ART Tube MP

Tube Microphone Preamp

  • Hand selected 12 AX7A tube
  • Phase reverse switch
  • XLR (balanced) and jack (unbalanced) inputs and outputs
  • 48V Phantom power
  • Can also be used as a Tube DI Box
  • Incl. power supply
  • Dimensions: 127 x 139 x 50 mm
  • Weight: 0.68 kg
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  • Guitar
  • Percussion
  • Vocals

Further Information

Channels 1
Number of microphone inputs 1
Instrument input Yes
Tubes Yes
Compressor/Limiter No
Equalizer No
De-Esser No
Phantom power Yes
Phase Reverse Yes
External effect loops No
Analogue Outputs XLR, jack
Digitale Outputs None
Headphone connection No
Level Meter Yes

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It's what's in the specs.
04.02.2017
Perfect work, good volume without distortion.

The tube inside is Chinese, but for microphones it's not the best but it does the job, in my case I did not buy it for working with microphones.

I am going to tell you a secret, I bought to put on my Pedalboard Guitar, I changed the tube for a Tube Amp Doctor RT080 7025 WA sounds smooth top, full gain, medium fat, tight under my Stratocaster looks like it speaks gorgeous natural harmonicas, my ESP EC was charming.
In the signal chain before the distortion sounds crystal clear and does not need to play with the maximum volume of the guitar, at the end of the signal chain the reverberation, echo, modulation, delays sounds 1000% better crystalline sound and times I listened,

But taste is personal, for me it sounds great, and for the price of course why not test.
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Very good tube preamp
Matja?, 03.07.2014
At the time I was buying this preamp (4 years ago), I was looking for simple preamp with a tube. Since then, I was using ART Tube MP in many different settings. I am going to explain few of my common setups.

Preamp for passive pickup instrument:

I own few passive pickup instruments. As they need to have a preamp anyway, using tube preamp gives them a bit warmer sound. In that setting, if you raise output gain with slightly lowering input gain, you get a very nice warm drive effect that I really like (if not used excessively).

Preamp for vocals (used on microphone):

Some vocalists like a worm effect that you get if you use this product with their microphone before receiving the signal to your audio interface/mixing device. I know that it can be done digitally, but you cannot beat the real thing.

Preamp for condenser microphones:

As condenser microphones tend to sound dry, I like to use them in combination with ART Tube, as this gives a nice warmth to output sound. (ART Tube have phantom power option for input devices, so this is indeed possible).

Active DI-box:
You can use ART Tube as an active DI-box.

Pros:
ART Tube is very simple to use. It does its job great and I never had any problems with operating it. I am still using my first amp (4 years) and it is not hard to replace it, after the tube dies. It can power phantom powered mics.
It is also not expensive to afford.

Cons:
The device is not packed with features, and as with all tube devices, you need to always handle it with great care.

Conclusion:
ART Tube is a simple device, and can be used in many situations. I am very satisfied with the product and would recommend it.
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Great little peace of gear - in studio or on location
30.08.2016
Used two of them for few years now - sound is warm and noise is really low, pots are of good quality - no noise when turning knobs. You can see knobs and buttons from far away, so no surprise is possible on high gain!

I liked them the most on Grand Piano with large diaphragm mics, close miking - really rich sound!

For DI box, I used it only once on acoustic guitar with pick up and it was great mixed together with Neumann mic for ambience!

Vocals are rounder and need almost no EQ.

Pros:
A lot of gain, low noise, warm sound, sturdy, small and light, easy to control.

Cons:
Sound is a bit altered, so you cannot use them for every purpose. Power cable disconnects very easily (and usually it's lifting itself from the ground), also XLR doesn't have a lock, so avoid placing it where someone could accidentally pull the cables out.

Great value for low price, especially if you need extra preamps for your sound card on late sunday afternoon recording session!
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Great for bass! Vocals not so much.
02.01.2017
The pre-amp works okay and gives a nice color to the sound like promised.

I'd not recommend it for recording vocals, only if you know a microphone that matches this pre-amp very well.

(I compared this pre-amp's sound to a standard focusrite 2i4)

In my case:
- I LOVE to use it on Bass guitar, it really gives the sound more character, especially with the EH tube I placed in it.

- The AKG 414 is not a great match, sounding or to muddy with the original tube or to harsh with an EH tube.

- The power adapter cable is very fragile I need to put it in a certain position or it doesn't receive power, but it works.


Enjoy!
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