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ART Tube MP Microphone Preamp (Model 127)

The ART Tube MP is a small tabletop mono tube mic preamp that's the #1 choice of musicians and engineers for a wide variety of applications. (103) Read 8 reviews for this product | Rate and Review This Product
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Want to know why the Tube MP is the world's most popular external tube microphone preamp? Maybe because it costs only a fraction of what you'd spend on comparable equipment, making it a great first mic preamp for a home studio.

But wait, home studios aren't the only reason the Tube MP is #1. More than that, the Tube MP isn't just a mic preamp -- musicians and engineers are using this versatile little box for all sorts of applications. But more on that in a minute. Let's get into what the ART Tube MP is all about.

First, a little refresher: A mic pre is an amplifier which boosts the low signal level of a microphone up to a line level signal. On a mixer, each input channel which accepts mic-level inputs will usually have a mic preamp onboard. But unless you spent a whole lot on your mixer, those preamps probably aren't that great. And if you are recording with a computer soundcard you may not have a preamp at all. Not to worry zZounds is an authorized dealer of ART products.
Dimensions (D x W x H): 5.0 x 5.5 x 2.0 in.

Weight: 1.5 lbs.

Dynamic Range: >100dB (20Hz to 20kHz)

Frequency Response: 10Hz to 20kHz (+0,-1dB)

THD: <0.1% (typical)

CMMR: >75dB (typ @1kHz)

EIN: -129dBu (weighted XLR to XLR)

Maximum Gain:
70dB (XLR to XLR typical)
60dB (1/4 in. to XLR typical)

Maximum Input Level: +14dBu (XLR), +22dBu (1/4 in.)

Maximum Output Level: +28dBu (XLR), +22dBu (1/4 in.)

Input Impedance: 2k ohms (XLR), 840K ohms (1/4 in.)

Output Impedance: 600 ohms (XLR), 300 ohms (1/4 in.)

Power Requirements: 9 VAC @ 700ma (typ)
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 3 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 4 in
ART Warranty If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 585-436-2720
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"The Tube Mkes a Huge Difference"
Sound: Sound quality relies heavily on the type of tube in it. Highly recommend Tung Sol or EH tubes Feature: The one with the Meter on it is more useful, but this one is fine. I use the MP to add a tad bit more gain in the front of my chain on one of my amps. I took away one star on this model because this one doesn't have the meter on it. Ease of Use: just turn the dials up or down Quality: never had any issues with it. I have 4 and they are all working great Value: Less than $50? Worth it Manufacturer Support: if you have questions, they take care of you The Wow Factor: To be honest, I have been recording with these preamps as the pre amps for my condenser mics, and I really like them. I am actually blown away at how good they sound with the replacement tubes. Overall: If you doubt that the tube in this makes any difference, try swapping the cheap, noisy Chinese tube in this with a Tung Sol of an Electro-harmonix 12AX7, and you will hear a monstrous difference. I use the versions with the meter on it, and I installed latched Tung Sol tubes in two of them, and what a huge difference. Sweet tone, low noise, and low microphonics. These preamps are great with great tubes in them. I own 4 of them, and I have tried several tubes in each, and they all made a huge difference in the performance of each of the pre amps. So, I highly recommend these pre amps, because they are a great price, very sturdy and can take a beating, and they sound great with a good tube. So, my suggestion is to keep at least one of these under $50 pre amps on hand, and make sure that you change the tube. I know from my own experience and my own use that if you change the tube in this to a higher quality, lower microphonic tube, you will have a great little pre amp.
Style of Music: Experimental death metal
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Sound: for the price i was expecting less but after the first try i was amazed how much it was getting my sound warm and clean. by the way ive read in an article by joe gore(tom waits guitar player) that this preamp was sounding 1/40th less good than his 2000$ avalon preamp -future music magazine august 2005 Feature: all that i need but a vu meter would have been sweet Ease of Use: well theres 5 buttons.. nothing complicated Quality: looks and feel very fragile and it gets hot quickly Value: the best you can have for that amount of money Manufacturer Support: didnt need it yet The Wow Factor: some say it looks dull but i like its 70's gear style Overall: i give 9 for now but well see how far i go with it...looks very easy to break
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