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ART USB Dual Pre  

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The ART USB Dual Pre is ideal for laptop-based audio production. It's powered by an internal 9-volt battery, your computer's USB bus, or an optional ...Read More

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OVERVIEW

A preamp that gives you multiple options for recording how and where you want.

The ART USB Dual Pre is ideal for laptop-based audio production. It's powered by an internal 9-volt battery, your computer's USB bus, or an optional 12-volt DC adapter. The rugged aluminum chassis with rubber sides handles road abuse.

The ART USB Dual Pre has two low-noise input channels with XLR balanced and 1/4" TRS inputs, each with up to 48dB of clean gain and clip LED indicators. With it's low noise 48-volt phantom power supply you can power up to two mics as well as the preamp when running off any of the power sources. The 1/4" outputs are buffered and low impedance balanced for use as either preamplifier outputs or feeds for powered monitors. A rear 1/8" TRS mini headphone jack with level and monitor controls provides latency-free monitoring of inputs during recording or the USB bus during playback. Fully compliant with the USB 1.1 specification, this compact device uses USB adaptive mode for playback and USB asynchronous mode for recording.

Power supply not included.
The Dual Pre can run on battery and USB bus power, separately or simultaneously. However, if you prefer to use an external adapter, please see #219000

FEATURES
  • USB connectivity to desktop and laptop computers
  • Low noise, fully balanced XLR and 1/4" TRS Combi inputs
  • Up to 48dB of clean gain
  • Built-in low noise phantom power supply
  • Latency-free monitoring mix and level controls
  • Independent channel gain controls
  • 1/4" TRS balanced monitor and 1/8" headphone monitor outputs
  • Compact, stackable all-aluminum chassis

Make the world your recording studio with this USB stereo preamp. Buy it today.

SPECIFICATIONS

USB Dual Pre

  • Signal-to-noise ratio: greater than 90 dB (Ref 0 dBu)
  • Frequency Bands: 20 Hz — 20K Hz (+0, -1 dB)
  • Maximum Gain: +48 dB (balanced in-out)
  • Input impedance: greater than 300K Ohms 1/4", 4K Ohms XLR
  • Maximum output level: +6 dBu in, +10 dBu out (balanced), +4 dBu out
  • Input connectors: XLR/1/4" TRS Combi jack balanced/unbalanced
  • Output connectors: 1/4" TRS, 1/8" TRS headphone
  • Total harmonic distortion: Less than 0.01% @ 1K Hz
  • Phantom power: Selectable +48 Volts DC
  • Power: 7.5-12V DC @ 150mA (not included), USB bus, or 9V Battery
  • Construction: Aluminum black anodized with rubber sides
  • Dimensions: (HWD inches/mm) 1.75"(H) x 4.6"(W) x 4.7:(D)
  • Weight: 1.3 lb.
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ARTUSB Dual Pre
 
4.5

(based on 13 reviews)

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solid starting point for home studio

if you are starting a home studio, and need a place to begin....this is it....but when you start a studio they dont tell you that a good preamp is...Read complete review

if you are starting a home studio, and need a place to begin....this is it....but when you start a studio they dont tell you that a good preamp is what makes your vocals stand out, and this unit has that......its plug and play, ive used this on a PC and a MAC....no problems, no hissing or static shock.....this is a no brainer fot an artist doing hip hop, it has phantom power and dual XLR inputs,,,thats all you need
the features it has work the way they are designed, and for all the people whom reveiwed this and the people reading this trying to figure out if this unit is for you, here is the secret.......make sure on the front of this unit you turn the gain all the way down completely, or very close to it.......then turn your monitoring to your computer on the back side of this unit all the way up almost to full, but check it and make sure it doesnt clip.....if you use the product with the settings this way you will get the full usage of the preamp....monitor outputs work great, but the headphone jacks are a little low so you may want a headphone preamp which is a cheap fix, and allows for multiple headphone outputs
the buttons are very close together, but tight and secure....the metal cast casing is GREAT, and i havent had a probley yet......as i have upgraded my studio, this thing sat for a year....when i needed to use it while my firewire interface was being repaired, it worked like it was still new
if this unit is used liked designed, and used with a decent DAW.....the value of this unit is GREAT

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Sub-par at best

I have this unit siting on top of my PC and us it as an in/out leading to my studio monitors. The Good:- Simple driver-less (better with ASIO) operation even on...Read complete review

I have this unit siting on top of my PC and us it as an in/out leading to my studio monitors. The Good:- Simple driver-less (better with ASIO) operation even on Win 7 x64. - Compact, sleek, not a ton of lights. The Bad:- Extremely susceptible to static shock. This unit has been the cause of several system power failures. - Headphone jack does not mute monitors.- Volume/Mix knobs in the back are inconvenient.Other thoughts:- USB bus powered operation draws power from your motherboard which can cause interference from other devices, and in my case does. This is also why a short in the unit causes my entire system fail. Verdict:- Unless you are in desperate need of the portability I would suggest reconsidering.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

FIVE FORMS Guitar Method

By Gary Hart

from Florida

Comments about ART USB Dual Pre:

I plugged my Rodes mic into the ART tube preamp, out of that XLR to the ART USB interface and love the results. My spouse, my friends all commented these were my best vocals yet and sound VERY professional. I feel the same way. I like this combo better than my Presonus Fire Studio and my Zoom R16 because I'm into my Audobe Audition 3.0 with no latencey.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

solid starting point for home studio

Comments about ART USB Dual Pre:

if you are starting a home studio, and need a place to begin....this is it....but when you start a studio they dont tell you that a good preamp is what makes your vocals stand out, and this unit has that......its plug and play, ive used this on a PC and a MAC....no problems, no hissing or static shock.....this is a no brainer fot an artist doing hip hop, it has phantom power and dual XLR inputs,,,thats all you need
the features it has work the way they are designed, and for all the people whom reveiwed this and the people reading this trying to figure out if this unit is for you, here is the secret.......make sure on the front of this unit you turn the gain all the way down completely, or very close to it.......then turn your monitoring to your computer on the back side of this unit all the way up almost to full, but check it and make sure it doesnt clip.....if you use the product with the settings this way you will get the full usage of the preamp....monitor outputs work great, but the headphone jacks are a little low so you may want a headphone preamp which is a cheap fix, and allows for multiple headphone outputs
the buttons are very close together, but tight and secure....the metal cast casing is GREAT, and i havent had a probley yet......as i have upgraded my studio, this thing sat for a year....when i needed to use it while my firewire interface was being repaired, it worked like it was still new
if this unit is used liked designed, and used with a decent DAW.....the value of this unit is GREAT

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5.0

Art USB 2 Channel

By Stephen Olner

from Oklahoma

Comments about ART USB Dual Pre:

Got this a few days ago and so far I'm impressed with it. I am slowly getting back into recording and playing music after a 10 year break.Not hooked a Mic up to it or used the phantom powered yet but use it to play my guitar into a DAW.

I'm using ASIO Drivers from USB-AUDIO.COM which work great and you can't really tell any latency. Had to tweak the microphone gain input on windows 7 as this was set too high and produced noise.
For the price you cant really go wrong.

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5.0

usb dual pre-two channel

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I had a unit for two years and then I must have fried one of the ports. However being so happy with its simplicity and its quality I ordered another one. I use it to record my tracks with audacity using backing tracks, I play my quitar (electric or electric acoustic) and voice recordings. For those two it works great. I tried keybords with lousy results but I was told keyboards is a different game this little cutie wont handle. It produces great recordings for guitar and vocals-dont know much about its technicalities so I cant comment why I have lost one the two channels-probably I have done smething wrong my self..but for its price this is definitely a winner - I have used it with my Acoustic electric, my Fenders, and my Epiphones with and without pedals. Much of the effects (sustain, distortion etc) are nicely directly recordable into your software tools.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Unbelievable.

By BlixYZ

from Philly

Comments about ART USB Dual Pre:

I had to use this while my Profire 2626 was getting serviced. For a few days my WHOLE STUDIO ran thru this tiny little box.ASIO compatible, quiet, great sounding, solid build, SO flexible for a tiny, cheap little device.I love the simplicity of the "mix" knob for quickly getting the right monityor/headphone mix.ART is charging too little for this little gem.I also have the M-Audio Mobile Pre and this thing kicks its butt.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Sub-par at best

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about ART USB Dual Pre:

I have this unit siting on top of my PC and us it as an in/out leading to my studio monitors. The Good:- Simple driver-less (better with ASIO) operation even on Win 7 x64. - Compact, sleek, not a ton of lights. The Bad:- Extremely susceptible to static shock. This unit has been the cause of several system power failures. - Headphone jack does not mute monitors.- Volume/Mix knobs in the back are inconvenient.Other thoughts:- USB bus powered operation draws power from your motherboard which can cause interference from other devices, and in my case does. This is also why a short in the unit causes my entire system fail. Verdict:- Unless you are in desperate need of the portability I would suggest reconsidering.

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5.0

Great Device...

By Bassman

from Maryland

Comments about ART USB Dual Pre:

Does what it says...Built well, just plug it in and start recording into a DAW. I get clean latency free recordings.Great value for the price.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic Little Thing for the Hobbyist

By Cachimbo

from Puerto Rico

Comments about ART USB Dual Pre:

OF course there are interfaces worth thousands of dollars. I've recorded with a few like MOTU and RME in pro studios. But if you're at home, laying tracks of your original riffs or simply recording some lyrics so you don't forget them later, there's no beating the ART USB Dual Pro. I've used all sorts of "economy" interfaces: Behringer, both the Alfa and Omega from Lexicon, M-Audio. I do prefer firewire and mine broke down, so I went ahead and bought the Art Dual Pro to get a quick and dirty way to finish some riffs I needed for a jingle client. I was really impressed with both the quality of the outside casing and of the signal it sent into my computer. It's powerful, versatile and cute. Even though you will not get a complete 0 latency when recording, the near-zero monitoring will suffice for the kind of use I described above. The only thing I'd say that bother me at the beginning was that, being so small, some knobs are hard to access. But after some months of use, I wouldn't sacrifice portability so that my fingers can fit. I recommend downloading some universal asio drivers and you'll be good to go using Cubase or Pro Tools.

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5.0

Great Product, Great Buy

Comments about ART USB Dual Pre:

The Bad: Maybe the knobs are too close to each other in the backThe Good: I love the small footprint, which made it necessary for all the knobs to be so close. The best though is I've used this with an imac, windows vista and windows 7 and ALL 3 of these operating systems recognized and worked flawlessly without any hassle. I use ASIO drivers and can get latency very low with my current system. This thing just works, no stupid gimmicks or need to wait for driver updates. You plug it in and your done. I like it that way.

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5.0

Nice and Flexible...

By DrGuitar

from Near Philly

Comments about ART USB Dual Pre:

Does everything well... Can be used as a 16bit/44.1k USB interface, on location portable microphone pre-amp with phantom power and everything in between. First one I received had a clicking noise so I contacted ART and they recommended replacing it. I did so immediately and the second one is dead quiet and work very well. This will get a lot of use.

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