ART Tube MP/C Preamp / Compressor


86 out of 100. Incorporating 200+ ratings and reviews.

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ART Tube MP/C Channel Strip & Preamp

Gearank Recommendation

The ART Tube MP/C was on our recommended list for Microphone Preamps from February 2018 until it was out-ranked by other preamps in April 2020.

Rating Source Highlights

Website Source *Rating Value
Sound On Sound Paul White 88/100
Gearspace lostwars 85/100
Gearspace aunshui 50/100
Audiofanzine SlapKid 80/100
*Displayed values are prior to the Gearank Algorithm's adjustments it makes when evaluating the source.


The ART Tube MP/C is a value packed preamp, complete with genuine tube compression.

It can be used to add tube coloration for recording or live performance, with the added benefit of an opto-compressor effect that evens out the sound nicely and a variety of tone shaping controls.

It's a 12AX7 tube that drives its circuit, which includes a nifty 20dB gain boost and a low-cut filter.

While it is mostly used for adding warmth to vocals, it can also be used to improve the sound of instruments in recording situations.

Given its price and sound quality, the ART Tube MP/C is one of the best value combined tube preamp/compressors for those looking to add analog tube warmth to their live performances and recordings.


  • Channels: 1
  • Mic Preamps: 1
  • Frequency Response: 30Hz - 60kHz (±1dB)
  • Input Connectors: 1 x XLR, 1 x TS
  • Output Connectors: 1 x XLR, 1 x TS
  • Controls:Knobs: Gain, Threshold, Output | Buttons: +20dB Gain, Low/Cut, Speed, Slope, OptoComp, Phase, Power, Phantom Power
  • Dimensions: 1.75" x 6.5" x 5.9"
  • Weight: 2.9 lbs.
When it comes to both preamps and compressors there are more highly rated options available which you can see in our guides to The Best Microphone Preamps and The Best 500 Series Compressors.