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Behringer MIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp 

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The Behringer Tube Ultragain MIC200 Mic Preamp is a vacuum tube preamplifier with preamp-modeling technology and an integrated limiter. It's perfect ...Click To Read More About This Product

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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

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BehringerMIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp
 
4.1

(based on 68 reviews)

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    (35)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (11)
  • Good audio (10)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Good power output (5)
  • Professional functions (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (8)
  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Performances (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (4)

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Should have used a 12AU7 instead

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...Read complete review

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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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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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Should have used a 12AU7 instead

By Adam Taylor

from Mount Vernon, Ohio

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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.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Bang for the Buck

    By Son of Gib

    from Boonville, IN

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    Comments about Behringer MIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp:

    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!

    (4 of 4 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.

      (4 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Good preamp for harmonica

      By Tubatoothpaste

      from Central Illinois

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      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.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      It works

      By Whiplash92

      from North Carolina

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      Comments about Behringer MIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp:

      First of all, this is a starved plate style preamp, meaning that the signal passes through the tube, but is combined with the original signal...so its not a true tube pre amp, so changing out the tubes and stuff won't have a profound effect on it.That being said, I didn't buy this for a tube preamp. I use it to route vocals dry into my audio interface, and send the other output into my effects unit so the singer can get zero latency monitoring with reverb, etc. which usually helps there performanceAlso, since I record digital guitars and use Amplitube, I find passing it through this preamp before going into my interface takes a little bit of the digital edge off...not a huge difference, but it helps.I've also used it on snare drum, and it helps when set as a limiter to keep levels fairly consistent, which can be an issue sometimes if the player isn't consistent. Really for 40 bucks, its not bad, but its not a good preamp by any means, but it is useable for some applications.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Well, close to 3 years in...

      By Smurf

      from Ohio

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Stock Tube

      Best Uses

      • Anythinh you want to use it for

      Comments about Behringer MIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp:

      This is an update to my 6/21/2013 review......my thoughts on this little box has not changed, at all. As a DI or Mic Pre, you just can NOT go wrong with it for the price.

      Over the years I have swapped the tube out for every model & make suggest on the net, and in the end went back to the 12AU7. Just the right amount of break up / "warmth", but clear as a bell at higher gain settings. Of them all this model was the quietest of them all.

      I have a Tungsol in it now, the JJ was a close 2nd. I had a NOS GE that absolutely ROCKED this unit, but it & a RCA got broke while in their bubble wrap.

      I am a Berry fan, always have been, always will be, even tho I have plenty of "better gear" that in many ways sounds better. But IMHO Berry outdid themselves when they designed this unit. I still use it almost every session somewhere....

      This & a MXL V67G mic is all you will need to get started, even if your interface is the sound card on your laptop....really...

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      A very smooth sound

      By mnm75932

      from Deep East Texas

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Behringer MIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp:

        The out-of-the-box sound was good but hard to control for me. With a change of the tube to a JJ Electronics 12AU7, I get easy control and a more useable range.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

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

        By Smurf

        from Ohio

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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!

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good product.

          By Gulf Coast

          from Gulf Coast

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          Comments about Behringer MIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp:

          I bought this to boost my instument mic signal to my soundcard. I have a USB condenser mic and Amp Modeler (that I headphone out into my soundcard) and they both give me great noiseless signals. But my mic with soundcards and other usb interfaces were giving me low signals with hiss. With the MIC200 I now have a nice fat noiseless signal that sounds just like my guitar tube amp. I see no need to change the tube because the sound isn't thin or hissy. I have gotten some nice clean harmonics and punchy sounds into a solid state bass amp. But that amp has a great sound and breakup that the MIC200 won't help make that amp better. I think the MIC200 could make a boring sounding solid state more lively, but it's not going to give you good breakup/crunch. The good thing about it though is that it isn't filtering out any frequencies like different pedals do (tube or not).
          Try one (with some good cords). If you get a bad one get another one sent instead of keeping it and crying.
          A like the fact that you can use it in basicly four major settings (Tube Preamp w/o limiter, and Solid State w/o limiter) All of the controls work great.
          It has a solid metal case. I will baby it like I do with all my equipment. This isn't a stomp box. I would pack it in it's box to travel to not possible break the nobs. I won't expect it to hold up to drops.
          More features than anything in it's price range.

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          effin sweet

          By That Guy, with the hair.

          from the dirty dirty

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          Comments about Behringer MIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp:

          this thing is a game changer in my home studio. warms up vocals and acoustic guitars, gives drums that 3D sound(acoustic and a roland td3), I'm even using it as my guitar pre into the effects return on a ss amp. swap the tube. i threw in a tung-sol and it moved the tone from good to phenomenal. i plan on buying at least 3 more, and using a different brand tube in each one for versatility in sounds.Great Buy!! Thanks Behringer!!!!

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