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ART Digital MPA-II Microphone Preamplifier

ART Digital MPAII Microphone Preamplifier

Record fat tracks with this tube preamp as your DAW front end! ART added S/PDIF, ADAT and AES/EBU outputs to the Pro MPA II, to create this Digital MPA II.

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Submitted March 28, 2011 by a customer from gmail.com
"Buy this. If short on cash, get the non-digital version"
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If I lost mine, I would replace it. Though, maybe not the digital version, depending on what converter I had at the time. But the preamp is best value for the money out there, if you are into the tube sound --which I am.
Sound
Over the past year, I have bought pretty much one of every make of cheap tube preamp out there, including this one. How does it rate? The best of the bunch. Of course it is the most expensive... But you do get two channels. I like this unit, but would urge readers to change the tubes. The Chinese tubes in it are not that great and really do not let the unit sing. I use Mullards and and am very happy, especially at high plate voltage. The unit has a fairly shallow noise floor and so is not totally pro gear, but for the price, it is better than anything I have found.
Features
Nice features, including the dual plate voltage. Have not fully tested out the digital features yet, though.
Ease of Use
Easy to use and a good manual.
Quality
It is a well made medium quality unit. I think the weak link in all Art products seems to be the power supply and I would encourage users to run it through a power conditioner/filter system.
Value
Solid value --this digital unit and the less expensive analogue sibling. If you have the cash, buy it.
Manufacturer Support
no experience
The Wow Factor
Looks fine. I mean, it's a rack mount unit --what do you want?
Musical Background:
lifelong amateur musician
Musical Style:
jazz
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Submitted December 19, 2013 by a customer from gmail.com
"ART Digital MPAII Microphone Preamplifier"
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This was a much better quality unit than I thought it would be. Very nice quality construction, and great usability. Sound is awesome - everything just works well, digital spdif outputs was a nice addition and I'm glad I got it with this option..
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Submitted June 14, 2011 by a customer from aol.com
"The ART mic preamp is a real bargain and a must for any recording studio."
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I have been using it for a couple of weeks, and I have gotten very positive results.
Sound
I am currently working with the ART mic pre amp and it is an awsome piece of equipment. It gave my condenser mics more room to breathe and it offers much more. I am using it in my homme studio and will surely look into other ART products. It fit my situation.
Features
No accessories bring used.
Ease of Use
The ART is user friendly. Not complicated all you need is patience and apply your settings. Adjusting your mixer and other equipment is vital, but the end result will is very positive.
Quality
The ART mic pre amp seems to be very well made. In my case it is rackmounted in my home studio, so it will surely stay in good condition. It looks good and the meters and led lights make it bright and easy to see from a distance.
Value
Absolutely. Good deal.
Manufacturer Support
Have not dealt with the company.
The Wow Factor
It's an eye opener. It looks like it definetly belongs in a recording studio.
Musical Background:
Active Musician
Musical Style:
Rock, Blues
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