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.
We were recommending the ART Tube MP until we completed a thorough review of the mic preamp field during February 2018 when we found the ART Tube MP's ratings had dropped while others had become more highly rated - you can view our current recommendations, including the ART Tube MP/C in our updated guide to The Best Microphone Preamps.