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  • Behringer

    Quick and easy preamplification for studio or stage.

    The Behringer Tube Ultragain MIC200 Mic Preamp is a vacuum tube preamplifier with preamp-modeling technology and an integrated limiter. It's perfect for studio, live, and hard-disk recording applications. Preamp modeling allows you to quickly optimize your recordings by choosing from 16 voicings for vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, keyboards, drums, and more. A carefully selected 12AX7 vacuum tube provides warmth and low-noise operation. Includes a phase reverse switch, +48V phantom power, and 20dB pad. 1/4" TRS and gold-plated XLR connectors give the Behringer Tube Ultragain superior balanced I/O.

    Features

    • Modeling preamp w/16 voicings
    • Integrated limiter
    • 12AX7 vacuum tube
    • Phase reverse switch
    • +48V phantom power
    • 20dB pad

    You don't have a preamp? This one's easy to use and extremely easy on the wallet. Put it in the cart.

     
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    BehringerMIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp
     
    4.1

    (based on 64 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (34)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 2 Stars

       

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      (5)

    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (7)
    • Good audio (7)
    • Good power output (3)
    • Versatile (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (5)
      • Amateur recording (3)
      • Performances (3)
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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Bang for the Buck

      I bought this with very low expectations. I wanted something to experiment with concerning different types of tubes. This thing is very user friendly. The modeling adjustments are sigificant. You can hear tonal...Read complete review

      I bought this with very low expectations. I wanted something to experiment with concerning different types of tubes. This thing is very user friendly. The modeling adjustments are sigificant. You can hear tonal differences at every setting. I purchased 4 additional tubes and spent several hours recording the exact same vocal track. Here's my personal review of the tubes (My Behringer unit came with the Bugera 12AX7 tube stock)Analog Tube Sounds ? (On Nady RSM-2 Ribbon Mic)Listed in order from articulate to warmth, from high-end presence to sub-sonic presence, from detailed to softened.Tung-Sol ? 12AX7 Pronounced and Articulate, Impressive Presence, Slightly Warm Highs with Crystal Lows, DetailedRuby Tubes ? 12-AX7ACZ-HG / E86-33 S Highly Versatile, Good Detail on the Highs, Moderately Roughened Edges, Average Thickness, Slightly Mudded Mid'sBugera ? 12AX7D Average-Warmth, Defined Mid-Range Muddiness, Compressor-Like ProjectionGroove Tubes Gold Series ? 12AT7 Very Warm, Slight & Welcomed Distortion at Peaks, Thick & Partially Muddy, Harder EdgesElectro-Harmonics ? 12AX7 EH Very Warm, Very Soft, Very Thick, Seems to Normalize Signal Spikes, Lower than Average ProjectionI've used higher end tube preamps, never owned any though. I have a trained ear to notice differences and can tell you from my experience that this little $39 unit adds more warmth and projection than any presonus unit I've ever used, rackmounted or the little guys. I am very impressed for the value and would highly recommend it to anyone. You can't go wrong with something so cheap. I would also recommend buying some additional 12AX7, 12AU7, 12AT7, 12AY7 tubes and experimenting. Each different brand and style pronounces different nuances for different applications. If you have a trained ear, you can significantly notice the application for each tube. Hope it helps!

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Oh Behringer, why do I keep coming back to you?

      If you're reading this review, you're probably looking for the cheapest preamp you can find that still functions. The Behringer MIC200 Tube Preamp is not it. The preamp you want is the ART...Read complete review

      If you're reading this review, you're probably looking for the cheapest preamp you can find that still functions. The Behringer MIC200 Tube Preamp is not it. The preamp you want is the ART Tube MP. It's cheaper, sounds fine, and mine has withstood years of abuse.The first MIC200 I used never worked out of the box. It just sat and crackled. I returned it for a replacement, it worked for a few months before transforming into a brick. The unit had never been moved or dropped, unlike most of my gear that has hung around for years, go figure. While it functioned, the preamp was sub-par. It has less clarity than the ART Tube MP, and the added feature of the preamp modeler is a joke. Moving this knob through its settings will mark you marvel at the many slight variations of fuzz, static, and thinness behringer has bestowed upon your sound.I used the preamp for vocals, amp micing, percussion, DI Bass, etc. It was inadequate for any of these functions. Bottom line, it's noisy and cheap.I swore I would never buy Behringer again after owning a Behringer ULTRABASS Amp (which produced some of the loosest, low-fidelity bass I have ever heard). But then I fell in love with a Behringer B1 Large-Cap Condenser Mic. Thinking Behringer might have it together on the mic end, I bought the Pre. Bad Call. But you don't have to make the same mistake.

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      4.0

      i like it pretty well

      By trick sensei

      from portland, or

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Powerful
      • Professional Functions
      • Tube sound

      Cons

      • Changing Tube Hard

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Di Box
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Mic Preamp

      Comments about Behringer MIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp:

      when the tube went out, I thought it was broken, but I put a 5751 in there and it worked again and also sounds good. I left the thing that holds the tube in so tightly off so that I can change the tube more easily when needed. my vocals through the pa sound way better with this than without it. I also use mainly the valve setting, but some times the warm vocal setting as well

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good buy adds some tone

      By calicoyote

      from Sacramento, CA

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Behringer MIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp:

        This little box sounds decent out of the box. It also acts as a direct box, so that's a plus. I agree with the reviewer who suggested swapping the Bugera 12AX7 for a 12AU7. I use this box with a S90XS keyboard. The different presets do affect tone and are useful. I got this delivered the afternoon of a gig and used it that day. I turned the knob to neutral and set gain low. It was mainly used a a DI for that gig and didn't color my sound. The next day, I set this up at home and swapped the tube for a JJ 12AU7. This made the box much more usable for me. I ran through the box and then without it so I could listen for tone differences. The Behringer really added nice tone to all my keyboard sounds. Very similar tone as my Strat ran through my 65 Deluxe Reverb, if that makes sense, but in a "piano" sort of way! I like the "valve" setting most. The "piano" settings seems a bit thin in the midrange. Overall, seems a good buy. If it would have come with a 12AU7 of decent quality as well as a 12AX7, I would have given it 5 stars. Also, it doesn't run near as hot with the replacement tube.

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        absolutily mind blowing pre amp

        By jecin123

        from cochin india

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Behringer MIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp:

          i bought these just for the sake of a pre amp and 48 v supply cause my motus 48 v supply was destroyed but as soon as i plugged my acoustic guitar and played with the lowest of the volume of the pre amp at like 2 db above the infinity i was like what the omg it was sounding freakingly awesome it was flabbergasted only way it can be better is the price to be free but they have done an awesome job way to good just bought two of them more ;)

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          The best in this price range...ART Who?!

          By Smurf

          from Ohio, USA

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          Pros

          • A Home Studio Must Have
          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Stock Tube Is Scary Bad

          Best Uses

            Comments about Behringer MIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp:

            I have had my eye on this unit for years, but opted for the ART Tube MP Studio when it was on sale a few years back, and THAT was a mistake. No matter what you put into that thing it just sounded dull & flat, even with a tube change.

            Got rid of it & grabbed this unit and have not looked back, really. Even with it's sucky, HIGHLY microphonic 12AX7 tube, it is light years ahead in sound over the ART. The V67G sound lively, with a smooth top end with the Berry, the ART just killed it.

            I put a 12AU7 in and the Mic200 absolutely SINGS now! No more harsh high end at higher settings, and a very smooth round tone on everything that is plugged into it now. The downfall with the new tube? It lost it's "edge" for electric guitar & bass when using it as a front in for a solid state amp.

            The presets are well thought out, and the settings actually WORK with the instruments & vocals like it says it does. These pre-sets are a quick way to lay down some good sounds in your studio, without all the fiddling that makes you lose the idea.

            I have never had any more of a problem with Berry stuff than any other brand, and I have owned a lot in 50 years. This is NOT a high end mic-pre, and it will NOT compare to even the VTB-1 in openness, but that is also about 7x as much. If you own a Berry UB802 or similar mixer the sound is better, and it makes a nice addition to that unit.

            Bottom line, is it worth it? IMHO, Yes, with a capital Y! Don't even waste your money on the ART line, OR the Berry MIC100. save a few more weeks, grab this, and get a Tungsol 12AU7 down the road, and make music while keeping a few $$ in your pocket...Thanks Again Behringer!

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great buy at twice the price

            By BEADGplayer05

            from Somerville,Me

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            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about Behringer MIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp:

              I bought this about a year ago, just to use in my home studio with a MXL 990 condenser mic. It works great for that. Nice and clear not muddy at all.
              A few weeks ago a guitar player came with an acoustic/electric to record a few demo tracks. He wanted a clean and clear sound. After a few attemps with the 990 at the sound hole and elsewhere, I asked if we could plug it in to a preamp. With the Behringer straight to the mixer he was done recording in 4 takes. He loved the sound and how fast it was to set up( mic wire out, guitar wire in).
              I think he went and bought 1 for his very own the next week. I do believe I need another.

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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Should have used a 12AU7 instead

              By Adam Taylor

              from Mount Vernon, Ohio

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use
              • Professional Functions

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Performances

                Comments about Behringer MIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp:

                This is a great piece of gear, but Behringer erred in using a 12AX7. The gain factor (100) of a 12AX7 is too hot for this preamp and produces significant noise. I've owned four and all four are noisy out of the box. The simple remedy is to swap a 12AU7 (19 on gain factor) and you now have a quiet preamp with tons of warmth and great for making a solid state guitar amp have extra depth, warmth and character, or adding warmth to microphones without distortion or hiss. The 12AX7 of any variety is hissy and distorted in these preamps. I have tried a 12AT7 and 12AV7 in this preamp as well and nothing sounds as good or is as quiet as the 12AU7. The "VALVE" preset is the best preset on this, by the way.

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                (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Don't bother

                By Jeff

                from Washington DC

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                • Limited Functions

                Best Uses

                • Performances

                Comments about Behringer MIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp:

                If you want a unit for home recording, skip this. Too much noise. The claims of "warming up your sound" are overblown. I replaced the stock tube with a Tung-Sol and the noise was reduced, but replacing the tube was more difficult than expected, which is poor design because you'll generally want to replace any tube at least every couple of years. If you want a reliable, super quiet and cheap preamp unit, I've used the M-Audio Audio Buddy dual channel preamp for years and it's I've been very pleased. The price has come down to about 50 dollars. I emphasize, I would never use the Behringer Mic200 for home recording. It's a fun toy for a little while, but adds nothing to your studio.

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                5.0

                Good Preamp

                By Hazit

                from Detroit

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use
                • Powerful
                • Versatile
                • Warm Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Mobile DJ
                  • Warm Digital Signal

                  Comments about Behringer MIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp:

                  Good preamp, let it warm up and it sounds clear, easy knobs to play with to get whatever sound you think sounds best. Used to achieve a warmer sound for my Akai hard disk recorder. So far, so good. I will probably change the tube after a little more use.

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                  (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Good preamp for harmonica

                  By Tubatoothpaste

                  from Central Illinois

                  Comments about Behringer MIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp:

                  If you are running your harp through a solid state amp, you need to try this.
                  First of all, this machine comes equipped with chicken head knobs! How cool is that? The knob that allows you to select different settings of "warmth" is worthy.

                  I bought this as a preamp to warm up the sound of my harp going into a solid state amp. It does a great job at that.

                  If you plan to try switching out tubes on this unit, it's more difficult than the ART preamp. the tube is wearing some kind of little hat with two screws. I need to run it by a knowledgeable friend to see what's going on there. And I will re-post with instructions after we figure it out.

                  Still, the tube that comes with this does a really nice job of giving your harp mike a cool distorted harmonica tone. You will find that most other reviews recommend the "valve" setting. That's true. I'm finding that is true as well. I would also add that the "Bypass" setting is a real plus. If you put the chicken head on that setting, it really is as if you are bypassing the preamp.

                  The different settings on the modeling switch really do make a difference, so I would invite you to experiment with them
                  I could not believe how heavy the package was when it arrived I will need to repost after a few months regarding reliability..
                  So far I think it's great. There is no extra noise associated with the pre amp. It will make a solid state amp sound like a tube amp. If you are currently using a solid state amp for your harp, this pre amp can fix things up for you. Otherwise, draw your own conclusion.

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  i own 4 of these

                  Comments about Behringer MIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp:

                  WOULD NOT trade it for any other DI box
                  great product for the price , though i have seen a few complaint about noise but one thing not one of those have mentioned is that they have checked the tube in the unit, as tubes are as fragile as a light bulb, heavy handling will easily destroy any tube as is what happened in one of my units.new tube and good as new and it took a ten foot fall
                  built tuff as nails,
                  greatly enhances the vocals from my condenser mic's
                  add's tons o crunch to my guitars
                  Clarity is just incredible tons of headroom but inexperienced users will find thereselves easily overdriving most input's
                  onlyway to make it a better value is a buy one get one free

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