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ART Pro Audio Tube Mic Preamp with V3

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TPSII

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Designed as the ideal preamp for any application, the tube driven TPS II and DPS II add warmth and texture to any audio source. These two-channel high performance preamps use a hand selected 12AX7A tube in the low noise input circuitry. This, coupled with ART's proprietary V3 (Variable Valve Voicing) and variable input impedance allow the TPS II and DPS II to deliver incredible performance from cost effective single space rackmount solutions.

V3 Technology
V3 provides optimized reference points to begin the recording process. The V3 presets were created and fine-tuned by some of the industry's top studio and live-sound engineers. V3 technology allows you to select between a multitude of presets designed for guitars (electric and acoustic), keyboards, bass guitars, drums, vocals and more.

Variable Input Impedance
Variable input impedance increases the sonic potential of the TPS II & DPS II even further. It delivers entirely new sonic textures and tone by varying the input impedance of the preamp, which in turn varies the way the microphone reacts to the load of the preamp. This creates a wide range of new sonic possibilities with any modern or vintage condenser, ribbon or dynamic microphone.

The variable impedance control is infinitely variable allowing much finer control and the ability to tune the preamp to the microphone's ideal sweet spot. A feature usually only available on far more expensive and exclusive microphone preamps.

Extremely Wide Dynamic Range
The DPS II and TPS II can accept up to +20dB peaks while maintaining over 120dB dynamic range with incredibly low distortion. Input LED metering monitors the signal level of the input amplifier so maximum gain can be achieved without clipping the preamp at the input.

OPL (Output Protection Limiter)
ART's OPL (Output Protection Limiter), which precisely and accurately controls and maintains the output peak signal. The OPL circuitry is crucial in protecting the next link in a signal chain - such as a hard-disk recording system or a sound card - because unlike analog clipping that sounds musical and sometimes pleasing, digital clipping is nasty and often fatal for your monitors' tweeters.

A versatile insert loop on each channel provides access for additional signal processing or direct access to our high quality A/D converter. Separate gain controls on analog and digital outputs allow you to optimize the unit for simultaneous applications.

Features:
- Variable Input Impedance
- Improved V3 Variable Valve Voicing Presets
- LED Input Meter with Analog Output Meter
- Enhanced ART Tube Technology Adds Warmth
- Automatically switches between instrument and microphone preamp
- Wide Frequency Response (5hz/50kHz)
- Enhanced OPL Output Protection Limiter

Specifications:
• Dimensions: 6.5d x 19.0 w x 1.75 h
• Weight: 5.5 lbs.
• Dynamic Range: >100dB
• Frequency Response: 5Hz to 50kHz (+0 to 1dB)
• THD: <.01% clean, (<0.1% warm)
• CMRR: >75dB (typ. @1KHz)
• Equivalent Input Noise: -129dBu (A weighted, xlr to xlr)
• Max Gain: 80dB (xlr to xlr)74dB (Inst. input to xlr)
• Max Input Level: +19dBu (xlr),+22dBu ( Inst. input)
• Max Output Level: +28dBu (xlr)+22dBu (1/4)
• Power Requirements: 110-125 VAC, 16W

If you're on a budget, it gets the job done.2 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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This preamp was the best purchase I've made to add to my bass rig. With this I've finally crafted the sound I was looking for. Thanks to the V3 settings (experiment with it), I can finally unleash the boom in my fender p-bass with EMGs and the growl from my Jackson js3v.
Posted by anonymous on Sep 25, 2013
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Bang for Your Buck BUT Don't Expect Miracles6 of 7 customers found this review helpful

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It's not a great preamp as boutique preamps go but this is NOT a boutique preamp. It's a budget preamp aimed at entry level recording enthusiasts. The solid state end of the preamps are discreet as far as I can tell which is something to consider. That means that pushing the pres a little hard isn't going to result in harsh, sand paper distortion. The Toob end is a starved plate design but not nearly as starved as your typical 9 or 12 volt variety. The tube seems to be getting enough plate voltage to push the headroom a little higher so you're not hitting fuzz(so called tube warmth) right away. The variable impedance is really a useful tool. Experiment with the settings and you can get tones that seem compressed or boxy to very open. A nice touch. The weakest point for me is the V3 voicing. The tones here are controlled by an IC. There's no real explanation of what's going on with the settings. Most of the settings I don't like. Particularly with the sources they are intended. The OPL limiter sounds horrible IMHO. If you can avoid this, you are better off. But, you may find a setting that works. Experimentation is the key with this thing. It's not perfect. It's also not very expensive. Is it better than the preamps in your interface? Maybe. It depends on the interface. Is it useful? Sure it is. Just don't buy a VW Beetle expecting it to perform like a Ferrari. It's not going to happen.
Posted by hue on Apr 18, 2013
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