ART Tube MP Project Series USB

Tube Preamp with Variable Impedance, FET Limiter, and USB
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ART Tube MP Project Series Preamp with FET Limiter, Variable Impedance, and USB

The Tube MP Project Series is a professional quality audio interface that lets you connect microphone, instrument, and line level signals to audio inputs to digital audio workstations as well as standard analog devices. ART took their legendary Tube MP series and updated every aspect of the design, inside and out, while still maintaining a compact, reliable, cost effective product, and added a USB output. From the new all-aluminum stackable chassis to the precision LED level metering circuitry, ART has improved virtually every aspect of their already successful Tube MP series and added USB connectivity.

ART Tube MP Project Series At a Glance
  • USB
  • Ultra-Low Noise
  • Input Gain Control to Maximize Dynamic Range and Tube Usage
  • FET Limiter

USB (Universal Serial Bus) is a common hardware interface used for quick and easy connection of peripherals like the ART USB TUBE MP. The TUBE MP features a single Type B USB peripheral connector on the rear panel for outputting audio over USB to your computer. One of the nice features of USB is its Hot Swapping capability, allowing the Tube MP to be connected and disconnected without turning your computer off. The ART USB TUBE MP is fully USB 1.1 compliant, operating under Windows 98SE or newer, and Mac OS 9.1 or newer.

Ultra-Low Noise

The new ultra low noise discrete microphone preamp front end has an extremely flat and wide frequency response and handles a wide range of input signal levels with a minimum of coloration. This gives you a very clean and neutral sound with a wide variety of signal sources. The high impedance 1/4" instrument inputs optimized for guitar pickups allowing every nuance to be heard. ART uses a high quality 12AX7A tube inside to add warmth to musical dynamics and the power supply is external to keep AC line noise and hum back at the wall.

Input Gain Control to Maximize Dynamic Range and Tube Usage

The input Gain control and switch help you to maximize your input dynamic range as well as control how hard you are driving the tube. Input impedance is switch selectable to optimize your microphone's response right on the front end. These two features are a must when trying to get the most out of a vintage ribbon or studio grade microphone. The switch selectable highpass filter removes very low frequency rumble and wind noise before it has a chance to overload your inputs. The Bessel filter design is set at a low 40Hz to preserve bass tonality and time domain response and it is very effective when tracking or interfacing to your computer based audio workstation. Phantom power is available for the XLR input and is a clean +48 Volts DC from a low noise internal supply that is current limited to prevent damage to your sensitive microphones.

FET Limiter

A FET Limiter with fast attack and musical release times limits the maximum audio output level to prevent overloading succeeding equipment while still maintaining a clear uncompressed sound. This allows you to maximize the dynamic range of your signal before converting to digital. A Phase Invert switch allows you to switch signal polarity right at the source. This feature is especially handy when you are mixing the signal output with other channels in a mix. The Output control comes after the Tube and Limiter and is used to match the output level to a wide variety of systems. Following it is a new output section that provides high output signal drive capability to both outputs.

Tube MP Project Series with USB Features
  • USB Interface Output
  • Extremely Low Noise Discrete Front End
  • Up to 70dB of Clean, "Musical" Gain
  • High Output Signal Drive Capability
  • Fast FET Limiter to Prevent Overload
  • Switch Selectable Input Impedance
  • Precision LED Metering
  • Built-in Low Noise Phantom Power Supply
  • Compact, Stackable all Aluminum Chassis
  • XLR and 1/4" Inputs and Outputs
  • Phase Invert Switch
  • High Cut Filter Switch
  • Variable Input and Output Controls
ART Tube MP Project Series USB - Affordable Tube Preamp with USB

Additional Media

Studio Preamp Buying Guide
Tube MP Project Series USB User Manual

Tech Specs

Preamp Type Tube
Number of Channels 1
Frequency Response 10Hz-40kHz
Phantom Power Yes
Compressor Yes
Analog Inputs 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4"
Analog Outputs 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4"
Computer Connectivity 1 x USB
Height 1.75"
Depth 6.5"
Width 5.9"
Weight 2.5 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number TUBE MP PROJECT USB

Customer Reviews

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Love it

I have been using a USB plug and play mic ever since I started a home studio, and just recently took the plunge into the preamp/XLR mic world. After a few recommendations from other musician friends, and extensive preamp research I went with this preamp. I am so happy I did, because this thing is amazing. Great bang for your buck: Gives out a real crisp, clear signal and love all of the customization you can do pre-mixing stages with this thing. You'll definitely get your moneys-worth with this preamp! I'd like to add as a side-note: The product title says "USB" - which led me to believe that you would get a USB connector cable included, but that isn't the case. The USB just means it will connect to your computer via a USB port. But that was my bad and doesn't take away from the product rating at all for me: like I said a must-buy for any beginner in this audio-production world!
Music background: Semi-professional singer, Amature voice over artist

ART Tube MP Project USB Douse the Job

Pros: I am very pleased how ART Tube USB really delivers The FET Limiter douse job perfectly . when The FET Limiter set on, while doing a screaming Test, it never Clip/Peak over 0dB. resulting a nice perfect Clean Vocal Sound, Cons: The only small Minor con is the "Stock 12AX7 Chinese Tube" kinda of didnt really sound too good, it sounded a little Dirty, this actually has been proven on Youtube by "Michael W. Dean" i wish ART, would-of pick a better tube like Russian "Tunsol 12AX7" ethier with gold pin or original (regardless) Lucky i was able to Replace it with "Tunsol 12AX7 Russian Gold pin Tube" given a 30% to 50% better then the Silly Stock Tube Other thoughts before ART Tube MP,, i use to use AT2020USB, i was good after few mouths, but after a few mouths later. while Screaming in unexpected/Epic gaming mo. Clipping and some distortion were noticeable currently using AT2035
Music background: independent self taught audio engineer. Audiophile, TwitchTV Gaming Broadcaster

ART Tube USB Pre

I operate an Internet radio station called Our Musical Roots. Like most radio stations I have to get the VO mic audio into the computer that controls the automation system. The sound card in the computer is a waste of time, so an external preamp was essential. The ART Tube Pre did the job perfectly and I invested the left over bucks in better mics. We bought 3 of the ARTS. I thought the ART Voice Channel and DBX 286 sounded a little cleaner, but no USB on the 286. Other options are 3X the cost of the ART Tube USB Pre. So at the price this little box can not be beat. ART !!!!! I would love a step up, with tube and USB !
Music background: Broadcast and post production


Well I got this product the other day decided yay! lets give it a test it worked out wonderfully! I left it on for 3 days ( my dads a guitar player and he is a HUGE stevie ray vaughn fan and told me that before he would use any tube guitar amp in a studio he would leave it left on for 3 or 4 days) anyways so I did so used it at church the next morning because one of our leaders is a very quiet singer and I was running the gain and the fader way to high I was getting feedback major problem when you can't hear the leader of the team but so I used it for the first time and it sounded just amazing I could tell the difference between when I first used it and when I used it at church but I could also tell the difference of using this device and using a mic that is directly plugged into the board and I thought WOW!! this is awesome i got alot of compliments about how her voice sounded so much better today etc... my original tendency was to use it as an output for the band I record they are classic rock and run it into my computer and when I went to give it another test I could not get it to connect to my computer the driver was there when I went to check it but it just wasn't showing up in my options as an audio device so after hours of searching on the internet with no luck and much disappointment I decided to try what I had already tried and deleted the drivers from the list but I noticed a box I didn't check before that was for deleting the driver from the computer I did so and it works so maybe that's just a problem on my computer i'm running windows 7 seems no one else is having this problem but because I had this problem after just 1 use I give it a 4.5 but other than that its a great product and would suggest it to anyone looking for a tube preamp with a great tone very easy to use interface I love the phase inverse button it makes such a difference and I have so much more control over the input level into audacity ( I've always had a problem with the input level to the software I absolutely love this product and I hope for anyone who had the same problem I had this was a major help!!!

That's what I thought

The quiality seems to be pretty good, I say so because I'm not a audio engineer or something like that but my ears know pretty much.
Music background: Rap/Reggae
See also: ART, ART Preamps