ART Tube MP Studio V3 Tube Microphone Preamp


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ART Tube MP Studio V3 Tube Microphone Preamp

The ART Tube MP Studio V3 brings several, high-end features to the sub-$100 preamp range.

The V3 stands for "Variable Valve Voicing" technology which enables you to select different kinds of tube coloration (or none at all) with a radial switch.

An output limiter protects your signal in the case of sudden transient jumps or dynamic performances.

A built-in VU meter lets you set gain levels more accurately than relying on your DAW.


  • Channels: 1
  • Mic Preamps: 1
  • Frequency Response:10Hz-20kHz
  • Input Connectors: 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4"
  • Output Connectors: 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4"
  • Controls:Gain, Phantom Power, +20db Gain boost , Phase Invert, V3 Voicing Control, Output
  • Dimensions: 1.75" x 5.75" x 19"
  • Weight: 4.5 lbs.


It's all about harmonics. Users love the fact that they can tune the level of coloration according to their sound source. The V3 settings were also open to experimentation with one user noting that the bass setting works well for vocals. Portability is also seen as a plus.


No balanced jack output.


If you want a portable tube pre with several voicings for various instruments and sound sources, the ART Tube MP Studio V3 is an excellent choice.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Microphone Preamps.

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