ART Tube MP Mic Preamp

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Street Price: 

$76
ART Tube MP Mic Preamp
ART Tube MP Mic Preamp

As of April 2020 this was the Highest Rated Microphone Preamp Under $200.

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.

Features

  • 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.

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Overall

As of April 2020 this was the Highest Rated Microphone Preamp Under $200.

Comments

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.

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