ART TPS II 2-Channel Tube Preamp System

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Warm up your mic and DI tracks in the studio and onstage with the ART TPS II tube preamp. Its V3 variable-valve voicing makes it easy to dial in your tone.

The TPS II's 2-channel high performance mic preamp is coupled with ART's proprietary V3(tm) (Variable Valve Voicing) for complete versatility and famousn ART high quality. The TPS II also features variable input impedance so you can dial in and match any mic type from large condensers to ribbon mics.

ART's newly improved V3 feature provides optimized reference points for guitars, bass guitars, synths, acoustic instruments, percussion, vocals and more. M: Unique to its' class, the TPS II provides level monitoring with two analog meters as well as two newly added input monitoring LED meters. High-Z instruments or balanced microphone signals are input through front and rear panel jacks. This newly enhanced TPS II can accept +20 dB peaks while maintaining over 120 dB dynamic range, quiet performance and incredibly low distortion. ART's legendary tube stage maintains our classic "warm sound" and adds additional tube voicing specifically tailored to vocal, guitar, bass, and acoustic instruments making the TPS II an incredible DI box.

OPL(tm) (Output Protection Limiting) is also included to control overshoots and normalize levels before clipping occurs. The TPS II was conceived, designed and manufactured to the highest standards to provide years of quiet, reliable performance.

ART is a company comprised of musicians, recordists' and enthusiasts alike, striving to create highly useful, durable and affordable products. 2004 marks twenty years of designing and manufacturing audio read more products for all walks of musical life. During those twenty years, ART has committed their collective talents and expertise to offer their customers audio solutions that they also use. In doing so, ART has built a foundation for continued success and has become one of the most respected signal processing manufacturers in the music industry. read less


Dimensions (H x W x D): 1.75 x 19 x 6.5 in.

Weight: 5.5 Lbs

Input Connections:
- Front- XLR Balanced, 1/4 in
- Rear- Switchable XLR, 1/4 in. TRS

Output Connections: XLR, 1/4 in.

Input Impedance XLR, 1/4 in.: 150-3k ohms variable, 1M ohm

Output Impedance XLR, 1/4 in.: 300 ohms, 150 ohms

Maximum Input Level XLR: +19 dBu

Maximum Input Level 1/4 in.: +22 dBu

Maximum Ouput Level XLR: +28 dBu

Maximum Output Level 1/4 in.: +22 dBu

CMRR: >75 dB (typical @ 1 kHz)

Frequency Response: 5Hz to 50 kHz, +/- .1dB

Dynamic Range: >100 dB

Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): <0.01% (clean), <0.1% (warm)

Maximum Gain:
- XLR to XLR -80 dB
- 1/4 in. to 1/4 in. -68 dB
- XLR to 1/4 in. -74 dB
- 1/4 in. to XLR -74 dB

Equivalent Input Noise (EIN):
- XLR to XLR: -129 dBU (A weighted)
- 1/4 in. to 1/4 in.: -105 dBu (A weighted)

Tube Type: 12AX7A, Dual Triode, Hand Selected

Power Requirements: USA-110-125V AC/50hz/16w

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 716-297-2920

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (16 ratings)
Submitted April 14, 2005 by a customer from

"Awesome for this price!"

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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I doubt if I will replace this unit for a long time. I've found something that I will use "live" for a while. My sound guy commented on how full I sounded playing sax through this thing after the first night I utilized it in my rig. He said he didn't have to EQ me or anything - just a good, full, rich sound.
For the price, you can't beat this sound. And 2 channels! I use mine for all manners of applications - live and in the studio, horns, acoustic guitars, and vocalists. Incredible piece of gear for the price.
I like the varialbe patterns that you can switch between to get different sounds. I don't have much experience with upper end mic pres, but I like this unit so much, I'm probably going to buy another for my home studio and keep one for my live gigs. This is a great basic component with phantom power, gain switch, and I like the 'in and out' options on the front or the rear. Easy to access, especially at a live gig.
So far, very sturdy and dependable. Looks good, too.
This product is definitely worth its selling price. I wouldn't have a problem suggesting this product to anyone - unless it were some world-renown record producer with ears like a rabbit (I'm simply not that experienced yet, though I was a music major in college and a grad of an audio engineering school.)
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Sharp looking unit. Good colors, layout, etc. Looks good in my rack space.

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Performer, teacher, home studio buff

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