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ART Tube MP Studio V3 Mic Preamp  

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The ART Tube MP StudioV3 Mic Preamp features ART's V3 (Variable Valve Voicing) technology that provides optimized reference points to begin recording...Read More

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Superior preamplification for microphone, instrument, and line-level sources.

The ART Tube MP StudioV3 Mic Preamp features ART's V3 (Variable Valve Voicing) technology that provides optimized reference points to begin recording. The V3 presets were created by some of the industry's top studio and live-sound engineers, along with ART's veteran engineering department. It allows you to select among a multitude of preamp settings designed for guitars (electric and acoustic), keyboards, bass guitars, drums, vocals, and more. It also features an Output Protection Limiter (OPL) to control and maintain the output peak signal; crucial when recording to hard disk or using a sound card. Also can serve as an exceptional direct box for impedance matching or simply improving the sound of any instrument plugged into it.

FEATURES
  • V3 presets provide fine-tuned presets designed by top studio and live-sound engineers allowing you to quickly optimize your recordings
  • Features ART's Output Protection Limiter, which precisely and accurately controls and maintains the output peak signal
  • In addition to preamplification, the Tube MP Studio can be used as an exceptional direct box for impedance matching, amplifying, and improving the sound of any instrument plugged into it
  • Dynamic range: 100dB
  • Frequency response: 10Hz-20kHz

It's the affordable way to get pro sounding recordings. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

Tube MP Studio V3 Mic Preamp

  • Dimensions: 5-1/2"W x 2"H x 5"D
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ARTTube MP Studio V3 Mic Preamp
 
3.9

(based on 41 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

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    (5)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (6)
  • Good audio (4)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (4)
    • Home studio (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Very Useful for Low Budgets...

    I bought this little preamp not long before I submitted this review. I was looking for an inexpensive tube preamp that let me control a little more than just the volume. I found the...Read complete review

    I bought this little preamp not long before I submitted this review. I was looking for an inexpensive tube preamp that let me control a little more than just the volume. I found the V3, bought it and I like it very much. It's good for recording, especially when you don't have anything to put your Mics through before going into your recording interface. It's got all of your basic needs such as Phantom power, phase reverse and +20db gain switch. The voicing function is nice to have and most other preamps in this price bracket don't have that.

    A common issue I read about in these reviews was it's too noisy. It's not noisy at all if you know how to use the thing. The +20db switch needs to be off. If it's on, it will generate noise just like anything else would when the gain is cranked. Put the Output at 12:00 and you are able to turn the input all the way up without noise. Turn the Output up to much and a slight noise will start to become audible. I think it's worth having especially if you record with any Mic going straight into your interface. It adds a bit of warmth to the Mic.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Don't even bother!

    For the most part, I've had good luck with Art's rack units, but these are so bad I can't believe they are from the same company! Mine worked 5 months and started making...Read complete review

    For the most part, I've had good luck with Art's rack units, but these are so bad I can't believe they are from the same company! Mine worked 5 months and started making a loud hissing sound. Shipped it to Art, warranty repair done. Used it MAYBE 4 times, then put it away for a few years. Please note: It was stored in a hard case, wrapped in bubble wrap. A week ago I thought I'd use it for some guitar tracks..Guess what?..The light is on but nobody's home. It died in ideal storage! I tried another tube..nothing. This morning it went in the trash! I can't believe Art still offers these..total junk. Ordering an M Audio pre. today! This Art unit has too many BAD reviews. It's a shame, really.

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    5.0

    Worth the price!

    By BurningFairVerona

    from Holiday FL

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about ART Tube MP Studio V3 Mic Preamp:

      Took a chance on the unit to add a little color and warmth to my digital sources. Noticed a huge difference right away tracking Guitars, bass and vocals. I will be switching out the tube with a Mullard as i did with my Art VLA2 tube compressor which i also highly recommend! You simply can't beat the price for results this unit provides. My returning clients are all noticing the difference in the tracking results.

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      5.0

      Good for vocals and More!

      By BIGSTRICK

      from ALABAMA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about ART Tube MP Studio V3 Mic Preamp:

          Great for vocals and more! I put this in my fender Hot Rod Deville effects loop. It livens up the amp nicely. Several of the settings enhance the highs and lows very well. This also allows me to set the volume higher on my amp and use the dials on the ART to control my overall volume. It makes my clean channel come to life!! DO NOT PLUG IT IN TO A SOURCE WITH PHANTOM POWER ON. THIS CAN DAMAGE THE UNIT.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          GREAT value

          By Bobby

          from Gervais, OR

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Live performance

          Comments about ART Tube MP Studio V3 Mic Preamp:

          I have had this for I think 4 years now... I run my vocals through it and it really warms em up (and anything that can help my voice is important!). As long as the settings are set right, there is no noise from it. Cool thing is, when I travel, I can put it in my bass flight case and use it as a DI if I can't take my amp.

          I would buy it again if it went out. I have got my money's worth out of it and it is still going strong.

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          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          VU Meter not working upon receipt

          By Brother Grim

          from Minneapolis, MN.

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about ART Tube MP Studio V3 Mic Preamp:

            I bought this unit a month ago and it really helps boost the signal for vocals and acoustic guitar. Haven't used it a ton, but it seems to warm up the tones and boost the signal so far. The only problem I have is the VU meter does not work. It would be nice if it did, but I don't think I'll request a replacement because it doesn't seem to affect the sound coming out of it and I know what a hassle it is returning equipment to MF. You get what you pay for I suppose.

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            5.0

            nice to use in front of mixer

            By gerard jones

            from isanti'mn.

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Great Second Channel
            • Professional Functions
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about ART Tube MP Studio V3 Mic Preamp:

              Pre amps warm tone when used as direct box

              Comment on this review

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Very Useful for Low Budgets...

              By magoon67

              from St. Johnsbury, VT

              Pros

              • Art Quality
              • Easy To Use
              • Inexpensive
              • Voicing Function

              Cons

              • 20db Switch Adds Noise

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about ART Tube MP Studio V3 Mic Preamp:

              I bought this little preamp not long before I submitted this review. I was looking for an inexpensive tube preamp that let me control a little more than just the volume. I found the V3, bought it and I like it very much. It's good for recording, especially when you don't have anything to put your Mics through before going into your recording interface. It's got all of your basic needs such as Phantom power, phase reverse and +20db gain switch. The voicing function is nice to have and most other preamps in this price bracket don't have that.

              A common issue I read about in these reviews was it's too noisy. It's not noisy at all if you know how to use the thing. The +20db switch needs to be off. If it's on, it will generate noise just like anything else would when the gain is cranked. Put the Output at 12:00 and you are able to turn the input all the way up without noise. Turn the Output up to much and a slight noise will start to become audible. I think it's worth having especially if you record with any Mic going straight into your interface. It adds a bit of warmth to the Mic.

              Comment on this review

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              extremely versatile, great value!

              By Ray Sauter

              from Houston, TX

              Comments about ART Tube MP Studio V3 Mic Preamp:

              I bought this to use as a direct box with my acoustic guitar when playing through house systems at Church and "Open Mic" venues but have added this as a preamp to my bass rig to warm up and fatten my tone. The difference is amazing and I now take it wherever I go. Based upon my experience, I am looking to procure the rack mount version that includes a compressor and parametric equalizer and make it a key part of my new rig!
              For what it is, it offers quite a bit. very flexible. has different settings to shape the tone however you want. Controls are very intuitive.
              Built very sturdy. The only complaint I have is that the AC adapter seemed to break a little too easily when it was dropped. Got a new one from an electronic parts store and I am back in business.

              Comment on this review

              (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Don't even bother!

              By Satrianifan

              from Denver

              Comments about ART Tube MP Studio V3 Mic Preamp:

              For the most part, I've had good luck with Art's rack units, but these are so bad I can't believe they are from the same company! Mine worked 5 months and started making a loud hissing sound. Shipped it to Art, warranty repair done. Used it MAYBE 4 times, then put it away for a few years. Please note: It was stored in a hard case, wrapped in bubble wrap. A week ago I thought I'd use it for some guitar tracks..Guess what?..The light is on but nobody's home. It died in ideal storage! I tried another tube..nothing. This morning it went in the trash! I can't believe Art still offers these..total junk. Ordering an M Audio pre. today! This Art unit has too many BAD reviews. It's a shame, really.

              Comment on this review

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Very good for the price

              Comments about ART Tube MP Studio V3 Mic Preamp:

              Pretty good for a musician on a budget.I miced my Vox VT20 with this and it sounds pretty warm through my headphones and when I played the recordings back through my stereo.It works well with acoustic too and the presets come in handy.Haven't tried vocals yet or direct input with bass though.The one I have is not noisy at all.I didn't even have to do any noise reduction after recording tracks.I wish this thing had a power switch though.Overall a very good buy.

              Comment on this review

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Noisy

              By Red Blanchard

              from San Diego

              Comments about ART Tube MP Studio V3 Mic Preamp:

              Right out of the box this unit generates it's own noise with nothing connected to it. The meter jumps erratically, and when I listen to the output it's random static. I put it back in the box, and wonder if anyone else had same problem?

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