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ART Pro Channel Tube Mic Preamp

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Combines the Pro MPA, Pro VLA, and Tube EQ into a single product.

The Pro Channel from ART is the latest offering from the world's most popular tube dynamics processing manufacturer. ART engineers have combined the world-renowned Pro MPA, Pro VLA, and Tube EQ into a single product - creating the world's best-sounding and most affordable professional recording channel.

The Pro Channel features many new and exciting design enhancements to ART's pro and home studio staples, including the addition of a tube circuit to the compressor module. The Pro Channel allows you to select between ART's award winning optical/tube compressor or the coveted tube circuit (a design made popular by the sound of the old broadcast limiters - now costing thousands of dollars). The tube circuit is fast, fat and a bit aggressive, and is guaranteed to become a legend among compressors as has the Pro VLA. The four-band parametric equalizer has selectable Q for the two sweepable mid-bands. As with all design elements of the Pro Channel, these Q options were fine-tuned by some of the industry's top studio and live-sound engineers. Likewise, all new additions were made without compromise to the sound of the original designs (Pro MPA, Pro VLA, Tube EQ), which have become standards in professional studios and FOH rigs around the globe.

FEATURES
  • Professional Tube-Based Microphone/Line Recording Channel
  • Three independent World-Class modules: tube mic pre, switchable optical/tube compressor, and tube EQ
  • Warm, Smooth, and Silky Sound Quality
  • Precision Detented Potentiometers
  • Selectable VU Metering (mic pre out, compressor out, or Main Out)
  • Tube Character and Gain Reduction LED Arrays
  • Balanced XLR and Unbalanced 1/4" Inputs and Outputs
  • Insert Points Between Preamp and Compressor, and Compressor and EQ
  • Three Hand-Selected Vacuum Tubes
  • Professional Signal Processing For use with any Analog or Digital Recording Format
  • Exceptional Processing Channel For Any Line or Instrument Level Signal
  • Five-Year Warranty
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Attack Time: Fast: 2ms (optical), 0.5ms (tube); Slow: 15ms (for 20dB of comp)
  • Boost and Cut/Frequency Band: ±12dB (wide), ±20dB (narrow)
  • Compression Ratio: Variable: 2:1 to >10:1
  • Dimensions: 6.5"D x 19"W x 3.50"H
  • Dynamic Range: >100dB (20-20KHz)
  • EQ Frequency Bands: Low Shelf: 40Hz/120Hz (selectable) Low-Mid: 20Hz to 200Hz/200Hz to 2KHz (sweepable) Low-Mid Q: Wide/Narrow (selectable) High-Mid: 200Hz to 2KHz/2KHz to 20KHz (sweepable) High-Mid Q: Wide/Narrow (selectable) High Shelf: 6KHz/18KHz (selectable)
  • Equivalent Input Noise: -130dBu (XLR to XLR, 'A' weighted)
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz to 20KHz (± .5dB)
  • Input Impedance: 1.67k ohms (XLR), 1M ohm (1/4")
  • Input/Output Connections: XLR (balanced) & 1/4" (unbalanced)
  • Insert Connections: 1/4" (unbalanced)
  • Low-Cut Filter: -3dB@10Hz to 250Hz (Variable)
  • Maximum Compression: 30 dB (optical), 23dB (tube)
  • Maximum Gain: 65dB (1/4" to 1/4")
  • Maximum Gain XLR to XLR: 83dB (XLR to XLR)
  • Maximum Input Level: +15dBu (XLR), +21dBu (1/4")
  • Maximum Output Level: +27dBu (XLR), +22dBu (1/4")
  • Output Impedance: 600 ohms (XLR), 300 ohms (1/4")
  • Phantom Power: +48v DC (switchable)
  • Power Requirements: 100-125 VAC, 30W (Export units configured for country of destination)
  • Release Time: Fast: 300ms, Auto: 100ms-3sec
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: <0.1% (typical)
    Tubes: Three Hand-Selected
  • Weight: 12.0 lbs
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ARTPro Channel Tube Mic Preamp
 
4.3

(based on 26 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

It has it's Pros and Cons

There is a lot more to this pre than I expected from the price. I work in a studio, and bought the Art Tube Channel for my home studio I do on the...Read complete review

There is a lot more to this pre than I expected from the price. I work in a studio, and bought the Art Tube Channel for my home studio I do on the side. For its low sale price, this thing kills.One thing to be aware of from the get-go is that the "hand selected" tubes are HORRID. Although it voids the warranty, I highly recommend you swap them for electro-harmonix 12AX7EH or an NOS brand of your choice. NOTE: it only uses 1 in the pre-amp section, so if you replace only that one your tone with improve greatly.Also note ? keep the stock compression tube. you need to put audio through that module for approx. 24 hours to break in a new tube (make it squishy). I played the Killers album on repeat :DBesides the crappy tubes, the ART has two major Cons:The circuitry is "eh", not bad, but it doesn't bring the best out of the tubes and it's a tid noisy. It also doesn't have A/D converter, so worse on noise.And there is NO tube in the EQ section! The third tube comes directly after the EQ section to make up for any loss of gain during EQ.But, the EQ settings are wide and overlapping, thus very musical All in all, fantastic buy. KEEP THE MANUAL it is the perfect guide to getting great sounds out of the unit. Definitely a benefit having the compression in the unit, and the manual makes it easy. If you feel you don't need comp or EQ, the EH 12AY7 preamp has much better tone in the same price range. DON'T use this (or other tube pre) live (they feedback horribly) and don't forget to use a De-Esser plugin if you use compression. I also recommend using it's 1/4'' out unless you are making long runs.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Raining sssss

well i bought this preamp with great expectations that i could higher vocals and get a clean sound. the case was i can higher vocals and withstand a higher vocal but with a sss...Read complete review

well i bought this preamp with great expectations that i could higher vocals and get a clean sound. the case was i can higher vocals and withstand a higher vocal but with a sss so my vocals were not coming out as clean as they should have. i tried it all spent hours on adjusting and i just couldn't get my recording line to be as flat as it was when i didn't have a preamp. one thing that i didn't like there no expander gate nor a attack release it may be good for instruments but i dont know reviews say you should change the tubes i believe that a good thing doesnt have to change.. well overall i feel they need to make some touch ups and Art needs to work on the rain too much white noise would not recommend for the same price range a DBX376 is wayyyy better..

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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It has it's Pros and Cons

By NB Records

from Acton, Massachusetts

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Comments about ART Pro Channel Tube Mic Preamp:

There is a lot more to this pre than I expected from the price. I work in a studio, and bought the Art Tube Channel for my home studio I do on the side. For its low sale price, this thing kills.One thing to be aware of from the get-go is that the "hand selected" tubes are HORRID. Although it voids the warranty, I highly recommend you swap them for electro-harmonix 12AX7EH or an NOS brand of your choice. NOTE: it only uses 1 in the pre-amp section, so if you replace only that one your tone with improve greatly.Also note ? keep the stock compression tube. you need to put audio through that module for approx. 24 hours to break in a new tube (make it squishy). I played the Killers album on repeat :DBesides the crappy tubes, the ART has two major Cons:The circuitry is "eh", not bad, but it doesn't bring the best out of the tubes and it's a tid noisy. It also doesn't have A/D converter, so worse on noise.And there is NO tube in the EQ section! The third tube comes directly after the EQ section to make up for any loss of gain during EQ.But, the EQ settings are wide and overlapping, thus very musical All in all, fantastic buy. KEEP THE MANUAL it is the perfect guide to getting great sounds out of the unit. Definitely a benefit having the compression in the unit, and the manual makes it easy. If you feel you don't need comp or EQ, the EH 12AY7 preamp has much better tone in the same price range. DON'T use this (or other tube pre) live (they feedback horribly) and don't forget to use a De-Esser plugin if you use compression. I also recommend using it's 1/4'' out unless you are making long runs.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazingly Affordable Quality Preamp

By Surrealdrummer_10

from WA

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Comments about ART Pro Channel Tube Mic Preamp:

just picked up my second this week. i love the sound of this preamp. it really warms up vocals, synths, bass, mic guitar cabinets, and whatever else you run through it. i use it on everything except my drums. the gain goes from crystal clear to nice and gritty and the input gain led's really help you find the sweet spot. the compressor is great also, nice and transparent, but extremely functional. i prefer the tube over the optical. the eq is pretty good too, and the added 10x and narrow/wide Q buttons really help to dial in the exact eq curve you need. only changes i would make would be to add variable attack and release knobs to fine tune the compressor, and a ratio lower the 2:1. maybe as low as 1.3:1 cause i would love to use a pair for mastering but i find 2:1 a little much for mastering compression. all in all, i would buy both again and again and i recommend them all the time. great product!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Classic tube pre

By Matshingdo

from Ontario, Canada

Comments about ART Pro Channel Tube Mic Preamp:

Very little noise, best compressor I've ever heard, Classic tube warmth, best all-around multipurpose pre I own.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Affordable Quality

By Chris-9MhfP

from Reno NV

Comments about ART Pro Channel Tube Mic Preamp:

Sure glad I didn't spend $1500 to $2500 on a mic preamp. I almost did.My home studio involves direct recording, so much of what I buy is to warm up and fatten digital sound. I'm really happy with the Art Pro Channel. Better than I thought with vocals. I think this is the perfect mic preamp for hobbyists... which I am. That said I've never heard the sounds of the Universal Audio 610 or Avalon 747, but it sure as hell improve my vocals. Sounds practically pro to me. Haven't tried it on Bass or the Strat yet.Thanks Art.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

awesome unit

By Spiff

from Western US

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Comments about ART Pro Channel Tube Mic Preamp:

This unit has everything you need for a pro quality tube recording channel. It also works well for live applications for vocals. The compressor is very smooth and the gain it can push is insane. For a heavily driven guitar its wonderful. The EQ is subtle and tight. Just what you want. The tube compression and optical offer a huge array of pretty much anything you want. I will have to say that I would strongly recommend pulling the tubes out and replacing them with quality 12AX7's. The ones it has a cheap chinese ones and the sound improves so much when you change them. Get this unit then order up some tubes from Musicians Friend and you are golden. Art products are very underrated and for anyone who has not tried them, give em a shot. Art does not disappoint.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Art Pro Channel

By Brian Cousins

from Salt Lake City, UT

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Comments about ART Pro Channel Tube Mic Preamp:

I bought two of these about a year ago. I use them in a home studio for miking acoustic guitars and vocals. I have not gigged with them so I don't know how rugged they are. The sound quality and flexibility of these units are outstanding. I really like having the integrated signal flow in a single chassis. The compression is smooth and natural-sounding, even at very high compression ratios. The pre-amp section has tons of gain for almost any use. I would strongly recommend these for someone looking for a reliable, great-sounding and inexpensive recording channel.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

not so good

By Paul Player 2010

from pNW

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Comments about ART Pro Channel Tube Mic Preamp:

This thing is noisy which really limits its utility. I wouldn't buy another.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Bang for your Buck

By CB SOUND

from Valley of the Sun

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Comments about ART Pro Channel Tube Mic Preamp:

I own 2 units and i cannot say anything bad about it. Transparent, silky, warm, tons of gain and certainly the best tube channel strip in it's price range. If you are thinking about something else around the same price, forget it. This will knock the socks off of anything else PERIOD. I use this in the studio from vox to gtr to bass to anything else I need to. I use this when I mix live on lead vox and bass and bypass the console channel altogether(I have 2 units). Or I strap it inline on the stereo buss for beautiful results even on large format consoles and especially on digital consoles. I used the VLA before I bought these and that triggered my purchase decision for the whole TUBE CHANNEL. You will not regret purchasing this unit. In reality you should buy 2 for your stereo trks. Feel free to email me if you have any questions. Thanks

(1 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not the best bang for the buck...

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about ART Pro Channel Tube Mic Preamp:

I purchased this from a local music store last week for my home voice over studio project. The unit appealed to me because it was an inexpensive unit that had a lot of features. When I got the unit home and opened it up, I saw a box that looked poorly assembled and scratched. Upon plugging the unit in and tweaking its knobs, the unit is consistently noisy and the unit simply cannot perform adequate pre-processing tasks well.

 
5.0

great preamp

By Jeremy B.

from Milwaukee, WI

Comments about ART Pro Channel Tube Mic Preamp:

This is a very impressive preamp. For the price, I think this is the best. I have used this for guitar and have gotten amazing sounds out of it. The compression on here is great. It also sounds great for acoustic guitar and vocals. For the price, you can't go wrong!

 
5.0

Best Buy for the Money

By YoMaMa

from CA

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Comments about ART Pro Channel Tube Mic Preamp:

I've had this preamp for over a year now. Very flexible, used it mostly on Vocals and some Bass DI & Mic'd acoustic.. I change the stock tubes to 2 Mullards 12AT7 and Tung-sol 12AX7 couple of months ago and Wow!!!! more life and warm'd sound.. Can't get any Tube Pre this flexible for the price range.. Buy it!!!!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Raining sssss

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about ART Pro Channel Tube Mic Preamp:

well i bought this preamp with great expectations that i could higher vocals and get a clean sound. the case was i can higher vocals and withstand a higher vocal but with a sss so my vocals were not coming out as clean as they should have. i tried it all spent hours on adjusting and i just couldn't get my recording line to be as flat as it was when i didn't have a preamp. one thing that i didn't like there no expander gate nor a attack release it may be good for instruments but i dont know reviews say you should change the tubes i believe that a good thing doesnt have to change.. well overall i feel they need to make some touch ups and Art needs to work on the rain too much white noise would not recommend for the same price range a DBX376 is wayyyy better..

 
5.0

guitar pre

By frankz

from amish land

Comments about ART Pro Channel Tube Mic Preamp:

I've been using this for gigging on my bass rig.... crown 402 and been very happy. I'm starting to play more guitar and dont like hauling the vintage stuff around. I'll tell you it wakes up your tone in front of a bassman or musicman but still looking for the right pedals as I said now using it with crown amp....the vocal channel rocks and gives you more tonal flex that you can imagine.

 
4.0

Rotorbar

By Rotorbar

from Portland, OR

Comments about ART Pro Channel Tube Mic Preamp:

I like the ART Pro Channel. It has great sound, a lot of flexibilty, and my only real regret is that it does not suppress transient "thumps" on its outputs when it is turned off.I bought this unit specifically for use with an electric bass, and I am satisfied. I'm going to address a little more than just this device. I've done a medium amount of mixing/audio stuff through the years (I'm 47, if it matters), but I can not tell you if my ears are inferior, or if the other guys are just blowing smoke. When they talk about audio as if they were wine tasting, I start to wonder. I just listen to the sound and tone of the instruments, the equipment, and the mix, and add or take away here and there in tone and volume. I've learned that the "take-away" part is more important. I do not mean that mixing is simple. There is no limit to the parameters of the quality of sound. Anyway, the combination of newer qualities of this device (I've been out of it for a few years, so think of me as a kind of Rumpelstiltskin) gave me the tone that let me finally quit reminiscing about the days when I had multiple SVT's. There are two qualities that I'll address. The first is "tone", that I attribute to the preamp, and the second is "punch", which to me has to do with power (more later). The ART Pro Channel is set up in three stages: First; input/gain. Second; compression, and then third; EQ. There are unbalanced phone jacks that let you cut in and out of each stage. In effect, if you want, this device is a preamp and/or compressor and/or parametric EQ. You could use these three effects independently, if you have enough patch cords.The input gain stage gave me the warm "almost-overdrive" tone that I was after, and the compressor stage gave me the little bit of squeeze (2dB per dB, at minimum)that I had always wanted, so I wouldn't clip the DI into the mixer, or blow my recently rather modest speaker arrangement. I DI'd out from the "compressor out" jack, so I could use the parametric EQ for the stage speaker, and so that whoever was running sound could EQ bass for the room, as opposed to my own selfish wants/needs. I understand that the manufacturer was trying for the maximum economy vs. flexibilty in the parametric EQ, but I'd have paid for a couple more knobs to have eliminated the "x10" stuff. I always thought of myself as rather smart, but during live events, I find myself regularly mixed up by the x10 switches. I'm probably out of the ordinary, so don't re-engineer the product on my rating. The other issue is "punch", which is not really relevant to preamps, but is relevant if you are comparing preamp/power amp rigs to discrete rigs like SVT's. I don't mean to dwell on SVT's, but I had a lot of them. My definition of "punch" is reserve power, probably to some extent regardless of distortion, at least with tube power amps. If you are going to use such a rig as an ART Pro Channel along with a power amp, consider using Crown's advice that the power amp RMS rating should be at least 4x or more than the RMS rating of the loudspeakers. Given that the program material (even live) hardly ever exceeds 30% of RMS capacity, this seems reasonable.

 
5.0

Nice Tube Warmth & Compressor

By Prone Cobra

from Granada Hills, CA

Comments about ART Pro Channel Tube Mic Preamp:

I recently purchased a group of low cost mic pres and found the Pro Channel to be the best of the bunch. The Tube character in most "tube" mic pres is hardly noticable -- with the Pro Channel it is much more apparent. The compressor is amazing and although both release and attack are controlled only by a simple toggle (attack = slow or fast, release = fast or auto) there remains a good amount of control over the compressor's sound--unlike many cheaper mic pres that offer a single compression level control. The EQ is also very useful and offers a good deal of control over its parameters. Also, with gain, preamp level, and master output controls, you are never left wanting for a hotter signal. However, the frequency response only goes up to 20khz which is a shame. Also, it is only one channel; two channels would probably require the unit to make sacrifices in terms of controls over both the compressor & EQ--but two channels would make this pre great for drum overheads. And as another reviewer indicated, a digital output would be great. ART's Digital MPA would have been a better seller if it had the features of the Pro Channel. ART would do well to match the features and performance of the Pro Channel with the digital output and impedence control of the Digital MPA--that would make for a great pre amp, especially if they kept the cost low. In the end, I was pleasantly surprised with ART's Pro Channel and recommend it--although they should lop off some from the price.

 
5.0

Solid Performance in Multiple Applications

By pacAir

from Vancouver, WA

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Comments about ART Pro Channel Tube Mic Preamp:

I have found the Art Pro Channel to be a well-built tool that has high performance at a down-to-earth price. I have used it as a Bass D.I. for recording as well as for vocals and guitar cabs using Condensor and Ribbon mics.The gain structure of the Pro Channel is such that it has no problems supporting low-output ribbon microphones (turn off that Phantom Power first!). The only thing missing here is the adjustable input loading control as found on Art's new MPA Gold series mic preamps.The selectable Compression types are very handy and there is enough control to accomodate a variety of uses. I have found that by using just the right amount of compression and LPF adjustment, doing voice-over and narration work (or producing Podcasts) using a LDC mic produces some great sounding vocals without even using the built-in EQ. I have found the EQ section quite handy for dialing-in a good tonality when micing a guitar cabinet using a Ribbon mic. As long as you don't create an improper gain structure or push things too hard this product can deliver stellar low-noise performance.The construction internally is thru-hole components on standard Fiberglas PC board material. This is MUCH better than surface mount componentry as far as reliability, repairability and audio performance. I was so impressed by my first one I bought a second one for use as a stereo recording front-end!

 
5.0

Quiet Punch

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about ART Pro Channel Tube Mic Preamp:

Bought a 16 track recorder that had weak preamps, made a lot of hiss as you cranked them up. Bought this and WOW! All the quiet gain I could ever use. Smooth, silky quality. Makes my vocals sound good and I suck at vocals. At least I'm honest. Tried a few adjustments mentioned in the manual and by golly...they worked too. Pulled out "S" noise but kept the highs crisp. Almost bought a Tube Pac but now that I have the extra EQ I'm glad I stretched for the purchase. Lots of headroom in all the areas (pre, compression, EQ) Simple to operate, hookup. Had results in less then 10 minutes. Home recording? Get this!

 
5.0

most versatile preamp channel for the money period

By bobbo-J0kpa

from columbus, oh

Comments about ART Pro Channel Tube Mic Preamp:

This thing works wonders, I primarally use it for tracking my kick drum and snare, and then track overdubs of guitar, bass, and vox. The compressor is by far the best and easiest to use, plus the vari-mu on the kick and snare makes for heavy compression on the fast transient instruments. You can get an awesome vox distortion too for you metal and hardcore music lover too!!! Just buy one or two already.

 
5.0

BASS?!?!

By Owen-AvQCu

from Hagerstown, MD

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Comments about ART Pro Channel Tube Mic Preamp:

When we my band showed up to the studio to cut our newest album I was surprised when one of the studio technicians showed me the amp rack. The main unit was this MIC preamp! I thought that they were joking! BUT sure enough it sounded AMAZING and was very flexible. Gave great compression and very articulate EQ. I would definitly recommend it if you're a bassist looking for a good pre-amp. If you don't mind tweaking for awhile this is better than most BASS pre-amps you'll find out there! Plus the tube does it's job and can really fatten your sound!

 
5.0

Works Like A Champ!

By Joe-MxDpD

from Jacksonville, AR

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Comments about ART Pro Channel Tube Mic Preamp:

I've owned one of these for about 2 years now and I have used it for two things, a recording chanel in my home studio, and as my preamp in my gigging bass rig. It works amazingly well in both of these arenas. The compression is great and the tone is very flexable. The gain levels are very good as well.

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