ART Tube MP/C

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Preamp / Compressor / Limiter / Di Box

  • Tube preamp for mic / line signals with up to 80 dB
  • 12AX7a Tube
  • Optical compressor circuit
  • Phase reverse
  • Adjustable release time
  • 48V Switchable phantom power
  • LED Display for tube drive
  • Gain reduction and output volume
  • > 90 dB Dynamic range
  • Mic input XLR
  • Instrument input 6.3 mm jack
  • Transformer balanced XLR output
  • 6.3 mm Unbalanced jack output
  • Dimensions: 44.5 x 150 x 165 mm (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 1.32 kg
available since August 2012
Item number 282084
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Compressor Yes
Gate No
Peak Limiter Yes
2-Channel Unit No
Attack/Release Adjustable No
Channels 1
Number of microphone inputs 1
Active / Passive Active
Instrument input 1
Tubes 1
Compressor/Limiter 1
Phantom power 1
Phase Reverse 1
Analogue Outputs 1x XLR
Digitale Outputs None
Level Meter 1
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72 Customer ratings

52 Reviews

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Enhancement and Clarity
Dave J 01.10.2020
Excellent unit! ~ Very good enhancement of the vocal sound and it brings with it an extra clarity to the sound of the mic signal being fed through it.
For me and my studio use ~ it has turned what was a comparatively weak signal from my VP-03 Boutique Vocoder in to what I had always hoped this Vocoder would sound like!
Really brought it to life and up front in the mix above the synth sounds that I use with the Vocoder.
I'm using a Shure SM10-A headset mic that I also bought from Thomann ~ so, with the ART Tube MP/C this is now a fully functioning Vocoder system.
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Great value entry level preamp
Mark2784 15.08.2015
Great value for money, but at the price level it has to be admitted it is an entry level preamp ... a very good one though and I've enjoyed using this little preamp a lot. I was pleased with how good it worked on cleaner settings with a microphone. It is able to produce a good variety of very musical sounds.

It allows you to get some good variations in sounds and tonal character from it's extra controls in the opto compressor / limiter.

The way it combines a hybrid 12AX7 (ECC83) valve preamp section with the company's 'Vactrol' optical compressor seems to works in it's favour for that variety of good tones - clean and valve "coloured".

The optical compressor has only limited controls but does it's job well with those options that it does have.

Metering for the Gain Reduction, Tube Drive, and also Output Level help to get the signal right when it comes out of the unit. Not a pretty sound when the MP/C itself overloads so it is best not to let the input signal stray too high.
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Versatile tool with loads of gain.
StephenG 01.09.2013
Fabulous little thing. If you've got a ribbon mic that needs 60dB of gain, or if your recording input signals are a bit weak, put one of these in the input chain. Can take instrument level input to be instead of a DI box, and also provides phantom power for condenser mics.

Small enough and tough enough go in a laptop bag, and to set up on a desk or table next to a laptop.

Can be used straight and clear, or wound up until it colours or distorts. Clear manual, easy to use controls. I use it even in preference to a channel strip a lot of the time.
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Excellent clarity when using dyanmic microphones close up
BenNotBen 25.02.2022
The compressor lacks some of the features you may have come to be used to, but honestly that is of little concern in my application. I simply set it up and left it. It delivers perfectly on the use case I have, which is simply to increase the gain of a popular streaming microphone that audio interfaces often struggle with. In this regard it is fantastic, delivering tons of clean gain, with a lovely warm character, smoothing out the vocals and making them feel more clear and present, mitigating somewhat the proximity effect of dynamic microphones while still leaving the resulting audio sounding rich and full of character. It isn't a totally invisible compression, it does colour the audio, but in a way that's very pleasing and makes your vocals sounds nicely processed. No one in Zoom or Teams complains about my audio quality. If you need a simple, but high quality gain boost between your mic and audio interface that can be set up once and left to get on with it's job, this is hard to beat at the price. Solid, all metal construction, convincingly clicky dials, nice bright LED's, it feels very high quality and built to last.
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