ART TubeOpto 8Item ID: TubeOpto8
8-channel Tube Microphone Preamplifier with 24-bit ADAT I/O, 70dB of Gain, and 1/4" Outputs
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Get Eight Channels of That "Tube Sound!"Ever wish you could add more of that "tube sound" to your recordings, without breaking the budget or filling up your rack with a clutter of gear? Now you can, with ART's Tubeopto 8! This flexible 8-channel tube preamp features ADAT input and output connectors, so you can easily expand the I/O capabilities of your existing interface rig - it's the perfect way to prepare for full-band recording, with a real-deal tube pre! Each channel has a Class A vacuum tube mic preamp, 70dB of gain, and balanced 1/4" phone or XLR inputs for flexibility. We'll say it again: you just can't beat the TubeOpto 8's value!
Beyond offering a full complement of eight tube preamp channels, the TubeOpto 8 is ready to integrate with all of your existing studio gear. You can pipe in the eight channels to your favorite ADAT-equipped audio interface via lightpipe. You can also use the word clock connectors onboard to get all your digital gear in sync with each other. Beyond all that, the TubeOpto 8 has you in mind. Ever wish you could plug in an acoustic and lay down a quick song sketch? Now you don't have to hunt down an open channel or crawl around to the back of your rack. Just plug righ tinto one of the two convenient frot-panel hi-Z instrument inputs and you've got the benefit of a tube warming up your sound.
The ART TubeOpto 8 was made to get the most possible value out of your budget. With an astoundingly affordable per-preamp channel... and keep in mind, these are tube preamps... you won't believe the sonic (and channel count!) upgrade you get when you add the ART TubeOpto 8 to your studio lineup.
ART Tubeopto 8 8-channel Tube Microphone Preamp with ADAT Features:
Give yourself eight channels of awesome tube preamp sound with ART's amazingly affordable TubeOpto 8!
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Reviewsbased on 4 reviews
TubeOpto 8, an excellent addition to the O1v
by Robert Cross from Virginia Beach, VAGreat sound quality, ease of use, light-pipe connectivity, front controls and metering and the clients like the fact it has tubes for warmth.
October 26, 2012
Music Background: Live Sound Engineer
In addition to opening up channels 17-24 ... read more [+]on the input side, I now have 8 outs I can send to 4 stereo or 8 mono headphones or wedges.
The O1v is a great tool, the TubeOpto 8 expands the users options.
When I get the cash, I plan to add another, expanding my live rig to 32 channels. After extensive research, I cannot imagine a better quality sound, ease of use and more bang for your buck than the TubeOpto/O1v combination. close [-]
Great Sound, only these knobs....
by Dominic Dot Okune from Mississauga, Ontario, CanadaGreat piece of equipment, sounds really nice, when tubes are not pushed hard. Needs a bit fiddling in and out to get desired sound and levels. I use it with Focusrite Saffire 56, i wanted to get octop... read more [+]re but went with art, no regrets at all. Sound quality very close (if not better) to Saffire 56. All that great BUT... these knobs, horrible choice for knobs, they feel cheap, they dont move smooth, but simple solution.. ebay and order yourself a set of new knobs. SSL style knobs work perfectly, way better than stock ones. No friction at all. RUNS HOT keep it in mind. Soon i'll try changing tubes in mine. close [-]
August 28, 2012
Music Background: Engineer/Producer
Nice Features, Runs Hotter Than Expected
by Daniel "Danny" Maland from Salt Lake City, UT, USAI definitely like all the features included on the front panel, like the mini-meters, PAD switches, and high pass filters. I do find myself wishing for click stops on the knobs (but then again, what h... read more [+]as that other than multi-thousand-dollar units that say "Mastering" on the marketing literature), and I was also surprised by how much thermal radiation the tubes emit. (To be fair, I'm not really a follower of tube-based equipment, so I have no reference point.) close [-]
July 15, 2011
Music Background: Live Sound Engineer, Recording Engineer
Great for Drum Tracking
by Marty from Fort Worth, Texas, USABought one of the first ones. Hooked up the ADAT out to a RME RayDAT and tracked some rock drums on Nuendo. Result: punchy, low noise, handles transients well, slight bit of upper harmonic warmth (tub... read more [+]e saturation). Then I took the ADAT out and plugged into the ADAT in and used the analog outs into my hot-rodded Soundcraft Ghost (Burr-Brown op amps, low ESR caps) and then to a Lynx Aurora and Nuendo. Result: more analog sounding, better midrange, even better soft clipping in the upper harmonics. Bottom line--with the right digital interface, a good alternative to an op-amp based preamp box. The tubes are Chinese 12AX7s (total of 4 stereo), but definitely not bottom of the barrel. Some amount of hand-picking obviously goes into the tube selection at assembly time. close [-]
August 9, 2010
Music Background: Recording Engineer
Henry, Marion, IL
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