ART Tube MP/C Preamp / Compressor

89
GEARANK

89 out of 100. Incorporating 125+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$130
ART Tube MP/C Channel Strip & Preamp

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.

Features

  • 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.

Pros

Overall response to the ART Tube MP/C is quite favorable, with most users experiencing dramatic improvements to their sound. This is especially true with vocal recording, but there are many who report getting great results in live singing and even public speaking, including pulpit preaching, emceeing and more. Guitarists and bassists also consider it as a cheap way to add analog warmth to digital amp modelers. Paul White of Sound on Sound concludes his review saying: "As long as you keep an eye on that input clip LED, though, you'll find the ART Tube MP/C makes a versatile and musical-sounding front end".

Cons

There are a few users who are not too happy with the gain boost function, which they feel adds unwanted noise. Some experienced users also noted that the tube quality is not as good as their more expensive preamps, but are happy with how it sounds considering its affordable price tag.

Overall

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.

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.

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