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M-Audio TAMPA Professional Preamp/Compressor   

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The TAMPA is based on M-Audio's Temporal Harmonic Alignment technology, a revolutionary process that corrects the phase alignment of overtones to ach...Read More

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Dual-servo optical compressor brilliantly re-creates the sonic character of tube triodes.

The TAMPA is based on M-Audio's Temporal Harmonic Alignment technology, a revolutionary process that corrects the phase alignment of overtones to achieve the perceived warmth of tubes at a solid-state price. TAMPA includes a built-in, best-of-class dual optical-servo compressor/limiter and true VU meters to display output and compression gain. With S/PDIF and AES/EBU digital output (24 bit at up to 96kHz), it allows you to connect directly to recorders or sound cards remaining completely in the digital domain. Other features include a variable impedance input selector for optimal matching with vintage mics and professional Class A electronics throughout.

About Temporal Harmonic Alignment
While most engineers agree that tube-based pre-amps sound better than solid state, tube-technology prices place these devices outside the reach of many musicians. The TAMPA engineering team began addressing this problem by evaluating what distinguishes tubes aurally. Unlike most solid state electronics, tube-based devices strike the ear as having such a warm sound because the added midrange harmonics have the same temporal (phase) relationship as natural mechanisms like strings, drumheads, and vocal chords. This results in a sweet spot that makes vocals, guitars, and other midrange-rich content sound especially pleasing. TAMPA's unique new Temporal Harmonic Alignment technology produces that same phase relationship found in both tubes and nature. And unlike tubes (or tube modeling), TAMPA's sweet spot spans the full audio spectrum.

About Dual Optical-Servo Compression
3 fundamental challenges plague engineers in designing compressors: distortion, noise, and accuracy. The VCA technology used in inexpensive compressors exhibits less than professional specs on all 3 counts. Simple optical-servo technology is much quieter and more accurate, yet has its own issues with distortion. The more expensive dual optical-servo technology is used in high-end compressors because it yields low noise, consistent accuracy, low distortion, and exceptional transparency. TAMPA incorporates both a dual optical-servo compressor/limiter and microphone/instrument pre-amp in one affordable package.

FEATURES
  • Corrects phase alignment of overtones for tube warmth at a solid state price
  • Best-of-class dual optical-servo compressor/limiter
  • True VU meters display output and compression gain
  • S/PDIF and AES/EBU digital output (24 bit at up to 96kHz)
  • Variable impedance input selector for matching vintage mics

Now you can get the milky presence of tubes with the stability and affordability of solid state. Order today and take your studio up one big notch.

SPECIFICATIONS

TAMPA Professional Preamp/Compressor

  • Frequency response: 20Hz-40KHz (± 0.25dB)
    Available gain: 66dB
    Maximum analog output: +30dBu at soft clip
    Digital clip level: +30.5dBu
    Distortion: Increases with level until soft-clip occurs (0.5% max)
    Signal-to-noise: 110dB; A weighted (gain set to minimum)
    EIA noise rating: -127dBm; 600 ohms (gain set to maximum)

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3.7

(based on 11 reviews)

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Excellent Preamp

This, in my opinion, is the best preamp you will find for anywhere near this price. I own the Tampa, an FMR RNP and a Focusrite Red 7. The Tampa is quiet,...Read complete review

This, in my opinion, is the best preamp you will find for anywhere near this price. I own the Tampa, an FMR RNP and a Focusrite Red 7. The Tampa is quiet, which is nice. It does color the sound a bit with the "Temporal Harmonic Alignment", but not in a bad way. In fact, the sound is superb, especially when I think about what I paid for the red. If you are recording, use the analog outs. The A/D converter, while no Mytek, is ok but there is no wordclock in to sync it with other gear. That's why it got a 9 for features. In my opinion, they could have skipped the digital outs anyway. The compressor is top notch. It doesn't pump at all when properly set. For recording vocalsor guitar cabs, this, the proper mic, and decent converters are all you need. You can de-ess via software if necessary. I have used this with my AT4033CL and had no noise problems, though many posters have indicated some incompatability with Audio Technica mics. I have also used this with a Lawson L47MP (the old one) and a Studio projects C1 (I had to see what all the fuss was about). It has made every mic sound good. It's all a matter of taste, but ultimately, this product will set a good vocal in the mix that, while it may be colored a bit differently, will sound just as clear as a vocal recorded on a high end UA or Focusrite. This is one of the rare products that I would recommend getting so that you can get some decent A/D and D/A converters with the money you save. The Tampa will give you a pro sound, but that $*** dollar interface you are putting it into sure won't.

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I returned this box

I wanted to like this box, it's really attractive looking in the rack. I used it for almost the entire trial period before returning it. To start with, it was very noisy with...Read complete review

I wanted to like this box, it's really attractive looking in the rack. I used it for almost the entire trial period before returning it. To start with, it was very noisy with my AT4035 mikes; lots of hiss. There is no makeup gain after the compressor, which is a disaster if you're going out the S/PDIF digital outs. Two of the knobs on my unit were crooked and loose. The impedance switch might be useful if you have vintage mikes. The second meter is in a useless point of the signal path. This box in no way sounds tube-like to my ears.

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5.0

Just wonderful

By Anonymous

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I've tried a lot of pres on this price racnge and this is by far the best. The compressor is perfect and the pre amps sound wonderful. It has a smooth full-bodied sound. I liked it so much I bought a second.

 
5.0

Awesome Preamp

By Pig Squeal

from Lemont, IL

This is the best preamp I've owned for the money. It is extremely quiet, and the compressor adds just enough functionality during tracking. I run condenser, dynamic and ribbon mics thru this, and they all sound superb. Did I mention that it was quiet?I only wish they made a two channel...guess I'll have to get another.

 
1.0

Disappointing

By MrKnobs

from Austin TX

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Some good features, but the lack of makeup gain after the compressor, and the positioning of the level VU meter in the signal chain are problematic. The digital outputs are placed after the meter and there is no way to monitor or boost their level. It was VERY noisy with my AT4033 mics, though it worked OK with my other mics. If you have vintage mics that may benefit from the variable impedance input, you might like this. Otherwise, there are better preamps for the price.

 
5.0

Great Quality, Great Price

By Urbanaut

from Fullerton, CA

The sound is clean, the compressor is top notch, and the looks are pretty. I have no complaints about this piece of gear. It doesn't have a really special color to give to the sound, it simply does it's job in a pleasing fashion, which is exactly what I want out of it.

 
5.0

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By Anonymous

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This is the best pre/comp next to the Avalon 737. I was totally impressed with all of the features...and at this price who cares about make up gain.The unit is super smooth on vocals as well as a stringed instruments, and it gets the job done without toobs!Vantastic value!

 
3.0

Disappointed w this preamp

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I purchased this unit as to obtain better mic performance for my Roland VS240 CD. Within a few months, the vu meter light for the compressor failed. I am not sure that the compressor still works. The sound is pretty good, but not the ultimate solution - that to get fine mic performance (I use a AT 4050) you need to spend a lot more for a preamp. Sorry, but there is no low cost solution to getting pristine, clear mic recordings.

 
1.0

I returned this box

By MrKnobs

from Austin TX

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I wanted to like this box, it's really attractive looking in the rack. I used it for almost the entire trial period before returning it. To start with, it was very noisy with my AT4035 mikes; lots of hiss. There is no makeup gain after the compressor, which is a disaster if you're going out the S/PDIF digital outs. Two of the knobs on my unit were crooked and loose. The impedance switch might be useful if you have vintage mikes. The second meter is in a useless point of the signal path. This box in no way sounds tube-like to my ears.

 
5.0

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By Pig Squeal

from Lemont, IL

Very nice preamp that provides a lot of gain and little noise. The compressor is awesome. This thing just makes everything sound more alive. Great product for the price!

 
5.0

i was just wowed

By mr. nkobbs

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when i herd this mic pre for the second time i knew it was a keeper. i dont know what i was thinking.its clear and warm. i would put this in the same rack as the big name pre-s.

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1.0

garbage

too thin-sounding on bass

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