The Pro Channel from ART is the latest offering from the world's most popular tube dynamics processing manufacturer. ART engineers have combined the world-renowned Pro MPA, Pro VLA, and Tube EQ into a... Click To Read More About This Product
The Pro Channel from ART is the latest offering from the world's most popular tube dynamics processing manufacturer. ART engineers have combined the world-renowned Pro MPA, Pro VLA, and Tube EQ into a single product - creating the world's best-sounding and most affordable professional recording channel.
The Pro Channel features many new and exciting design enhancements to ART's pro and home studio staples, including the addition of a tube circuit to the compressor module. The Pro Channel allows you to select between ART's award winning optical/tube compressor or the coveted tube circuit (a design made popular by the sound of the old broadcast limiters - now costing thousands of dollars). The tube circuit is fast, fat and a bit aggressive, and is guaranteed to become a legend among compressors as has the Pro VLA. The four-band parametric equalizer has selectable Q for the two sweepable mid-bands. As with all design elements of the Pro Channel, these Q options were fine-tuned by some of the industry's top studio and live-sound engineers. Likewise, all new additions were made without compromise to the sound of the original designs (Pro MPA, Pro VLA, Tube EQ), which have become standards in professional studios and FOH rigs around the globe.
Professional Tube-Based Microphone/Line Recording Channel
Three independent World-Class modules: tube mic pre, switchable optical/tube compressor, and tube EQ
Warm, Smooth, and Silky Sound Quality
Precision Detented Potentiometers
Selectable VU Metering (mic pre out, compressor out, or Main Out)
Tube Character and Gain Reduction LED Arrays
Balanced XLR and Unbalanced 1/4" Inputs and Outputs
Insert Points Between Preamp and Compressor, and Compressor and EQ
Three Hand-Selected Vacuum Tubes
Professional Signal Processing For use with any Analog or Digital Recording Format
Exceptional Processing Channel For Any Line or Instrument Level Signal
Attack Time: Fast: 2ms (optical), 0.5ms (tube); Slow: 15ms (for 20dB of comp)
Boost and Cut/Frequency Band: ±12dB (wide), ±20dB (narrow)
Compression Ratio: Variable: 2:1 to >10:1
Dimensions: 6.5"D x 19"W x 3.50"H
Dynamic Range: >100dB (20-20KHz)
EQ Frequency Bands: Low Shelf: 40Hz/120Hz (selectable) Low-Mid: 20Hz to 200Hz/200Hz to 2KHz (sweepable) Low-Mid Q: Wide/Narrow (selectable) High-Mid: 200Hz to 2KHz/2KHz to 20KHz (sweepable) High-Mid Q: Wide/Narrow (selectable) High Shelf: 6KHz/18KHz (selectable)
Equivalent Input Noise: -130dBu (XLR to XLR, 'A' weighted)
Frequency Response: 10Hz to 20KHz (± .5dB)
Input Impedance: 1.67k ohms (XLR), 1M ohm (1/4")
Input/Output Connections: XLR (balanced) & 1/4" (unbalanced)
Insert Connections: 1/4" (unbalanced)
Low-Cut Filter: -3dB@10Hz to 250Hz (Variable)
Maximum Compression: 30 dB (optical), 23dB (tube)
Maximum Gain: 65dB (1/4" to 1/4")
Maximum Gain XLR to XLR: 83dB (XLR to XLR)
Maximum Input Level: +15dBu (XLR), +21dBu (1/4")
Maximum Output Level: +27dBu (XLR), +22dBu (1/4")
Output Impedance: 600 ohms (XLR), 300 ohms (1/4")
Phantom Power: +48v DC (switchable)
Power Requirements: 100-125 VAC, 30W (Export units configured for country of destination)
Release Time: Fast: 300ms, Auto: 100ms-3sec
Total Harmonic Distortion: <0.1% (typical)
Tubes: Three Hand-Selected
Weight: 12.0 lbs
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Most digital recording interfaces give you two (or more) channels of the exact same preamp to do all of your recording (some better than others). This channel strip (pre/comp/eq) is a great first step toward achieving other flavors in your recordings. It�ۡ���s a strong contender for direct bass, voice-overs, and many vocal applications. I�ۡ���ve had good luck recording electric guitar directly out of a POD followed by the ART Pro Channel, lending a more authentic �ۡ��̏amped�ۡ�ݕ�_ sound to the track. The compressor works in two modes that can add personality to your tracks. If you�ۡ���re new to digital recording, you might be wondering �ۡ��̏why not just use a plug-in as a compressor after the track is recorded?�ۡ�ݕ�_ Have you ever had the experience where you�ۡ���ve checked levels before starting to record a track, only to have the vocalist (or player) get a bit more excited during the take, and clip your converters? That�ۡ���s why hardware compression (or limiting) ahead of you�ۡ���re A/Ds is a great way to insure you don�ۡ���t mess up capturing a great performance. The tube character of the preamp, along with the compression and eq offered by this unit can also add personality your tracks and is a great way to explore the various sonic colors that gain-staging can impart to your recordings. You can range from a fairly clean high-gain effect to really nasty depending on how you dial in your sounds. If you chose this unit, be prepared to spend some time experimenting with the various settings to understand the range of sounds you can achieve. I try to avoid the much-over-used term �ۡ��̏warmth�ۡ�ݕ�_ when describing sounds. Let�ۡ���s just say that by using various gain, eq and compression settings on the Pro Channel, you can achieve a wide variety of sonic flavors. Is this the cleanest, most accurate recording channel you�ۡ���ll ever use? Maybe not, but you�ۡ���re probably coming close to that already with the existing �ۡ��̏vanilla�ۡ�ݕ�_ channels of your recording interface. If you�ۡ���re looking for a versatile set of tools when �ۡ��̏ultra-clean�ۡ�ݕ�_ just isn�ۡ���t working, this is a pretty way to get started at a reasonable price.
This is a nice strip. Personally, I'd like more control over the compressor and the eq, but for how cheap it is, I can't complain. It's a really good sounding unit, especially with tube upgrades (but for a pre under 500, that's to be expected). DI bass sounds absolutely fantastic, and even distorted guitar sounds great. I love the routing options on the back; it's incredibly flexible.
I just went into a recording studio, and the recording engineer put me through a UA, and other Mic pre's, but none of them were better than this one with "MY" voice. I could have chosen any, but this one made it all come alive. Didn't color my voice, and picked up the clean sweet notes, as well as the raspier throaty tones. I'm gettting one for myself.
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