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Blue ROBBIE Tube Microphone Preamp  

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Overview
  • Class-A single-channel discrete tube microphone and instrument preamplifier
  • Discrete, balanced components from input to output
  • Simple design
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    $1,299.00
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Simple in design, sophisticated sound quality!

Elegance and simplicity are the driving forces behind Blue's design philosophy, and the ROBBIE tube preamp is no exception. This Class-A discrete tube microphone and instrument preamp features the same technical build quality and commitment to excellence for which Blue is known. Yields excellent detail with extremely low noise and ultrahigh gain. The warm, robust tube gain stage is the perfect enhancement for condenser microphones. Frequency response is 10Hz to 100kHz, ±2dB.

Features
  • Class-A single-channel discrete tube microphone and instrument preamplifier
  • Discrete, balanced components from input to output
  • Simple design
  • Front panel features a large backlit gain knob and Hi-Z 1/4" instrument input
  • Inputs: one XLR microphone, one 1/4" TS phone instrument
  • Output: one XLR line
  • Phantom power

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ROBBIE Tube Microphone Preamp Specifications:

  • Gain Range: 8dB to 68dB
  • Maximum Output Level: +34dBu, 20Hz to 40kHz @ 10 kOhm
  • Frequency response: 10Hz to 100KHz, +/- 2dB
  • Noise: -131dB EIN @ 60dB gain (10Hz to 30kHz, 50 Ohm source)
  • Dimensions: 8-1/2"W x 8-1/4"D x 5-1/4"H
  • External Power Supply
  • One Year Warranty
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BlueROBBIE Tube Microphone Preamp
 
4.7

(based on 6 reviews)

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4.0

I use it alot

By Earl Wilt

from Wilmington, DE

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Blue ROBBIE Tube Microphone Preamp:

    I use this in my professional recording studio. This preamp is really easy to use. Turn it on, set your level and you're good to go. It's a nice alternative to my Focusrite ISA220 solid state preamp. I use it mostly for vocals. Nice full sound. Quiet. It also looks great. I understand the designers not wanting to clutter up the front, but to have to know where the buttons are by feel (really its mostly the phantom power button) by reaching around back to use them unless you have it set up so your can go around to the back.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Big Time Sound

    By Lefty

    from Detroit, MI

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Powerful
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Blue ROBBIE Tube Microphone Preamp:

      I published my first work for A&M in 1982 on a vinyl LP. I had the privilege of working at The Record Plant with scads of vintage gear that, today is held in such high regard. Since that time I've purchased dozens of modern day mic pres with stratospheric prices, that promised to bring the same vastly superior sound to my project studio. Not one of them delivered, and I returned or sold them all. The BLUE however, has a luxurious sound that is evident immediately, and I would recommend it to record anything. No bells, no whistles, but if you need a great sounding mic pre/D.I., and can ignore the dippy name BLUE hung on it (I can't bring myself to say it), IMHO it's the best thing going.

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Awkward but effective.

      By iplaydabass-bRseC

      from Seattle, WA

      Comments about Blue ROBBIE Tube Microphone Preamp:

      I traded some gear for this preamp on a bit of a whim. I wasn't sure how I felt about it at first, but once I heard it in action I was thoroughly impressed! If you record bass guitar on a regular basis, this preamp is a MUST HAVE. I've used this on acoustic with an AKG 451 with great results, vocals with an AT 4033, and piano with a Neumann U87, and a Cello with a Violet Gold Finger... all sounded very good. However, this preamp paired with the BLUE Mouse on a good sounding bass amp (Fender Bassman, or Ampeg flip-top) just sounds unreal. Using it as a DI also sounds phenomenal, but it just depends on how "clean" you like your bass.The design is quite simple, and features are limited which is fine because the quality is top-notch. My only frustration is that this thing is so stinking awkward to rack mount. You can buy an aftermarket adapter for this, but you also have to buy a rack shelf, and it takes up 2+ rack spaces. I wish BLUE wasn't so stubborn and would put two channels of this preamp in a (more) conventional 2 RU box. I would easily pay $2,300 for that!My recording setup is mobile, and I simply don't have the space in a rack for this thing. It also sounds too good to risk letting it get abused by traveling with it, so I usually just re-track bass parts at home. Another great this is that the sound is very consistent. Mine is roughly 4 years old, and my friend who owns a brand new one achieves virtually the same sounds. It is not hard to find a "stereo" match of these. If I recorded more strings I would certainly get another.

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Its worth the odd styling.

      Comments about Blue ROBBIE Tube Microphone Preamp:

      Sure, its a strange design, but the sound is where its at. I did alot of research before getting mine and it sounds just like they said. Very Clean with a soft, slightly rolled-off top end. I used to only favor "colored pres", but now I like the cleaner side also. I have a A-Designs P1 and a Focusrite ISA 430mkII and and the clean flavor of the Robbie is a great addition to my collection. The Focusrite has a nice detailed mostly clean sound with a little character while the P1 has that fat 70's sound and the Robbie is a great flavor for anything that needs a little smoothing or a nice sheen to it. Great for aggressive vocals that would normally sound too sibilant. I read somewhere that the concept of this pre was designed similar to the one that BLUE uses to test their microphones and they make some very nice microphones for sure. I use a Blue BabyBottle microphone which is the sounding best mic Ive ever used in my opionion. Anyway, if you need a sparkling clean, smooth pre-amp, and you don't mind the odd shape or layout, then you will love it

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      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Vocal Life

      By iwishiwasafish

      from Medford, OR

      Comments about Blue ROBBIE Tube Microphone Preamp:

      WOW!!! I just got my BLUE Robbie mic pre. It sounds awsome and has such great color to it. I've been doing research and looking for the perfect mic pre for almost a year. Then this showed up on the market. If you're looking for a simple, professional, great sounding mic pre, this is for you. We all know how great BLUE the company is at making microphones so just imagine what this mic pre is like.

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

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      By agreatheight

      from Tempe, AZ

      Comments about Blue ROBBIE Tube Microphone Preamp:

      No bells or whistles on this Mic Pre, but it is ultra quiet and fantastic sounding! Absolutely stellar with my Blue Blueberry vocal mic and sounds wonderful on vocals and mic'ed acoutics!

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