ART USB Dual PreItem ID: USBDualPrePS
USB Preamp/Interface with 2 x XLR/TRS Inputs, 2 x TRS Outputs, Phantom Power, Monitor, Mix, and Level Controls, and Production Software
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An Affordable and Compact USB Interface/Preamp Combo!The ART USB Dual Pre interface/preamp makes it easy and affordable to plug your mic or audio source into your computer. The USB Dual Pre packs a fully-featured dual preamp and a USB interface into a very compact, tough housing. This unit can use your computer for bus power, or you can use a 9-volt battery or an external 12-volt power supply (sold separately). It features two combination XLR/1/4" TRS inputs, phantom power for up to two mics at a time, a mini headphone jack, and two balanced 1/4" outputs (these can be used to go to your speakers or as preamp outputs). Independent channel gain, monitoring, and mix controls are also included on the USB Dual Pre.
ART USB Dual Pre USB Interface/Preamp at a Glance:
Made for a variety of applications
ART's USB Dual Pre is designed to work over a wide variety of applications, from remote field recording to desktop/studio tracking. Each of this unit's two low noise input channels has up to 48dB of clean gain with signal present and clip LED indicators. Inputs can be either XLR balanced or 1/4" TRS. Each of the 1/4" TRS outputs is buffered low impedance balanced.
A great choice for mobile or desktop recording
The USB Dual Pre is powered via the USB bus. An internal 9-volt battery or an optional external 12-volt power supply (or any combination of USB, battery, and power supply) can be used, depending on application. When running powered by battery alone, you should expect in excess of 50 hours of operation with phantom power off. Battery life will drop to approximately 20 hours (depending on microphone) when phantom powering is engaged (still enough time to get through an average session). The built-in low noise +48 Volt phantom power supply allows you to power up to two microphones as well as the preamplifier when running from any power sources, including the USB bus.
Flexible, latency-free monitoring options
For monitoring, an 1/8" TRS mini headphone jack with level and monitor mix controls on the rear of the USB Dual Pre allow for latency-free local monitoring of the inputs while recording as well as playback monitoring of the USB bus. The monitor mix is also routed to the 1/4" TRS balanced outputs. This lets you use the USB Dual Pre's 1/4" outputs as either preamplifier outputs or as the monitor feed to your powered monitors.
Plug-and-play USB interface
The USB interface that's built into the USB Dual Pre is fully compliant with USB 1.1 specification and uses USB adaptive mode for playback and USB asynchronous mode for record. It will work with the USB audio device drivers built into Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP/Vista and Apple OS9.1/OSX computers with native USB support. No special drivers are needed. Plus, the USB Dual Pre comes complete with Audacity recording and production software.
ART USB Dual Pre USB Interface/Preamp Features:
The ART USB Dual Pre interface/preamp makes recording on your computer easy and affordable!
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Jennifer, Chicago, IL
Reviewsbased on 8 reviews
Excellent value for the money
by Piotr Grella-Mozejko from Edmonton, AB, CanadaYou will get what you paid for, and a little more. For the price, this unit is almost priceless. It works without a smallest hitch powered through USB port (even via a Belkin USB unpowered hub!). C... read more [+]onsidering its size (another big selling point for a touring musician!), it is very well designed; compact and sturdy. Both preamps are very quiet. The manufacturer claims that the unit may be used as an audio interface and, apparently, is valued for its clean, warm sound. As every one, I take such statements with a grain of salt. Yet what the manufacturer says is completely true! The sound is indeed clean and warm. ( If used for recording, I recommend normalising afterwards.) I use it with the fantastic Edirol FA-101 interface, connected through ins 3-4. Under MacOSX no drivers are necessary. Also, I was able to create an Aggregate Device on my Mac, combingthe Dual Pre with the Edirol interface, giving me 10 ins/12 outs; this works great with Ableton Live 8. I played recordings made with this setup (plus a pair of Samson cardioid mics) for a couple of top notch pro engineers. They were positively surprised by the very high quality of the resultant sound. I recommend this product very warmly. BTW, Sweetwater service was superb and friendly, at least as good as what we are used to in Canada. Overall VERY POSITIVE experience. close [-]
May 28, 2010
Music Background: Composer/Pro Performer
Does exactly what it says...great unit.
by Oinc from Buffalo NYI'm giving this little a 5 start rating because I'm considering its price. You get 2 ins (XLR-1/4") and two outs (1/4") plus a headphone output. Works great, no noise, decent gain-level, USB powered, ... read more [+]and ultra portable! I'm using it only for rehearsals with string quartets, solo bassoon, solo cello, etc and it works great. I'm using it both for MaxMSP and Logic. You can get decent materials out of it. Highly recommended for these occasions. However, I wouldn't use it for a live situation or a more serious recording project. Overall, highly recommended, and for $80 you can't go wrong. Trust me! close [-]
February 5, 2010
Music Background: Composer, Classical music, Live-Electronics.
Very Versatile and Handy
by Rick Hagerty from Kenosha WIConsumer reviews can be very misleading due to prejudices, misunderstandings and both positive and negative over reactions . I try to be objective and realistic because I like to be actually helpful ... read more [+]rather than vent.
August 7, 2010
Music Background: Radio Theater Sound Engineer, Radio Show host/ producer
Now on with the review. The Art USB Dual is a JEWEL Pre. The caveats? It'is neither a Grace Design preamp nor a 24 bit 96kHz Cakewalk interface. It's not intended to be a high end studio console that fits in your pocket. It is an extremely handy tool of excellent quality that can make remote productions very convenient and make your day. It is the most versatile product of it's nature. There's nothing else to compare it with. Let's take a close look. It's relatively tiny and very compact. That makes it easy to carry and store. The disadvantage here is the slight clumsy use of the controls. The preamps sound very good and he phantom power is claimed to be a full 48 volts. My unit seemed to be prone to slight hum on the USB line which turned out to be caused by my laptop a/c adapter. The bit depth is 16, which seems troublesome for folks who think numbers are the end all answer to sound quality . Sixteen bit depth at a 44.1 kHz sample rate is absolute CD quality and is the best your end product will be, no matter what. If you are doing very complex studio mixing and editing, you may need the 24 bit headroom. In that case you probably wouldn't be using a USB interface. Technique and mic quality are far more significant considerations.
The battery compartment issue is interesting. I purchased the latest version, hoping the overly tight fit would be fixed. It is however, still a problem. If you insert the battery all the way it may become a permanent installation. I am actually going to turn this into a positive. Simply don't put it all the way down. It stays very secure even with the battery half exposed. The positive note here is that it helps to remind you to remove it after the job, thus saving battery leakage or drainage from forgetting to turn it off. Nothing is perfect, but I do think the USB Dual Pre is the perfect solution for portability and versatility. A combination USB interface and an analog preamp for providing a couple of extra inputs can make all the difference in achieving a successful project. As I said, there's nothing comparable. . close [-]
Excellent So Far
by Jeremy from Gainesville, GA USAI bought this box to replace a much larger rig (mixer, 8-track HDD Recorder) for some simple stereo recording; mostly instrumental/vocal recital-type stuff.
March 17, 2010
Music Background: Student, Live Sound/Recording Engineer, Bass Player
So far, this Interface does ... read more [+]exactly what it's supposed to. I'm running this through Ableton Live8 and it's working beautifully. Very low noise, clean sound.
My only minor issue is the 9-volt battery slot is a bit difficult to work with... It's a piece of cardboard between the battery and the inner-workings of the preamp. This makes it difficult to change batteries.
Other than that I'm pleased with it's performance.
I'll post another review after I can get some serious use out of it. close [-]
Works but preamp a bit weak
by Chris Blouch from VA, USAWanted something more portable than hauling a Mackie 1202 mixer around to pull computer, device and mic audio into my laptop for podcasting. Worked well but the SM58 XLR mic was pretty soft even with ... read more [+]the gain all the way up while I had to keep the gain down for the iPhone on the second channel. Seems the preamp isn't quite as strong as the one I have in the Mackie mixer, but this is a lot more portable. close [-]
June 27, 2012
Music Background: Keyboards/AV guy for small church