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ART Tube MP/C Microphone Preamp / Compressor

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Product Description

The ART Tube MP/C Microphone Preamp / 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 microphone/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. ART's Tube MP/C circuitry is a hybrid design utilizing the latest, most advanced, solid-state and tube technology.

ART Tube MP/C Microphone Preamp / Compressor 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
  • 1/4 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

The ART Tube MP/C preamplifier's active balanced solid-state input provides extremely low noise and excellent common mode rejection. The 1/4 inch high impedance input prevents loading of any connected device making the ART 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.

Product Specifications
ART Tube MP/C Microphone Preamp / Compressor Specifications:

  • Input Connections: XLR balanced or 1/4 inch unbalanced
  • Input Impedance: 1M Ohms 1/4 inch input, 5K Ohms XLR input
  • Output Connections: 1/4 inch unbalanced, XLR balanced, transformer isolated
  • Output Impedance: XLR: < 600 Ohms, 1/4 inch: < 300 Ohms
  • Frequency Response: 30 Hz – 60 kHz +1 dB balanced output, 20Hz-60kHz +1dB 1/4 inch output
  • Maximum Gain: +80 dB (balanced in-out), +64dB (unbalanced input, balanced output)
  • THD: <0.1% at 1k Hz
  • CMRR: >60 dB at max gain
  • Equivalent Input Noise: -128 dBu typical (‘A’ wtd., Shorted XLR balanced input, gain at max)
  • Maximum Input Level: unbalanced (Inst): +15 dBu, balanced (mic): +10dBu
  • Max Output Level: +19dBu (Line mode)
  • Phantom Power: Switch selectable, +48Volts DC, filtered, current limited
  • Tube Type: Hand selected 12AX7a
  • Compressor Slope: 2:1 (Comp.) / 11:1 (Limit)
  • Attack Time: <1mSec (limit), 20mSec (comp.)
  • Release Time: 150mSec (Fast), 20mSec – 3 Sec Program dependent (Auto)
  • Low Cut Filter: -3dB at 70Hz, 6dB/Octave
  • Chassis Type: All aluminum black anodized with integral rubber sides
  • Power Requirements: 9VAC at 1000mA (external)
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 1.75 x 5.9 x 6.5 inches
  • Weight: 2.9 lbs. with power supply and packaging
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Phone:  585-436-2720 Warranty:  1 year
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