0

    Blown away by Great Sound!

    By Mesoreptile

    from Texas

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

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

      Picked one on these up for portability as I had a project recording in remote location on site, and could not bring larger equip. This thing was awesome, hands down!! Packed with features and sounds just as good as my $2000+ Avid rackmount! I use it in the studio now all the time, and have two at home also. I did replace the tube for warmth, swapped the generic 12Ax7a for a Sovtek12Ax7b and now it sounds even better than before!!

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      4.0

      Excellent addition to my home studio!

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      By D. Brown

      from Alabama

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

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

        I wish I had this a year ago when I first stated using my DAW! It adds so much to my microphone recordings by adding so much power and body that was missing in my recordings!

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        5.0

        mission accomplished!

        By rattlehead

        from Steger,ILL

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Professional Functions

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Jamming

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

          I wanted some tube in my signal,saw this ,ordered it,put it the first in line ,turned it all on and man this little thing gave me just what I wanted, some tube sound without the distortion,(that comes later).My Ibanez really came to life and my sound just went from normal to WOW!Awesome piece of equipment and very affordable.

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          4.0

          Well worth the money

          By WM

          from La.

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Powerful
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

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

            Well worth the money. I use this preamp to play my electric guitar directly through my sound board, which gives me a lot more power,usually on smaller gigs with no percussion. Now I don't have to lug my amp around. Plenty of head room, good sound, and well made. I can also use it along with my amp, which gives the amp a warmer tone. Plenty of bells and whistles. Wish I would have bought it long ago.

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            4.0

            When it works it works great

            By Ev3rM0r3

            from Tioga, ND

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Mobile DJ
              • Podcasting

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

              Bought this ann also bought a JJ electronics 12ax7 tube for it. Although the tubemp works and sounds great I'm still consdering mine may be deffective. There are times the mic becomes almost dead or unresponisve forcing me to pull the power for about 5 seconds and plug it back in. Not sure if its the tube, the tubemp. Overall when it works it does work great though. In the future I'll probablly shell out more on a better device.

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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

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              (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.

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              (2 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

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

              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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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              tube warmth on all applications

              By TikiCrooner

              from Honolulu, HI

              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.

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