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Art Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp  

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The original Tube MP made pro-caliber tube preamping available to ordinary musicians and home studios. The MP Studio goes a step further by adding a VU meter for better level control and ART's OPL (Ou... Read More

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The original Tube MP made pro-caliber tube preamping available to ordinary musicians and home studios. The MP Studio goes a step further by adding a VU meter for better level control and ART's OPL (Output Protection Limiter), which controls and maintains the output peak signal to protect hard-disk recording systems and soundcards. The VU meter reflects the impact of the OPL circuitry when it is activated, which allows more effective fine tuning of the audio signal. It is a valuable tool for recording in project and home studios and can also function as a DI box with impedance matching and preamplification for line-level sources. Includes a 3-year warranty.

Features
  • Provides Superior Preamplification for: Microphones, Instruments and Line Level Sources
  • Analog VU Meter
  • OPL Output Protection Limiter
  • Hand-Selected 12AX7A Vacuum Tube
  • Variable Input and Output Gain Controls
  • Provides over 70 dB of Gain
  • +48 Phantom Power Switch
  • Phase Reversal Switch
  • XLR and 1/4" Inputs and Outputs
  • Portable, All-Steel Construction
  • Excellent as Tube DI
  • Built-in Brickwall Limiting
Specifications
  • Input Connections: XLR (balanced), ¼"TS (unbal)
    Output Connections: XLR (balanced), ¼"TS (unbal)
    Input Impedance XLR: ¼" 2K ohms, 840k ohms
    Output Impedance XLR: ¼" 600 ohms, 300ohms
    Maximum Input Level: XLR +14dBu
    Maximum Input Level, ¼" +22dBu
    Maximum Output Level: XLR +28dBu
    Maximum Output Level: " +22dBu
    CMRR >75dB (typical @ 1kHz)
    Frequency Response: 10Hz to 30kHz, ±5dB
    Dynamic Range: >100dB (20-20kHz) typical
    Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): <0.1% (typical)
    Maximum Gain:
    XLR to XLR 60dB (typical)
    ¼" to ¼" 44dB (typical)
    XLR to ¼" 54dB (typical)
    ¼" to XLR 50dB (typical)
    Equivalent Input Noise (EIN):
    XLR to XLR -129dBu (A weighted)
    ¼" to ¼" -105dBu (A weighted)
    Dimensions 5.0"H x 5.5" W x 2.0"H
    Weight 1.5 lbs.
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
In general - one year warranty for equalizers, power conditioners, and personal processors.
3 year warranty for TPS, DPS, and studios.
5 year warranty for pro gear.
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ArtTube MP Studio Mic Preamp
 
4.0

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (3)
  • Good audio (3)
  • Good power output (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Home studio (3)
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    • Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

You won't go wrong on this $40 investment...just change the tube.

I bought this when I was looking for a Tube DI for my bass effects chain, to use when I'm playing a small venue where I go from my bass-effects-DI-board, as my combo/practice...Read complete review

I bought this when I was looking for a Tube DI for my bass effects chain, to use when I'm playing a small venue where I go from my bass-effects-DI-board, as my combo/practice amp doesn't have a balanced XLR out, and if I brought just one of my cab's (1- 4X10 Ampeg, & 1- 1X15 Ampeg) with my rack head (SWR SM-500), it would bleed through the drum mics, (Tried it) and running the head with no cabs into the board, even with SWR's tube-pre, really seems to mess with the head's day. Our PA monitors punch my bass back at me without distorting, even on the low B, and we have powered subs with crossovers to split the high register off to the mains. SOLID sound, but a bit to "mechanical" or tin-bright...no tube stank on it. Thought I'd give this a try as it says makes a great tube DI. First time I plugged it in, I cranked her up & let her get nice and burnt in before I started playing through it. Dialed down the knobs to blend with everyone else for sound check with the board tech, it didn't sound like an OLD Ampeg tube-pre/tube-power SVT head, but it took the face peeling bite off my bass and gave it a slightly warmer, softer smack in the face. We tried different configurations and settings, worked well in some, some not so much. I did notice the tube didn't really have the clarity, after a set, that it did when it wasn't being "worked". So, I dug into "Cannibal" (the bag I keep all spare parts, and parts I've cannibalized from gear over the years) and found 3 12AX7 tubes, one used, 2 new. Tried the Stovek, ehh, put in the new Groove Tubes, much better, but a little thuddy on the low end, finally JJ Gold Pin. BINGO!!! Nice even rounded tone. Each application is different, the Stovek might be rockin for what you're doing, just didn't ring my bell, I play only passive basses as I go through a 10 band EQ and tube-pre driver pedal, if you use onboard preamp, roll off the low boost and the Groove Tube might be your thing. Anyway, took their tube and put it in the JJ box and marked what it was in case of tube breakdown mid show (has happened in my Messa and SWR heads, neither of them cost $40.00...), and away we went. From the first night we used that set-up, I started getting compliments on how it cut through, but was more "rounded", not as sharp and piercing. Play everything from Collective Soul to Dave Matthews, P-Funk to James Taylor, Stevie to originals. Durability, I can't speak on, as I haven't had it long, but a quick, simple, cheap way to enhance your sound for the better? You won't go wrong.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It's A Preamp

This is a preamp. What more can you say? It does what it says it's going to do. It's a bit noisy, the sound is ok, and the rest is pretty straight...Read complete review

This is a preamp. What more can you say? It does what it says it's going to do. It's a bit noisy, the sound is ok, and the rest is pretty straight forward. For what you pay, it's a good value. It doesn't sound like a $300-500 preamp, so just understand that this is an entry level type of unit. If this is your first preamp for recording, then you should be happy.

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1.0

Don't even think of buying this!!!!!!!!

By Neeshmo

from Sterling, VA

About Me Experienced

Pros

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily
    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

      Comments about Art Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

      So yeah right out of the box this piece of junk did not work. All it could do was power on. No sensing of a signal from INPUT whatsoever, whether it be a line or instrument in. So yeah. It is only good for being a paperweight, or something to put in the fishtank for fish to swim around.

       
      4.0

      Like what I have so far

      By DJ

      from Columbia

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Art Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

        So far it sounds good. I plug my vocal mic directly into it then my at2020 mic goes into a dbx 266 compressor then into my interface.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        A nice color box for the price!

        By DMG

        from Cincinnati, OH

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Starve plate design

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Art Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

        Some would say I'm insane for running this preamp thru an Apogee Duet 2, but I need to add a little grit to my signal chain. I was running an AT4040 into the Duet 2 and the results were ultra prestine and lifeless, so Iadded the ART Tube MP Studio into the mix and it worked out great! It added just a touch of distortion/warmth to the signal and gave me the vibe I was looking for. I did change out the factory tube for a Tung Sol. I believe this increased the overall gain a bit. I'm happy with the results and I didn't break the bank! Ignore the gear snobs and try it for yourself.

         
        5.0

        What the doctor ordered.

        By InvaderGUI

        from Colorado Springs, CO

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Powerful
        • Professional Functions
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Bass Guitar Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Art Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

          I was looking for something to help my bass recordings come to life. I am recording direct in to my audio interface. I am not able to record a miked cab in my apartment. Well like always when going straight into the mixer the bass sound is muddy and week. I research and came to the conclusion that a pre-amp would take care of my problem. So I did a search and found the ART MP Studio. I read the reviews and specifically noticed bass players using it with good results. Like always, I checked my local Guitar Center to see if they carried them before ordering online from somewhere else. I have not had any noise problems that I read in the reviews. I am thinking of buying a tube for it to get even more out of it. Like any piece of equipment it needs to be adjusted to the situation it will be used for. Well I have played with every button and adjusted both knobs. Beside just getting a good clean and powerful sound without clipping, I have found that I play just clean through with this pre. I plug straight in from my bass to the pre and out from the XLR to my audio interface. The sound is amazing. The Guitar Center sales rep was very patient and helpful with me. I asked a bunch of questions and he got busy on looking up specifics about my audio interface, that Guitar Center does not even sell. He did briefly try to sell me a new audio interface until I explained in more detail of what my problem was with my setup. I am the type of person that has already made up my mind and commit to whatever I want to purchase. I will do a last minute comparison, but ultimately am fully committed to what ever I decide to buy. I ask a few questions sometime to the sale reps but they usually only confirm what I had already done the research on and came to the same conclusion.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent product

          By The Lion

          from Miami, Flordia

          Pros

          • price
          • Quality build
          • Sounds Great
          • Warmth

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Art Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

              Picked up this pre to amplify (phantom power) a condenser mic. I have it connected to a Native Instruments Audio 8 interface, running into Ableton and I am more than pleased with the results. Keep in mind when setting this little guy up that you need to balance your levels and set up your latency/buffering to get the sound just right. It's all about balance right?! Enjoy!

               
              5.0

              Great pre-amp

              By Ibrahim

              from Tigard

              Site Member

              Comments about Art Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

              This is a wonderful little pre-amp. Very nice warm tone. A reasonable range of adjustments to fit your style and taste. Via tweaks of the dials and switches. You can't go wrong with this unit.

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              You won't go wrong on this $40 investment...just change the tube.

              By Diana

              from Evansville Indiana

              Comments about Art Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

              I bought this when I was looking for a Tube DI for my bass effects chain, to use when I'm playing a small venue where I go from my bass-effects-DI-board, as my combo/practice amp doesn't have a balanced XLR out, and if I brought just one of my cab's (1- 4X10 Ampeg, & 1- 1X15 Ampeg) with my rack head (SWR SM-500), it would bleed through the drum mics, (Tried it) and running the head with no cabs into the board, even with SWR's tube-pre, really seems to mess with the head's day. Our PA monitors punch my bass back at me without distorting, even on the low B, and we have powered subs with crossovers to split the high register off to the mains. SOLID sound, but a bit to "mechanical" or tin-bright...no tube stank on it. Thought I'd give this a try as it says makes a great tube DI. First time I plugged it in, I cranked her up & let her get nice and burnt in before I started playing through it. Dialed down the knobs to blend with everyone else for sound check with the board tech, it didn't sound like an OLD Ampeg tube-pre/tube-power SVT head, but it took the face peeling bite off my bass and gave it a slightly warmer, softer smack in the face. We tried different configurations and settings, worked well in some, some not so much. I did notice the tube didn't really have the clarity, after a set, that it did when it wasn't being "worked". So, I dug into "Cannibal" (the bag I keep all spare parts, and parts I've cannibalized from gear over the years) and found 3 12AX7 tubes, one used, 2 new. Tried the Stovek, ehh, put in the new Groove Tubes, much better, but a little thuddy on the low end, finally JJ Gold Pin. BINGO!!! Nice even rounded tone. Each application is different, the Stovek might be rockin for what you're doing, just didn't ring my bell, I play only passive basses as I go through a 10 band EQ and tube-pre driver pedal, if you use onboard preamp, roll off the low boost and the Groove Tube might be your thing. Anyway, took their tube and put it in the JJ box and marked what it was in case of tube breakdown mid show (has happened in my Messa and SWR heads, neither of them cost $40.00...), and away we went. From the first night we used that set-up, I started getting compliments on how it cut through, but was more "rounded", not as sharp and piercing. Play everything from Collective Soul to Dave Matthews, P-Funk to James Taylor, Stevie to originals. Durability, I can't speak on, as I haven't had it long, but a quick, simple, cheap way to enhance your sound for the better? You won't go wrong.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              It's A Preamp

              By Joseph

              from Nashville, TN

              Comments about Art Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

              This is a preamp. What more can you say? It does what it says it's going to do. It's a bit noisy, the sound is ok, and the rest is pretty straight forward. For what you pay, it's a good value. It doesn't sound like a $300-500 preamp, so just understand that this is an entry level type of unit. If this is your first preamp for recording, then you should be happy.

               
              4.0

              Nice sounds

              By John

              from Missouri

              Comments about Art Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

              The tube pre is over all a nice preamp however... I have owned several of these ranging from very good to poppy hissy hummmmm and overall poor... I think I would blame the power supply as it is a wall wart... also the tubes are cheap Chinese tubes.... The 12ax7 is a triode but this preamp only uses one of the "sections"... You also can use this amp as a DI but I would only recommend it as a mic pre... The Usb dual tube pre is a much better preamp... but for the price this will supply a little boost phantom power or brick wall limiting... I have also used these as headphone amps buy two and add some adaptors.. but I can not recommend it as such as the load on the amp isn't within the designed specs... I recently bought two more to use as a headphone preamp... I have also tried to use them as a compressor but by lowering the output and raising the input to squash the signal but the ratio can't be played with only the volume at which the "brick wall" engages... You could buy some JJ's or telefunken tubes but the Chinese tubes seem to have less space between "cathode and plate" and seem to work ok... I my self would grab a couple JJ's they seem to be the best tubes as a reasonable price range right now... Dirt??? maybe not unless you drive it with some other source such as another preamp.. then push it into a brick wall... the distortion is not all the harmonically rich and isn't what it is designed for...

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great for the Price

              By Richard Egnot

              from Materials Park, Ohio

              Comments about Art Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

              Yes, it's a little noisy, especially when you kick on the gain boost, which is a must for low-output mics and/or DIs. However, bear in mind the massive amount of noise and hiss you can hear on all of the tube/tape recorded hits of the 70's and earlier. This isn't that bad whatsoever, and i'd assume that no one who picks one of these up is going to be using it for million-dollar sessions. The phase inverter will come in handy for multi-mic situations, but it will also give you some funky-sounding effects on vocals if you use it with a solo mic. The built-in phantom power is a MAJOR plus, especially since i've been considering picking up a standalone +48 unit for about a year. I replaced the brandless Chinese tube with a Russian Electro-Harmonix, because Russia. This unit sounded incredible with one SM57, an acoustic guitar and vocals, as well as a small hall reverb from the console I was using. It sounded like it was ready to go on an album.

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