ART TubeMPC Project Series Tube Microphone Preamp With 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
    Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
    Phone:  585-436-2720 Warranty:  1 year
    Jon Parker
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    Inexpensive Chime!
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    This ART MP/C tube preamp/compressor is perfect if you don't have a lot of money or acquired technical know how with gain stage dynamics, compression/limiting/sustain, and preamp before main amp interplay. The unit will definitely up your working knowledge of tube amp tonality even if your main amp this feeds is solid state. ART has put a studio grade processor in the grungers garage...
    Tortoise Media Productions
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    Great for live tracking of bass
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    I was very surprised. I used this as a DI for bass during live tracking of a full band, and the bass sounded great!
    MSRP: $129.00
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