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Behringer Ultragain Pro MIC2200 

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Audio purity at its best!

When you want to warm up your sound, only a tube will do, and the Behringer MIC2200 Ultragain Pro is just the ticket! It's the ideal extension to your console, sampler, hard disk recording system, or DAT recorder. This extremely low-noise, high-end 2-channel mic/line preamp with its warm tube sound lends your most demanding instrumental and vocal recordings incredibly detailed resolution and musical warmth. Helpful supplementary functions like parametric EQ, phase reversal switch, phantom power, and independent level conversion make the Ultragain Pro an indispensable addition to your outboard gear.

FEATURES
  • Extremely low-noise, high-end, discrete microphone/line preamp
  • Integrated high-quality 12AX7 vacuum tube
  • Microphone input stages based on ultralow-noise 2SA1084 transistor pairs
  • Extreme bandwidth from 2Hz to 300kHz
  • Two additional high-end parametric EQs
  • Independent level conversion from home to professional level (-10dBV/+4dBu)
  • Super low-noise 4580 operational amplifiers
  • Extremely flexible DI box function
  • Soft mute +48V phantom power
  • Fully sweepable, switchable high-pass filter (12dB/octave)
  • Phase reverse button
  • Precise twelve-segment output level display
  • Servo-balanced, gold-plated XLR and 1/4" TRS connectors
  • Professional-quality potentiometers and illuminated switches

Take your sound to the next level and order the Ultragain Pro MIC2200 today!

SPECIFICATIONS

Ultragain Pro MIC2200

  • Bandwidth: 2Hz-30kHz
    Servo-balanced, gold-plated TRS and XLR I/O
    Twelve-segment LED level display
    Parametric EQ
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BehringerUltragain Pro MIC2200
 
4.4

(based on 31 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Good audio (8)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Professional functions (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (6)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Finally an affordable tube preamp

Pros: Tube preamp, parametric equalizer, low price.Cons: The tube is extremely difficult to change (it requires 50% disassembly of the unit).Comments: After searching for months, I discovered and purchased this...Read complete review

Pros: Tube preamp, parametric equalizer, low price.Cons: The tube is extremely difficult to change (it requires 50% disassembly of the unit).Comments: After searching for months, I discovered and purchased this preamp to be used with a home audio system. If you know your audio, tube equipment of any kind is priced in the stratosphere but this is one of the audio bargains of our time.As for changing the tube, the inexperienced will not be able to accomplish the task. Behringer should have anticipated that some tube rolling would be done and made it easier to do so (it's amazing they're able to assemble the unit like this to begin with). In the future (I'm talking to you behringer), please put the tube where it can easily be changed. The three LED's don't serve any useful purpose and nobody's going to sit there staring at the tube (yeah, I disconnected them).Note to tube rollers: Before changing the tube, build yourself a socket extender (about 7" should do)and remount the tube under the top case for easy future access. If you're handy fabricating metal, a hole in the top case with a mesh screen to let the heat out (it's not very much) would be an excellent upgrade.

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Much potential, but unreliable & defective

I received 2 of these DOA with clear manufacturer defects resulting in a very large difference in gain and sound quality between the two channels. Channel 1 actually sounded exactly like it should,...Read complete review

I received 2 of these DOA with clear manufacturer defects resulting in a very large difference in gain and sound quality between the two channels. Channel 1 actually sounded exactly like it should, loud, crisp, and no hum, but channel 2 did just the opposite, there was a very noticeable high pitch hum, and the gain/level volume for the mic had to be turned up all the way just to hear anything at all. I tested both channels with various combinations of xlr cables and mics and the result was always the same. Even worse, the replacement was defective in both channels.I am sure if I had actually received an Ultragrain Pro that wasn't defective that I would have been happy with it, but unfortunately, after testing out 2 of these I had to give it up and just request a refund. Ended up just getting an Edirol M-16dx, which for some reason they don't sell here.

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(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Finally an affordable tube preamp

By Corey340

from New York

Comments about Behringer Ultragain Pro MIC2200:

Pros: Tube preamp, parametric equalizer, low price.Cons: The tube is extremely difficult to change (it requires 50% disassembly of the unit).Comments: After searching for months, I discovered and purchased this preamp to be used with a home audio system. If you know your audio, tube equipment of any kind is priced in the stratosphere but this is one of the audio bargains of our time.As for changing the tube, the inexperienced will not be able to accomplish the task. Behringer should have anticipated that some tube rolling would be done and made it easier to do so (it's amazing they're able to assemble the unit like this to begin with). In the future (I'm talking to you behringer), please put the tube where it can easily be changed. The three LED's don't serve any useful purpose and nobody's going to sit there staring at the tube (yeah, I disconnected them).Note to tube rollers: Before changing the tube, build yourself a socket extender (about 7" should do)and remount the tube under the top case for easy future access. If you're handy fabricating metal, a hole in the top case with a mesh screen to let the heat out (it's not very much) would be an excellent upgrade.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Priced right, sounds great!!!

By Dereck Roberts

from Undisclosed

Comments about Behringer Ultragain Pro MIC2200:

I use this preamp for my home studio. I LOVE IT!!!!! It works perfect EVERY time. I have never had a minutes trouble from it. I get a nice warm sound out of it. I would recommend the unit. I love all my Behringer gear. Always reliable. Always works.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Killer for the price

By Gramps77

from Lockport NY

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Comments about Behringer Ultragain Pro MIC2200:

Excellent unit for the money, Yeah I know if you spend a ton of money more you can get an art pre (I own one) but for a hundred bucks this unit is woth every penny. Some people claim the 12ax7 tube is just there for show-Thats garbage-they are expecting a fair low priced unit to react like a 5 or 6 hundred dollar one. I use this as one channel for my main microphone and the other channel for my bass and it works perfectly. Forget the people who say behringer stuff is junk, if your on a budget and need to get the best quality for the least money, go with this. I use this in a home apartment studio environment and itd just fine

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing for the price

By Mike

from California

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Pros

  • Adjustable Hpflow Cut
  • Clear Sound
  • Detented Pots
  • Easy To Use
  • Parametric Eq
  • Versatile

Cons

  • No Di
  • Silly Leds Behind Tube
  • Slightly Noisy Output

Best Uses

  • Any Stereo Work
  • Recording Drum Ohs

Comments about Behringer Ultragain Pro MIC2200:

This preamp is amazing at its pricepoint. It has all standard features like phanton power, phase correction, and a separate output control, but the variable high pass filter was the deal maker for me. Having a hpf that can go all the way up to 320 makes the preamp useful for many more different sources, like wind instruments, drum overheads, and other percussion instruments. The parametric equalizer is also particularly useful when I need to tame the high-end of cheap SDC mics. I wouldn't really use it for anything but cutting high end though. As for the tone of this thing, I can't really say it's better or worse than some higher end pres I've heard. IMO, preamps don't do enough for the sound to justify spending hundreds or thousands on them unless you've already gotten the best sounding mics and acoustic treatment you can get. This preamp does what it's supposed to do just fine. It is a little bit noisy when I have to crank up the output a bit when using dynamics but I really can't complain for what I paid for it. This is too good of a value.
Oh and the LEDs behind the tube really bug me. I'll take them out when I decide to change out the stock Bugera tube. Btw, I don't think the 30v or so going to the tube is really doing much for the sound either but oh well.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Low Budget Tube PreAmp

By SgtPepper

from Branson, MO

About Me Experienced

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Features
  • Powerful
  • Professional Functions
  • Tube Preamp
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Changing Tube
  • Enclosure Design

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Mobile DJ
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording
  • Vocals And Guitar

Comments about Behringer Ultragain Pro MIC2200:

The Tube Change is a horribly difficult task but you will want to go with a lower gain Tube such as the Black Sable 5751 or the 12AT7 by JAN Philips. After the tube change there isn't a high end Mic Tube PreAmp that will surpass this unit. EXCELLENT!

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Adds the

By Mr_Nuke

from Houston, TX

Comments about Behringer Ultragain Pro MIC2200:

For years I just couldn't get the electric guitars and keyboards to produce that warmth that their acoustic counterparts have. I knew that a tube amp could solve the problems, but I needed a small rack-mountable soulution for the studio. After some research I've found the MIC2200. The difference it makes is very subtle, but when several instruments are mixed together, each one has its own depth, and is easier to distinguish than without the MIC2200. The true value of this device is felt when you use the parametric equalizer to capture and amplify a specific range of harmonics. This can warm the tone or make it more aggressive. When used live, the instruments do not blend, but rather each one has its own presence. It gives the classic tube warmth even to digital effects processors.On the technical side, there are only two, easy to overcome, drawbacks. First, there is no control over how much gain the tube produces; it simply warms the signal, but cannot distort it. Second, the mic gain knob only works whith the XLR mic input, not the line in, but this hasn't posed any problems for me. As a plus due to the 0.03 octave range setting, the parametric EQ can easily be used to cut the feedback frequency of a microphone without affecting the tone.Overall, this is a great product, and the cheapest and most versatile alternative to a tube sound. I am looking forward to getting more of these, one for each instrument and use it with stereo processors.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Can't do better for the money!

By wahduyawantthis4

from Hamilton, Canada

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Comments about Behringer Ultragain Pro MIC2200:

I bought 2 of these for use in my studio after they were recommended by a friend who understood my budget restraints. I am thrilled at his suggestion as they have performed reliably and as advertised for their 2 year life thus far. I did not have any undue added noise issues with either unit and have used them with a variety of condenser microphones that the preamp makes sound like they are of higher quality than they actually are. I recommend these to friends all of the time, and they are still friends!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Preamp!

By VG

from Seattle WA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Professional Functions
  • Ranks with the best botique high end preamps
  • Versatile

Cons

  • no cons

Best Uses

  • Home Studio
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Behringer Ultragain Pro MIC2200:

30 years plus as musician, recording artist. The Behringer Ultragain Pro MIC2200 ranks with the best. I compared it with an Avalon VT-737SP Pure Class A Mono Vacuum Tube Channel Strip (two thousand +). I couldn't really notice a difference in sound quality except the Avalon cost twenty three thousand more. I use high end microphones to record acoustic guitars, drums, and percussion and the Behringer Ultragain Pro MIC2200 kept my recordings pristine and full of tone. Don't get TRUMPED by the scary high prices of the botique mic preamps out there.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing sound quality,,,adds boost and warmth..

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Behringer Ultragain Pro MIC2200:

If you're looking for the best mic-pre on a tight budget, you WILL NOT find a better product. The sound boost and warmth the unit provides, is outstanding. It is clear and "hiss free." I use it in conjunction with the Behringer Autocom Pro, and the dbx 215 EQ.The Ultragain,along with the other two units, sound awesome. I record using the Korg D1600V. The tracks are clear,"punchy," and very upfront. This unit is a must for hard-disc recording studio!!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

has held up for the long haul

By Michael Sharp

from Berwyn, IL

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Comments about Behringer Ultragain Pro MIC2200:

This pre-amp has turned out to have exceeded my expectations and has paid for itself many times over. I've primarily used it in location recording 2 track situations where a console would not be required. It has held up for over 6 years now, and while not particularly magical, it does what it's supposed to do without fail. I have no idea how the single tube is integrated into the signal path. The tube appears to be backlit with an LED... But I still recommend this one, and this is coming from someone who has paid his bills with audio for 30 years. Don't take your UA-610s out of their climate controled environment for a 100 dollar gig. Get one of these instead. (You won't cry if your van gets broken into.)

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