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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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    - $51.01
  • New Price:
    $3499

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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 244 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (162)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (40)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (16)

77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (36)
  • Good audio (29)
  • Versatile (17)
  • Good power output (9)
  • Professional functions (8)

Cons

  • Unreliable (5)
  • Not durable (4)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (25)
  • Amateur recording (20)
  • Performances (16)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
  • Professional recording (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (29), Professional musician (15), 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

More than enough bang for not much money

By Dennis Ristow

from Florida

About Me Professional Musician

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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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            (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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              (2 of 3 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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