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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 ...Read More

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OVERVIEW

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.

Improving upon ART's popular Tube MP.

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

SPECIFICATIONS

Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp

  • 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 263 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (174)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (44)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (20)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (50)
  • Good audio (43)
  • Versatile (26)
  • Professional functions (20)
  • Good power output (15)

Cons

  • Unreliable (5)
  • Not durable (4)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (40)
  • Amateur recording (28)
  • Performances (27)
  • Outdoor events / games (15)
  • Professional recording (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (36), Professional musician (25), Novice (5)

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

 

Having some flags right out of the gate

While i've heard nothing but good about this company, i'm having serious issues right out of the box.. levels seem to be consistent for a few minutes, then go mad, up or...Read complete review

While i've heard nothing but good about this company, i'm having serious issues right out of the box.. levels seem to be consistent for a few minutes, then go mad, up or down, has ruined a few good recordings in my first days trial, not happy with this device, wont hold a level once dialed in.. a working one might be really nice, i hope i got a lemon at this point, will test the customer service..

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5.0

Buzz? No buzz

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from SouthOREGON

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

    I purchased this as a preamp Di for my double bass which I play through a Shadow SH 951 and it sounds awesome.It adds a full body sound. I also plugged our electric bass player who usually plays through an imp2 Di straight to the FOH in to it and it adds a nice punch and boost.
    A lot of reviews talk about buzz which is easily taken care of if you put the input around 12 O-clock and the output at around 9 O-clock and turn on the +20db. This formula works great for recording. for live it doesn't seem to mater since the buzz is in a lower frequency and it seems to hide itself.
    The only concern is the power supply is kinda wonky. I tried to use my 1spot but all it did was light up the vu meter.
    I'll probably purchase more

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    4.0

    2nd One, still pleased.

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    from New York

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

      It's just a great tool to have. It adds warmth and depth whether for a vocal track or my acoustic electric bass. I understand there many other devices out there at varying costs. For the price of this unit, in the right applications. it's just great.

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      1.0

      Hum Noise

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      from Brooklyn, NY

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      Pros

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use
        • Hum Noise
        • Unusable

        Best Uses

          Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

          Carried a hum noise always with any microphones. Not usable for my recordings. Returning it.

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          4.0

          Takes a little work

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          from Morris, Minnesota

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

            Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

            I had problems like buzz like other reviewers until I switched to a line level input into my board. The Shure SM7B sounds warmer, with better presence, through this pre amp. Can't beat the price, too.

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Recent purchases

            By 

            from ct

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

              Excellent product

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              5.0

              Well worth twice the price!

              By 

              from North Dakota

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use
              • Professional Functions

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

                Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

                I run ALL my vocal tracks thru this unit before anything else in the signal path. All I know is that I get an excellent vocal tone and lots of compliments on the vocals I track!

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                (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Returned It

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                from Portland, OR

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Noisy

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording

                  Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

                  It has a really bad buzzing sound. Different configurations made it worse or better, but it never goes away. I even had a pro come out and take a look. Nothing fixed it.

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                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Longtime companion.

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                  from Seattle

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                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Powerful
                  • Professional Functions
                  • Reliable And Economical

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio
                    • Instrument Mikes
                    • Performances

                    Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

                    I have used these for quite a few years, with great results. It fattens up the tone on digital recordings to make it sound more natural. Just be careful not to turn both the input and output controls past 12 o'clock. One or the other is ok, but usually I keep the input at 12 o'clock and turn up the output for live, whereas I turn up the input while keeping the output at 11 or 12 o"clock for recordings. A little is better than a lot on these, and if you use the 20db pad, turn the output down before you press the button. I replaced the 12ax7 with a better quality tube and it seemed to make it even a little smoother. This is a great price and an economical upgrade to your studio sound, working best, I think, on voice and acoustic guitar.

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                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Buzz

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                    from Co

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Buzz

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

                        This preamp has an inherent undesirable buzz and is not usable for pro applications. I've tried multiple mics, mic cords and protected power sources. Returned the first unit and tried a second, same results.

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        At this price point... go for it!

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                        from Bradenton, FL (On the road).

                        About Me Professional Musician

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

                          I've got other more high end preamps that I use for recording, but this is what I use for my live acoustic amplification rig. It works great! Just let it warm up for a few minutes and you are good to go! I actually have used it on recordings as well and the results were great! I liked it so much I bought a few of them. At this price point and at this quality, you really can't go wrong!

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