ART TPS II

2-Channel Microphone/Instrument Preamp with Variable Valve Voicing, Variable Impedance, and Output Limiting
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A Great, Affordable Tube Preamp!

On a tight budget? You'd be hard-pressed to find anything that sounds better than the TPS II. It features ART's Variable Valve Voicing, with optimized reference points to record guitars, basses, percussion, vocals, and more. It also features variable input impedance to let you match any mic from large condensers to ribbons.

The TPS II (Tube Preamp System 2) is a 2-channel high performance preamp that's as versatile as it is affordable. It makes a great addition to any project or professional studio. The flexible TPS II features ART's proprietary V3 (Variable Valve Voicing) technology, and it also provides variable input impedance, which lets you dial in and match any mic type from large condensers to ribbons. The TPSII's legendary tube stage maintains the classic "warm sound" and adds additional tube voicing specifically tailored to vocal, guitar, bass, and acoustic instruments, making the TPS II an incredible DI box. ART's OPL (Output Protection Limiting) feature is also included to control overshoots and normalize levels before clipping occurs.

ART TPSII 2-channel Preamp Features:
  • Tube preamp with classic warm sound
  • Variable Valve Voicing lets you dial in amount of tube character
  • Variable input impedance to tune in to your microphone
  • hi-Z instrument input for DI use
  • Output Protection Limiting controls overshoots and normalizes levels without clipping
The ART TPSII is an affordable way to add tube processing to your studio!

Additional Media

Studio Preamp Buying Guide
TPS II Spec Sheet
TPS II User Manual

Tech Specs

Preamp Type Tube
Number of Channels 2
Frequency Response 5Hz-50kHz
Phantom Power Yes
Compressor Yes
Analog Inputs 2 x Combo (XLR/TRS, Mic/Hi-Z), 2 x XLR (Mic), 2 x 1/4"
Analog Outputs 2 x XLR, 2 x 1/4"
Rack Spaces 1U
Height 1.75"
Depth 6.5"
Width 19"
Weight 5.5 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number TPS II

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
Based on 28 reviews
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5/5

Robust and sounds Great

I was searching for a tube pre that wouldn't break the bank and this device delivered. Upon research I learned that most folks replaced the factory tube- which I did with a Mesa 12Ax7 and haven't looked back since. If your looking for a mic pre to give you some additional warmth and clarity give this thing a shot. Im certain pre-amps costing 10-15 times more than this would blow it away however - its a solid addition- only takes up 1 rack space - and the presets give you a great starting point to get the sound your looking for with ease.
5/5

Warm to the bone

Oh yes a sweet add on to the studio for the money. You can beat it, it truly does what it saids! No hypocrisy in this item it delivers great sound and very attractive!
Music background: Producer, Engineer, Musician, Song writer
5/5

Great! Easy to use. Upgrade the tube!

I put in a new tube recommended by Sweetwater tech. Worth it. It smoothed this thing out and made it sound pro. Great gear with tube upgrade. Tube I used. Electro-Harmonix 12AX7/ECC83JJ - ECC83 Tesla/Slovak I took a chance and it worked out great. Presets really help get great sounds for vocals, bass and guitars.
Music background: Lead singer/bassist for band Chill Magnet
5/5

Quick update to my last review

For anyone buying this preamp, a gigantic word of advice. Two weeks ago, I decided to try upgrading the tube in my tps II to the Mesa Boogie branded Sovtek 12ax7, a twelve dollar upgrade. And all I can say is "OH MY GOD!!!!" This is easy to do. Take the top off, unplug the old tube, plug in the new one, screw the top back on, and prepare to be absolutely blown away. All the dullness you hear people complaining about with ART's is gone. Suddenly the warm air just goes on forever, and I have about ten Db more apparrent gain before serious break up. The "Valve" setting on the warm switch of the V3 sounds so much like my UA Solo 610 that I'm thinking of taking it back and buying four more of these. Still doesn't sound like my Avalons, but I wouldn't actually say it sounds worse. Just different. I can't overstress this. Change the tube, amaze yourself, amaze your friends. This thing Kicks A**.
Music background: Performer, songwriter, teacher, producer, recording engineer
5/5

STILL love this unit!

I've written a review here a couple of years ago (you can read that one at the bottom of the page), and I'm still loving this unit. I recorded a soulful jazz gospel vocalist recently thru a Shure KSM 27, and I was expecting mediocre tracks compared to the Rode K2 I was also using (I'm a huge Rode fan, by the way), running both channels into an 002 rack. I am more impressed with the ART TPS II / Shure KSM 27 combo everytime I use it. After adding a Waves compressor & just a touch of the Waves R-verb vocal plate to the vocal track, I swear it's the best vocal I've ever gotten out of my studio. I'm so impressed with this combination, I'm considering getting a couple of more Shue KSM 27's, even though I've got a matched pair of Rode NT1a's on the way. I've been tracking horns for an oldies cover band about to release their CD (I'm a horn player of 25+ years), and my tenor & bari sax with the ART TPS II / Shure KSM 27 combo is just perfect. I'm getting the grit, the full sound you'd expect from a high-end tube condensor, and it's so easy to dial in a tone. Recently I just upgraded some gear in my studio, and I'm about to buy two more of these units, and am thinking of getting a third for my live gigs (I previously used the one in the studio in my "live" rack.) I've read that changing the tubes in these units will make the sound even better. As it is, I'm convinced you can't get a better unit for the price. This is a must-have for a project studio, someone on a budget, or for someone wanting to break into the world of tube mic pres. Don't let the relatively low price fool you.
Music background: Producer, Performer, Engineer, Studio Owner

Sweetwater Advice

Carson McClain

The ART TPS II is the perfect two-channel preamp for anyone doing music. The preset voicings make sense to a beginner, yet sound great for the pro. The fact of the matter is that this unit sounds great, works well in many scenarios, and is very affordable. Rode and Shure matched pairs sound great when run through these tube pres.
See also: ART, ART Preamps