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ART TubeOpto 8 Reviews

4.5 stars based on 5 customer reviews
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  • from Virginia Beach, VA October 26, 2012Music Background:
    Live Sound Engineer

    TubeOpto 8, an excellent addition to the O1v

    Great sound quality, ease of use, light-pipe connectivity, front controls and metering and the clients like the fact it has tubes for warmth.

    In addition to opening up channels 17-24 on the input side, I now have 8 outs I can send to 4 stereo or 8 mono headphones or wedges.

    The O1v is a great tool, the TubeOpto 8 expands the users options.

    When I get the cash, I plan to add another, expanding my live rig to 32 channels. After extensive research, I cannot imagine a better quality sound, ease of use and more bang for your buck than the TubeOpto/O1v combination.

  • from NC May 7, 2015Music Background:
    Touring musician, producer, engineer

    Look no further for an ADAT expansion

    So I debated for a very long time about which route to go to add 8 channels to my rig to pair with my Liquid Saffire 56. The Octopre and the dynamic version were on my watch list. After listening to tons of examples and doing my research I got this piece and I'm not looking back. Outside of the 2 liquid pres this sounds better then my Saffire 56. Knobs are kinda meh. But really who cares. The sound is the most important thing and this unit delivers. I love the midrange and the way it reacts to transients. Acoustic guitars, vocals, and drums are gonna sound great in this thing. Pretty much everything really. And clients love the word "tube". It adds a new air of legitimacy to my relatively small studio and the sounds I can get.

    I will look to upgrade the tubes in the future but for now it's a solid preamp. Get one and you won't be sad.

  • from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada August 28, 2012Music Background:

    Great Sound, only these knobs....

    Great piece of equipment, sounds really nice, when tubes are not pushed hard. Needs a bit fiddling in and out to get desired sound and levels. I use it with Focusrite Saffire 56, i wanted to get octopre but went with art, no regrets at all. Sound quality very close (if not better) to Saffire 56. All that great BUT... these knobs, horrible choice for knobs, they feel cheap, they dont move smooth, but simple solution.. ebay and order yourself a set of new knobs. SSL style knobs work perfectly, way better than stock ones. No friction at all. RUNS HOT keep it in mind. Soon i'll try changing tubes in mine.

  • from Salt Lake City, UT, USA July 15, 2011Music Background:
    Live Sound Engineer, Recording Engineer

    Nice Features, Runs Hotter Than Expected

    I definitely like all the features included on the front panel, like the mini-meters, PAD switches, and high pass filters. I do find myself wishing for click stops on the knobs (but then again, what has that other than multi-thousand-dollar units that say "Mastering" on the marketing literature), and I was also surprised by how much thermal radiation the tubes emit. (To be fair, I'm not really a follower of tube-based equipment, so I have no reference point.)

  • from Fort Worth, Texas, USA August 9, 2010Music Background:
    Recording Engineer

    Great for Drum Tracking

    Bought one of the first ones. Hooked up the ADAT out to a RME RayDAT and tracked some rock drums on Nuendo. Result: punchy, low noise, handles transients well, slight bit of upper harmonic warmth (tube saturation). Then I took the ADAT out and plugged into the ADAT in and used the analog outs into my hot-rodded Soundcraft Ghost (Burr-Brown op amps, low ESR caps) and then to a Lynx Aurora and Nuendo. Result: more analog sounding, better midrange, even better soft clipping in the upper harmonics. Bottom line--with the right digital interface, a good alternative to an op-amp based preamp box. The tubes are Chinese 12AX7s (total of 4 stereo), but definitely not bottom of the barrel. Some amount of hand-picking obviously goes into the tube selection at assembly time.

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