ART Tube MP Mic Preamp


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ART Tube MP Mic Preamp
ART Tube MP Mic Preamp

The Art Tube MP is a portable single channel mic preamp that features a 12AX7 vacuum tube.

What makes it unique is its transformer-less design, which gives this preamp improved clarity that many look for. More importantly, this tube driven preamp is easy to carry around, and affordable, making it an ideal choice for those who want to test the waters, so to speak.

Essential controls are provided, including a phantom power switch and phase reversal switch. It also features dedicated input and output gain knobs, allowing you to raise the input level to drive the tube.


  • Channel: 1
  • Mic Preamps: 1 Tube Preamp
  • Tubes: 12AX7 Tube
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz-20kHz
  • Input Connectors: 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4"
  • Output Connectors: 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4"
  • Controls: 70dB Gain, 48V Phantom Power, Phase Reversal Switch, I/O Gain
  • Dimensions: 2" x 5" x 5.5"
  • Weight: 1.5 lbs.


From video narrations to singing, and even for recording acoustic instruments, many have put the Art Tube MP to different types of recording with satisfactory results. A good number of reviewers appreciated its ease of use, while more experienced ones commented that getting to know the settings better helped them improve the sound even more. Even its housing and solid build got a lot of thumbs up, especially when considering that it usually sells for around $55.


The most common complaint points to its lack of a power switch. There were also some who found the prints on the controls to be too small, making it harder to make initial adjustments. A few users noted that the preamp can be a bit noisy when paired with loud sound sources.


This was the Highest Rated Microphone Preamp Under $200 in April 2020.


In the nineties (I believe it

In the nineties (I believe it was 1996) I already reviewed that tiny pre-amp for a Dutch Recording Magazine? Later on I had to pay about 400 Dutch gulden (say ±200 €) for this small tube-amp. It also was the first affordable tube-based microphone-preamp for the home-recording musician. Although I never understood the profound meaning of 'hand-selected' 😎.

Nevertheless, I used it many times on miked vocals and acoustic guitar, but also as a DI-Box for bass. The lack of a power-switch didn't bother me. Using a [Master Switch] it was just on or off. But it was the lack of compression. So, a few years later I purchased the excellent Envoice (by the German brand Mindprint; unfortunately obsolete). This tube-based channelstrip contained a 3-band EQ (with a Q-controlled middle section), compression and some nice filter-adjustments. After all these years it still does a very nice job in my extended homestudio...!

I have an ART Pro Tube Preamp

I have an ART Pro Tube Preamp, an earlier production version purchased in 2013. I have used it for several years to record radio ads at home. I generally concur with your critique. However, the lack of power switch is more than offset by its very fine - and warm - output. The audio file quality is comparable to that of many recording studios. Once set up correctly with a quality microphone, sound card and the usual acoustic goodies, it makes home recording a snap.