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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.
Customer Reviews
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ARTTube MP Studio Mic Preamp
 
4.3

(based on 246 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (164)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (16)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (37)
  • Good audio (30)
  • Versatile (18)
  • Good power output (10)
  • Professional functions (10)

Cons

  • Unreliable (5)
  • Not durable (4)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (27)
  • Amateur recording (21)
  • Performances (19)
  • Outdoor events / games (10)
  • Professional recording (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (28), Professional musician (17), Novice (4)

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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4.0

Great Value

By Axeman61

from Boise, Idaho

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Professional Functions

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

    I have a DBX 376, a Studio Projects VTB1, and I'm about to buy my 3rd Tube MP. In my studio, I get compliments on my drum recordings, and one of my secrets (along with a Black Lion Audio MicroClock), is the use of these little ART units on tom mics. I'll spread my DBX and SP pre's out over kick and snare, but there's plenty of "bang for the buck" by enhancing the tom mics with these tube MP's. I've also used them on vocals, guitar cabs and direct bass, but now I feel the best match for them is toms. In this application, you are not asking this moderate quality unit to do more than it is capable of.

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    5.0

    A Bargain

    By Dan O

    from Fostoria, OH

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

      I bought this unit a few years ago because my Mixer is not so easy to get the best vocal sounds. It works great.

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      5.0

      Excellent Preamp!

      By Guitarman 63

      from Elizabeth,NJ

      About Me Novice

      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:

        This my second Tube MP Studio Preamp and I cannot complain it is very smooth and soft and does not produce any static. For home studio recording and playing is excellent, I would highly recommend it.

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        5.0

        More than enough bang for not much money

        By Dennis Ristow

        from Florida

        About Me Professional Musician

        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

          This is the 3rd unit I've purchased, not because they break down on me, but because they are great little boxes. I use them for both DI work and any mic that needs phantom power. For the low cost, you really can't complain if you're expecting it to sound like some preamp costing thousands. It's a huge bang for the buck little box.

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          3.0

          Good

          By Johnny

          from Missouri

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Di
          • Easy To Use
          • Phantom Power
          • Professional Functions
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Qc

          Best Uses

          • Bass Di
          • Phantom Power 4 Mics

          Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

          I've owned several... the QC is bad sometimes they are great sometimes poor... The main reason I have owned so many is the wire's that pull apart from the cover to back when changing tubes... Just remove the nuts from the front cover under the knobs when changing the tube... this avoids a lot of possible damage... Other than that the value can't be beat

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          4.0

          Good for Bass DI recording

          By Fishpotpete

          from Ballwin, MO

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Unreliable

          Best Uses

          • Di Bass Guitar Recording

          Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

          These sound nice enough - limited application because they don't add much to the mix. I think the strength with these is for recording bass. Especially for the money. They don't seem super durable. I've been through several ART products before - they're sort of like the behringer's of preamps :-)

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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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