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've used the MIC200 in a multitude of settings from warming up vocals and acoustic guitars in the studio to flat our crazy valve distortion on instruments and I'm always happy with the results! Of course the crunch can come off a little 'cheap' if it's pushed too hard with the wrong signal, but learning the ins and outs removes most room for failure.
**Interesting side note** I've always played bass guitar through vintage guitar tube amps, by sake of preference, and after about 600 gigs of wear and tear on a beloved tube amp, I decided to 'step down' (for lack of a better word) to a slightly more inexpensive solidstate amp for the smaller gigs, and I just run the MIC200 at the end of my pedal chain in place of a powertube being in the amp and I love it! I run the gain 2-3 lines from the maximum and leave the amp volume pretty low, just dialing in my stage volume on the Behringer. Soundguys love it too because there's an XLR out you can use parallel to the output going to your amp with a nice, hot, warm signal! Great alternative to hauling your vintage amps to every single show/practice if you're looking to preserve their life a little!
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.
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.
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!
It will give you no improve if you already have a decent sound card. Id doesn't color much if that's what you're looking for from the tube. Other than that, I will keep it to warm a bit the signal when running my guitar into pedals and into amplifier, but wont' use it a lot as a DI or for my audio card, cause compared to more expensive preamp that I have, this is not worth so much. You have what you pay for.
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