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For many years, the little ART microphone preamp, with it’s small but alluring analog VU meter has caught my attention. A tube preamp, analog VU meter and limiter for under $100. That is likely the combo that kept my interest going.
A few nice touches are both TS and XLR (in and out), variable input output and a 20db gain (rather than a 20db pad …these are positive thinking engineers) switch. The prerequisite 48VDC phantom power is present, and you can even switch balanced polarity if needed.
I really liked how the VU meter reacted to the limiter. Speaking of the limiter; it’s not bad at all. This little preamp won’t compete with big players, but it doesn’t have to. The current street price for the Tube MP is $75. Use it for voiceovers, as a DI box or just have some portable fun with your guitar.
Have a listen to the Studio V3 from ART!
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