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Art Pro MPA II

Tube Pre-amp from Art

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avillarreal14avillarreal14

Perfect Tube Preamp for Pro's and Starters

Art Pro MPA IIPublished on 10/15/14 at 08:43
Let me start by saying that this unit has been more than just a simple 2-channel tube microphone preamp. It is a tone monster! With selectable impedance, 3 gain stages, 2 choices of High and Normal Plate Voltage and a really useful and transparent Low Cut Filter, this unit will perform with any kind of source and provide you with a kaleidoscope of sounds. On top of that, you have the option of running the 2 channels with only one set of knobs through its Stereo mode, for Room micing applications or even running stems through it! It also processes your Mid-Side micing setups for that really wide stereo capture. And it just sounds better than doing it ITB. There is somehow more coherence...…
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Let me start by saying that this unit has been more than just a simple 2-channel tube microphone preamp. It is a tone monster! With selectable impedance, 3 gain stages, 2 choices of High and Normal Plate Voltage and a really useful and transparent Low Cut Filter, this unit will perform with any kind of source and provide you with a kaleidoscope of sounds. On top of that, you have the option of running the 2 channels with only one set of knobs through its Stereo mode, for Room micing applications or even running stems through it! It also processes your Mid-Side micing setups for that really wide stereo capture. And it just sounds better than doing it ITB. There is somehow more coherence between the center and the side channel, and you can really push the side more for that HUGE drum sound.

The construction is top notch, and as a testament it has stepped knobs. I’ve owned this unit for almost 5 years now, I’ve travelled with, and it just feels like the first day.

Other features include Phase Invert and +48v switch, a 2 set of High-Z Instrument inputs, as well as your standard XLR inputs and outputs, and a set of balanced TRS outputs. Oh and a word of caution, there's a tiny little button on the back to switch between Pro (+4 dBv) and Consumer level (-10 dBu). It tripped me off the first time because I had it disengaged and was getting minimal signal level coming into my interface. So, to most users, just leave it pressed.


UTILIZATION

As I said before, this preamp is versatile. Through its different gain stages you can really shape your sound:

1. Gain: controls your signal going into the tube amplification stage.
2. +20dB: more often than not, I have it engaged. It pushes the signal going into the valves to really color your sound. By means of the “Tube Warmth” display, you can easily measure the input drive of the tubes. I’m generally driving it when I’m for instance, recording a soft passage of a vocal take. When I go into the chorus of the song I back it off to give it a little more room, but even if you go into the red, it’ll give you a really nice distortion. I recorded a Bass Guitar for a reggae song and it sounded great by having it on red almost all the time.
3. Output Level: gives your final level control going into whatever you’re recording with. There’s always plenty of headroom in this unit and this is where the VU meter come in handy. But even so, it’s not that important, as with anything in the analog world, it is more about the tone.

The Impedance knob has a range that will work with most condenser and dynamic microphones. It’s really tough to describe what it does to the sound, but sometimes I feel it like it gives you a more focused mid-range on one end, and on the other a more rounded, balanced response.

Lastly but not least, is the Plate Voltage switch. It will give you shimmering highs that for female vocals works wonders. It feels like an aural exciter, but works only on the upper end of the frequency response. You may feel that you can achieve the same effect with EQ’ing but trust me you won’t. It is about commitment with this one.


SOUND QUALITY

Even when you pair this amp with a cheap mic, it’ll give that warmth and that extra percent that is hard to put a finger on. Really I have nothing to say but good things about it. Obviously you have to consider that this is a tube preamp, so it will color your sound substantially. Now, one thing that really blew me away was when I ran a full mix through it. For lack of a better word, the sound just became real. And when pushed, it rounded the transients kind of like the effect of a tape machine.

OVERALL OPINION

It may seem complicated to work with, but believe me it is not. Plug in your favorite mic and there’s no way you’re going to make it sound bad going through this preamp. You will have instead, colors and colors to choose from.

Pros:
- Great tube warmth
- Great construction
- Stepped knobs
- Stereo Mode and Mid/Side Matrix

Cons:
- I really had to look into for this one but you may have to calibrate your VU meter needle from time to time. But this could be even considered normal.

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DamYuccaDamYucca

excellent

Art Pro MPA IIPublished on 12/19/13 at 09:24
(This content has been automatically translated from French)
2 LAMPS
2 units in 19-inch rack

UTILIZATION

clear manual

SOUND QUALITY

very very good preamp
I redo pass in my MOX6 synth suddenly finds himself with bcp sounds better defined

OVERALL OPINION

for 2 years
very good amp for the price no problem
possibility of changing the lamps, I will not delay
that happiness
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jubjubjubjub

Sturdy, well made

Art Pro MPA IIPublished on 11/12/13 at 07:46
(This content has been automatically translated from French)
This is a pre-tube amp rack. Jack connectors, XLR, mid-range, well made.

UTILIZATION

Simple configuration, easy editing.

SOUND QUALITY

The preamp is not transparent because it is a tube preamp!
So it brings warmth and light saturation, which highlights the harmonics.

I use it with microphones for singing and taking folk guitar, and electric guitar.

OVERALL OPINION

It is sturdy, well made, pleasant to touch.
It equips default Chinese lamps (this is written on the lights!)
I replaced it with a mesa boogie, and JJ tesla
See my comparison test here:


No breath, good heat and slight saturation is a good machine that I use for a long time and still holds up as well! …
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This is a pre-tube amp rack. Jack connectors, XLR, mid-range, well made.

UTILIZATION

Simple configuration, easy editing.

SOUND QUALITY

The preamp is not transparent because it is a tube preamp!
So it brings warmth and light saturation, which highlights the harmonics.

I use it with microphones for singing and taking folk guitar, and electric guitar.

OVERALL OPINION

It is sturdy, well made, pleasant to touch.
It equips default Chinese lamps (this is written on the lights!)
I replaced it with a mesa boogie, and JJ tesla
See my comparison test here:


No breath, good heat and slight saturation is a good machine that I use for a long time and still holds up as well!
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mielobulemielobule

Art Pro MPA IIPublished on 01/14/13 at 15:48
(This content has been automatically translated from French)
analog

UTILIZATION

simple and intuitive

SOUND QUALITY

I've read previous reviews that describe the pre and its performance including replacing tubes.. Overall, it's nice to have it on hand for some applications. For those looking for a first preamp for microphones, I will recommend a more neutral  because MPA not sound bad but does not work with all sources.

OVERALL OPINION

I just want to add something useful for grateux and bassists: if they can not make a decision in the rules of art (scratches, amp, a nice acoustic mic preamp), MPA can enter your scraper / bass directly into one of the two jacks on the front and use such plugs Guitar Rig, Logic Amp Designer. It works...…
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analog

UTILIZATION

simple and intuitive

SOUND QUALITY

I've read previous reviews that describe the pre and its performance including replacing tubes.. Overall, it's nice to have it on hand for some applications. For those looking for a first preamp for microphones, I will recommend a more neutral  because MPA not sound bad but does not work with all sources.

OVERALL OPINION

I just want to add something useful for grateux and bassists: if they can not make a decision in the rules of art (scratches, amp, a nice acoustic mic preamp), MPA can enter your scraper / bass directly into one of the two jacks on the front and use such plugs Guitar Rig, Logic Amp Designer. It works like hell, the quality of the circuits and being able to give a little gain (due to the lamp) into the socket provides a surprisingly realistic sound. I got the best results with the plugs in Softubes (Vintage Amp Room, and Bass Amp Room, not to mention).

A wise!
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  • Manufacturer: Art
  • Model: Pro MPA II
  • Category: Tube Pre-amps
  • Added in our database on: 05/04/2009

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