ART Preamp or Channel Strip

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by mactreouser, Jan 6, 2017.

  1. mactreouser

    mactreouser Active Member

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    Hi,
    Any ART Pro Audio Users around?
    Will you recommended an ART Preamp or Channel Strip ?
     
  2. pcrecord

    pcrecord Quality recording seeker ! Distinguished Member

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    The Tube MP is kind of crappy sounding
    Few other Art tube products are ok but not really competing.

    But the Pro MPA-II is said to be very good for the price. (I don't own one but know people that like them a lot)
    Of course no one will say the MPA-II sounds like UA LA-610 but for many things it does a very good job.
    If I had to buy an ART Preamp I think it's the only one that I would consider
     
  3. mactreouser

    mactreouser Active Member

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    Thanks! What about ART ProChannel II ?
     
  4. pcrecord

    pcrecord Quality recording seeker ! Distinguished Member

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    Yeah, I forgot about it. The preamps is the same as the MPA II but in a channel strip edition.
    I had less feedback on this one but I'm sure it can do a good job too. I'm not sure if the EQ and compression sound good tho. I would go lite with those since you can't go back once recorded.
     
  5. mactreouser

    mactreouser Active Member

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    Thanks again, yup I got you... Most of the time a little mild Compression for the first coming punch might need to make the whole recording even/balanced. Home Studio, Space Limit, therefore a channel strip perhaps an good idea to go... right?

    In fact, Any recommended TUBE to upgrade for Overall Recording from Vocal, Bass to Guitar?

    I just realized that I've got a Behringer MIC2200 (old version)... Thinking of whether TUBE changed will enhance the Preamp Audio Quality? And what's the TUBE recommend from you?
     
  6. pcrecord

    pcrecord Quality recording seeker ! Distinguished Member

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    I wouldn't change the tube before working with the included one for a while.
    You need to know that tubes make slower preamp and are not the best choice for all instruments specially if transients are important.
    I like my LA-610 with Mullard and Genalex tubes on vocal but I mostly go with my Focusrite ISAs for bass and guitar.
    If you still want to know more about tube sound characteristics, Tubedepot has a great tool : https://www.tubedepot.com/tube-comparison-tool



    I'm sorry, I doubt changing the tube will enhance the audio quality of this unit, it may sound different but better ?? I don't know. If they put a cheap chinese tube in the factory, maybe a thungsol or a mullard could help.. but in many affordable unit like this, the circuit don't send enough voltage to the tube for the sound to be drasticly changed. I had a DBX Silver 586 for a few years and changing the tubes didn't change much it was either crap or different crap. Changing the unit was the best decision I made back then.
     
  7. Guelph_Guy

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    I have the ART pro channel first generation (model 215) its okay .... quiet, works well .. can't comment on vocals as I've been using it for a bass preamp (no kidding works well)
    I find that the concentric rings on the controls tend to strip out ...so it really needs better knobs ... other then this it works fine..

    I have other preamps but it's not really my goto ... its not bad though and it was my first pro-sumer level pre-amp ...
     
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