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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

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
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 269 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (177)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (45)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (22)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (55)
  • Good audio (47)
  • Versatile (31)
  • Professional functions (24)
  • Good power output (19)

Cons

  • Unreliable (5)
  • Not durable (4)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (45)
  • Amateur recording (33)
  • Performances (29)
  • Outdoor events / games (16)
  • Professional recording (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (40), Professional musician (28), 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

Does EXACTLY what it is suppose to and then some

By rfguy

from Central North Carolina

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • 48 Volt Phantom Power
  • 70+ dB of clean gain
  • Adds a tube gain stage to solid state amps
  • Built like a brick
  • Clear Sound
  • DI Interface
  • Easy To Use
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz to 30kHz, ±5dB
  • Impedance Matching
  • Overdrive
  • Powerful
  • Pre and Post gain settings
  • Professional Functions
  • tube gain stage to old non master Tube gain amp
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Hard to read graphics in the dark

Best Uses

    Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

    The beauty of this preamp is it's simplicity. It does ONLY what it claims. It takes what goes in and brings it up to a higher level for the following device to do its job easier. It can push an amp into distortion or increase its dynamic range. It will not safe the world, but it will amplify it without coloring it. if your signal is dirty, noisy, i.e. not pristine, it will not correct it. It will how ever make you aware that you need to clean up whatever you are using to cause the issue. It WILL make a bad signal sound worse and a good signal sound louder.

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    5.0

    I have 2 now

    By b38tn1k

    from Oakland CA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

      My first purchase from musicians friend (intercontinental transplant) and my second ART preamp. I use them in my portable studio setup and as DIs for the laptop when I play live in a band setting... I love recording vox through them and run them pretty 'hot' when I do this - the output limiter protects the interface so you can add as much saturation as you want... there is a bit of low end noise when you push the gain but can be EQd out as much lower than vocals/ mic'd instruments... Very solid construction and light enough to stay still with Velcro tape. Sounds much better than any saturator plugin I have ever met. Switchable phantom power is also a nice feature. I have noticed slight differences in response across both units but is to be expected (and celebrated imo) in analog gear.

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      5.0

      Excellent Stuff!

      By Gaurav

      from India

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

        Add the warmth of valve into the vocals.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        It Hums

        By Marc

        from undisclosed

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

        I was looking for an inexpensive mic preamp, and the description of this one sounded pretty good. Unfortunately, the one I got buzzes. Even when there's no mic plugged into it and it isn't doing anything, a distinct hum comes from the device.

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        4.0

        Good product, and well built.

        By John

        from undisclosed

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

        Works well with my condenser mike.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Hums the word

        By swamisalami

        from Burbank, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording

            Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

            Following the manufacturer's instruction to eliminate or reduce hum did nothing to get rid of the unwanted noise. Even adding a Behringer loop, hum-eliminating box did nothing. And the hum was definitely caused by this unit. Switching it our with different preamps eliminate the hum completely. In all fairness, I did not try one of the manufacturer's hum-eliminating solutions which was to remove the ground pin from the male end of the microphone's XLR cable. If you've tried that solution before and it reduced hum for you in other applications, then this unit might work for you. But, also, the unit heated up too much and too fast.

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            2.0

            Very touchy, should have gotten a Nady Phantom Supply

            By Jessie Ed

            from South Carolina

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

              Cons

              • Difficult To Use
              • Poor Quality Duplicates

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

              I thought I would get this to use live with a condenser mike for about the same or a little more than a cheap phantom power supply. I would then have a tube pre and a phantom all in one. The controls on this thing are very delicate. Distortion comes early. The noise level is very high when getting the signal hot enough to record. It sounds good once you get it set but the noise (a low frequency buzz) makes it unusable in the home studio. I am not sending it back but i will probably never use it. I have not tried it on guitar or bass.

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              5.0

              So easy to use and sounds so good

              By Chip

              from Florida

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio

                Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

                If you need a tubed sound this is the best I have used.

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                5.0

                Clean with plenty of headroom.

                By Cleantone2thebone

                from Raleigh, NC

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

                  I liked it so much I bought a second one. This is an exceptional buy for the price. Beware though that with the amount of gain 60 db+, if your input is not pristine you may not like the fact that it WILL amplify ANY hiss, noise or flaws it receives. Some may perceive this as being noisy, it is not. Remember every 3 db is double the input. You definitely do not want to put this after say an overdrive or distortion pedal as ANY hiss or noise/distortion/hum WILL be amplified along with everything else, i.e. noise in, more noise out. When used as intended it performed great, as a preamp with very low S/N and THD less than .1%.

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                  5.0

                  Buzz? No buzz

                  By D

                  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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