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Behringer TUBE ULTRAGAIN MIC100 Preamp

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The Behringer TUBE ULTRAGAIN MIC100 Preamp is designed for studio, live, and hard disk recording applications. Features a carefully selected 12AX7 va...Click To Read More About This Product

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Vacuum tube mic/line preamplifier with integrated limiter.

The Behringer TUBE ULTRAGAIN MIC100 Preamp is designed for studio, live, and hard disk recording applications. Features a carefully selected 12AX7 vacuum tube with UTC technology for exceptional warmth and lowest noise. Thus the Behringer MIC100 can be used to eliminate the "dull" sound of standard digital recorders and sound cards. Also, it perfectly complements studio-grade condenser microphones. When used as a high-end DI-box, the MIC100 Preamp ensures outstanding signal integrity. The TUBE ULTRAGAIN MIC100 comes with phase reverse switch, +48V phantom power, and 20dB pad. Balanced inputs and outputs provide the finishing Behringer touch.

FEATURES
  • High-end tube mic/line preamplifier for studio, live, and hard disk recording applications
  • Hand-selected 12AX7 vacuum tube with UTC technology for exceptional warmth and lowest noise
  • The ultimate sound-enhancing tool for virtually any sound source
  • Perfectly complements studio-grade condenser mics
  • Usage as a high-end DI-box ensures outstanding signal integrity
  • Eliminates the "dull" sound of standard digital recorders and sound cards
  • Dynamic limiter effectively protects your equipment from overload
  • Phase reverse switch, +48V phantom power and 20dB pad for utmost flexibility
  • Balanced inputs and ouputs on 1/4'' TRS and gold-plated XLR connectors
  • Highly accurate 8-segment LED level meter
  • Extremely wide-range input gain and output level adjustment

For such a low price, you can't afford not to have it on your side when you record digitally. Order today.

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BehringerTUBE ULTRAGAIN MIC100 Preamp
 
4.0

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

50%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very useful with some tweaking

I've had this for about 10 years or so now. I used to use it live on my vocal mic to warm the tone coming out of my Digitech Vocal 300 multi-effects box, and...Read complete review

I've had this for about 10 years or so now. I used to use it live on my vocal mic to warm the tone coming out of my Digitech Vocal 300 multi-effects box, and it worked well for that. I later discovered the built-in compression on the Voc300 was sufficient for warmth.Now I used it as preamp for my solid state crate 15 W practice amp. Generally I use this setup for harmonica, but it also works well for guitar purposes. The Mic100 basically makes the SS sound like a tube amp, quiet successfully.I have a number of fellow tinkerers who claim these low-end tube pre-amps don't actually use the tube, that it's just there for show. That IS NOT THE CASE with this box. I know because I replaced the stock 12ax7 tube with a Tung-Sol and the tone changed and the noise level dropped to nearly nothing. If yours is noisy, try switching out the tube.The only other issue I've found is the output jack has recently loosened up a bit, or gotten corroded a bit. I'll have to open 'er up again and repair that. But as I said, this is a ten year old unit, so I'd expect that part to eventually get dirty or loose.In summary, if you need a tube preamp in pedal form, this is really cost effective way to get one, EVEN if you have to purchase a replacement tube. And you may not. Mine was ten years old and I really upgraded just for the sake of experimentation.I've had good luck with nearly ALL of my Behringer products. Only a couple lemons in 15 or more years of taking advantage of their low prices.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

good to upgrade

I have been using the mic100 ocasionaly for live gigs on wireles mic. The original package was noisy and produced muffled tone. Recently I made some important changes:
I improved the power...Read complete review

I have been using the mic100 ocasionaly for live gigs on wireles mic. The original package was noisy and produced muffled tone. Recently I made some important changes:
I improved the power supply of the mic100 with better transformer, changed the capacitors, swaped the chinese tube with electro harmonics 12ax7eh. Now it's a new story.much smoother sound. I also ordered new opamps (ad8599) to replace the crapy 4580's and expect further improvement.
To conclude,behringer has designed a nice compact portable preamp and built it with poor components. They should make it better and ask higher price.

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(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

review revisited - very good to mod

By baze sax

from Macedonia

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Comments about Behringer TUBE ULTRAGAIN MIC100 Preamp:

ok, this is new review of the mic100. I removed the jrc4580's and put opa2228 op amps. I also put jj12au7 lower gain tube. before that I swaped the capacitors and improved the psu. now this is completely new device. much better, cleaner, no mud.
I use it live as aux send effect (parallel enhancer) to boost my vocal mic. I turn the gain to 2 o'clock and combine the pad and the limiter with moderate output for that purpose, simulating parallel compression.crazy but works. makes the vocal crisp and always up in the mix.
I also borrowed this puppy to the bass player who was amazed from the first note and asked how much is the DI box :))

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

good to upgrade

By baze sax

from Macedonia

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Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Poor Quality Duplicates

Best Uses

  • Performances

Comments about Behringer TUBE ULTRAGAIN MIC100 Preamp:

I have been using the mic100 ocasionaly for live gigs on wireles mic. The original package was noisy and produced muffled tone. Recently I made some important changes:
I improved the power supply of the mic100 with better transformer, changed the capacitors, swaped the chinese tube with electro harmonics 12ax7eh. Now it's a new story.much smoother sound. I also ordered new opamps (ad8599) to replace the crapy 4580's and expect further improvement.
To conclude,behringer has designed a nice compact portable preamp and built it with poor components. They should make it better and ask higher price.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Didn't buy a tube amp!

By Six-String Steve

from OKC, OK. USA

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Comments about Behringer TUBE ULTRAGAIN MIC100 Preamp:

I was very close to purchasing a tube amp for around $500, and have decided to use my Tube UtraGain instead. You can crank the gain and get a wicked heavy tube gain sound with it, it's awesome! It is very well constructed with a metal housing box. I have owned this product for approximately 3 years and have not had any problems with it. I highly recommend it!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very useful with some tweaking

By FrostBottomBoys

from Knoxville, TN

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Comments about Behringer TUBE ULTRAGAIN MIC100 Preamp:

I've had this for about 10 years or so now. I used to use it live on my vocal mic to warm the tone coming out of my Digitech Vocal 300 multi-effects box, and it worked well for that. I later discovered the built-in compression on the Voc300 was sufficient for warmth.Now I used it as preamp for my solid state crate 15 W practice amp. Generally I use this setup for harmonica, but it also works well for guitar purposes. The Mic100 basically makes the SS sound like a tube amp, quiet successfully.I have a number of fellow tinkerers who claim these low-end tube pre-amps don't actually use the tube, that it's just there for show. That IS NOT THE CASE with this box. I know because I replaced the stock 12ax7 tube with a Tung-Sol and the tone changed and the noise level dropped to nearly nothing. If yours is noisy, try switching out the tube.The only other issue I've found is the output jack has recently loosened up a bit, or gotten corroded a bit. I'll have to open 'er up again and repair that. But as I said, this is a ten year old unit, so I'd expect that part to eventually get dirty or loose.In summary, if you need a tube preamp in pedal form, this is really cost effective way to get one, EVEN if you have to purchase a replacement tube. And you may not. Mine was ten years old and I really upgraded just for the sake of experimentation.I've had good luck with nearly ALL of my Behringer products. Only a couple lemons in 15 or more years of taking advantage of their low prices.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

On again off again blues

By Benjamin W.

from Albany, OR

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • No on off switch

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording

Comments about Behringer TUBE ULTRAGAIN MIC100 Preamp:

This pre-amp is affordable and does the trick, though it has one major two part flaw, as a vacuum tube amplifier it heats up a bit this wouldn't be a problem if it had an on off switch. Instead I find myself having to unplug it and plug it back in with every use, causing unnecessary wear and tear on the ac connector and a minor inconvenience of cord management, even with a stationary setup.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

For MIC and Guitar

By Ironwrship

from APO, AE

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Comments about Behringer TUBE ULTRAGAIN MIC100 Preamp:

I've had my MIC100 for about 7 years and have used it about once a week if not more for those 7 seven years. I used it for recording, I power a Retro Jr. tube MIC with nice warm balanced tone for voice or amps. I also used it as a pre amp for my acoustic guitar. Totally amazing warm tone and with the phase switch you get an amazing balanced tone, uncolored buy additional electronics.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Little preamp

By Barry Leamon

from Cleveland, TN

Comments about Behringer TUBE ULTRAGAIN MIC100 Preamp:

It is a great little device that gives your music a nice warm tube tone. I received several nice comments after I used it at church for the first time. The first one had a noise problem when it was turned up, so I sent it back. The second one arived within 3 days of calling the company and getting the RA number. The only downside I see to it is that the 12AX7 tube is too hot for use with my Harmonica, so I ordered a 12AY7 to put in it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is beauty!

By Cynth The Poet

from Monterey CA/USA

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Comments about Behringer TUBE ULTRAGAIN MIC100 Preamp:

I just got mine today, and though there are higher-priced mic preamps, I could not afford them. So I took a chance on this model, and I'm really glad I did. I know how crucial it is to have a decent preamp for my mic, especially when using a USB interface into my computer--which doubles as my home studio. The price hooked me and the quality makes me a believer in this product.Obviously, you don't want to max out the gain with this. But once you get the right settings, you don't have to mess with it very much at all. If you're just starting out in getting a home studio together, this will more than pay for itself. It's the best value for the price.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

So-so

By JD-35avI

from St. Louis

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Comments about Behringer TUBE ULTRAGAIN MIC100 Preamp:

I've owned this preamp for about 10 months and I've treated it very well. A few months ago it started randomly adding static to the signal. This comes in and out and there's no way of knowing when it'll happen.When the unit isn't being noisy, it does the job well. When it is being noisy, it ruins the recording. Save up a bit and buy a nicer preamp, and you'll be much happier in the long run!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good for the smallest jobs

By Rock-O-Rama

from New York

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Comments about Behringer TUBE ULTRAGAIN MIC100 Preamp:

This is not bad at all, this is indeed a great pre-amp, you have to tweak this for a few minutes in order to get the good sound out of it, but overall is a very nice unit, good features.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

it works

By zittles12

from Fayetteville, AR

Comments about Behringer TUBE ULTRAGAIN MIC100 Preamp:

I use it for recording and live music. I have no problems with it. Sounds pretty good. Only very experienced ears would be able to tell it was a cheap pre.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

It's alright

By The Blood Between

from NY

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Comments about Behringer TUBE ULTRAGAIN MIC100 Preamp:

I've had mine for a few years now. After the first few months, it started making this static noise (as do pick ups when you have tv's on). Something went bad in it even though I took good care of it (Something happens to a lot of amps by the same company). I still use it and mask it the best I can. This company is great, but you have to be careful with their product.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Really noisy

By Bad Tux

from San Jose, CA

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Comments about Behringer TUBE ULTRAGAIN MIC100 Preamp:

It certainly does a good job of amplifying your microphone going into a USB sound system that has preamps that don't amplify enough, but it's really noisy. I finally gave up and bought an EMU 0404, which has some pretty hot preamps without any help from an external preamp. Mike go through this box, noise. Mike plugged direct into 0404, no noise. Pretty clear where my noise problem came from. Use only if you're trying to get some noisy tube distortion, in other words, not for vocals mikes.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Noisy but nice...

By D. Knight

from Colorado Springs, CO

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Comments about Behringer TUBE ULTRAGAIN MIC100 Preamp:

I picked up this unit to process my mic while recording a podcast. It does produce a noticable amount of hum (which I was able to minimize, not eliminate, by adjusting gains) but it also gives a nice presence and punch to my voice. I'm not DISPLEASED with the unit but I don't think I'll look to buy any more of them.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for amatuer home recording!

By SpecialK-.uMm5

from Morrisville, NC

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Comments about Behringer TUBE ULTRAGAIN MIC100 Preamp:

I got this pre-amp mainly just to boost the signal going into my sound car from a microphone. Its perfect for this and if you're just starting out with home hard disk recording. It does brighten up the sound a good bit, although I mic my accoustic guitar and it still sounds a bit muffled. If you have an electric accoustic you probably won't have that problem. I found that my sound card recorded at very low volumes...this completely remedied that problem. I don't think you can really go wrong with this pre-amp.

 
4.0

Great price

By Wild Bill

from Wisconsin

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Behringer TUBE ULTRAGAIN MIC100 Preamp:

    I needed a preamp that was simple to use and mot very expensive. This fit the bill. No fancy controls, just a gain and output switches with a -20Db button, phantom power, phase shifter and a limiter switch. And it didn't cost an arm and a leg.

     
    4.0

    OK bass preamp

    By Chris Mann

    from Dunlap TN

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Unreliable

      Best Uses

        Comments about Behringer TUBE ULTRAGAIN MIC100 Preamp:

        I switched to bass and was using a tube head that I really liked on bass, but it was too unreliable and hard to transport.
        I got a solid state Carvin bass amp, but I needed that tube tone. It gives a gentle compression and harmonic content that I think is a must for a juicy bass tone.

        Going into the Beringer first gets me pretty close, but it started not working correctly. It seemed like what a bad tube would do- randomly lose volume or make static, so I replaced the tube and that seemed to fix it for a while, but the problem returned and after now trying three different tubes I think I can say it's not the tube. I may take it apart again and check for bad solder joints and clean the pots.

         
        5.0

        Recommend to buy

        By Regular Guy

        from Dallas

        About Me Novice

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Powerful
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Mobile DJ

          Comments about Behringer TUBE ULTRAGAIN MIC100 Preamp:

          Bought brand new. Easy to setup and use. Very handy small, light weight but deliver excellent sound! I have an inexpensive mic and the preamp make it sound expensive. No background noise, just excellent sound.

           
          1.0

          eternal 60hz hum

          By stourell

          from idaho

          Comments about Behringer TUBE ULTRAGAIN MIC100 Preamp:

          I bought this unit to use as a mic pre for digital recording. although it has some great features, the 60hz hum seems to be built in. Sometimes it's more present than others but it's always there. tapping on the case is like turning a "hum intensity" switch. inexpensive, yes, but unusable for the most part.

           
          2.0

          fadegently.com

          By fadegently.com

          from Erie, PA

          Comments about Behringer TUBE ULTRAGAIN MIC100 Preamp:

          I bought this to warm up my condenser and ribbon mics for recording and it is very noisy. I'm not too pleased at all. I guess you get what you pay for.

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