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Behringer MIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp

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This Behringer MIC200 vacuum tube preamp with modeling technology and an integrated limiter quickly optimizes your recordings with 16 voicings for vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, keyboard... Click To Read More About This Product

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This Behringer MIC200 vacuum tube preamp with modeling technology and an integrated limiter quickly optimizes your recordings with 16 voicings for vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, keyboards, drums, and more. A 12AX7 vacuum tube provides warmth. Includes a phase reverse switch, +48V phantom power, and 20dB pad. The MIC200's 1/4" TRS and gold-plated XLR connectors provide superior balanced I/O.

FEATURES

Modeling preamp w/16 voicings
Integrated limiter
12AX7 vacuum tube
Phase reverse switch
+48V phantom power
20dB pad
1/4" TRS and gold-plated XLR I/O
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MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
1 year warranty. 3 year warranty if registered within 90 days of purchase.


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BehringerMIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp
 
4.5

(based on 21 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Home studio (3)
  • Performances (3)
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    • Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good For The Price

I bought a Behringer mic-200 preamp a few years ago and it has proven to be a pretty versatile preamp. It's just a tiny bit edgier sounding than the Studio Projects VTB-1...Read complete review

I bought a Behringer mic-200 preamp a few years ago and it has proven to be a pretty versatile preamp. It's just a tiny bit edgier sounding than the Studio Projects VTB-1 preamp I have since purchased, but the VTB-1 costs about twice as much. For the price, the mic 200's sound is pretty good. For a first preamp you won't beat it. It definitely adds some warmth to your tracks. Pair this with a Behringer or Studio Projects large diaphragm condensor mic in the $100 range and for a $150 outlay you'll be creating some reasonably warm sounding vocal tracks. If you can afford to spend more, I'd go for the Studio Projects VTB-1, but for under $50, you'll be pleasantly surprised with this.

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noisy gear

I can't believe so many people gave this product such a glowing review. Yes it does warm up the sound after all the crackling and poping and humming that won't stop. Can't even use...Read complete review

I can't believe so many people gave this product such a glowing review. Yes it does warm up the sound after all the crackling and poping and humming that won't stop. Can't even use it. It's so annoying to buy something that claims to take the hum out and then find out it only adds more and then the dial crackles evertime you turn it. Seem to be made with cheep components. I'm very disappointed in my purchase.

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(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

SWEET FOR THE PRICE

By LA7

from Parma Heights , Ohio

Comments about Behringer MIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp:

This is the best preamp for the money.It warms up vocals,acoustic guitars, & makes bass sound incredible.The presets are well voiced, and incredibly useful, so many settings to modify your sound. The gain is great,because it lets you decide on how much tube warmth you want. Really warm & detailed sound when using a condenser microphone, records very well direct, & low noise.I like it better than the Art mp preamp. It should have an off switch ,but , nothing's perfect, this is awesome for the price.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good For The Price

By Smitty265

from North Yarmouth, ME

Comments about Behringer MIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp:

I bought a Behringer mic-200 preamp a few years ago and it has proven to be a pretty versatile preamp. It's just a tiny bit edgier sounding than the Studio Projects VTB-1 preamp I have since purchased, but the VTB-1 costs about twice as much. For the price, the mic 200's sound is pretty good. For a first preamp you won't beat it. It definitely adds some warmth to your tracks. Pair this with a Behringer or Studio Projects large diaphragm condensor mic in the $100 range and for a $150 outlay you'll be creating some reasonably warm sounding vocal tracks. If you can afford to spend more, I'd go for the Studio Projects VTB-1, but for under $50, you'll be pleasantly surprised with this.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth the money

By George A

from Brick,NJ

Comments about Behringer MIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp:

The Ultragain gives a nice warm tone to my solid state amp.It also helps to smooth out vocals and to give more presence for slide.I'm thinking of buying another one for a spare in case they are ever discontinued.For the money I can't think of any other product that has treated me so well!

(5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Behringer MIC200 Tube Ultra Gain Preamp

By jester872

from Ocala, FL

Comments about Behringer MIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp:

The Behringer MIC200 Tube Ultra Gain Preamp is a great purchase if you are trying to set up a home-recording studio. It has the pre-sets you need to give the sound you are trying to achieve. For use of vocals, acoustic guitar, or bass, this little thing helps you out. The phantom power works great too for your condensor mics. I love mine and probably will not buy another because of the quality, affordability, and usibility.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for the price!

By Brian

from Miami, Florida

Comments about Behringer MIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp:

The reason I initially bought this was simply to increase my SM 57 mic to line level but I was truly impressed by the audio quality and the warmth this preamp provides. For the price this is definitely the best thing out there and I tried it out on my guitar and it sounds great because it helps warm up my sound and gives my effects pedals a less digital sound. Really good for the price, I recommend it to people on a tight budget and the modeling knob is well worth the extra 10 dollars instead of buying the mic100.

(3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good unit for adding something to your guitar

By Fuzzball

from Ida, MI

Comments about Behringer MIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp:

This is a very inexpensive mic/line preamp, first off I would like to mention that I did not like it for vocal mics. I found it to sound very thin and digitized. Now if you need a cheap line preamp this may be what you need. Don?t expect miracles but it can add a little flavor to an electric guitar.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

noisy gear

By Birdman

from Nashville, Tn

Comments about Behringer MIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp:

I can't believe so many people gave this product such a glowing review. Yes it does warm up the sound after all the crackling and poping and humming that won't stop. Can't even use it. It's so annoying to buy something that claims to take the hum out and then find out it only adds more and then the dial crackles evertime you turn it. Seem to be made with cheep components. I'm very disappointed in my purchase.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Finally warm vocals!!!

By Aaron Phillips

from Freeport, IL

Comments about Behringer MIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp:

I'll start with this... THIS IS MADE FOR AMATEURS!!! For the people who are plugging their mic directly into a cheap audio interface or even worse, directly into a computer... This thing will improve your sound 10 fold. BUT! I bought it to record my band's next album and I will say that it's not exactly Pro Studio grade quality. (Obviously.. for 50 bucks..) I picked mine up new on clearance for 10 bucks though so I don't regret it at all! Like I said, if you have an MBox Pro or Focusrite Interface already, this isn't going to help you... but if you're running thru a Lexicon Alpha or some other 50 dollar interface... this will help! As for build quality, this thing is rock solid. There's a tube hanging out in there so I wouldn't throw it around too much, but it's an all metal chassis and it looks and feel great! Lots of complaints about the knobs but to me they feel smooth and solid. All-in-all... it's 50 bucks to try to improve your sound. GO FOR IT!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

MIC200 Also Good for Drummers

By C.J.

from Birch Run, MI

Comments about Behringer MIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp:

I bought the Behringer MIC-200 preamp to see if it would give a fatter sound to my Bass Drum. I have a Audix F14 Kick Drum Mic, so I installed the MIC200 between the mic and the mixer. It definitely adds warmth to the drum and also give me control over the sound (thin to Fat). This is a easy fix for you drummers that want to have the "Studio Sound" without spending a lot of money.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Little Box!

By jordan prysmiki

from st. louis

Comments about Behringer MIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp:

I use the Behringer Mic200 In my home studio set up running protools 8. I was originally running guitar directly into my MBox2 but I am now using the Mic200 inbetween teh guitar and the Mbox2t. You can instantly hear the difference upon plugging it in. It feels great and It really warms up the sigal! There is plenty of choices for compression , eq, and tube preamp individually or any combination of the 3. I find very many usable voices. This isnt a Neve MicPre or a distressor compressor but its great at what it does as an entry level recording MicPre or a transparent signal bootser. You can also use it as a guitarist for boosting an amp into a to add gain or crunch or you can use it as a transparent signal boost in a long line of effects pedals to boost the signal back up. I has many uses and I am very pleased with it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Product!

By Jason Cooper

from Blue Creek, Ohio

Comments about Behringer MIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp:

Let me start out with the only thing I didn't like about it. Behringer does not believe in on and off switches. This product does not have a sleep mode or nothing. Somebody tell Behringer that people in the USA like on and off switches on there audio products. Other than that.... This product does what It says it does... and for vocals it is great. BUY IT!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

For the price, a must.

By Jess Gulbranson

from Portland, OR

Comments about Behringer MIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp:

Well, people hate on Behringer, but why? I haven't had this little box for very long, and while it may be a bit underwhelming, for the price it is awesome. It has features that may be typical, but not for this price point- all the little buttons, ie the pad, phase, high pass, and phantom power, aren't fancy but are totally useful. None of the preamp voicings are drastic, but it's nice to have them. I've heard complaints of noise with this box but so far it's clean. One main issue is that this 'tube' is actually what they call a starved-plate design, where the tube is not actually running as much juice as a tube amp, so don't expect it to sound like a Bassman or Twin. I have heard that much better results can be had by replacing the stock tube with another 12AX7, and I will certainly be doing that. Bottom line- at the very least, this is a super cheap DI that will sound great on bass or guitar. It's not going to be a goto preamp for recording, necessarily, but for barebones home recording or just some coloration, it's a must have.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweeten Your Bass Rigg

By EP

from batimore, md

Comments about Behringer MIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp:

This preamp has been what the Dr. ordered for me. Even though it isn't highline equipment it gives a bass rig that extra focus and clarity. And if you keep your amp volume moderate and the preamp volume low, you crank the gain almost all the way and get that nice tube brake up.If you have 10 in speakers that are distorting when you're looking for clean bass just put it on the limiter setting and slap away. I'll admit that I use this less since I upgraded to higher power amps and better speaker cabs but when practicing and in small gigs I always carry it. Just in case I can't here the bass like I need to. This preamp makes your 200 watt amp sound like 500 watts and it does so cleanly. For $30-$40 you may as well put this in your bag and keep it with you. its value can't be beat. Also did very well in the studio. I did all the tone tweaking through my bass and this. Try this out if you have a weak amp or need a d.i. box, 'peace'

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Must have for a digital studio

By dan hill

from atascadero ca

Comments about Behringer MIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp:

After my studio burnt this was one of the first things I replaced, I've used it to trash up punk vox, harmonica, snare drum,I use the bass limiter setting when tracking bass and the warmth setting on playback. at the price I've given it has Christmas presents.

 
5.0

My noisy Behringer Ultrgain MIC200 is usable now....

By Ed

from Salem

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Powerful
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Performances

Comments about Behringer MIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp:

I purchased this product a couple of years ago as a mic preamp. The gain was very hot and noisy and I was warned by my sales rep that the unit would introduce noise to my system. Nevertheless I was wanting it test it out for a project. The gain was so hot that it only seem to only be practical as an overdriving preamp. Clean low noise sounds were very hard to dial in. Not practical for voice or acoustic guitar.....until I swapped out the 12Ax7 preamp tube that came with it for a JJ 5157. Wow what a difference. The JJ 5157 has a lower gain rating and is much less noisy than the type that it came with the unit. Now I can use the Ultragain MIC 200 as a real mic preamp, an accoutic guitar preamp, and di box and for any other purpose I could dream up. It is brand new to me and well worth the price for the value.

Bonus info: While trying to find the cause of the noise I actually removed the tube and powered the unit up. If you read the manual you find that some of the settings use the tube heavily and others by-pass the tube. The unit was able to be turn up to full power with very little noise (very little) and my acoustic guitar was playing throught the unit as long as I was not using the tube settings. The unit overall needs the tube to amplify the sound and operate fully as intended; yet the unit was playable and quiet without the tube. Some settings are by the tube to color sound. After 2 plus years the switches are still quiet without static while turning. I hope this helps.

Sincerely, Ed

 
5.0

MIC200 follow up thoughts and update

By ancient tones

from Asheville, NC

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Comments about Behringer MIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp:

A few weeks later, I'm loving the MIC200 preamp even more. I'm intrigued by the Behringer VT999 Vintage Tube Monster Classic Tube Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal,which is basically the same except it's a stomp box pedal instead of a preamp. My MIC200 is the last pedal in my pedal chain before a noise gate. The noise gate was a big plus because of all the gain this preamp can muster, especially using single coil pickups. I'm now using a RCA 12AU7. It's a must to tube roll to find the best tube for YOUR tone. This device can create lots of even order harmonics, I suppose that's what is called the violin-y tone. It works well with the other pedals I have tried - an overdrive, a fuzz, a boost/equalizer, and a Mooer Woodverb. I use it with my electric and with my acoustic using a sound hole single coil pickup going into a Fender Blues Junior. It's versatile in that it can warm up the sound of my acoustic in a subtle way or take things into voodoo land of feedback bliss. With GC great return policy and customer service it's a no entertainer to try the MIC200 or the VT999. The MIC200 can be used for microphones and intruments. Don't buy this if you just want to turn the knobs to 10 and expect good tone. On the MIC 200 I find that the preamp mode knob is very subtle in that the mode switch varies the equalization, the amount of detail, the overtones and harmonics. It's handy when searching for a particular tone to have instant settings at your finger tips to fine tune.

 
5.0

A nice surprise!

By ancient tones

from Asheville, NC

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Behringer MIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp:

    I bought the MIC200 to use as an instrument preamp/DI box for acoustic guitar. This little device can go from adding add warmth to full on overdrive. I tried a few different 12AX7 tubes. The stock Chinese tube is fine, but a 50s RCA breaks up a lot smoother. I use it for my electric guitar also. The Preamp mode switch works as intended giving a variety of presets as a starting points for degrees of warmth and equalization. Very nice for the price. I suppose the Behringer drive pedal that uses a 12AX7 would be similar, but in a more useful to performing pedal design.

     
    5.0

    Would buy again and again!

    By NONE

    from Smyrna, GA

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
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      Comments about Behringer MIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp:

      Warmer sound, better tone, SWEET!!!

       
      4.0

      Compact tube sound factory.

      By Khawaja Jodat

      from Pakistan

      Comments about Behringer MIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp:

      Last month I have purchased this unit and I found it extremely versatile. It has a Preamp Mode selector switch which is consist of a huge collection for various tube sound qualities for different instruments. I am using it for my electirc guitars & acoustic guitars and found its sound warm, rich & musical. I personally like to set its Preamp Mode switch at Valve as the sound is very warm but slightly lacks a little treble. My second favorite setting is Piano which gives my guitars a more crisp and bright sound along with tube warmth. The build quality is great and there are almost all the necessary parameters available for tweaking to get your desired sounds. If you want to experiment with different tonal flavour then change the tube.

       
      4.0

      it works!

      By Cody

      from Sparks, NV

      Comments about Behringer MIC200 Tube ULTRAGAIN Preamp:

      I bought this to crank up the gain on a particularly weak bass pickup. Apparently, according to others, it makes the bass sound better. I also used it as a way to remove excessive feedback between two amps I had hooked up in series for a really loud punk rock show with the limiting feature. I wouldn't use it for a high quality recording project, but it works great as a cheap general purpose preamp.

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