ART Pro Channel II

1-channel Channel Strip with Tube Microphone Preamp, Optical Compressor, and Semi-parametric Equalizer
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A Super-affordable Channel Strip!

The ART Pro Channel II is an affordable channel strip that any serious engineer can appreciate! The Pro Channel II gives you the warm tones of a tube preamplifier, the smoothness of an optical compressor, and the flexibility of a console-style equalizer. All together, this combination of powerhouse processing provides you with an amazing degree of control over your sound. Now add two sets of insert insert points for your outboard gear, and an instrument input for your guitar or bass, and you're in business! Get your ART Pro Channel II from Sweetwater today!

ART Pro Channel II Channel Strip at a Glance:
  • An excellent channel strip for all kinds of microphones
  • Perfect for processing guitar and bass
  • Powerful opto compressor lets you take control of your dynamics
  • Flexible semi-parametric equalizer lets you tweak your sound
An excellent channel strip for all kinds of microphones

When ART designed the Pro Channel II, they built it with a wide range of applications in mind. That's why they gave it with a set of highly flexible inputs. The preamp lets you select the ideal impedance for your microphone, and a variable highpass filter lets you roll off lows starting anywhere between 10Hz and 250Hz. A +20dB toggle lets you kick up the gain (perfect for ribbon mics), and you can even spice up the Pro Channel II's tone by upping the tube voltage.

Perfect for processing guitar and bass

ART's Pro Channel II is also great for instruments. Plug your guitar or bass into its high-impedance input, and it instantly bypasses the mic pre. That gives you full access to Pro Channel's compressor and EQ sections without coloring your sound.

Powerful compressor section lets you take control of your dynamics

The compressor in ART's Pro Channel II is modeled after the classic optical compressors of the '60s and '70s. On its more gentle settings, it lets you ease off changes in volume - perfect for smoothing out vocals and evening out the levels of your stems. You can turn up the ratio for limiting, and individual attack and release controls also make the Pro Channel II's compressor great for shaping the transients of bass lines, kick drums, and much more.

Flexible semi-parametric equalizer lets you tweak your sound

If you're looking for console-style control over your sound, then you're going to love the Pro Channel II's equalizer section. ART gave this channel strip a highly flexible semi-parametric EQ, complete with selectable low and high shelving bands and a pair of adjustable mid-frequency bands. This let you use the Pro Channel II to get great sound even out of the most demanding sources.

ART Pro Channel II Channel Strip Features:
  • This highly versatile channel strip lets you get excellent sound out of a wide range of sources
  • One of the most affordable complete channel strips available
  • Tube microphone preamplifier gives you transparent sound with the perfect touch of warmth
  • Variable impedance input lets you get the most out of any microphone
  • hi-Z instrument input bypasses the mic pre, letting you process guitar and bass directly, without extra coloration
  • Onboard opto compressor provides ultra-smooth dynamics processing
  • A full set of compression controls lets you shape transients and take hold of your dynamics
  • Console-style equalizer lets you tweak your tone to perfection
  • Pre-compressor and pre-equalizer insert points make integrating your outboard gear easy
  • Analog VU meter and LED level displays let you keep an eye on your volume and gain reduction
  • Balanced XLR and unbalanced 1/4" outputs let you connect the Pro Channel II to virtually any interface, mixer, or amplifier
The ART Pro Channel II is an amazing channel strip for an excellent price!

Additional Media

Pro Channel II User Manual
Studio Preamp Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Preamp Type Tube
Number of Channels 1
Frequency Response 12Hz-100kHz
Phantom Power Yes
EQ Yes
Compressor Yes
Analog Inputs 1 x XLR (Mic), 1 x 1/4" (Hi-Z)
Analog Outputs 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4" TS
Other I/O 2 x Insert In and Out via 1/4" jacks
Rack Spaces 2U
Height 3.5"
Depth 9.2"
Width 19"
Weight 11 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number Pro Channel II

Customer Reviews

4/5
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4.5/5

the secret magic

This thing is great, all sections can be used separately.this has no noticeable self noise when all cranked to max unlike other budget gear. the VU meter is crap though. The trick for the magic sound with this unit is to set it in low voltage mode then ride first gain knob to maintain the vocals right on the last yellow led as much as possible, occasionally touching the red sounds good in dense mixes, MAGIC. Better than multi-thousand dollar units. Wouldn't mind a version of this box with full parametric eq as the broadness and narrowness of the Q seems too much or too little often. The eq is pretty transparent and uncolored This thing is solid heavy metal well built. I leave compressor in auto mode almost always.
Music background: friendless basement dwelling neckbearded 31 year old
4.5/5

Only 300 bucks?

This thing will take a decent sounding signal and make it sound great. With vocals I have an annoying 1.5 kHz nasally tone that you can easily dial out and have a smooth sound. the tube preamp has a real hot bite that sounds pretty legit. The compressor works well also. I had some issues getting noise at first. warm it up and its clear as a whistle.
Music background: hobbyist/ songwriter
4.5/5

Incredible value!

I bought this with high expectations and it met them in essentially every way. The only thing is it makes noise (my unit at least) when the compressor bypass switch is enabled.Otherwise the sounds is great and the EQ and compression are very complimentary to vocals of any kind and acoustic guitar miking. And all that at an unbelievable price, and you can always replace the foreign tubes with tubes of your choice!Highly recpmended.
Music background: Recording Engineer, Producer, Publisher
4.5/5

True earth

great for vocals and instruments. this unit is very easy to handle and provide true fidelity to your music. Its well built and very handsome in the studio.
Music background: Recording Engineer, Live Sound Engineer, Pro Musician,
4/5

Really Useful

I have been using 2 of these as my main inputs for over a year now. Cab/Room, Top/Bottom on perc., Soundhole/Fingerboard, Etc. Using various mic's and getting really useful results. I like them configured as channel strips like this vs. separate pre & compressor. Easy for signal chain into DAW. They work very nice and are low noise, smooth sounding. I did replace the stock tubes with some JJ's, thought it sounded a little better.
Music background: 40 years Guitar Player, engineering and soundtrack production experience
See also: ART, ART Channel Strips, ART Preamps