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Art Tube MP Professional Mic Preamp/Processor  

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This 12AX7-based mic preamp provides high-quality sound, smooth response, and 70dB of gain while maintaining a low noise floor suitable for digital. Features 1/4" balanced and XLR balanced inputs, 1/4... Click To Read More About This Product

Available 02-13-2017 You will not be charged until order ships. Email me when this is in stock.

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This 12AX7-based mic preamp provides high-quality sound, smooth response, and 70dB of gain while maintaining a low noise floor suitable for digital. Features 1/4" balanced and XLR balanced inputs, 1/4" TRS and XLR balanced outputs, input and output level controls, a phantom power switch, "soft" power up and down, and more.

Features
  • 12AX7 tube-based mic preamp for quality sound
  • 70dB of gain while maintaining a low noise floor suitable for digital
  • 1/4" balanced and XLR balanced inputs
  • 1/4" TRS and XLR balanced outputs, input and output level controls
  • Phantom power switch
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MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
In general - one year warranty for equalizers, power conditioners, and personal processors.
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ArtTube MP Professional Mic Preamp/Processor
 
4.0

(based on 36 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Dream Come True !

Got my Art Tube MP preamp and immediately plugged in my Casio keyboard . I tried recording my keyboard direct before, and it was a noisy nightmare ! With the ART Preamp plugged in,...Read complete review

Got my Art Tube MP preamp and immediately plugged in my Casio keyboard . I tried recording my keyboard direct before, and it was a noisy nightmare ! With the ART Preamp plugged in, it was loud and clear and chunky and not at all noisy ! I got the ART preamp mainly to power up my newly bought Samson CO3 Mic, but was extremely pleased with it's ability to make anything sound great ! My Boss DR670 drum machine sounded pretty good on it's own plugged direct into my computer for recording, but with my ART Tube PreAmp it is boosted into a warm sonic realm that sounds, to my ears, more professional and musically alive !

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Cheap Pice=Cheap Quality in this case

I usually have pretty good luck with buying hardware. I read reviews before I buy anything. In this case of the ART tube MP, I was misinformed. I saw some great reviews on...Read complete review

I usually have pretty good luck with buying hardware. I read reviews before I buy anything. In this case of the ART tube MP, I was misinformed. I saw some great reviews on here about this product, then I saw the price and thought that with such great reviews and cheap price that I should just buy one because I know I'll use it sometime. Well, I got it, went to plug in a bass to the 1/4 inch jack, and the nuts on the sockets were loose. Not a good sign, but no problem I'll just get a wrench and tighten them up. It's a no go, the nuts are just stripped and keep turning. I can't even tighten the sockets up. Whenever I have a cord in this thing I can just move it up and down and feel the whole board moving inside of the MP. The xlr sockets are of course connected to this same board inside so those move to. I'm sure after awhile those loose sockets will start adding static noise to the sound so... I feel like I got screwed. As for the sound of this thing, I can't comment. After this situation I just got pissed and put it away. While the sound may or not be good, the quality of this product is not good. I hope you have better luck.

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(11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tight, Clean, and Punchy

By TV

from NY

Comments about Art Tube MP Professional Mic Preamp/Processor:

I don't use this conventionally anymore. I bought this a few years ago to use on my vocals, but I have since gone to rack mount units. I had this laying around and a Bass player who nsisted on recording with inferior equipemt was driving me crazy. I grabbed this Mic Pre and placed it in the path of his amps DI, and Wallah!!! What A tight bass sound I was able to pull from his rig. I have used it on Bass amps every since. Sometimes micing the cabinet, and somtimes coming out of the DI!!! I love the control it gives me going into the recorder, and the bass is tight, clean, and punchy!!!

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

ART Tube PreAmp

By daveyg

from Atlanta, GA

Comments about Art Tube MP Professional Mic Preamp/Processor:

I haven't used a lot of pre-amps, but this thing has been a reliable workhorse for everything I've needed it to do for several years now...from mic's to acoustic guitar & bass pre-amp'ing, it's never failed. Simple to use hooks up to most anything you might need it to. For this price, I'd get another one for the road & leave one in the studio...

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

ART Tube PreAmp

By daveyg

from Atlanta, GA

Comments about Art Tube MP Professional Mic Preamp/Processor:

I haven't used a lot of pre-amps, but this thing has been a reliable workhorse for everything I've needed it to do for several years now...from mic's to acoustic guitar & bass pre-amp'ing, it's never failed. For this price, I'd get another one for the road & leave one in the studio...

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I was quite supprised.....

By #NAME?

from Tulsa, OK

Comments about Art Tube MP Professional Mic Preamp/Processor:

I bought this to help with a weak signal from an old amp. I was quite suprised and how much warmth and gain I was able to get from this little tube preamp. After this I had a chance to us it as a DI for an old reel to reel to bring some old recordings back to life. It is not a top of the line tube preamp.. but for the price I'd call it a good by on a budget.

(6 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Worst piece of...

By Robert MurderFace MurderFace MurderFace

from AZ

Comments about Art Tube MP Professional Mic Preamp/Processor:

Crap ever. First, ART is notorious for having horrible stock tubes. Wasn't expecting much in that department so I bought a JJ 12AX7 and some Tung Sol 12AU7's. I opened it up to find everything had been soldered crooked. Horrible job. I used the Tung Sol's a couple of times and it sounded alright. Added a bit of warmth. But nothing great.Never even got the chance to use the JJ because the thing broke down on me after like the 7th use. Just save up a couple more bucks and get an Electro Harmonix 12AY7 pre.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Multi purpose Pre amp

By Benoni

from Boonville, Missouri

Comments about Art Tube MP Professional Mic Preamp/Processor:

Small enough to take with you, and sounds good enough for studio use. You can use it with anything. Your guitar not have enough gain? Plug it into this and its like changing from Passive to Active Pickups! Works great for Vocals with a nice warm, natural sound. Plug anything into it, keyboards, bass, mics, ect... Has one 1/4" Input one XLR input, one 1/4" output and one XLR output

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good first preamp, good price

By pushit

from Chicago, IL

Comments about Art Tube MP Professional Mic Preamp/Processor:

Really now, what are you expecting for the price? Of course you're not going to get point-to-point wired, class A tube preamp construction. Yes, the distortion on it is decidedly solid-state. You're buying a little metal box for this much. Honestly though, this unit can really bring a lot of character to your vocals, especially if you're recording onto a computer. I record into a presonus firepod, and I use it for two things. 1) vocals. They really can breath a lot of life into a low-end mic. I have an MXL 990 that sounds fantastic when the ART preamp is in the chain. 2) guitar. Especially with the presonus, the preamps don't really have enough juice for a 1/4" instrument input, and the ART does a really nice job of boosting it and giving just a little bit of breakup when your push it. If you try to max it out to get guitar distortion, then you're going to hear that it's primarily a solid state preamp with a touch of tube flavor, but what's so bad about that?

(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

THIS THING BUGGED OUT!

By Blakester695

from texas

Comments about Art Tube MP Professional Mic Preamp/Processor:

After my second use... smoke started coming from the unit! something shorted out. Plus you cant use it on a rack.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Tool

By Alanc456

from Tuscaloosa, AL

Comments about Art Tube MP Professional Mic Preamp/Processor:

This thing is a great tool for anybody doing home recording. I basically use it as a preamp now for all of my recording, on any instrument, except drums, I use a mixer. This little preamp does wonders on bass guitar!! I have a cheap little squier bass and it really improves the sound of it by leaps and bounds. I can't say enough about this little guy. The great thing about the input and output volume controls is that if you plug up something that generally gets alot of hiss when you turn up the volume. Well you can essentially eliminate that by turning the input up and keeping the output level low and voila your recordings will already be rid of that annoying hiss! But to sum up my review this is a great product at a great price.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for Ribbon Microphones

By Surfonica

from San Diego, CA

Comments about Art Tube MP Professional Mic Preamp/Processor:

I built the Ribbon Mic and the ART Tube MP has plenty of gain and sounds just fine. Not the best mic pre around, but totally adequate for projects. Plenty of input/output options, phase reversal switch, and 20dB pad make this product a great investment. I've been using mine for more than 10 years, and it's still running strong.

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