ART Tube MP Project Series USB Reviews4.0/5.0 based on 7 customer reviews
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September 13, 2011
GOOD ONLY ! PROBLEM SO FARWell 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 that 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!!!
June 25, 2010Music Background:
That's what I thoughtThe 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.
from Fort Collins, CO, USA
July 15, 2006Music Background:
World-Champion Jazz Whistler, guitarist, self-recording engineer
Great little preamp - TubeMPpsUSBThe 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 the delta in price is a no-brainer.
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.
from Pacific Northwest
November 2, 2009Music Background:
Home recording studio
Good value!I'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 my iMac - delay is off and will give bad sound for no apparent reason.
from TOMS RIVER
October 9, 2009Music Background:
QUITE A BOXI 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 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.
from Washington, DC
December 29, 2006Music Background:
Does not come with USB cableLuckily I had USB and Midi cables laying around, but it's still a bummer when USB devices don't ship with cables. 4 stars performance, 3.5 for no cable.
from Miami Beach, Fl.
July 6, 2009Music Background:
Musician & Perfectionist
Nice PRE for the MoneyI gave it three stars because YOU HAVE TO CHANGE THE TUBE!!!!!!. I changed the tube to a GE NOS, and also use a Tung Sol re-issue. Definately makes an awesome Mic PRE. I record Vocals on my Blue BlueBird and get the sound probably everyone looks for. If your just recording Vocals you cant go wrong with this Pre. for the money.