PreSonus TubePre V2

Single-channel Microphone and Instrument Preamplifier with Built-in Tube Tone Circuit
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Huge Tube Sound in a Pint-sized Pre!

The PreSonus TubePre V2 compact microphone preamplifier gives you serious value for your money. Affordable, portable, and packed with a wide range of rich tube tone, TubePre V2 is one piece of gear you'll constantly find new uses for. First, there's the TubePre V2's XMAX Class A preamp, an astonishingly clean pre that plays well virtually any microphone you can get your hands on. Then there's a the tube tone circuit, which lets you dial in the perfect amount of color. And that's just part of what makes the PreSonus TubePre V2 one of Sweetwater's favorite affordable preamps.

PreSonus TubePre V2 Compact Single-channel Microphone Preamplifier and DI at a Glance:
  • Class A XMAX microphone preamp gives you award-winning sound
  • Dual-servo vacuum tube output stage provides rich tube saturation
  • Doubles as a killer tone box for your guitar or bass
Class A XMAX microphone preamp gives you award-winning sound

Featured on high-end gear such as their StudioLive mixers and their super-popular AudoBox VSL series audio interfaces, you'll find PreSonus's XMAX preamplifiers in studios all over the world. At Sweetwater, we've rarely come across an integrated Class A preamp that's so universally esteemed. No matter what microphone you plug in, you can count on the TubePre V2 to give you quality sound you can use. You're sure to be amazed by how clean and clear the TubePre V2's preamp section sounds, especially considering the price.

Dual-servo vacuum tube output stage provides rich tube saturation

Unlike most tube preamps, the TubePre V2 lets you add as much or as little tube warmth as you like. That's because PreSonus design it with a 12AX7-driven tube circuit that's completely separate from its preamplifier, allowing you to can cleanly amplify your signal and then dial in tube saturation to taste. From completely clean to total tube fuzz and everything in between, the TubePre V2 gives you an absolutely huge range of tone.

Doubles as a killer tone box for your guitar or bass

The PreSonus TubePre V2 isn't just great for microphones - it also serves as an incredible instrument preamplifier. That's because PreSonus designed it with a separate hi-Z instrument-level input. Plug in your bass and crank up the TubePre V2's tube circuit to get rich and dimensional fuzz, or add the perfect touch of bite to your guitar tone. And with a built-in 20dB pad and highpass filter, the TubePre V2 can accommodate a wide range of other sources as well.

PreSonus TubePre V2 Compact Single-channel Microphone Preamplifier and DI Features:
  • A value-packed portable preamp that lets you dial in vibrant tube tone
  • XMAX Class A preamp input stage gives you clean and clear sound
  • 12AX7-driven dual-servo vacuum tube output stage lets you blend in tube saturation to taste
  • Switchable 48V phantom power provides compatibility with any kind of microphone
  • Separate hi-Z instrument input allows you to directly plug in your guitar or bass
  • 80Hz highpass filter lets you roll off troublesome low frequencies
  • 20dB pad accommodates extra hot sound sources and signal levels
  • Polarity-reverse switch lets you fix phase issues at the source
  • Backlit VU meter with LED clip indicator makes it easy to keep an eye on your levels
  • Rackmountable 1/3U chassis is also perfect for tabletop use
The PreSonus TubePre V2 preamplifier gives you huge tube tone with a small price tag!

Additional Media

Studio Preamp Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Preamp Type Solid State with tube-driven output
Number of Channels 1
Phantom Power Yes
Analog Inputs 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4" (hi-Z)
Analog Outputs 1 x XLR, 1 x TRS
Rack Spaces 1/3 (1U)
Height 1.75"
Width 6.33"
Manufacturer Part Number TUBEPRE V2

Customer Reviews

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PreSonus TubePre V2

I love it, I tried testing it out and my vocals sound more powerful and crispy, its an upgrade for your studio.

PreSonus TubePre V2

It does everything that Sweetwater says that it is suppose to do. Thanks once again Chris.................

Powerful Sound!

Ok so I've been in complete awe with this pre amp, I never thought something so small would make my vocal recordings so crisp, I love it and have highly recommended this product to my peers. Thank you PreSonus for such a great product and thank you Sweetwater for the amazing price :)
Music background: Recording Engineer

A great piece of equipment

This is a great product at a good price. I used it as a preamp for an accoustic guitar at a gig last weekend. The sound was fantastic and plenty strong for the amplifier effects
Music background: Guitar player for 40 years

Banjo Magic

After finding that both the EMG acb-5 and Fishman Rare Earth pickups were far less than ideal for my specific open backed banjo, I took a tip from a friend and mounted a Shure SM-57 on the coordinator rods. The mic is placed inside a 4 inch piece of foam pipe wrap facing the neck and held tightly in place with two velcro straps so it’s easily adjusted or removed. An XLR cable with a 90 degree jack comes out of the mic, and it goes into the TubePre V2 preamp which provides a volume control for silent tuning, a "rumble switch" to reduce the sounds of fumbling around on stage common to banjo players, AND a really nice amount of warmth to the signal on its way to the board. The signal produced is a bit hot, but as long as the person running the board takes it easy, it’s not a problem. The mic in the banjo itself is not overly prone to feedback. After just one week of use, I’ve already had numerous compliments from audience members, band mates, and sound guys. It’s a simple set up that sounds amazing. I’m a bit wary of the mostly plastic construction of the unit itself, but with a proper mounting system on either a mic stand accessory tray or a pedal board it shouldn’t be an issue. The VU meter looks pretty cool, too. ;-) I can envision numerous other uses for this versatile unit.
Music background: Working Musician
See also: PreSonus, PreSonus Preamps