ART Tube MP Project Series Tube Microphone/Instrument Preamp
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Enhance a microphone, instrument, or line-level signal for input directly into your audio system.
The ART TUBE MP Project Series Preamp for Microphone and Instrument can also make your voice sound fabulous, warmed and made silky smooth by the genuine 12AX7A tube inside. A makeover of the popular original, the Tube MP features an ultra low-noise discrete mic preamp front end that has an extremely flat, wide frequency response and can handle very low and high signal levels with minimum coloration. High impedance instrument input bypasses the mic preamp circuitry for a shorter signal path. External power supply minimizes AC line noise and hum.
Input gain control and switch maximizes dynamic range of input and lets you control how hard you drive the tube. Switchable input impedance on the XLR in optimizes mic response. Bessel switchable low-cut filter removes rumble and wind noise. Set at 40Hz, it won't overly affect bass tonality. XLR input features phantom power of +48V DC from a very quiet internal high voltage power supply.
The Tube MP Project Series Preamp has an FET limiter with fast attack and musical release times that protect other gear in the chain without compression. This allows you to maximize the dynamic range of your signal before converting to digital. A phase invert switch lets you switch signal polarity at the source to minimize cancellation. Output control after the tube and limiter matches output level to a wide variety of systems. Added output section at the end of the signal path has enhanced signal drive capability to both output jacks.
- XLR and 1/4" ins with selectable phantom power
- Gain knob
- Output knob
- Gain switch
- Impedance switch
- Filter switch
- Phantom power switch
- Limiter switch
- Phase switch
Now you've got the killer digital studio and the high-end mic, you need a good preamp. This one is among the best performers in its price range. Order today.
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Comments about ART Tube MP Project Series Tube Microphone/Instrument Preamp:
I would recommend this as a first purchase for any digital or solid state amplifier player. I heard about it several years and bought one a couple of months ago. I've used it with a Vox Pathfinder and a G-Dec: a solid state and a digital. Mostly, I use it after two or three pedals and a Vox Pathfinder. Soon, I want to try it with my marshall 15r.
If, you are using single coils the added warmth will likely act like a midrange booster. I find that the filter in a sense cuts some lows and when you follow the instructions you put a limiter on so as to not over power your amp. This cuts the highs and the airy highs . . . I feel there is some noise reduction/compression going on, at least in some sense if not in reality. You also can control the gain on the input and the output to help shape tone to a degree.
Must buy for digital or solid state amp players. I'd replace mine ASAP if anything happened to it. It appears sturdy and well built. Of course, I liked it so much my brain was buzzing with ideas so, emailed customer service like five times. They were pretty patient.
I've heard that you should use good cables especially from the preamp to the amp so, I did have some and I put my monsters away. I had basic monsters, they make some great stuff.
Oh, I was told buy customer service that the circuits in the preamp will make the tube last pretty much forever.