PreSonus TubePre
PreSonus TubePre

TubePre, Tube Pre-amp from PreSonus.

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Average Score:4.2( 4.2/5 based on 26 reviews )
 13 reviews50 %
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 1 user review4 %
Value For Money : Excellent
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moosers's review

PreSonus TubePre
The Presonus TubePre is exactly what the name states - a single channel tube based external microphone preamplifier. It has XLR and 1/4 inch inputs and outputs and is not a rackable effect. It also has buttons for phantom power, a pad, a high pass filter (rumble filter) and phase reverse. All the characteristics make it a versatile preamp and it also has a handy good looking meter.


The TubePre is a easy to use and everything is pretty straightforward. It has two knobs for drive and gain, and four buttons for the characteristics I mentioned above. All these options does is make this preamp versatile as you can choose or not to choose each of the options. I never looked too much at the manual as it is easy enough to follow and to get a good sound out of.


The general sound of this preamp is warm and sounds good in a lot of different situations. While it colors the tone a bit, in the right situations this works in a big way. I have used it mostly on bass guitar and electric guitar and it has worked well in both of these applications. It adds a warmth to the sound I can't get with my Digi 002s pre. While this isn't the best tube pre in the world, keeping the price in mind, it sounds really good.


I've had this preamp for about four years. It has worked great in the applications I use it for, and I don't use it all the time because it isn't the best for recording drums or vocals in my opinion, as it colors the sound too much. The price is the best part about this preamp as you can get a nice sounding tube preamp for a real cheap price. The price is what drove me to buy this and I'm glad I did as it has proved to work in the right situations.

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

PreSonus TubePre
Small preamp equipped "a lamp" to look nice.
jack / XLR, XLR output jack
VU meter front
Drive and Gain Control
48v power supply, reverse phase ... Saver manufacturer.


I use it in a home studio to make small models.
I spend the vocals, bass, acoustic guitar, or just taken all my microphones for recording sessions.


I would simply give the impression to bring a little warmth and dynamic colors son.Il but is not neutral.


Service because it makes very affordable, and had its effect on small models made Home.

+ Look (in get crazy)
+ Price

- Its colors
- No switch, disconnect transformer obligation to cease power.

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

PreSonus TubePre
Pre-tube amp (12AX7) for voice, guitar and bass.
DI can be used as well.
Connectors XLR and JACK
Model 1 / 3 of Unit


getting started simple enough, if still manual and some forums ;-)


The quality is pretty good I think.
with a good microphone and a good investment (especially a good guitarist), we have taken the beautiful acoustics.
For voice, the sound is warm and friendly: no worries.
nice output of pedal power scraper (but it's still a foot)
I will try soon on a bass.


I for 2 years now.
I have not tried other models (at home I prefer to compare with the same sound and the same stuff behind)

we can always do better, but the price / quality ratio is still outstanding!
I think we just improve it, including changing the lamp (without a miracle, but small streams make big rivers ...)

I can redeem a soon by putting two different lamps to each (two different colors for instruments and vocals).

06/09/2011: I changed the original lamp with a "SPAX 12AX7 Mesa Boogie."
(Test carried out with a looper, MXL 9000 microphone, babyface RME)
not a huge difference but it will be felt still in a mix.
The lower medium is more friendly, better defined.
Treble better too but it is less obvious.

Toothyz's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" it works"

PreSonus TubePre
Prampli small lamp, a channel

no pice of plastic! even the knobs are made of steel! has inspired confidence!

UN Drive, gain .. out of phase, a pad, low cut phantom power supply

Between XLR jack Released Same


Nothing to report, really easy .. but useless reduces manual

on the other hand, many minutes you have to go play with the drive and the gain to get what you want ..

I get very often on inaudible sound, but when it works, it works rather well!


so do not expect a wonderful sound, remember that has cost 100 euros .. we must compare comparable !!

there is already a step up as art or behringer in these price range!

test DI Box with a guitar .. it works impeccable dynamics, heat, discoloration of the pleasant lamp!
everything what you want

But beware .. is saturated and can easily be surprises during the catch! ...

In my observation preamp is acceptable !! without a good rglage is literally rotten signal !!!!
but once found the right mix has spent !! even though

The lamp will deserve to be changed, but it tien road all the same!


The +

Di box in a great work!
it's solid!
right preamp
some see no cheap plastic

the -

no on off button - the savings on to? even when it is necessary ..
Case Format (not even 1/4 rack) rounded edge has m'enerve!
may be the lamp? but I was fine with me for my use!
low cut off phase to fine ???
I say when PreSonus same hat for doing a product that is worth the money !!

it's not really the tube or Art behringer low-end manufacturing and bad!

it's on !! 200 or rather 300 euros more was better !!! It was worth every penny! I regret my 100euros

zuzu62's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" great value for money"

PreSonus TubePre
transistor preamp lamp


super simple
the manual is almost incidental


given the price it really changes the sound of my guitar and bass taken
it adds a je ne sais quoi of mieu warmer dynamic
cons for the determination of gain and drive should be done sparingly if ^ ave it quickly becomes unusable broullon but thanks to the LED and the light meter we arrive at what is seen. c on sound super clear and very well on a saturation in terms of price. I also change the Mullard 12AX7 for a (not our) and it magnifies the sound, c either but not drastic c mieu c clear. the sound is more clean singing least this effect at the bottom of spray decourse c exmloitable more
soil with a tung c dynamic ave a little less compression c nice too
I'll try a dd gold, a gold and a pe ei or another to show our


excellent price for me to c my first recording preamp and c super
frankly happy
My only regret is that c can not really push the gain or drive without it becoming too disgusting ms to 70 euro OCCAZ ....
very well for a small budget

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

PreSonus TubePre
preamp has socalled lamp


yes the setup is very simple


exceeded from the signal decay, this small presonus does not do much, you'd better make it past your microphone directly into your sound card


I used it one year, jne not advise you of all this "preamp", better save it for a while and take a real preamp worthy of the name, the same for the microphones, we must stop the messages like "with my t-bone at 100 euros a quality that I raproche a neumann! ".
quality is paid for his friends, if you want good sound: SAVE!

Bear2Beer's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

PreSonus TubePre
Preamp tube and transistor with "metering" of the lamp, phase, low cut at 80Hz, atténuatteur. Can be used in active DI. I find it impossible at present to give him a place in my config saw mobile format "bastard" ... The conection is complete, the meter having fun, the pots plastics, and no standby (low voltage lamp ds) or off switch.


It can be easier to use: gain and drive.


The sound ...? For my part, I must change the lamp to give an objective opinion, for now it is a plant to rot sound. He screwed up all the bass tracks (taken on the amp C3000) of a recording session that day when I had cancer of the ears, I did not even notice the headphone of the massacre! But HP, ugly. On a live recording I've used DI for the bass (Fender jazz bass 1974), and cons there he was fabulous in this role, presence, warmth, roundness, soft grain ...
For voice it is nice but not all purpose.
In short, I have not explored all of the tool so it's not advice I can give total:
I deem useful and proper. For the price should not expect to either the Avalon or the upscale brand either!
J'updaterai my mind when I changed the lamp (I'll try Sovtek: thank you internet <img class="smiley" src="/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt="" /> ) And multiplied its uses.
<strong>Update: I'll try Groove tube 12AX7 12AX7 m r2 or more!</strong>


I've had almost a year. I do not know the world of lights before him.
What I like is the versatility of use and connectivity of this machine.
What I strongly dislike is the lack of switch and format.
Unbeatable value for money necessarily.
I would do so this election but if I could afford to tell me that I have another preamp tube (a real) for this purpose, and the tube was first dedicated to being a DI for bass. I'm waiting for the light to change back (or not) on this.
l'electron libre02/20/2008

l'electron libre's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

PreSonus TubePre
Prampli small lamp ... (half rack)
I / O jack and XLR
Rackable? ... no, but stackable, yes ... (Sigeait it above my firebox up what it does lche me: see my review on this product ...)


Config trs simple, quick start ... Be careful not to abuse the gain ...
The manual ... sufficient, but in English (small point pnalit ... So, dico Necessary for "non-English speaking" ...


After a few trials with diffrent configs, we can say that this little lamp prampli plays its rle ... it may serve as prampli ... but it can also serve as prampli lamp ... what it does subtly trs long as you do not abuse the paramtres DIFFERENT ...
This small pramp not "colors" not in line with its "pjoratif" ... yes, it brings a little heat to the instrumentals and microphones passs in, but without being too Submitted without "marking" his era as the case may be certain types of hardware.
So overall, it's good ... plutt UPDATE: My confidence is plummeting Prsonus! The button will drive virtually rpond ... when I turn, it causes cracking and frightful, sometimes it works, sometimes it not work! Cheap Prsonus = galre! Note, for consquent, five from nine ... Why 5? I give because it still benefitted the doubt by saying that I have not had a bowl ... but hey, two products prsonus two products that make me after a year!


A few months ...
Most: sound quality (without saturation, less be a nag ...), the simplicity of use, small size, ideal for a home studio apartment ...
Minimum: AHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhh ... there is no on / off button ... So, if it is to quickly heat unnecessarily, it must unplug ... has is not good! Presonus missed something empty on this one l. .. LA GROS POINT PENALTY! UPDATE: The big point is pnalit above!
The other less ... in fact, not a less ... but a "can do better" on the quality of the lamp ... it is good, but nothing more ... Finally ... it is always possible to replace it ... UPDATE: ... may be that the drive button also ... : S
Well, in tests ... I must say that in this price range (pay 121 euros), there is not much choice ... and having a dj and knowing the firebox of reputable Prsonus ... UPDATE: going down in my estimation ... I throw it without taking the time to try others. .. but in any fawn c'tait a direct or pass 600 euros minimum for the Avalon Mindprint or ... then, frankly, the report price is unbeatable quality ... UPDATE: Ok, restriction of use over time is almost unbeatable too!
UPDATE: With the exprience, I do not have that choice would do ... I'll SAVE plutt to invest in value sre ... Avalon Mindprint type or ...
FYI, I bought this for two reasons prampli: Global Warming the sounds coming from a Audio Technica AT3035 and give my little Gretsch between one who put the value ...
This product fills my expectations ... UPDATE: This product exceeded my expectations ...
Musically ...

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

PreSonus TubePre
Preamp / di MOITI lamp ...

One dose "quantitquot; of his lamp on the signal. It's pretty cratif in fact, a wide range of its offers us.

I / O and XLR jack

Are available: pad, phase reverse, 80Hz bypass (effectively, the slope must be very steep!) And phantom power supply

Golable construction seems solid, except the meter that moves littralement if touched a finger!


Edit quite simple if you what. Please note that in light-nitre rpond strangely transient ...


Your exact trs is convincing, to color the signal a little. The sound without lamp, I find it extremely clear and bright, the lamp amne an advanced and enjoyable medium that breaks this. I do not use no means to take a transparent ...


I use it for 15 days, nice update on sax (C414 and Beta 57), trs persuasive on a guitar in direct branch.
Your exact trs is quite warm and enjoyable ...

I have a DTC Mindprint. The dye is TubePre (c'tait my goal) and really helps to get another sound. This is also not ashamed to compare the two. The DTC is more complete but what is the pure pramp, another on the two machines and I find it shameful rendering TubePre

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

PreSonus TubePre
Amp lamp, size 1 / 2 rack. I personally found the original lamp good, I always have. In addition it is tough, I emmne RPET every week in my backpack ...


Trs simple to use. No need for manual turning just 2 buttons!


For the price it would ask for more abuse.


Qq used for months. If c'tait again, I achter 2!