Submitted January 6, 2021 by Rick Jones in Edinburgh, IN
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I placed my order for the ART TUBE MP STUDIO mic pre-amp/leveler last afternoon at 2:57 PM. Fed-Ex had the package at my door at 9:57 AM. Seventeen hours? Wow. And that was the free shipping option!I was awake all night reading reviews on various forums. The overall bad reviews and negative comments deflated my excitement.They were mostly wrong, IMHO. Gave it a test with a Shure SM57 on three scratch vocal tracks into my Tascam DP24-SD. My fears were unfounded. This little beauty worked wonders.Is it perfect? No, but what piece of gear is? I can't wait until the blood clot in my lung is healed to sing to my heart's content. Before, I was always disappointed with the sound of my vocal tracks.With the ART, I didn't have to wear myself out pushing my voice into the mic - the days of feeling like I'm working too hard at singing are behind me now. And for $49! I'm very happy.When I can afford a decent condenser mic, it will be even better. Thanks zZounds for such quick service.
Very clear on my voice with the right amount of "air." There was no muddiness that I could discern. Super easy to use and super good looking piece of gear.
I think it works just fine. Haven't really tried it on any instruments. As per some reviews I've read elsewhere, the VU meter doesn't really show accurately, but its a beautiful, classy- looking addition to the overall unit.
Ease of Use
It was easy enough to dial in a good tone for my voice. Is there some noise? Yes, but not enough to notice in a mix.
All-metal casing. Solid knobs and buttons. Extremely attractive and has enough weight to it to make it feel much more expensive. I don't know about the inner workings, but, if they're close the quality if the casing, then, it should last for years.
Its at the right price. No buyer's remorse at all.
Haven't had to contact them this soon, as I just received my unit.
The Wow Factor
The design, which is gorgeous, and the feel of the ART TUBE MP STUDIO would look great just sitting on a shelf or a fireplace mantle. It exudes a coolness that most of my other gear doesn't.
45+ years trying to compose and record sinegs I hope people will enjoy.
Short pop songs. They've been likened to Guided By Voices, which I think is more praise than I deserve.
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