ART TPS II

Tube Preamp System

The Tube Preamp System offers a completely new technology, which can be found only in ART microphone preamplifiers - ARTs new V3 (Variable Valve Voicing) Technology.

The ART TPS II mic preamp has continuously variable input impedance and a dynamic range of over 120 dB. The revised V3 presets, as well as instruments and microphone connectors on front and back with an automatic switch can, for example, operate as active DI Box tubes making the TPS even more versatile. The LED meter allows an accurate control of the input level and ARTs improved OPL Limiter protects the devices in the signal chain from unwanted signal peaks.

The ART TPS II Tube Preamp System is a hybrid microphone preamplifier of State-of-the-Art quality. The ART TPS II is a combination of two high-quality, discrete V3 technology preamps. V3 stands for Variable Valve Voicing and offers fantastic presets for each instrument to be recorded, so that all your recordings sound professional. V3 supports you with optimized reference settings, greatly facilitating the beginning of a recording. V3 allows you to select different preamp settings for guitar (electric and acoustic), keyboards, bass, drums, vocals and others. Unique in this class is the ability to control two analog VU meter levels.

Instruments or microphones can be connected to the input jacks on the back or combo jacks on the front.

The mic preamp offers a dynamic range of over 120 dB and accepts signals up to 20 dB. Thanks to the tube stage with their classic warm sound and the specially tailored vocal, guitar, bass and acoustic instrument V3 presets, the ART TPS II can also be perfectly set as a tube DI box. Output Protection Limiter (OPL) prevents overload and limits the signal before distortions can occur.

  • 2 Channel tube microphone preamplifier
  • With hand selected 12AX7A tube
  • Variable input impedance
  • Automatic switching between instrument and mic input
  • Over 120 dB dynamic range
  • LED input meter and 2 analog VU meters
  • Frequency response: 5 Hz - 50 kHz
  • +48 V Phantom power
  • Built-in limiter
  • Phase reverse switch
  • +20 dB Switch
  • Presets for EQ and limiter settings
  • XLR and jack connectors

Further Information

Channels 2
Number of microphone inputs 2
Instrument input No
Tubes Yes
Compressor/Limiter Yes
Equalizer Yes
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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Great character PreAmp
Dr.Stephonik, 05.09.2017
Hi all,
I have been using this pre in my studio for quite a few years now and even though I have far more expensive Pre's I still use the TPS II .
If you are looking for a pristine sound you may not get that but I love to use the OPL limiting to get harmonics and a bit of drive on my top and bottom snare.
I also find it warm and present on acoustic guitars.
The only issue I have had with it is that the lights over the meters dies last year. Other than that it still works a treat and is well worth stepping through presets for interesting sounds.
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A Swiss army knife for home recording
31.12.2014
I must say that for home recording this preamp is excellent as it provides one with so many different settings. It is true however that one should not expect a genuine tube sound or pristine mic preamp sound as it is clear that this is a low budget device. That does not mean that it sounds bad. No. The preamps are decent.
The metering is very clear and the build quality is actually surprisingly good for the price. The unit feels very strudy! The knobs have a nice feel to them and feel expensive. It's also good for line-level sources, like synths to add a bit of different flavor to the sound, some gritt.
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Good for the money
Michael M. 113, 15.05.2013
Good sound quality - the plethora of pre-sets are useful, but I often find myself using the settings for different applications than they're apparent intention - eg, vocal setting for a piano recording. That's always the case I find.
I don't like the mirror set up on each channel - that did take me a while to programme into myself. I also wish it had a balanced jack out for each channel.
But for the money, it adds warmth, or the subtlest drive to vocals and generally a bit of air to direct input recording. Build quality appears good, the pots and displays all feel solid and the unit itself is sturdy. A nice little addition for a home project studio.
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Tube Pre - I love it BUT...
The L.C.A Studio, UK, 18.06.2013
I love everything about this unit, except one thing... the fact that the controls are mirrored! the Left channel is literally opposite to the right - which is so confusing in the heat of a session! the amount of times I have 'matched' the channels settings only to find that I haven't actually, because it's back to front!

however the sound of this unit is awesome - I have read lots on changing the tubes to a more expensive kind - though I have never felt the need as it is great as is!

Perfect for pumping final mixes through too!

I am very pleased with the built in limiter too - you really can squash the life out of things if you want to.
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