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I read the manual but it really isn't that good lol Its for people who are familiar with preamps, I am not.

Someone plz break this down for me and how to use this thing. I have a RODE NT1 Condensor MIc.


therecordingart Thu, 04/07/2005 - 22:07

I'm not clear on what you want to to hook it up to your computer? How a preamp works?

Here is what I can come up with for you off of the top of my head since I'm not sure what you are asking..........

-You need an XLR Female to Male cable to plug the mic into the preamp
-48v phantom power must be on to power the mic
-If you are planning on plugging the preamp into your "standard" computer soundcard you'll need a either a female XLR to 1/8 inch or a 1/4 inch to 1/8 inch cable...your choice. Plug that into the line in on your soundcard

If it's already hooked up....disregard what I just typed. Here are easy to understand terms on what all of the knobs and buttons do/mean from left to right on the unit:

-48v phantom power provides the power to mics like condensers which need it to operate.
-the zero with a line through it is a phase reverse. Since you wont be using two mics on the same source for now...I won't go into it...just make sure this light is off.
-PAD is like a volume adjustment, but in button form. This button activated will drop the signal -20db. This is useful when recording loud sources like snare drums and stuff, but won't be needed on vocals
-the 80hz button is a high pass filter. What it does is cuts out any frequency below 80hz. 80hz is like the hit or kick in a bass drum. It gets the subwoofers pumping and on some things like electric don't want 80hz or below!!!!
-think of the Gain knob as a volume knob for the mic which will increase it's sensitivity to your volume.
-the tube drive knob can be which case you'll have a clean solid state sound....the more you crank it...the more the tube will saturate the sound and make it "warmer" but potentially noiser depending on the unit.

I hope I've answered some questions! Let me know if you'd like me to elaborate on anything.

therecordingart Fri, 04/08/2005 - 16:26

I've used Cool Edit, but can't remember all of the menus off of the top of my head. What I would do is go into the HELP section and read up on how to record a track. You have to select your soundcards input on the track that you want to record to. Also, in the audio preferences you have to make sure that your soundcards ins and outs are set to the default.

MisterJoe49 Sat, 04/02/2011 - 20:54

It looks like you are very familiar with Phantom Power. I hope you can help me. I too have a Presonus Blue Tube preamp with a Phantom Power issue. I learned a little about Phantom Power and mine doesn't work. The +48v button lights up but my AKG 220 condenser mic doesn't respond. It responds when I disconnect the Presonus preamp and use my Mbox by itself. I measured the Phantom voltage on the Presonus and it is only +10 volts. I contacted Presonus Tech Support and they want me to ship the unit to them and also pay a $75 bench fee. I would like to fix it myself but I can use some help.

Boswell Mon, 04/04/2011 - 04:19

Is this the DP version of the Blue Tube pre-amp? What type of meter did you use to measure the PP voltage on the Presonus? Did you have the microphone attached at the time of making the measurement? Were both pins 2 and 3 at the same voltage? Do both pre-amp channels measure the same? Does plugging the microphone into one channel affect the PP voltage on the other channel?

MisterJoe49 Tue, 04/05/2011 - 11:39

Presonus Phantom Power

Boswell, post: 367971 wrote: Is this the DP version of the Blue Tube pre-amp? What type of meter did you use to measure the PP voltage on the Presonus? Did you have the microphone attached at the time of making the measurement? Were both pins 2 and 3 at the same voltage? Do both pre-amp channels measure the same? Does plugging the microphone into one channel affect the PP voltage on the other channel?

Thank you for asking some good questions. I'll try to be clear. My preamp is the BlueTube Dual Path. I used a Simpson meter to measure the voltages on pin 2 and 3 of the female end of an XLR cable. It makes no difference if I connect the XLR to chan1 or chan2. The readings are the same. I read about +10 volts without the mic connected. I thought about the fact that a load might change the voltage reading but I did the same test with my Mbox and I get +48 volts on the XLR without the mic. The mic responds to the Mbox but not the Presonus. I was hoping to get better quality with a preamp instead of the Mbox by itself with it's own built-in preamp. I have not tried connecting the mic to chan1 while measuring chan2. That's a thought.
I contacted Presonus again and they told me that the questions I asked were way out of reach for their Tech Support. But how do you explain that if I ship the unit to them and pay a $75 bench fee, they'll know what to do.
Well, if you're ready I'll give the extra details that I gave them.
I opened the preamp and found 3 voltage regulators mounted on a heat sink in the Power supply section. It appears that there is one common power supply that feeds both channels.
Two of the regulators looked ok to me and one was suspect. The suspicious one is an LM317HVT. I believe it is the one that supplies Phantom Power. The input voltage was about +70 and the output was about 13 volts. When the unit is all closed up, I get +10 volts. That is the best I can do with Google and without a schematic.
If I get brave enough I'll shop for a regulator LM317HVT and replace the old one.
I was an Electronics Tech once but it is easier at work than at home. I had a lot more resources at work. I usually had schematics, test equipment, parts, soldering tools and a well lit bench. And, I had working units to compare with.

Boswell Wed, 04/06/2011 - 03:43

This smacks of poor design. The maximum input-output voltage rating of an LM317HV is 60V, which is OK if the 48V output is functioning, but with 70V source, a short to ground on the regulator output (not the XLR pins) would over-volt the regulator, probably destroying it.

Before changing the regulator, I would check that the resistor to ground from the regulator ADJ terminal (pin 1 on the T package) is a respectable value. For a 48V output, it should be around 38 times the resistor from the output to the ADJ terminal. If that resistor is 240 Ohm, the resistor to ground should read around 9.2K. You would have to lift one end of it to check it using a multimeter.

The 2011 section of this thread should really be split off into a separate topic and moved to the DIY Pro Forum. Jeemy?

MisterJoe49 Wed, 04/06/2011 - 20:25

Presonus Phantom Power

You know your suff and I really appreciate you sharing all this with me. I will open the preamp up again and try to follow your advice but it will take at least two weeks. I am away from home at this time. But you touched on another question.

My AKG 220 mic has a -20db switch on the front and when I didn't get a response the first day I took it out of the box I switched the attenuation off. Is it possible that the Presonus preamp got jolted in my effort to get the mic to work? The mic is ok now that I'm using my Mbox by itself with its own Phantom Power. Also, I had never used Phantom Power before and I may have had both turned on at the same time. I know better now but could that have caused the regulator to blow?
You mentioned poor design and I agree. I had mentioned it to Presonus Tech Support. Even if I screwed up, I would expect a fuse or a reset button or some other protective circuit in there somewhere. If you don't mind following up on this, please let me know what you think. This forum is impressive compared to others where you post a question and don't get an answer for a year, if you get one at all. Thank you.

Boswell Thu, 04/07/2011 - 03:05

I'm not sure I understand your comment about having "both turned on at the same time", but nothing you did with the mic attenuation switch would affect the phantom powering arrangement. Between the 48V PP source and the XLR inputs are 6K8 resistors, so even the Presonus PP circuit shoud be proof against short circuits on the XLR inputs.

MisterJoe49 Thu, 04/07/2011 - 19:42

Presonus Phantom Power

Thank you so much for your quick responses. What I meant when I said I may have had both turned on at the same time is this: I have my Mic connected to the XLR input of the Presonus Blue Tube preamp and the output of the Presonus connected to the source input of my Mbox. Both of these boxes have a Phantom Power switch. It's possible that I turned on the Phantom Power on both boxes at the same time for a few seconds. If I did, then the Phantom Power of my Mbox was fed not only to the XLR input of the Mbox but also to the output of the Presonus at the same time. I wonder if it hurt the Presonus output circuit. The Mbox and the mic are still ok.
I started to shop for an LM317HVT and they appear to be inexpensive with the exception of shipping charges. I still hope I can avoid messing with the circuit board.

Boswell Fri, 04/08/2011 - 03:51

What type of input connector on the Mbox did you plug the Blue Tube into? Did the cable you used from the Blue Tube have XLR connectors or TRS jack plugs on the Mbox end?

It would be the natural connection to use the TRS jack inputs of the Mbox to take the Blue Tube output and digitize it for interfacing to the computer. Phantom Power is only applied to the XLR terminals of the combo input connector.

Even if the Blue Tube output got a dose of 48V PP from the Mbox, it should not have affected the Blue Tube's own PP regulator.

MisterJoe49 Fri, 04/08/2011 - 08:59

Presonus BlueTube Phantom Power

I used an XLR cable to connect the mic to the BlueTube and a short XLR cable to connect the output of the BlueTube to the Mbox Source in. So you're telling me that the regulator should not have popped even though I did not handle the situation as carefully as I would have liked.
I've been trying to tell Presonus the same thing but they are not offering any more help without a $75 bench fee plus shipping. It's just not worth it for me.

No, I didn't connect to the TRS jack as you suggested. When I checked the Mbox manual I understood it differently. So I used the Source in. The XLR cables are XLR on both ends.
I understood it to be an external input level and I tried the button which selects MIc, Line, Instr. I tried all three positions. I thought the TRS was for a different purpose. But when I get this Phantom Power issue resolved I'll try the TRS input.

Is there a way to use the Phantom Power of the Mbox to power the mic and also use the BlueTube preamp with PP turned off? Is there an adapter or something? I was looking at a +48 power supply on Ebay as another option. But I would still need an XLR adapter. I also browsed for a regulator LM317HVT. Thank you for all your input. I welcome all your questions. Just fire away. I can use the education. This is a great forum.

Boswell Fri, 04/08/2011 - 09:44

I would advise strongly against using an XLR-XLR cable to connect the output of your Blue Tube to the Mbox input - it just invites trouble. Use an XLR(F) to TRS jack cable.

There is no easy way of using PP from the Mbox and at the same time taking the mic signal through the Blue Tube, although how you might do it would make a challenging Audio Tech exam question. There is nothing against using an external PP supply for the mic, but really, I would fix the PP regulator in the BT first.

If it was the application of 48V to the outputs of the BT pre-amp that caused the PP regulator to fry, it's not going to be the only thing that needs fixing. However, I think it is more likely that you simply have a dead PP regulator, and its demise did not corellate with any PP applied to the pre-amp output.

Can you get hold of a dynamic mic (e.g. SM57 or SM58) that you can try with the BT pre-amp? That would show you whether the signal path through the BT and Mbox was working OK and that you just have a PP issue in the BT.

Boswell Sun, 04/10/2011 - 10:39

Thanks for the info about the correct operation with the SM58. It could have saved several lines of posting if you had mentioned that at the outset.

Where we are:

(1) Change the Phantom Power regulator in the Blue Tube.

(2) Get either an XLR(F)-TRS mic cable or (second best) an XLR(F)-TRS plug adaptor that you can use with your existing XLR cable. You will need two if you are going to be using both channels.

(3) Don't ignore the second point. It's looking as though you were lucky this time, but the Phantom Power mistake will happen again.

MisterJoe49 Tue, 04/26/2011 - 23:11

Presonus BlueTube Phantom Power

Since my last post, I've replaced the LM317 Regulator. After a lot of begging and pleading Presonus was nice enough to send me one. After I replaced the regulator I took some voltage readings and they looked very hopeful. I had +46 volts on the Regulator output. But when I closed the BlueTube preamp I still had the same PP problem. I reopened the BlueTube hoping to find something obvious and stupid that I did. But I ran into a bigger snag and I believe you may be able to help me.
Hindsight tells me that I should have paid closer attention to your advise about the ratio of the resistors but it was tough working without a Schematic and I was anxious for results.

When I reopened the preamp I took some continuity readings in the power supply section. Suddenly there was a spark and the circuit breaker popped on my Simpson. The preamp was unplugged at the time. i reconnected the power adapter to the preamp and found that the voltage readings that I had before were gone. A capacitor must have kept its charge a little too long. I need your thoughts on this one. Could my soldering have opened a discharge path for a capacitor? I didn't get sparks before with the preamp unplugged.

If anyone has a Schematic to a Presonus BlueTube DP, I would love to see it. I asked Presonus already and they gave me a policy speech.

With your help I may be able to fix this thing even without a Schematic. First I need to know how the Phantom Power from the regulator gets to the XLR input. I tried tracing with continuity checks but it was too much guesswork.

This is getting lengthy. If I was unclear about anything please let me know.
Bottom line. Phantom Power is gone and I could use a Schematic.

Boswell Wed, 04/27/2011 - 02:23

There's something odd here in what you describe. If the BlueTube was not plugged into the circuit breaker, how could anything you did while poking around inside it cause the breaker to trip?

As I mentioned previously, shorting the PP regulator output or its feedback sense pin directly to ground with the power on would destroy the regulator device. This would be the case even with no power supply attached if the reservoir capacitors were still charged from a previous use.

You have to ask yourself why the PP output voltage disappeared between your seeing it there with the lid off the case and it not being there when you put the lid on. Was the replacement of the lid the actual cause of the PP volts disappearing? Is this what happened in the first place, maybe to the previous owner? Does any of the mechanics of the lid and its fixings come near the PP circuitry?

I don't have a circuit diagram (schematic) for the Blue Tube. The phantom power circuitry on this type of pre-amp usually consists of the 48V regulator which then goes via the PP switch to pairs of 6K8 resistors attached to pins 2 and 3 of each XLR input. Apart from decoupling and r.f. suppression capacitors, there's generally not a lot else.

MisterJoe49 Wed, 04/27/2011 - 17:14

Thank you so much for staying with this issue. Can I call you by name or should I stick to the Forum style? You can call me Joe or e-mail me if it makes anything easier. I'm feeling a little uncomfortable cluttering up the Forum. I see there is a little more confusion about what we are trying to say.
In spite of the confusion, you gave me some more to look into when you mentioned the resistors. You typed 6K8. Do you mean 6K ohms?
A schematic would be nice but we can get around it.
I understand that the regulator out goes to the PP switch. The other side of the PP switch goes to a pair of 6K resistors. The other ends of the 6k resistors go to XLR pin 2 and pin 3 respectively. Did I miss anything?

The circuit breaker which popped is in my Simpson meter. I hope you are clear on that.
The preamp was not powered up at the time. There must be a capacitor which discharged
while I was checking continuity. I'm still wondering if I opened up a capacitor discharge path during soldering. I wasn't getting any sparks before I replaced the regulator.
You raised a good point about the metal cover. Hindsight tells me I should have put a piece of electrical tape over the joints that I soldered. The cover is U shaped and the lower section is very close to the circuit board. It is a possibility that it touched the area that i soldered.

I may have enough to re-open the preamp and try again but if you have any more to add it would help. There is another item of interest that may shed some more light. The regulator that Presonus sent me is an LM317T. The one I removed is an LM317HVT and it is twice the thickness. It looks like a heavy duty type. I looked them up with Google and the LM317 is rated at 37 volts out while the LM317HV is rated at 57 volts out. They are both rated at 1.5 amps and I saw different opinions saying they may or may not be interchangeable. Id'go for the heavier LM317HV. What I took out is an LM317HVT. The "T" suffix doesn't seem to matter but the HV is rated for higher voltage. I don't know if I should mention this to Presonus as they feel they've already done more than usual.

Boswell Thu, 04/28/2011 - 05:25

The HV version of the LM317 can go to 60V input-output compared to the A version which is only 40V. In voltage terms, either would work in this design as long as the raw input does not go above about 85V. With a raw supply of around 60V, the HV version should be able to survive an output short-circuit to ground, but the A version almost certainly would not.

I'm still no wiser on the circuit breaker issue, but I won't pursue that at the moment as I don't think it is in the mainstream of investigating this problem.

I would get yourself a couple of LM317HVTs from DigiKey or wherever, solder one into place and carefully check the mechanical clearances to chassis and to the cover. Plastering a close clearance with insulating tape may prolong the time at which it will blow again, but does not prevent it happening, as mechanical movement will inevitably cause the tape to puncture.

BTW, 6K8 is the usual 3-character nomenclature for a resistor value of 6.8K Ohms (6800 Ohms). There is no standard value of 6K Ohms.

MisterJoe49 Fri, 05/06/2011 - 00:21

+48 Volts preamp Phantom Power

I decided to stop begging Presonus for a while. It was a stretch for them to send me a free LM317T voltage regulator and I appreciate it but they won't let me look at the schematic and the part they sent me didn't look as good as the original. I am not 100% certain that it's the reason the Phantom Power is still shot. But i bought an LM317HVT on Ebay and I installed it. Without a schematic it has been very difficult finding my way around. I never found the 6.8K resistors. I checked everything that had a blue stripe. There are a bunch of miniature components in the shape of blocks. Two of those tiny blocks were stamped 6901. But they didn't go where I expected. Are there exceptions to the 6.8k? At this time I am a little gun shy about connecting the AC power. The pc board is very difficult to work on. There are lands on top and bottom and sometimes they are sandwiched into the thickness of the board. I found some Phantom power diagrams on line but not for Presonus. The 6.8K are very common but i don't know where they are hiding.

The circuit breaker issue is very, very simple. You are looking too deep. You must be familiar with a Simpson 260. There is a little white button that pops out when checking continuity with the power on the circuit that is being checked. You just push it back in if you're lucky. In my case, there was no power on the circuit board but there was a charged capacitor on it which made the Simpson breaker pop. It happens a lot. On rare occasions the Simpson gets smoked on the inside.
I would not be surprised if I get this preamp working without ever making sense out of the 6.8k resistors. I'll keep you posted.

Boswell Fri, 05/06/2011 - 04:20

The components marked 6901 are 6.90K resistors from the E192 series. Presonus will have used them instead of 6.8K resistors. Colour codes are not usually used in surface-mount component markings - it's all printed text of one sort or another. Have you managed to trace where were the resistors were connected?

You should not have any problems powering up the unit with the lid off the case and with no microphones connected. Check the input and output voltages on the LM317HVT. The output should be about +48V but could be anywhere between +44V and +52V. This same potential also should appear at the XLR connector pins 2 and 3 when the PP switch is engaged. Note that the potentials at the XLR connectors will drop when a microphone that requires PP is plugged in, but the LM317 output pin should stay at the same potential.

MisterJoe49 Sat, 05/07/2011 - 22:17

Yes, I was able to find a pair of 6901 resistors connected as expected. One goes to XLR pin 2, the other goes to XLR pin 3. But I never did find continuity from the LM317HVT output thru the PP switch and to XLR pin 2 and 3. I found some typical Phantom Power diagrams but they don't seem to agree with my Presonus. I decided to power the unit up and measured some voltages. The input to the LM317HVT is 65 volts dc and the output is 46 volts dc. There is also 46 volts dc on XLR pin 2 and pin 3 when the PP switch is pushed in. I believe it will work but I didn't close it up yet because I'm still curious about how the output of the regulator reaches the XLR pins. It has been a challenge working without a schematic. I had to unsolder a capacitor to see a land that was running underneath it.
I'll review some of your previous suggestions about the best way to connect the BlueTube to the Mbox.
Thank you so much for your expertise and the quick follow ups. You've been a great help.

Boswell Mon, 05/09/2011 - 04:30

All your reported voltage measurements sound good.

Your meter will not show continuity from the PP regulator output to pins 2 and 3 on the XLRs because there are 6K90 resistors between these points. Use the resistance range on the meter and it should show up correctly. Make sure all the reservoir capacitors are discharged before you carry out any resistance measurements, otherwise a probe slip would be a sure way to destroy a meter.

You have the matter of the possible short circuit to the case lid to investigate. After that, make sure you are using XLR-TRS leads to connect to the Mbox and you should be good to go.

MisterJoe49 Wed, 05/11/2011 - 18:24

6.8k Resistors not found.

Hello Boswell,
I bet you thought we were done. Before closing up my preamp I wanted to write down some notes on my troubleshooting experience with this thing. So, I searched all over the internet trying to find a schematic similar to my Presonus Bluetube. I wanted to at least make a note of the way the 6.8k resistors are wired and the way the regulator output goes to the XLR mic input. I expected continuity between the regulator out and the Phantom Power switch but that didn't happen either. The 6.8K resistors were nowhere to be found. I said that I found components marked 6901 but it turned out to be a mistake. They were marked 6190. Sorry about that.
There are a bunch of schematics on the internet which show the pair of 6.8K that you mentioned. But this Presonus preamp is different. And the pc layout is very tiny. I thought I could draw a partial schematic but it's overwhelming. I've tried to look at every component with a loop and I've been checking continuity. But this Presonus BlueTube doesn't agree with the typical preamp layouts found on the internet.
I sure can use a schematic.

Boswell Thu, 05/12/2011 - 02:58

I wouldn't get too hung up about it. The PP switch is possibly associated with the voltage multiplier on the input of the PP regulator rather than controlling the path from the regulator output to the XLR connectors. If you cannot work out exactly how it's all put together, you may just have to trust Presonus to have engineered correctly.

The case lid clearances are important, however, and since that could have been your problem last time you closed it up, I would concentrate on that aspect as the next step.

MisterJoe49 Sat, 05/14/2011 - 23:04

Presonus BlueTube Phantom Power

Finally I decided to close this preamp up. I had a feeling that replacing the LM317HVT regulator would do the job. Today I was able to record a song using my Bluetube preamp with its Phantom Power turned for my AKG condenser mic. There is no real concern with the bottom of the pc board touching the metal case. The board rests on built in spacers. You are not going to like the way I connected the output of the BlueTube preamp to the input of the Mbox. But I will be shopping for an XLR female to TRS male cable soon. Your suggestion is safer. The way I have it hooked up, I have to remember NOT to turn on Phantom Power on both boxes. When the Phantom Power problem occurred it is possible that 48 volts Phantom Power on the Mbox was felt by the output of the BlueTube preamp. The Mbox sees it as going to the mic but I didn't have a mic there. I had then and now an XLR cable between the two boxes. The mic is hooked up to the preamp. Although I got this thing fixed and working, I'm a little disappointed that none of the schematics that I found on the internet helped me find my way around. I also needed the schematic to take some good notes for next time. But I took some notes anyway.

MisterJoe49 Mon, 05/30/2011 - 08:58

Presonus BlueTube no response to Microphones

Here we go again. The XLR to TRS has arrived but I didn't get a chance to try it. The power from the AC adapter to the BlueTube was getting intermittent at the input socket. So I opened the BlueTube preamp again and when I closed it I inherited a new problem. The Phantom Power that I fixed is still good. All the little buttons light up when pushed in. But there is no power to the VU meters and there is no response to any microphones. i tried an SM58 without Phantom Power and I tried a condenser mic AKG-220 with PP turned on. I may have opened up a solder connection while taking this preamp apart. I'm still searching for a schematic. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

MisterJoe49 Tue, 05/31/2011 - 20:55

Presonus BlueTube does not respond top mic.

Thank you for so much your response. It looks like experience is helping me now. It's a lot more challenging to work without a schematic but I found the cause of the new problem anyway. Another regulator is bad. This time it's the L7815CV which is supposed to put out + 15 volts. The input voltage is a healthy +25 volts but the output is zilch. I bought a few on for Ebay tonight. They were cheap and i don't have to deal with Presonus Tech support.

Today I also received a shipment of a new M-audio DMP3 preamp and a new M-audio Fast Track MKII interface. I got tired of getting shut down so I gave myself a Father's Day present. It will be nice to have extra options.
Hopefully, the M-audio Fast Track MKII will have less compatibility issues than my old Mbox.

May I ask some opinions on condenser microphones? I bought an AKG-220 and I'm curious about a Rode NT1-A. Does the grass look greener on the other side or would the Rode a better choice?

Boswell Thu, 06/02/2011 - 04:36

MisterJoe49, post: 372069 wrote: Thank you for so much your response. It looks like experience is helping me now. It's a lot more challenging to work without a schematic but I found the cause of the new problem anyway. Another regulator is bad. This time it's the L7815CV which is supposed to put out + 15 volts. The input voltage is a healthy +25 volts but the output is zilch. I bought a few on for Ebay tonight. They were cheap and i don't have to deal with Presonus Tech support.

Today I also received a shipment of a new M-audio DMP3 preamp and a new M-audio Fast Track MKII interface. I got tired of getting shut down so I gave myself a Father's Day present. It will be nice to have extra options.
Hopefully, the M-audio Fast Track MKII will have less compatibility issues than my old Mbox.

May I ask some opinions on condenser microphones? I bought an AKG-220 and I'm curious about a Rode NT1-A. Does the grass look greener on the other side or would the Rode a better choice?

Do you mean the AKG Perception 220? I've never recorded using that mic myself, but I have had tracks to mix that were recorded using one. I'm sorry to say I was not particularly impressed, but some of that could be down to the engineering on that recording. The Perception 220 could well be fine for a single track in a multi-track recording where the other tracks used different mics, but as with a lot of the cheaper ranges from several manufacturers, a mix layered from tracks all recorded using the one type of mic can be very tiring on the ears.

I am, however, a fan of the Rode NT series. However, the NT2-A is such a better performer than the NT1-A that I would advise prospective purchasers to save up for that and skip the otherwise decent cheaper unit.

Let us know if the replacement 15V regulator fixed the latest problem in your Blue Tube pre-amp.

Which DAW are you using these interfaces with?

MisterJoe49 Fri, 07/22/2011 - 20:04

It has been a while since my last post but I thought I would update this thread. The Presonus BlueTube is now in storage as a backup plan. It was working fine when I put it away. I replaced the +15 volt regulator (L7815CV) and I also installed a switch on the rear of the unit to control the DC power in. Also, I replaced the intermittent dc power socket. Before I put the BlueTube to rest I recorded a couple of songs. My modifications don't look very pretty but this unit never worked better. Since I put the BlueTube away I've been using my M-audio DMP3 preamp and the USB Fast Track with my AKG Perception 220 mic. I've heard a lot of raves about the Apogee duet but it's more expensive than my gear.
Now I am looking for a good but inexpensive Mastering service. If you'd like to share your thoughts on that topic I'm all ears. And if you go to you can hear one of my cover songs. Look for 'Story of my life" written by Neil Diamond. My username is same as here, MisterJoe49.