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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 ...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
  • Flexible 3-way power from USB, external supply (not included), or 9-volt battery
SPECIFICATIONS
  • 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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Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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(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.

(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.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

solid starting point for home studio

By musicmike

from florida

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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

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

FIVE FORMS Guitar Method

By Five Forms Guitar Method

from Tampa, Florida

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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.

(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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very nice, but 16-bit only recording

By VH

from Atlanta, GA

Comments about ART USB Dual Pre:

I am a beginner, and this thing being both a preamp and a digital audio interface, serves my purposes very well. However, what you don't see in the spec sheet is this unit's recording bit depth, which turned out to be only 16 bit, which is why I rated its feature set with only 4 stars. If 16-bit only capability was spelled out in the specs, there would be no grounds for this little disappointment. Other audio interfaces in the same price range do have 24-bit capability. Otherwise, this unit is great and does what it's supposed to on budget.

 
5.0

Great Device...

By Bassman

from Maryland

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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.

 
5.0

It Just Works!

By gains

from Burlington, NJ

Comments about ART USB Dual Pre:

I've been looking for a good portable preamp and usb interface for my laptop, looking to do some recording of an amateur choir. I've tried a few others and had to return them because the driver software conflicted with my Vista Home Premium 64bit OS. Other companies promised me that Vista drivers would be ready shortly. My email to ART was answered with the simple claim that this box works with built-in USB codecs, standard to all Windows OS's. I decided that for such a low price, I could afford to try it out.I plugged it in and Vista automatically recognized it and *ding*, it's my sound card. I play some audio files, no problems. No interference or drop-outs. Intrigued, I moved on to playing back sequences from FL Studio and Sibelius. Again, none of the audio errors that made me return the last box I tried, even with some pretty low latency settings. I hook up some mics and, wonder of wonders, after I set the right bit rate, Audacity records just fine. It seems the simple solution is the best solution when it comes to USB interfaces.I can run two phantom power mics off this box with just the USB power, making my setup extremely mobile. I can fit the box in my hand and it has a solid metal case so I'm not afraid to throw it in my bag.It's not all perfect. Controls are very crowded and some of the silkscreened labels are in purple, making them invisible against the black metal in low light, but thinking about aesthetics was what made me buy one of the bad boxes I had to return.I'm amazed at how little they're asking for a piece of equipment that does all this stuff, and does it right out of the package.

 
5.0

usb dual pre-two channel

By Stilianos Skarlatos

from las vegas

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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.

 
5.0

This Thing Does what it says

By EStein

from Le Roy, NY

Comments about ART USB Dual Pre:

I was looking for some type of audio to usb interface because my line-in crapped out which left me with no recording input except my web cam mic. that being said this was the first thing I came across that really got my attention. its a stereo direct box/preamp, with phantom power, a head phone amp, and usb interface with just enough knobs and buttons and three different ways to power it, not to mention its metal. and its only 100 bucks. I plugged cables into it then into my macbook and garageband says ''we found something wanna use it?'' you click yes and it just works. I didn't realize that it spits the audio out of the computer through the usb as well ( so sweet ) and with no latency. I love this box that doesn't clutter up my desk and fits in my bag. Recording is so much easier with this simple device.

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