Digital Mpa

I’ve had other ART gear that didn’t feel quite as solid, with buttons that would get stuck. I did swap out the tubes with Sovtek models shortly after getting it, but the original tubes aren’t bad by any means. Unit looks classy and high end, build quality is surprisingly sturdy and secure. I’ve moved mine several times, and it gets rolled around my studio in my rack several times a week with no issues yet.

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  • It’s a solid state amplifier with a tube used for voicing.
  • I’ve done tube and output transformer work on guitar amps and learned that tube selection and placement can make a significant difference in the amp.
  • I use this unit all the time to warm up my guitar and bass guitar signals, for all my condenser mics, and can’t wait to use it with a ribbon mic to see how well it’ll warm up that sound, too.
  • To keep the lows under control, there’s a smooth, 6dB/octave low‑cut filter that can be swept from 10Hz to 200Hz.
  • Very easy to get a clean stereo spectrum with these tubes.
  • Large back-lit analog VU output meters display output levels while multi-colored LED arrays, with average or peak hold, show tube gain and digital output levels.
  • They arent bad amps but if you only need one channel id get the ART Voice channel preamp.

So after collecting information on several sites, blogs and forums, I finally got a clear picture of what I want. The lowest-priced brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item in its original packaging . I bought one after running bass through it at a studio. I bought mine used on Ebay and have never had issues with it. Sounds like others have had some issues and complaints. Variable Input Impedance — an important feature that is very hard find in any price range, let alone at this pricepoint.

Even their one channel units accept instrument in. You may see a quality increase if you were to use a high end external pre or di and going line in, however. The high-z input has become an indispensable feature for recording at home & is particularly effective on bass. Likewise, the unit adds the same warmth and purity to synth (and it’s stereo!) and makes a D.I guitar sound bearable when micing a cab isn’t an option/you can’t be bothered.

Studio Recording

First connect a trs cable from your audio interface output 3 to input 1 and set your input 1 gain to zero. However, in talking to the manufactures my USB interface has no way to bypass its preamp (even at line level, which doesn’t make sense to me, but ok). So I will effectively be coloring my external tube MicPre sound with my interface’s preamp before getting to the DAW. I’m assuming there must be converters that do not have preamps included. I’ve tried various combinations but when using a trs cable from the Art preamp to the compressor input and a trs from the compressor to the scarlett input the level seems very quiet. I just wanted to check this is correct as testing with xlr cables is a lot louder.

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If the Saffire lets you change inputs 3-4 from LINE to INST then yes, you’d be fine. If your interface doesn’t have one, you can buy an in-line pad for $20 or so that connects to your mic cable and turns down the signal. I have to use these on every drums session. Thats already determined by the interface specs..

Beyond that, a rotary control on the front panel lets you select a range of format and sample rates from 44.1kHz to 192kHz and from 16-bit to 24-bit. Two word clock connectors are onboard as well, and there’s a push button for looping through the word clock signal. These are very good preamp, you can make a session with as they can add a multitude of colors to catch . This is a serious product that has its place alongside other more prestigious because it has its own sound. Besides a large number of studios deemed to have, so I could try.

Caractéristiques Du Produit

I wanted to record some stereo acoustic guitar and some vocals and since eleven rack has line inputs so I hooked Art to eleven rack line inputs. So, the first device is now in dual mono mode. It’s kinda hard to hear on headphones while drumming but next moth i am switching to stereo mode. Great care has been taken to ensure accuracy in the preparation of this article but neither Sound On Sound Limited nor the publishers can be held responsible for its contents. The views expressed are those of the contributors and not necessarily those of the publishers.

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Remember, you don’t need really hot levels going into your DAW and you definitely don’t want unneeded noise. Avoid all of this by using conservative gain staging in your external preamp, and avoiding the extra gain from your interface’s pre when running a line in from an external. Large back-lit analog VU output meters let you check input or output levels at a glance, and multi-colored LED arrays, with average or peak hold, provide a clear visual display of tube gain . The ART Pro MPA II Tube Preamp can be configured for dual mono or stereo operation with selectable mid/side mic support, summing the adjacent channel, to decode left/right signals. All and all I was impressed with the preamp.

Product Overview

It’s worth the extra few $$$ over this price range of preamps. This is easily the best tube/valve pre-amp out there for under $1000; it’s not just for hobbyists, but is designed as a professional tool. This is a worthy investment for anyone that is serious about taking their home recordings to the next level. We’ve put together The Ultimate Guide to Microphone Preamps that will teach you about all the components that give them character, and how to select the right one for what you’re after. Learn about a variety of affordable models that competently model some of the best sounding preamps of all time.