ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp

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Improving upon ART's popular Tube MP.

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
 

Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp 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.
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ARTTube MP Studio Mic Preamp
 
4.4

(based on 17 reviews)

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Best $30 I've spent on audio equipment so far

Amazing functionality and quality for the price. The sound quality, in my opinion, is excellent. I tried a terribly crappy vocal mic with it, and the MP Studio made it sound decent. ...Read complete review

Amazing functionality and quality for the price. The sound quality, in my opinion, is excellent. I tried a terribly crappy vocal mic with it, and the MP Studio made it sound decent. My SM57 sounds amazing going through it. I highly recommend it for any audio situation as I'm sure you'll find a good use for it.

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decent volume box

Thats about it, a real cheap way to get some more volume for your mic/vocalist. Its a little noisy. I think I am going to experiment with a better quality tube and...Read complete review

Thats about it, a real cheap way to get some more volume for your mic/vocalist. Its a little noisy. I think I am going to experiment with a better quality tube and see if that doesn't help a bit. Really though for the price you can't beat it for what it does.

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2.0

save your money for a better unit

By databanka

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        Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

        You get what you pay for here.
        The unit does amplify the signal well enough to boost an electric guitar's pickups. But it always adds noise and the "limiter" function really doesn't do anything. The signal coming out of this is rather "peaky" with harsh spikes that are hard to tame. It's definitely not for vocals or anything where you want accuracy or low noise operation.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Don't get your hopes up

        By Paul Nasman

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

        The ART MP Studio Mic Pre might be OK for adding some "color" to an instrument feed, but it was too noisy to use with live performance mics. The +20 boost was unusable at any setting. With the boost turned off there was minimal gain before the hissing and humming became noticeable. All this was surprising, because the manufacturer's user guide says that these units work well with mics.

        Swapping the tube out made no difference, other than voiding the warranty. (I used EHX tubes, but later read that TungSol gives a better "tubey" effect with the starved plate design.)

        I bought three of these preamps, and they were all equally bad. Some people may have been lucky enough to get a good production run. I'll probably just use them for soldering practice.

        Props to music123 for quick service.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Versatile little box

        By Kevin Raminhos

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

        People seem to either love or hate these things, and personally I love them.
        I haven't experienced any noticeable noise with the tube amp, as long as you set it up properly and don't boost the output signal with the input gain low (unless you are looking to achieve something particular by doing so.)
        I've been using this for a few different things, primarily running mics through it because it just has a more organic sound than the built in preamps on my interface. I've also got usable tones out of it as a bass DI, although my tech21 box is more useful for this overall, there are some particular warm clunky tones that you can get out of overdriving this thing which come in handy every now and then. The only real negative I have with this is the lack of a power switch, plugging/unplugging it can be a pain.

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        5.0

        Great for a direct input of a mic to a line level

        By Matt-a_loN

        from Newbury, VT

        Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

        used twice now to add another mic input to my DJ setup through an rca line level input. I did clip a few time but that was probably my in experience. The sound was clean with little to no noise. The unit is easily adjustable. Be advised don't lose the power supply. Its 9VAC, not DC like most every other wall wart.

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        4.0

        Great little preamp!

        By Jimmy-m6-tp

        from Dallas

        Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

        I can now record awesome mics without having to go through my podXT and mess with that bag of worms. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a boot for their mics.

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        5.0

        for 29 bucks, its 1000 sound

        By marcos azzella

        from Sao Paulo Brazil

        Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

        I have many Pre-amps, and i decide to buy 3 of those guys...Amazing sound and excellent construction for the price. I doubt about hand select 12ax7 for this money but by the way still a BEST BUY. The opl limiter is useful to, but sometimes not so soft like ive wander it. Again, the people of ART giving us good stuff, for an excellent price

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Took a bit of monkeying but...

        By Eric G.

        from South St. Paul, MN

        Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

        I figured out how to use it for what I needed it for (and that was to warm and give a bit of power to my dry bass lines I was lining direct into my TASCAM US-144 interface). BUT, I found I could use all that tubey goodness to bring that same warmth to my Guitar and vocals! How awesome is that?

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        5.0

        Hear your guitar the way it was meant to sound!

        By JB-Hm9pS

        from New York

        Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

        I've had this several months now, so I finally feel comfortable writing a review about it. It's actually pretty good. I used to pass my guitar through an old tube loudspeaker before I got this, but this item has a much better sound. When you add cables and devices such as this, you're going to get some additional line noise (like a mild hissing). However, I have found that if you turn up the input knob and try to keep the output knob low, you minimize this hissing. Actually, when you set it up like this, there's almost no additional hiss, which is great! Don't be fooled by it's small size, this thing can output quite a bit of power, especially when you engage the 20db gain. By the way, don't expect the needle on the VU meter to really move on a lower setting. The way I have it set up, I'm not using all of its potential. But anyway, it's great for distortion, but most importantly, you can get a warm sound that's clean. Transistors can imitate but never replace valves. At this price, you won't have any regrets. I'm happy with it! By the way, I am using this with a Fender American Strat and a Marshall MG-30DFX amp. Good luck!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Worth every penny

        By Tim-XiNKu

        from Rochester, NY

        Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

        My first experience with this type of equipment. It does just what I need it to do. It provides a good, clean boost to my mic in my in-ear monitors. Excellent value. Great sound. I'll try using it next time I record too.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        ART Tube MP Studio Mic PreAmp Accustic application

        By Bob Lese

        from cincinnati, Ohio

        Comments about ART Tube MP Studio Mic Preamp:

        This is the second MP PreAmp that I have pirchased. The first ended the feedback problems that follow harmonica players around as they look for more volumne. Plenty of volumne, no feedback, problem solved. The second was for an accustic mandolin with an external pickup. Internal hollow body feedback was a problem as the nobs are twisted at the amp. The ART MP controled the gain side of pickup while allowing for plenty of amp volumne. Problem solved. This is a great piece of equiptment for live performance.

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