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Average Score:4.9( 4.9/5 based on 9 reviews )
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moosers09/23/2011

moosers's review

Tube-Tech MP 1A
The Tube-Tech MP 1A is a two channel tube microphone preamplifier for use in recording studios. Tube-Tech is primarily known for making world class tube compressors, but they also have this set of preamps and EQ's amongst other gear. I hadn't used the MP 1A until a few weeks ago when I went to a new studio that had it. As far as technical characteristics, the MP 1A has two XLR inputs and outputs and a standard power cord jack as well. It also has 1/4" inputs in the front for using it as DI. It is rack mountable and will take up two spaces in a traditional casing system.

UTILIZATION

Using the Tube-Tech MP 1A isn't difficult at all, as it's a pretty straight forward set of preamps. Each of the preamps has a gain control knob that goes in increments of 5 db, in addition to a -20 db pad, built in phantom power, and a low cut filter which can be switched to either 20 or 40 Hz. That's all there is to the MP 1A, so I think if you understand the basic make up of preamps, you'll get this one fairly quickly.

SOUND QUALITY

The sound of the Tube-Tech MP 1A is nothing short of outstanding! These are stellar sounding tube mic preamps with a super warm and rich sound that is also detailed and true to the original source. I've used this with a few different microphones, including a Neumann FET 47 and a Sennheiser 421, and both sounded great although pretty different. They are suitable for recording any instrument, and especially sound cool on voice. These are definitely some of the best sound tube mic pres that I've heard.

OVERALL OPINION

I've really got no complaints about the Tube-Tech MP 1A, as these preamps sound phenomenal. Of course they're going to cost you a ton of cash, but for a professional studio looking to get an amazing set of tube preamps, these are probably the way to go. There's nothing holding you back except for the incredibly high price tag, but with any Tube Tech gear that's going to be the case!
mooseherman01/11/2011

mooseherman's review"Great, warm tube pre"

Tube-Tech MP 1A
This is a microphone preamplifier designed for use in the recording studio. It has two channels. It is a tube mic preamp, so expect a lot of warm tones and less harsh ones. It's smooth all the way which is good. I would say that it's one of the warmest, smoothest mic pre's that I've used. It's got the normal mic pre connections. I used it in a studio so I just used the patch bay so I can only assume it's got the typical XLR connections. There are no effects in this mic pre but it does have features like phantom power and a -20db.

UTILIZATION

Using this mic pre is pretty basic overall. It's got a pad and phantom and those about as tough as it gets to use. I've found that it works really well with a lot of stuff, though there are definitely instances where you'd be better off using a solid-state preamp like an API or SSL, as they are more in-your-face and sometimes harder in a good way. I haven't used a manual for this mic pre as I really haven't ever used a manual for any mic pre. It's easy enough for any engineer to understand assuming they've used a mic pre before.

SOUND QUALITY

This is a great, warm preamp. It has some great warmth without sacrificing clarity. I like this amp with condenser mics the best as it gives the clear and detailed signal of a condenser mic blended with the warmth of a tube pre amp. It's good with dynamic mics too, but I don't like it with tube mics as they are too noisy. No matter though, theres a whole lot of other uses for it. I like to use it with small diaphragm condenser mics for drum overheads, with large diaphragm condensers for acoustic guitars and vocals, as well as many other uses. It's just a great sounding pre overall.

OVERALL OPINION

I like the sound of this preamp a whole lot as well as it's variety of uses. It's not good with other tube mics but it sounds great with all types of regular condenser mics. I think that it's pretty expensive overall, enough that I would only use it if you own a studio or are opening one. It's too nice for most people to use, it actually needs converters that are good enough to handle it. I'd highly recommend it though to anyone who could use it as it's a phenomenal piece of gear.
Audiofanzine FR12/02/2008

Audiofanzine FR's review

Tube-Tech MP 1A
(Originally written by bhomassel/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
The TUBE-TECH MP1A is a stereo mic/line tube preamp.

Additional 1/4" jacks on the front panel to connect instruments directly. DI/mic preamp combo inputs with independent amps.

Balanced mic inputs. The channels with separate on/off switches provide 48V phantom power and a -20 dB pad.

UTILIZATION

It couldn't be easier.

SOUND QUALITY

Perfect

OVERALL OPINION

It looks a bit ugly ;-)

But what a sound!
Jiem_97104/13/2008

Jiem_971's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Tube-Tech MP 1A
I can not believe I can finally comment on these "blue boxes" as rputes ...

Does everything said at the caractristiques.on can not + simple as a. ..

UTILIZATION

Super simple setup (can be too! Could Drout has some ...)

SOUND QUALITY

Frankly, I get high! I knew this dja MODEL, but have tested in my own world audio made me understand what the high end ....

the preamp is soft and trs ractif .... both were heat, grain, the quality in short, everything you Espree a preamp in this price range ...

OVERALL OPINION

I agree with everything said in the opinion t previous ones: the MP1-A trs is sweet, not at all aggressive, low medium here is not intrusive, it is necessary get used to Crant gain in 5 dB, I love this personal philosophy, it is true that without the guts 30dB of a voice, we enter dja a little too hard in the machine ...

the sound is really trs large, we need the whole dynamic, I really feel the difference with the Avalon VT 737 SP which is thinner and more discreet. the thing that kills me with this machine is that the output transformers (1 yen per channel) rgulent output level depending on the gain and the level of (well it's like I was perois ...), the result that the pramp do not saturate (I really see how it could!). derrires up your converters, them against saturate by! rponse in the frequencies and dynamic linear tjs is the tense of the spectrum, what is happening.

in + the look! it is that makes the beauty of the rack! it looks like a UFO out of nowhere! it's really beautiful, and the sound is really hefty trs! you will suffer for you to pay it (going by all but impossible to regret APRS, less to find a sound or a color prcise well.

Tube Tech I place at the top level of premium brands, with Universal Audio and Avalon. Manley would just derrire (or soon to be Galit with others), but I have almost no matter the brand, dc still too soon ...
Falavor08/12/2006

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

Tube-Tech MP 1A
Prampli lamp 2 channels, high-end

XLR inputs on the back, among DI asymtriques in faade ...

UTILIZATION

Trs easy to use, you must get used to 5dB, and notches have converters that cash for those who are working in numriques ... however it lacks a phase reverse per channel ...

SOUND QUALITY

Her super enjoyable, but pass the notch 30, it compresses a lot ... a dj does not with all sources and all artists ...

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 5 years and I never tire of it in terms of sound ... you have to learn manage its default, but remains a formidable product ... I think now make a circuit to control the output voltage to limit the damage in some cases ...
Pierre musy05/02/2005

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

Tube-Tech MP 1A
Stereo mic preamp + DI box tube

UTILIZATION

2 volumes, 2 48v power supplies, 2 LF cut, two-20db pad, 2 microphone inputs and two instrument inputs. We can not be easier

SOUND QUALITY

Rolls of the preamp studio SUMMIT AUDIO

OVERALL OPINION

It's expensive, but mostly it's beautiful, it sounds like no other machine ...
rroland11/16/2004

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

Tube-Tech MP 1A
Tube preamp premium. But who put this device in the category transistor??

UTILIZATION

Uh ... you have to push "on", and nothing but the sound and look of the switch are a treat.

SOUND QUALITY

Super easy to use, the hot-hot-hot. If you are jazz guitarists you will love.
Very good sound quality, lack of background noise (who said that the lights blew?). Look fabulous (more vintage it you die!). Not recommended as a preamp only because they are too colorful, and soft on the bass and kick drum. But if you already have a preamp transistor, the Tube-Tech will give you sound really different. The sound is very very sweet, without an ounce of aggression.

OVERALL OPINION

We love everything about this model, or you do not like the lamps, but this is matter of taste.
Pierre musy09/04/2003

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

Tube-Tech MP 1A
Pramp lamp 2-way high-end

UTILIZATION

CONTRL gain, power supply 48, LF cut,-20dB PAD. 2 XLR inputs + 2 input jacks on direct-10dB in facade

SOUND QUALITY

The absolute REFERENCE. The sound is off is brilliant. It's a wonder if they have microphones and recorders height. In addition, it's beautiful ...

OVERALL OPINION

I use this one since pramp over several decades and I panthon Whereas in this type of machines can be with SUMMIT AUDIO and FOCUSRITE. On one take, the diffrence is not always empty the layman (though ...), 48 tracks on the other hand this type of device transforms a fully production. It's expensive and not necessary to save his models of Punk rock in his garage. However, it is more unquantifiable in a real production ...
Jaxoox06/23/2003

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

Tube-Tech MP 1A
Prampli lamp legends

UTILIZATION

There have not simpler

SOUND QUALITY

Close the tube-tech

OVERALL OPINION

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