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TUBEMP/C

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The Tube MP/C (PreAmplifier/Compressor) is a multi-purpose tool for audio engineering and recording. Two independent circuits featuring a tube-based analog preamplifier and a VCA-less compressor with optical gain reduction control are housed in one, convenient desk-top chassis. Used as a mic/line preamp or as a DI (direct) box, the Tube MP/C is designed to work seamlessly with any recording, sound-reinforcement, or electronic instrument setup. A R T's Tube MP/C circuitry is a hybrid design utilizing the latest, most advanced, solid-state and tube technology.

The preamplifier's active balanced solid-state input provides extremely low noise and excellent common mode rejection. The -inch high impedance input prevents loading of any connected device making the Tube MP/C perfect for DI or line level applications. The preamplifier's second stage 12AX7a tube runs on a regulated DC voltage providing an additional 20dB of gain.

The compression circuit features a VCA-less design and utilizes optical electronics (Vactrol) coupled with a 12AX7a vacuum tube gain stage for superior musical performance.

Features:
• Tube-based mic/line preamplifier with up to 80 dB of gain
• Hand-selected 12AX7a tube
• Optical (VCA-less) compressor circuitry = transparent dynamics control
• -inch unbalanced inputs and outputs
• XLR balanced inputs and outputs
• Transformer isolated XLR output
• Selectable output range for Line/Instrument interface levels
• LED meters for Tube Warmth, Gain Reduction and Output level
• +48V phantom power
• Phase reversal switch
• Selectable release time settings
• > 90dB dynamic range
• Custom extruded aluminum chassis

Specifications:
• CMMR: > 60 dB @ max gain
• Equivalent Input Noise: -128dBu typical ("A" wtd., Shorted XLR balanced input, gain @ max)
• Frequency Response: 30 Hz - 60 kHz +/- 1 dB balanced output, 20 Hz - 60 kHz +/- 1dB 1/4" output
• Input Impedance: 1M Ohms 1/4" input, 5K Ohms XLR input
• Input/Output Connections: Input: XLR balanced or 1/4" balanced. Output: 1/4" unbalanced XLR balanced, transformer isolated.
• Maximum Gain: +80 dB (balanced in-out, +64dB (unbalanced input, balanced output)
• Maximum Input Level: unbalanced (Inst): +15 dBu, balancd (mic): +10 dBu
• Maximum Output Level: +19 dBu (Line mode)
• Output Impedance: XLR:

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Closest StoreToronto - Bloor Street, Ontario
For less than $100 you get a good, noiseless preamp and a simple compressor that works very well with most instruments. This unit is most useful with passive pickups for acoustic instruments that have a weak signal (e.g. surface mount pickups), and also works well for recording electric guitar or bass without worrying about peak levels all the time. With a keyboard it can even out the tone and add color to the sound. Once again, a very good device for the price. The build quality is also very good, like all ART equipment.
Posted by François on May 14, 2017
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Closest StoreSt. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
It has some creative uses but if I had my time and money back I'd save it for a more versatile compressor worth investing in for the long haul. The preamp isn't really that special either, but it is usable. It can add a different character to your audio but I find it a little too much colour. I do like experimenting with it to drive a guitar. The compressor is not so impressive in my experience - but play with it and find an application for it. It's not an all around tool that can be used on everything, as far as I'm concerned. I like the tube tone, it's not bad - just not great. I didn't expect a miracle, and was still underwhelmed.
Posted by anonymous on Aug 20, 2015
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