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Item Reviews for: ART Pro MPAII Microphone Preamplifier  -  ART PROMPAII LIST

Very happy with my purchase
By: Bryan from Arnold, MD      Submitted: 11/15/2013

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General Your general opinion of this product. I bought this unit to get my mics on a better pre, instead of interface pre. I use it with a Zoom R16. don't listen to the bloggers on gear sluts, this unit definitely improved my front end, don't get me wrong i still need a better interface eventually. Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Unit is a tank. Like all electronics it is an issue of the internal guts lasting. Time will tell. Ease of Use How easy is this product to use? How easy is the product to use with other products? Did it take long for you to learn to use this product? Was the manual helpful? How playable do you consider this product to be? Super easy to use. just get the VU meters set for your particular interface and it's almost as easy as turning up a gain knob. I say that a little cautiously because unlike just turning up a gain knob this puppy has options, like the Impedance match, low cut filter, plate voltage, etc... i find myself spending about 10 minutes pre-record dialing the unit in to craft the cleanest signal possible. hopefully it gets faster with experience. Features What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could? There are too many good features to list just one, but I do like the M/S function, but since you have two pre's you can do Blumlein pair also. I wish you had an option like on the Art Compressor VLA II to look at the meters in either input or output stage. Sound How is the tone? This unit is amazing if you take the time to tweak your tone. Also do yourself a favor and pair it with the Art Pro VLA II. This combination is a knock out. My recording already sound more transparent, a huge plus when it's time to go back in the box and add Reverb's and other effects. i notice i can add more, although less is more, without my S/N ratio sounding like crap. Reliability How has it stood up over time? Just got it, but outside of the external build quality, which i said is a tank, it's all about the guts. For you newer project studio guys check out the Sound on Sound review for both the MPA and the VLA. if you can read through he typical British underhandedness you will see that these units are one definite bang for the buck. granted they aren't Neve or Meridian or Great River. but as a first go to pre you could not ask for more and it works on a budget.
Well worth the mony
By: Pito from Pecos Tx US      Submitted: 4/26/2013

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Great step-up preamp!
By: Hoss from Emmett, ID      Submitted: 7/18/2011

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Detented input and output knobs, sturdy box, nice VU meters, excellent sound, lots of features... All in all, this is an excellent preamp of high quality. I highly recommend it. Features What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could? The only thing this preamp is missing that I would really like to see is an insert for a compressor or EQ chain. Otherwise, it is a VERY full-featured preamp, capable of tons of great tones and lots of versatility. The stereo function of this preamp is a fantastic feature and awesome for stereo miking acoustic guitars and drum overheads. Ease of Use How easy is this product to use? How easy is the product to use with other products? Did it take long for you to learn to use this product? Was the manual helpful? How playable do you consider this product to be? While there are lots of buttons and knobs, this thing is pretty straight forward to use. Plug in your mic, plug the output into your DAW, set your levels, and go. Use the impedance knob to tweak your tone. Adjust input, output, pad and plate voltage to get the sound you want. Sound How is the tone? Sounds fantastic. I've used it on kick and snare, where it did a fine job. Dialed in just a little bit of tube saturation to give them a little body, and it sounded nice. But this thing REALLY shines as a direct box. Bass sounds warm, fat, and punchy with great clarity. Direct electric guitar sounds wonderful; a perfect foundation for re-amping later or using in-the-box amp modeling. On clean tracks, I've actually used just the ART; no re-amping or modeling later, and it sounded great. Reliability How has it stood up over time? I haven't had it very long, but my entire rack took a pretty hard jolt when it fell from about a 6 inch height...Didn't phase it a bit. Seems to be built pretty tough. Knobs and buttons don't feel flimsy or cheesy at all; very smooth. General Your general opinion of this product. So far, I'm very happy with it. I bought it intending to upgrade the tubes immediately (and I may in the future), but it sounds great out of the box, so I'm not gonna mess with what isn't broken at this point. Lots of features and great sound for the money.
Low noise Pre-Amp
By: Jim from Glen Rose Texas USA, jimflud@gmail.com      Submitted: 7/13/2011

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Seams well made, and so far no problems Features What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could? Two channels, adjustable plate voltage. Ease of Use How easy is this product to use? How easy is the product to use with other products? Did it take long for you to learn to use this product? Was the manual helpful? How playable do you consider this product to be? Simple operation with everything you need, increase input stage and lower output to drive tube harder.48 volt phantom power, adjustable plate voltage and two channels Sound How is the tone? Have used it with Golden Age ribbon, Rode NT1A and AKG 414 And all sound great, the low noise is very important with ribbon because of high gain settings. Reliability How has it stood up over time? Haven't had it long, Time will tell. General Your general opinion of this product. I like this pre amp. Will add a second soon
I'm Impressed
By: Tony C from Valrico Florida      Submitted: 6/14/2011

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? I was unfamiliar and sceptable about these products and their quality - not anymore - thoroughly impressed now. Features What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could? Hard to say: I like both the 20 db gain for use on some mics but the High-plate voltage switch has that subtle magic I especially need for my particular voice. Ease of Use How easy is this product to use? How easy is the product to use with other products? Did it take long for you to learn to use this product? Was the manual helpful? How playable do you consider this product to be? Didn't have to spend more than 10 minutes with the manual. Each piece of equipment kinda tells you it's thirsty and the unit has what it takes to quench that thirst with the press of a button. Sound How is the tone? Both mics (of different brands) and guitars can be easily adjusted and enhanced into my sound zone. I've even pre's the unit with a pod with great results. Reliability How has it stood up over time? Though I've had it a short time, I've produced consistantly clear outputs with whatever I've plugged in to it. General Your general opinion of this product. Having little experience with these types of units, I am very happy with the the overall quality and functions of the unit. I am especially happy that it's a dual. Didn't have to comparatively spend a lot for all its functions and clarity. I can't say I know what a $1000 pre sounds like but I didn't hear anything bad coming out of this unit - totally clean. Great results and value for the money invested.
Very good sound!!!! Until it stopped working
By: bigwev from US Army- Germany      Submitted: 4/26/2011

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? To be determined Features What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could? Nice sound very impressive. It makes my recordings sound like I know what I'm doing :} Ease of Use How easy is this product to use? How easy is the product to use with other products? Did it take long for you to learn to use this product? Was the manual helpful? How playable do you consider this product to be? Read the manual and you'll be alright Sound How is the tone? Very good Reliability How has it stood up over time? didn't have it long before I turned it on one day and It didn't work. To make a long story short. The fuse blew out. I was happy that thats all it was. Don't look for the company to help!! No ability to contact anyone other that by e-mail. That might be okay with you if your not in any rush to finish what your working on!!!! General Your general opinion of this product. Really Good my go-to vocal recorder
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