There’s no question that in this squeaky clean digital age, more and more musicians, engineers, and producers are looking for the rich, full-bodied sound produced by vacuum tubes. The TP-2 Dual Tube Microphone Preamp from Korg combines a dual-channel tube preamp (with switchable stereo operation), transparent optical compression, and digital outputs with 24-bit/96kHz A/D conversion built in. But the hottest feature of the Korg TP-2 is the incredibly low Sweetwater price! Though it carries a list price of $699, the TP-2 Tube Preamp can be yours for just $179.96! That’s a savings of almost 75%!
The TP-2 offers two completely independent preamps, each driven by its own 12AX7 tube and individual real-time controls. Using a specially tuned version of the Valve Force technology seen in the Electribe X series and Triton Extreme, the TP-2 accepts either XLR or 1/4″ TRS inputs, with switchable phantom power. Equipped with a hi-Z switch, 26dB pad button, and a variable trim control, the TP-2 assures the optimal gain setting for any source. The TP-2 uses state-of-the-art optical compression to respond quickly to any signal with a wide range of dynamic control. Compression sensitivity knobs on the front panel are teamed with Fast/Slow release time buttons and large, audiophile VU meters for intuitive realtime control.