ART DPSII Digital Preamplifier System

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Plug into 2 channels of tube mic preamp, dial in your sound with variable input impedance, and record at up to 96 kHz/24-bit via S/PDIF or ADAT digital outs.
The DPS II updates the advances in ART's Tube Microphone Preamps. The DPS II adds continuously variable input impedance, LED input meters, auto mic/instrument switching, OPL (Output Protection Limiting) flexibility and more tube warmth to the DPS II.

Features:

- Variable Input Impedance
- 24-bit/96KHz A-to-D Conversion
- Improved V3 Variable Valve Voicing Presets
- LED Input Meter
- Analog Output Meter
- Enhanced ART Tube Technology Warms the Conversion
- Automatically switches between instrument and mic preamp
- Wide Frequency Response (5hz/50kHz)
- Enhanced OPL Output Protection Limiter

Twin high performance discrete preamplifiers with local feedback are coupled with flexible V3 (Variable Valve Voicing) 12AX7A gain stage (which delivers both flexibility and consistency in settings) and choice of analog and digital outputs.

The enhanced mic preamp can accept +20dB peaks while maintaining over 120dB dynamic range and incredibly low distortion. A LED input meter, monitors the signal level of the input amplifier.

The auto-switching input allows the DPS II rear inputs to stay patched in while you use the front panel instrument inputs.

Enhancements to ART's legendary tube stage maintain the classic "warm sound" and add additional tube voicings specifically tailored to vocal, guitar, bass, and acoustic instruments making this an incredible DI box. The enhanced OPL is available to control overshoots and normalize levels before digital clipping occurs.

A versatile insert loop on each channel provides read more access for additional signal processing or direct access to the high quality A/D converter. Separate gain controls on analog and digital outputs allow you to optimize the unit for simultaneous applications.

Digital outputs include S/PDIF, TOSLINK or ADAT (front panel selectable). The A/D is front panel adjustable from 44.1 to 96K or syncs to ADAT or external word clock (32KHZ to 100KHz). You can patch into any ADAT stream and select which pair (or all) of channels the DPS II transmits.

The DPS II also features ART A-to-D digital conversion and ART Tube Technology similar to that of the ART DI/O Preamp System. This ensures that when you are going from the analog preamplification to digital, your signal will be as warm and musical as you decide it to be.
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(18 ratings)
Submitted October 11, 2004 by a customer from yahoo.com
"Great deal for a nice preamp with 24/96 ADC"
No need to change it very soon. It fits my needs very well (recording mics and guitars for myself ).
Sound
Warm and clean sound, of course need at least extra Eq and compressor. AD converter better than expected. Worth the money, i think i did a good choice for features and price.
Features
Presets are not my favs but it's better that they are, and in combination with all the other features is enough room for settings when think it's only a preamp with AD converters...well in fact it's not. The pre ADC faders can be very useful when using other analog effects or even some other preamp before the converter
Quality
Looks excelent (as in pics ) maibe some cheap knobs for V3 settings. Mine is Made in China (bought from competitor ) so there's been a little misleading there...
Value
It seemed the best deal for all features (and i really wanted an external ADC )
Manufacturer Support
Never needed. And hope never will cause i'm a little to far form US.
The Wow Factor
I said it looks excelent. It sound excelent for it's price. Since i bought it (6 months already ) it's my favourite "toy". Think it's clear enough. There might be better choices outthere but i'm satisfied with it.
Musical Background:
musician
Musical Style:
Rock, metal
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