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ART TUBEMP/C Tube MP/C Microphone/Line Preamplifier and VCA Less Compressor

ART TUBEMP/C Tube MP/C Microphone/Line Preamplifier and VCA Less Compressor

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ART TUBEMP/C Tube MP/C Microphone/Line Preamplifier and VCA Less Compressor

The Tube MP/C (PreAmplifier/Compressor) is a multi-purpose tool for audio engineering and recording. Two independent circuits featuring a tube-based analog preamplifier and a VCA-less compressor with optical gain reduction control are housed in one, convenient desk-top chassis.

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 preamplifier’s active balanced solid-state input provides extremely low noise and excellent common mode rejection. The ¼-inch high impedance input prevents loading of any connected device making the Tube MP/C perfect for DI or line level applications. The preamplifier’s second stage 12AX7a tube runs on a regulated DC voltage providing an additional 20dB of gain.

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.

Optional ART SM1 stand mount securely attaches the Tube MP/C to any microphone stand for live stage or studio applications is available.

  • Tube-based mic/line preamplifier with up to 80 dB of gain 
  • Hand-selected 12AX7a tube 
  • Optical (VCA-less) compressor circuitry = transparent dynamics control 
  • 1/4-inch unbalanced inputs and outputs 
  • 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 
  • Custom extruded aluminum chassis

Frequency Response: 30 Hz – 60 kHz +/- 1 dB balanced output, 20 Hz – 60 kHz +/- 1dB 1/4″ output
Total Harmonic Distortion: <0.1% @ max gain
CMMR: > 60 dB @ max gain
Equivalent Input Noise: -128dBu typical (“A” wtd., Shorted XLR balanced input, gain @ max)
Input Impedance: 1M Ω 1/4″ input, 5K Ω XLR input
Input/Output Connections: Input: XLR balanced or 1/4″ balanced. Output: 1/4″ unbalanced XLR balanced, transformer isolated.
Maximum Gain: +80 dB (balanced in-out, +64dB (unbalanced input, balanced output)
Maximum Input Level: unbalanced (Inst): +15 dBu, balancd (mic): +10 dBu
Maximum Output Level: +19 dBu (Line mode)
Output Impedance: XLR: <600 Ω, 1/4″: <300 Ω
Low Cut Filter: -3 dB @ 70 Hz, 6dB/Octave
Phantom Power: Switch selectable, +48Volts DC, filtered, current limited
Chassis Type: All aluminum black anodized with integral rubber sides
Power Requirements: 9VAC @ 1000mA (external)
Attack Time: <1 ms (limit), 20 ms (comp.)
Release Time: 150ms (fast), 20ms – 3s Program dependant (Auto)
Tube Type: Hand selected 12AX7a
Compressor Slope: 2:1 (Comp.) / 11:1 (Limit)
Dimensions: 1.75″H x 5.9″ W x 6.5″ D (44.5mm x 150mm x 165mm)
Weight: 2.9 lbs (1.32 kg)
Notes: 0dBu = 0.775V rms
Weight includes power supply and packaging

Echotone Music LLC is an experienced E-commerce Audio Visual Equipment dealer since 1998.  We take pride in selling Pro Audio gear for musicians, sound engineers, production companies and broadcast applications.   

Shipping --Pro packed & shipped  USPS, UPS or Freight Service. Contact us & pay for 2 day air upgrade on any unit. We are working hard to get your product ( built if needed), processed &  shipped. Processing times vary, 2-30  days

Returns/Refunds- If there is truly a manufacturing defect a return tag will be provided. Otherwise customer pays for return shipping. Returned items must be sealed/unopened to qualify for a full refund. Refunds are for the Item cost only. Gear returned with out all its original packaging, & accessories or shows signs of wear, is subject to an additional service fee. This item is now used and it would be unfair to resell to another customer as new. 

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