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ART Tube MP/C Project Series, Professional Tube Preamp/Opto Compressor Limiter/DI

Code: 219169   
ART Tube MP/C Preamp Tube Preamp/Opto Compressor Limiter/DI

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€110.01 (euros)

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Tube MP/C Project Series, Professional Tube Preamp/Opto Compressor Limiter/DI description:

The ART Tube MP/C Preamp is a multi-purpose tube preamp and optical compressor suitable for both studio and live use. This hard-wearing and competitively priced tabletop unit contains both a tube-based analogue preamp and a VCA-less compressor with optical gain reduction control.

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 Tube MP/C maintains exceptional signal integrity and extremely low noise. A tube based opto-compressor circuit follows the tube preamp. While the preamp is always active, the compressor may be bypassed. The preamplifier's active balanced solid-state input provides extremely low noise and excellent CMRR. The 1/4" input has a high impedance, which prevents the loading of any device connected to it and makes the Tube MP/C perfect for DI or line level applications, and a transformer isolated XLR output allows for both the XLR and ¼" outputs to be used at once. 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.

The compressor is soft knee by design. Although it is capable of providing a thoroughly "squashed" signal in "Limit" mode, it was designed to excel in areas where transparent and musical dynamics control is desired. The beauty of the optical/tube design is its ability to apply heavy amounts of compression without pumping and breathing like VCA-based compressors.

The main features of the ART Tube MP/C Preamp include:

  • Tube-based mic/line preamplifier with up to 80dB of gain
  • Optical (VCA-less) compressor circuitry = transparent dynamics control
  • 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
  • Aluminium chassis

Manufacturer: ART

This page first created on: 08/05/2015

Customer Reviews


Nice sturdy and simple tube preamp, easy to tweak whilst tailoring it to your input. All features really useful prior to digital conversion such as the subtle compressor.

This customer purchased the product in February 2017