ART Voice Channel

Class A Tube Channel Strip with Dynamics and EQ Processing and Digital Connectivity
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A Quality Tube Preamp with Channel Strip Features and Digital Outputs!

The ART Voice Channel tube channel strip gives you the tools you need to put quality sound into your analog or digital recording device at optimium quality, all in one package. The Voice Channel provides Class A tube preamp quality and clean gain with an integrated dynamics processor and semi-parametric EQ, as well as a range of digital outputs for a versatile, powerful recording front-end. In addition, the EQ can be patched before or after the dynamics for added flexibility, and a separate insert jack lets you take advantage of even more routing options with the Voice Channel.

ART Voice Channel Stereo Tube Channel Strip with Digital Output at a Glance:
  • All-in-one solution
  • Versatile processor-routing
  • Range of outputs

All-in-one solution
Built to provide the ideal all-in-one input solution for analog or digital recording, the ART VoiceChannel is a true second-generation discrete Class-A tube microphone preamp capable of providing clean quiet gain while maintaining incredible transparency. An integrated fully variable powerful dynamics processor subtly controls transients and noise of the most demanding sources while the VoiceChannel's semi-parametric EQ offers wide tune-ability.

Versatile processor-routing
For added versatility the EQ can be patched before OR after the dynamics processor while separate insertion jacks allow you quick quiet in-line connectivity to external signal processing gear immediately after the Mic preamp, before the EQ and dynamics processor in the signal path. Another insert patch point exists just before the A/D converters.

Range of outputs
Choose between a wide range of outputs including balanced analog output, 44.1 KHz to 192 KHz AES/EBU, S/PDIF, ADAT and USB. Both analog and digital meters provide a detailed indication of audio levels.

ART Voice Channel Stereo Tube Channel Strip with Digital Outputs Features:
  • Ideal input solution for any recording application.
  • Tube Microphone Preamplifier with Selectable plate Voltage and Variable Input Impedance
  • Exceptional warmth and definition from proven ART Tube Preamp design
  • Smooth musical sounding dynamics control including Compressor / Expander / De-Esser / Gate
  • Powerful Parametric EQ selectable Pre or Post Compressor in signal path
  • Flexible digital connectivity including ADAT Lite-pipe / AES/EBU / S/PDIF / TOSLink Digital Output supports 44.1 to 192 KHz Sample Rates
  • USB direct-connect to computer or laptop
  • Attack Time: 250 uSec. to 100 mSec
  • Boost and Cut/Frequency Band: +12 dB on each band
  • Compression Ratio: 1:1 to 20:1
  • Dimensions: (DWH in inches) 9.17 x 19 x 3.5
  • EQ Frequency Bands: Low Frequency: 50/150 Hz Selectable
  • MID 1 Frequency: 100 Hz to 3kHz continuously variable
  • MID 2 Frequency: 500 Hz to 15kHz continuously variable
  • High Frequency: 5K/15kHz Selectable
  • Equivalent Input Noise: -130 dBu, Input shorted, Max gain, A weighted
  • Frequency Response: 16Hz - 42kHz -1dB@96kHz
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: 1kHz - less than .015% typical
  • Weight: 10.5lbs/4.8kg
The ART Voice Channel gives you a Class A quality tube preamp with onboard dynamics and EQ processing, plus digital output!

Additional Media

Studio Preamp Buying Guide
Voice Channel User Manual
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Tech Specs

Preamp Type Tube
Number of Channels 1
Frequency Response 12Hz-100kHz (A/A)
Phantom Power Yes
EQ Yes
Compressor Yes
Other Processing Expander/Gate
Analog Inputs 2 x Combo (XLR/TRS)
Analog Outputs 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4", 1 x 1/4" (Mic Pre Out)
Digital Inputs 1 x ADAT (Optical)
Digital Outputs 1 x AES/EBU (XLR), 1 x S/PDIF (Coax), 1 x S/PDIF (Optical)
Other I/O 1 x Word Clock In (BNC), 1 x Word Clock Out (BNC), 1 x 1/4" (Insert), 2 x 1/4" (A/D Inserts)
Computer Connectivity 1 x USB
Rack Spaces 2U
Height 3.5"
Depth 9.17"
Width 19"
Weight 10.5 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number VoiceChannel

Customer Reviews

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Very Impressed

I dont give products 5 stars ever. But today I'm doing that. I got my Voice Channel 3 days ago. Let me tell you I am really impressed. I recently recorded an album in a proper studio. Spent a lot of time learning from engineer regarding the very nice preamps, compressors, eq's etc that he had. Asked a million questions. Eventually I decided to just take a gamble on the Voice Channel because hey, it'll be my first channel strip and at the very least it should teach me a lot. IT IS SOOOO GOOD. I've been recording in the box (plus a preamp) for a while. This was such an immediate upgrade. I've tried both using the USB out as well as running direct into my interface. The quality is absolutely there. The control though? If you're an in-the box mixer, you should still get one of these. Add a bit of compression and De-Esser on the way in and your singer can relax and focus on the performance. You can get SO MUCH MORE out of the singer that way. I am just so incredibly impressed.
Music background: Songwriter, Home Studio

A great value in a vocal strip!

I got this unit as a reasonable alternative to a lot more expensive units, and I must say, it surpassed my expectations. It has a very warm sound that works well with both male and female vocals, and it's extensive features make it one of the most versatile pieces I own. Thanks as well to Sweetwater for there great customer relations and fast and reliable shipping.
Music background: Bassist and studio engineer

High end sound

The ART Voice Channel Strip works great. Has all the bells & whistles you'd expect out of a high-end channel strip. Lots of bang for the buck!!!
Music background: Pro musician, Producer, Studio engineer


Got one of these in my studio and the quality is awesome !! Just had to spend some time fine tuning with my voice and got that sweet warm “In your face” sound I’ve always been looking for. Also got the Pro Channel II in my smaller studio.
Music background: Producer & Voiceover Talent

Works Wonders!

I have used this piece of gear numerous times to record. I am always impressed by the tonal quality, it provides. It is a solid hard working machine, that you could use it all day and never get tired of. For any size studio, it is a beneficial add-on! Thank you ART, and Sweetwater, for carrying such wonderful gear!
Music background: Recording Engineer, Pro Musician,
See also: ART, ART Channel Strips, ART Preamps