Art Tube MP Studio
Art Tube MP Studio

Tube MP Studio, Tube Pre-amp from Art.

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Average Score:4.3( 4.3/5 based on 9 reviews )
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radiobomb's review"valve warmth in a cheap mic pre / Di"

Art Tube MP Studio
Excellent DI / Mic pre, with dial in valve warmth/saturation. Great for Re-amping techniques and Di signal from Bass / guitar, or providing phantom power. Ground lift, 20db pad, phase reverse switches. jack i/o, xlr i/o, simultainiously. 12AX7 tube [which can be seen through the vent slots, glowing orange] dialed in via a pot. Good gain structure with extra 20db present if needed. However supplying the phantom power from a desk is a more stable alternative to battery power. The powersupply wallwart handles phantom requirements adequately if no mixer connected.
Low self-noise and a set-and-forget item. excellent.
Often use as Bass Di for added harmonics, boosting hi-mid presence whilst allowing all the bass through.
Incredible for it's price, about 45€.
Recommended as a cheap capable mic pre [with optional color added to taste].

jeangusyoung's review

Art Tube MP Studio
* Which technology is used? (analog, digital, tube, ...)
- Tube (12AX7) of very poor quality, surely

* Which effects or effect types are available?
- No effects

* What connection options does it provide?
- One jack and one XLR input
- The same for the outputs

* Is it a rack-mountable?
It's not rack-mountable because the indicators and controls are on the top, not the front panel

I give it 9/10 due to the fragility of the flat cable that connects the tube's receptacle. You'd better not need to replace it or you'd better learn how to solder.


* Is it easy to make settings?
- Well, yes, you make connections depending on the cables you have (Jack or XLR)

* Is it easy to edit sounds or effects?
- You need to turn the controls and make a test recording. You can easily tell if you've gone too far.

* Is the user's manual clear and comprehensive? ...
I haven't read it much, except maybe to understand what the OPL was all about.


* Is the sound of your instruments or mics faithfully reproduced? Does the preamp sound transparent or does it color sound?
- No special remarks. It does what you expect from it (I connect to it my Shure PG52 to amplify the lows of my cajon)


* How long have you been using the product?
- Since September 2010

* Which feature do you like the most / the least?
+ It's compact
- Having the buttons on top and not on the front panel, which doesn't allow me to place a second one on top, that's not very cool

* Did you try any other models before buying it?
- I already had a Presonus Tubepre

* How would you rate its value for money?
- It was relatively expensive in the store where I bought it

* Based on your experience, would you buy this product again? ...
- No. But careful... not because it's a bad product! I love to have everything consistent, so I wanted a 2nd tubepre, but they didn't have another one, and I didn't want to wait for it to arrive.

_duc_'s review

Art Tube MP Studio
Everything has been said already


Über-easy to use
You get good sounds right away


At first, I bought it to amplify a dynamic mic.
The result is excellent! With a very nice coloration, nicer and warmer than that of my Yamaha mixer's built-in preamp.

And then I tested it with other instruments...
With guitar it's not striking
With piano it's nothing to write home about either
With bass guitar it's astounding! A very clean and warm sound! I use it currently for bass and I have ordered a second one for the mic!


Unbeatable value for money!

What I like best is its sound :D ! Try it on everything you can and see how it performs...

What I like least is it's design. It's not too big, but it's not too practical to place other things on top. The cables are on the front and the controls on the top, I would've preferred the cables behind and the controls on the front ;-) But it ain't that bad!

I have already ordered another one!

Heavyspender's review

Art Tube MP Studio
This is a tube microphone preamp. It comes with a 12ax7 tube. Because it has tube technology, I bought this to add some warmth to my live rig. It has 1/4 inch inputs and output as well as a balanced XLR input and output. This means you pretty much have a stereo input and output capability with this unit. You can also go direct with an XLR input into a mixing board with this unit. I would call it rackable, as it is definitely not a floor unit. It is very small, so it can go on top of your rack, but also on top of your amp,preamp, power amp, or speakers.


The configuration is fairly simple. There is an input and output knob. There are also buttons for gain, p.power, phase reverse and OPL. Basically, you turn the input knob to adjust the volume of your input, and turn the input knob to adjust your output volume. The effect of both can be heard through your speakers. The manual is clear and sufficient. There is really nothing much to this unit to understand.


I bought this preamplifier to add more warmth to my rig, as my Fender Stage 185 tends to have a harsh treble. So I really did buy this unit to "color" my signal in that respect. Unfortunately, I have to realize that this is a microphone preamp, so running my guitar through my pedals, then through this unit before going to the board will not make my "house" tone sound good. As a matter of fact, it sounded very weak. So I broke down the next week and mic'd my amp then sent that signal through this unit, then to the mixing board, and I sounded much better through the house speakers. Don't know for sure if I sounded warmer than through my amp, but at least the sound through the house was decent. I think this unit will also make miking my acoustic guitar sound great.


I have had this unit for about 2 months. I like the fact that you can go direct to the house. Unfortunately, you have to go direct with a microphone, so technically, you're not going direct anyway. I do like having an xlr and 1/4 output, so I really have a stereo capability there, so I can add yet another amp to my rig. (Forget bi-amping or even tri-amping, I want to quad-amp!) Also having "stereo" inputs allows me to put my electric through the 1/4 inch input, and a microphone for my acoustic guitar through the xlr input, without having to switch around instruments, inputs, cables, etc. It's great for microphones, but this is NOT a guitar preamp. (Obviously!) This is the only model I tried because it was the specific model I needed for my needs. For $39, I don't regret my choice at all, because it has its uses

killer2k2's review

Art Tube MP Studio
Analog tube technology, jack and XLR connectors, not rack-mountable.


It's child's play to use, the manual is almost useless


It improves sound, that's undeniable, and it doesn't produce any noise. The preamps are much better than those of my Alesis 16 FW or my 32-channel Behringer SL3232. The tube adds a nice coloration! Not like the mic 100 or 200.


I've been using it for five months.
Pros: Sound, look, price, warmth
Cons: Slight buzz if you crank it all the way up (but who does that anyway?), and it's single-channel

If I needed a single channel preamp, I would buy it again, otherwise I'd go for multi-channel preamps.

Wills01's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Art Tube MP Studio
It is a product that has XLR jacks and a fortiori. It has no built-in effect because it's just a tube preamp.


The sound is very good. it lacks a switch and especially a régalge gain wider. It is either saturatio or too low ... This probably comes from the low dynamic lamp


This preamp is very good as his vriametn ...


Good équpement: I just regret the lack of switch

gma's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Art Tube MP Studio
Said everything was good, l. He has a few tips and more from the simple tube mp ... I also practice the nitre seen!


Using a priori simple but gigantestques opportunities. According to the microphone being used can be selected to make the most bossr preamp or microphone, or when to leave room for another preamp board (in a console for example).
It is also a preamp that can screw up your sound. He requested an adjustment period and will not really work alone, it may even spoil your life if you do not learn to handle it with headphones on!


This is THE preamp for home studio rock. It colors the sound, but I find it beautiful trs! He sounds like a good old folk folk roots and a little background noises Global Warming when you want to capture them. A bit of breath to catch trs low volume (scratches, noises, etc. chucotements). So transparency is questionable, but it brings other hand really a grain class, efficient and beautiful. compared a m-audio buddy, it is, I think, well above the other as straight and stiff so that nothing comes out! The home studio that can not type in the Avalon can finally give a little fire and blast pic (hahaha) their local bad sound. And it's really for this type of use that is Designed, even if I was actually advised by a t ing her that uses it a lot in his professional studio, on batteries when it does not do analog as well as voice certaiens to smear a bit of a signal too clean and too cold depending on the microphone used. Bluff with a branch above a neuman rings of hell without losing precision ... Unbelievable! (Finally a ptetre must lose a little but it dlicat).
on the other hand with dynamic microphones is not won. It is oversized certaiens frquences (high mids and treble or bass trs basses), or dyed it a bit of everything and screw up the punch of the microphone (SM57 for example, tests have never t tr s successful, the simple preamp for my 8 track works better for a).
I was also able to compare the copier, the ULTRAGAIN MIC100 Behringer and ART is cleaner when pushed, hotter, believe that the lamp in the behringer is that to look pretty ...


I use an art tube mp for 5 or 6 years, and his great ERRF aprle now I recently (about one month and dei)
Report quality unbeatable price!
I test a lot of widgets, the avalon, the m-audio, behringer, the home made preamp. The high-end sound better, of course, but when I test my microphone with a avalon low-end and comparing the diffrence n'tait not obvious, since the limits of precision were made before the while the microphone. The sound with ART trs is hot, even if it lacks a report after prsence signal preamplifier with high-end. But in its range Meix ... No!
But used only in a rock type music / rap / pop. For the sound variation on it is too prcis color and not enough. In a test against taking lyrical voice and a piano in auditorium, is really serious. Well the APRS my hair silent micro limit, and again ... your exact spectacular silent and true Russian. But for an orchestra, I would try not ... When you blow a lot of superimposed layers of catches taken with this preamp has a tendency to be drooling a little. But up to 8 tracks are no problem.
Home studio that made the rock or pop dyed vintage or folk seeking sound a bit roots, this preamp crushes the rest of the market even the most expensive stuff.
home studio who want to make taking Franaise song with instruments and voices whisper wind .... ..... humpf Invest in larger because you may galrer if your micro n ' is not an atomic bomb.
I am not 10 because I am well aware that it will never compare with a large high-end preamp, but in its price range and a priori in all preamp under 300 euros (which I test s and the type of music crit!) is the best I've found ... Again for the rock / pop / folk.

polair's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Art Tube MP Studio
at this price it is hard to find more settings, input gain, output gain, a phantom power supply, a selector 20 dB, a phase switch (very handy) and a limiter. side connection was both input and output is either the XLR jack .... A lamp to heat the whole ...


Use side I tried to play on the input gain and output to see if this had an influence on the sound but in wine (I may be deaf). Once activated the limiter goes completely unnoticed, a good point. Second a good point for the meter which is quite rare to find a camera of this price.
Nothing complicated, I would even say a 5 year old to use it.


I falait a cheap preamp waiting to invest in a top of the game and the Avalon Focusrite style. So I opted for the ART tube mp studio that was one of the most cost ...
before purchasing this product all my recording were amplified by the preamp in my mixer (Yamaha MG12 / 4) and despite the use of XLR cable and an Audio Technica condenser microphone there was a breath lege since I use the little preamble of ART in a single unwanted noise from disturbing my record. The sound is warmer, less metallic, more natural and very clean. I also tested with an electric guitar as well as bass and the sound is much better than directly through the preamps in the mixer ... For the price (100euros), no complaints.


As you can see, at this price is expected for the moon. ART wanted a simple and unadorned, the housing and strong and very well done compared to the models of project and home studio for less.
with this preamp you will have no unpleasant surprises, a very good value for money.
Perfect until they can afford a preamp 1000euros.

Doyeuxyvan's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Art Tube MP Studio
After having tried the Behringer preamps as I tried the score at ART preamp to hope for a cheap and adequate for a quality recording.

On paper, the preamp looks nice.

I had an MP and OPL Studio. I keep the OPL, however.


In the knob is used to choose gain entry.
The Out adjusts the output volume.
The other buttons are nice, the compressor does not compete OPL long course.


It's already on, it sounds lamp. On a guitar amp with distortion means tubes rock'n'roll very warm, you feel the difference with an electronic preamp of the same price.

To record a clear signal, the sound is bright and we look away.

But the big flaw that I noticed and I wanted to understand for a year + is that this preamp is noisy. When we play no problem, but when you stop, there's a little buzz for me that does not allow me to make a quality recording. Especially by using it for all my Atari Falcon made records.

Believe my word, I tried every possible config and stuff, it never disappears buzz. (Of my two models) Even the stuff to loosen the 4 screws does not work.
on the other hand I did not change the lamp, I find it a bit corny, but can be is this the solution?

If we play it goes over, however, it is true that the preamps a lamp should be good as the high end. On a high volume amp is pretty irritating. ART should do good in high-end stuff, but hey here is not fun. I hope that the racks for ART based on the MP system do not have this defect.


I think for the same price it is better to buy a preamp electronics.

To compare, my Zoom 505 blows a little more than preamp without the buzz.
I am also an owner of an environmental TFPro P1, it sounds and I did not buzz.

I urge you to go to the more serious preamps directly (TFPro P1, Presonus Eureka, Mindprint Envoice ...)

I use it just to sound light at specific times, giving a small aspect of my amateur record.

If you are not demanding quality recording, it goes very well to make demos.