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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 267 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (175)

  • 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 (53)
  • Good audio (46)
  • Versatile (29)
  • Professional functions (23)
  • Good power output (18)

Cons

  • Unreliable (5)
  • Not durable (4)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (44)
  • Amateur recording (32)
  • Performances (28)
  • Outdoor events / games (16)
  • Professional recording (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (39), Professional musician (27), 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

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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    1.0

    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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    1.0

    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

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          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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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                2nd One, still pleased.

                By playbass59

                from New York

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                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 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Hum Noise

                  By St-bushwick

                  from Brooklyn, NY

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  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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