Behringer MIC200 Vacuum tube preamplifier - preamp-modelling with 16 preamp voicings designed for vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, bass guitars, keyboards, drums, and more. Limiter, -20dB pad, phase-reverse switch and +48V phantom power, gain and output volume controls, balanced 1/4" TRS inputs and outputs and gold plated XLR connectors. Includes power supply.
I bought this preamp for my vocals, bass, guitar and percussion's to record in to my audio interface.
I was looking something between MIC100 and ART Tube MP. I was reading a lot of reviews about those amps and it was very hard to decide.
Finlay I decided for Mic200 for the reasons that Mic100 and Art Tube MP doesn't have the preamp mode which Mic200 have, and another reason for Mic200 was the LED meter that display the output signal level in dB which Art Tube MP have just the LED Clip.
I really love this gear for the price that you can buy in thomann, I think it does the job.
One thing that I have to mention is the shipping from thomann was very correct.
This is a great little preamp which I have used as a bass mic preamp (to boost the level for use with a bass amp) and acoustic guitar preamp (to warm the sound up) in live situations. It has a variety of useful features -input pad, phase reverse, low cut, switchable +48v phantom power, and a selection of pre-voiced settings optimised for different instruments. Input and output is via jack and/or xlr socket. I previously had a similar (apart from the addition of a VU meter) though considerably more expensive model made by a competitor which, disappointingly, after minimal usage (over several years) developed noisy outputs and would have cost more to get someone to even look at it than it was to buy this one new. The quality of the Behringer seems just as good as the more expensive one, it has pretty much identical features and the lack of VU meter makes no difference to functionality (as it has an led meter instead). The only thing to remember is that it comes with a continental mains adapter so will need a plug converter and if you are thinking you probably have a mains adapter that will work with it anyway, you may well not as it requires a 9v 1300ma **AC** supply!
Generally I am impressed with Behringer gear but am unfairly biased against this due to it arriving with a European plug and a clunky adapter instead of a UK plug. The weight of this combination does mean it is verging on unsafe to use in a wall socket as the transformer I weighty, but from an extension cable it can be laid more safely. This was originally bought to ramp up the sound of an electric sitar which it does admirably and removes the brittle sound created by a DI alone. It has more recently been coopted by me to record in semi acoustic guitar as well as use it to as a preamp for another performer on semi acoustic guitar in a school hall. It gave a nice, warm tone overall, independent of the desk and allowed vocals to cut clearly and cleanly above. There are a variety of presets on the unit, as well as input and outputting which allows some creative use. In future I would consider looking at other units of a similar nature, but for the price would probably finding myself returning to this unit if I could be guaranteed a UK socket.
The behringer tube ultragain mic200. I was tempted to buy a tube amp as I had used one years goneby. But I came across this unit on Thomann`s website, and read the details of its functionality, and decided to buy it. The MIC200 did not disappoint me the sound was crisp, so I fiddled with the knobs to check out what varying sounds can be found, I was surprised, ( I wish that the unit came with an instruction manual to speed up my use of the product. ). I am not sure what is warm/limiter zones actually does, but in time will figure it out. This unit appears that it can be used for vocals, guitar, bass, piano, keyboard etc etc. And also use a guitar and mic at the same time. Oh the price of this product was need I say very good value for money at Thomann.
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