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ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp  

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Overview

  • Provides Superior Preamplification for: Microphones, Instruments and Line Level Sources
  • Analog VU Meter
  • OPL Output Protection Limiter
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $86.00
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    - $46.01
  • Your Price:
    $3999

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Improving upon ART's popular Tube MP.

The original Tube MP made pro-caliber tube preamping available to ordinary musicians and home studios. The MP Studio goes a step further by adding a VU meter for better level control and ART's OPL (Output Protection Limiter), which controls and maintains the output peak signal to protect hard-disk recording systems and soundcards. The VU meter reflects the impact of the OPL circuitry when it is activated, which allows more effective fine tuning of the audio signal. It is a valuable tool for recording in project and home studios and can also function as a DI box with impedance matching and preamplification for line-level sources. Includes a 3-year warranty.

Features

  • Provides Superior Preamplification for: Microphones, Instruments and Line Level Sources
  • Analog VU Meter
  • OPL Output Protection Limiter
  • Hand-Selected 12AX7A Vacuum Tube
  • Variable Input and Output Gain Controls
  • Provides over 70 dB of Gain
  • +48 Phantom Power Switch
  • Phase Reversal Switch
  • XLR and 1/4" Inputs and Outputs
  • Portable, All-Steel Construction
  • Excellent as Tube DI
  • Built-in Brickwall Limiting
 

Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp Specifications:

  • Input Connections: XLR (balanced), ¼"TS (unbal)
  • Output Connections: XLR (balanced), ¼"TS (unbal)
  • Input Impedance XLR: ¼" 2K ohms, 840k ohms
  • Output Impedance XLR: ¼" 600 ohms, 300ohms
  • Maximum Input Level: XLR +14dBu
  • Maximum Input Level, ¼" +22dBu
  • Maximum Output Level: XLR +28dBu
  • Maximum Output Level: " +22dBu
  • CMRR >75dB (typical @ 1kHz)
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz to 30kHz, ±5dB
  • Dynamic Range: >100dB (20-20kHz) typical
  • Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): <0.1% (typical)
  • Maximum Gain:
  • XLR to XLR 60dB (typical)
  • ¼" to ¼" 44dB (typical)
  • XLR to ¼" 54dB (typical)
  • ¼" to XLR 50dB (typical)
  • Equivalent Input Noise (EIN):
  • XLR to XLR -129dBu (A weighted)
  • ¼" to ¼" -105dBu (A weighted)
  • Dimensions 5.0"H x 5.5" W x 2.0"H
  • Weight 1.5 lbs.
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ARTTube MP Studio Mic Preamp
 
4.3

(based on 241 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (161)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (16)

76%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (33)
  • Good audio (28)
  • Versatile (15)
  • Good power output (9)
  • Professional functions (7)

Cons

  • Not durable (4)
  • Unreliable (4)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (24)
  • Amateur recording (19)
  • Performances (15)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
  • Professional recording (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (28), Professional musician (13), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

TURN DOWN THE GAIN ON YOUR INTERFACE!!!

I've read a lot of neagtive reviews regarding this unit being too noisy, and emitting static and hiss. All of this is true. It can give off the most annoying hiss/hum/buzzing...Read complete review

I've read a lot of neagtive reviews regarding this unit being too noisy, and emitting static and hiss. All of this is true. It can give off the most annoying hiss/hum/buzzing sounds...if you dont know what you're doing. I almost gave this thing a 1 star due to all the background noise I was hearing. I also couldnt figure out why or how this thing got so many positve reviews. I started to wonder if my unit was defective or if most people just couldnt hear the noise i was hearing. However, after spending about an hour or so tweaking the settings, I figured out how to find optimum results...

TURN DOWN THE GAIN ON YOUR INTERFACE!!!

It was the gain on my interface that was causing 90% of the hiss I was hearing. And when I say turn down the gain, I really mean turn down the gain! I have my gain/volume knob just barely turned up, and it makes a world of difference.

ALSO...

I have the gain button as well as the phantom power button on the preamp pushed in (and the other two buttons pushed out), and it seemed to clear up some of the noise as well.

You also need to find a wall outlet in your house that doesnt make this unit buzz. It's susceptible to that.

Bottom line to make this thing sound good...

-Find an outlet that doesnt make the unit buzz.

-Turn the gain knob on your interface way, way, way down.

-Tweak the output/input knobs on the preamp.

-Adjust the buttons on the preamp to whatever yields the best resulting sound.

-Try to be patient!!!

(If anyone is interested in my chain, this is how I have it setup...

Sm57 running into the preamp, preamp running into my interface, interface running into my laptop)

Overall, im giving this unit 4 stars. For the price, you simply cannot beat it. It makes my overall tone sound much, much warmer. The quality isnt as flat as it used to be.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great -- for a while...

I purchased this unit to "warm" up the tone of my guitars. It worked wonderfully for about four months. When it worked, I had great tone and good control over...Read complete review

I purchased this unit to "warm" up the tone of my guitars. It worked wonderfully for about four months. When it worked, I had great tone and good control over my sound. I mounted it on my pedalboard so I wouldn't be vibrating on top of my amp head - probably not a good thing to do either way. After about four months, it started crackling and making all kinds of noise. When I took the cover off of it to check the tube, the ribbon cable that connected the two circuit boards broke (I'm an experienced electronics technician, so it's not like I went tearing into the box). If the unit were constructed with a little more quality, it would be fantastic. As it is, buyer beware.

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5.0

Great sound for the price

By ACHOOP02

from Pineville, Louisiana

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

    I bought one of these back in 2006 and haven't had any problems. I use it to warm up my vocals during live performances. I use a sm58 and I really like the warm tone I get. I replaced the tube with a tungston which made it even better. I do get a little hum, but it's not bad. For the money, you can't go wrong. I would recommend a better tube.

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    5.0

    Bought Two, and am in LOVE

    By Go Go Van Go

    from Tempe

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Vocal Guitar And Bass

        Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

        Very quiet. EASY to use. I don't know exactly how they work, but the sound is much better and more musical. Versitile and forgiving. Just start your levels at zero and gradually bring them up. These are most effective for Vocal, Bass and Acoustic guitar. Live or recording. Very solid

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        4.0

        Does the job

        By Jub Jub

        from Loudonville, OH

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events

          Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

          I haven't had this unit long, and I've only used it once so far, but it did the job I needed it for. I am primarily using it to supply phantom power to a podium microphone. It quite easily did exactly that, and the sound was great.

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          5.0

          Great little preamp

          By dbrown1601

          from Pocatello, Idaho

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • None At This Time

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

          Really enjoy this little preamp. Easy to use and adjust.

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Boring generic preamp, slow shipping

          By joshujaonah

          from Peterborough, ON

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Characterless
          • Limited Functions

          Best Uses

            Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

            This preamp and adds nothing to my chain but a bit of volume from low sources. It has no tube character and might as well be solid state. My Presonus pres have more character than this thing. I never should have wasted money on this thing.

            On a non-product related note, shipping was really slow. Borderfree is cool as the duty is confirmed, but it took about a week on top of the quoted shipping time to even get it on the road. You guys should say something about this to international customers. The shipping times on your website are completely wrong after the Borderfree switch. I would have express shipped my order if I though it was going to take twice as long as quoted.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Great -- for a while...

            By SixStringR

            from Winston-Salem, NC

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Breaks Easily
            • Unreliable

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

            I purchased this unit to "warm" up the tone of my guitars. It worked wonderfully for about four months. When it worked, I had great tone and good control over my sound. I mounted it on my pedalboard so I wouldn't be vibrating on top of my amp head - probably not a good thing to do either way. After about four months, it started crackling and making all kinds of noise. When I took the cover off of it to check the tube, the ribbon cable that connected the two circuit boards broke (I'm an experienced electronics technician, so it's not like I went tearing into the box). If the unit were constructed with a little more quality, it would be fantastic. As it is, buyer beware.

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Tube sound at a reasonable price

            By heqtbaq

            from 29 palms , CA

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

              This is my second unit purchased . I am very impressed ! A more wordy review was submitted on my first purchase . Highly recommended preamp !

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great budget preamp.

              By Jerry_in_SoCal

              from Orange County, CA

              About Me Experienced

              Ask me a question

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Access To Tube Not Easy
              • No On-off Switch

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Guitar Pre-amp

              Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

              This unit adds real 12ax7A tube color and warmth at a very reasonable price. I have tried it with guitar, as an extra pre-amp stage on the input side of a silverface Champ, and it adds punch, grit and gravel. It is especially effective with humbuckers. I am eager to try it with different tubes. One downside is that access to the tube is not the easiest, and involves partial disassembly of the unit (4 screws).

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Noisy, buzzy: Snaps, crackles and pops

              By Pdxjazzguy

              from Portland OR

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

                Cons

                • Noisy As Hell
                • Unreliable

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

                As soon as I plugged this thing into my PA it started crackling. It does not stop. I adjusted the input and output. If you turn the output up even slightly it creates an annoying buzz. It does sound good with my nice mic; but the buzz and crackles make this product %100 unusable. Do not buy it unless you want snap, crackles, and buzz.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Preamp, Excellent Price! A++

                By Sacchetta

                from Ottawa, ON, Canada

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Got A 20 Off Coupon

                Cons

                • Vu Is Output Only
                • Vu Meter On

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

                The only thing that I dislike is that you can't monitor input with the VU meter .

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