ART Tube MP Project Series USBItem ID: TubeMPpsUSB
Tube Preamp with Variable Impedance, FET Limiter, and USB
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ART Tube MP Project Series Preamp with FET Limiter, Variable Impedance, and USBThe Tube MP Project Series is a professional quality audio interface that lets you connect microphone, instrument, and line level signals to audio inputs to digital audio workstations as well as standard analog devices. ART took their legendary Tube MP series and updated every aspect of the design, inside and out, while still maintaining a compact, reliable, cost effective product, and added a USB output. From the new all-aluminum stackable chassis to the precision LED level metering circuitry, ART has improved virtually every aspect of their already successful Tube MP series and added USB connectivity.
ART Tube MP Project Series At a Glance
USB (Universal Serial Bus) is a common hardware interface used for quick and easy connection of peripherals like the ART USB TUBE MP. The TUBE MP features a single Type B USB peripheral connector on the rear panel for outputting audio over USB to your computer. One of the nice features of USB is its Hot Swapping capability, allowing the Tube MP to be connected and disconnected without turning your computer off. The ART USB TUBE MP is fully USB 1.1 compliant, operating under Windows 98SE or newer, and Mac OS 9.1 or newer.
The new ultra low noise discrete microphone preamp front end has an extremely flat and wide frequency response and handles a wide range of input signal levels with a minimum of coloration. This gives you a very clean and neutral sound with a wide variety of signal sources. The high impedance 1/4" instrument inputs optimized for guitar pickups allowing every nuance to be heard. ART uses a high quality 12AX7A tube inside to add warmth to musical dynamics and the power supply is external to keep AC line noise and hum back at the wall.
Input Gain Control to Maximize Dynamic Range and Tube Usage
The input Gain control and switch help you to maximize your input dynamic range as well as control how hard you are driving the tube. Input impedance is switch selectable to optimize your microphone's response right on the front end. These two features are a must when trying to get the most out of a vintage ribbon or studio grade microphone. The switch selectable highpass filter removes very low frequency rumble and wind noise before it has a chance to overload your inputs. The Bessel filter design is set at a low 40Hz to preserve bass tonality and time domain response and it is very effective when tracking or interfacing to your computer based audio workstation. Phantom power is available for the XLR input and is a clean +48 Volts DC from a low noise internal supply that is current limited to prevent damage to your sensitive microphones.
A FET Limiter with fast attack and musical release times limits the maximum audio output level to prevent overloading succeeding equipment while still maintaining a clear uncompressed sound. This allows you to maximize the dynamic range of your signal before converting to digital. A Phase Invert switch allows you to switch signal polarity right at the source. This feature is especially handy when you are mixing the signal output with other channels in a mix. The Output control comes after the Tube and Limiter and is used to match the output level to a wide variety of systems. Following it is a new output section that provides high output signal drive capability to both outputs.
Tube MP Project Series with USB Features
ART Tube MP Project Series USB - Affordable Tube Preamp with USB
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Reviewsbased on 7 reviews
GOOD ONLY ! PROBLEM SO FAR
by Matt from MinnesotaWell I got this product the other day decided yay! lets give it a test it worked out wonderfully! I left it on for 3 days ( my dads a guitar player and he is a HUGE stevie ray vaughn fan and told me t... read more [+]hat before he would use any tube guitar amp in a studio he would leave it left on for 3 or 4 days) anyways so I did so used it at church the next morning because one of our leaders is a very quiet singer and I was running the gain and the fader way to high I was getting feedback major problem when you can't hear the leader of the team but so I used it for the first time and it sounded just amazing I could tell the difference between when I first used it and when I used it at church but I could also tell the difference of using this device and using a mic that is directly plugged into the board and I thought WOW!! this is awesome i got alot of compliments about how her voice sounded so much better today etc... my original tendency was to use it as an output for the band I record they are classic rock and run it into my computer and when I went to give it another test I could not get it to connect to my computer the driver was there when I went to check it but it just wasn't showing up in my options as an audio device so after hours of searching on the internet with no luck and much disappointment I decided to try what I had already tried and deleted the drivers from the list but I noticed a box I didn't check before that was for deleting the driver from the computer I did so and it works so maybe that's just a problem on my computer i'm running windows 7 seems no one else is having this problem but because I had this problem after just 1 use I give it a 4.5 but other than that its a great product and would suggest it to anyone looking for a tube preamp with a great tone very easy to use interface I love the phase inverse button it makes such a difference and I have so much more control over the input level into audacity ( I've always had a problem with the input level to the software I absolutely love this product and I hope for anyone who had the same problem I had this was a major help!!! close [-]
September 13, 2011
That's what I thought
by Jorge from NevadaThe quiality seems to be pretty good, I say so because I'm not a audio engineer or something like that but my ears know pretty much.
June 25, 2010
Music Background: Rap/Reggae
Great little preamp - TubeMPpsUSB
by Francesco Bonifazi from Fort Collins, CO, USAThe reviews of the new ART Tube MP Porject Series preamp have been praising this little dynamo, so I called my Sweetwater rep. - Patrick Dennis, to put me on the waiting list for the USB unit, since t... read more [+]he delta in price is a no-brainer.
July 15, 2006
Music Background: World-Champion Jazz Whistler, guitarist, self-recording engineer
Having worked with other ART preamps - TPS and TubePRE mostly, I was hoping to see a big improvement in the new design. I wasn't disappointed.
The Project Series retains the warmth of the older units, but with less noise and more clarity and headroom. The case is even more rugged than before so I won't be afraid of throughing in a gag bag on had for the road.
There's plenty of gain, even for a ribbon mic - I tried a Royer R-122 and found the sound together to very good. Not quite up to an Avalon M-5, but that's a different beast althogether. I acheived a great sound for my vocals using a Rode NT1000. I also DI's my nylon stringed guitar to get a good sound.
In my applications, I desire everthing from a smoothing of transients (for my whistling) to a nice edge (for my guitar). I have to say the the range of Project Series is very broad.
Some unexpected exptras include an impedance switch for the XLR input, and a very basic but nice-to-have limiter. With my equipment, I couldn't decern any changes in sound using the impedance button, but I did finally figure out how to use the limiter, which is tied to the output level.
There's also a hi-pass filter, pad, phase, and of-course phantom-power settings...wow, what a deal in such a small format.
On the negative-side: there's no ON/OFF switch, it has a wall-wart, and all connections are on the back.
Support is very responsive. I emailed ART with questions and always go a response from Thom within a day.
If you're looking for a great value in a preamp, especially as an up-grade to a board's channel, this is the ticket. close [-]
by Sec Pie from Pacific NorthwestI've had this for a year and a half now. It works well with my condenser mic, gives a full and rich sound. Lets me tweak input and output. Only problem I've had is sometimes the USB doesn't work with ... read more [+]my iMac - delay is off and will give bad sound for no apparent reason. close [-]
November 2, 2009
Music Background: Home recording studio
QUITE A BOX
by ROBERT JACOPEC from TOMS RIVERI RARELY USE ANY EXTRA'S FOR SOUND WHEN RECORDING..MOST THINGS UNDER $250 ARENT THAT EFFECTIVE AND HAVE ALOT OF FAKENESS TO THEM..THIS IS VERY WARM AND NATURAL.I USED IT ON ALL THE INSTRUMENTS EXCEPT ... read more [+]DRUMS OF COURSE.SMOOTH RESPONSE FOR THAT $69 I GAIVE IT A FOUR.WHY?BECAUSE I LOST THE DIRECTIONS AND DONT KNOW WHICH SETTING TO USE WITHOUT GOING BANANAS..LOL GREAT PRODUCT WHEN I KNEW HOW TO USE IT. close [-]
October 9, 2009
Music Background: MUSICIAN
Mario, Indianapolis, IN
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