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Description

Overview
The all new ART Digital MPA-II delivers all of the same great features of the ProMPA with the added versatility of digital output. Like the ProMPA-II, each input circuit has 48v phantom power and features variable input impedance which can radically vary the overall performance of any high quality dynamic or ribbon microphone. The Digital MPA-II can be configured for dual mono or stereo operation with selectable mid/side mic support, summing the adjacent channel, to decode left/right signals.

The input section of the Digital MPA-II operates at either a low or high plate voltage applied to the two integrated hand-selected 12AX7 tubes for wider variation of preamp tone and performance. Large back-lit analog VU output meters display output levels while multi-colored LED arrays, with average or peak hold, show tube gain and digital output levels.

In addition to XLR and 1/4″ analog outputs, the Digital MPA-II features a high quality A to D converter which offers digital connectivity on S/PDIF, ADAT, or AES/EBU outputs. A rotary control on the front panel allows selection of format and sample rates from 44.1 to 192 KHz and 16 bit dithering. There is also a push button for, and two wordclock jacks, allowing loop-through.

The Digital MPA-II comes in a standard 2u space rack-mountable steel chassis, with CNC routed black anodized aluminum face panel.

Specifications

Analog Section:

  • Frequency Response 15Hz to 48 kHz (+0, -1dB) @ normal plate voltage
  • 15Hz to 120 kHz (+0, -1dB) @ high plate voltage
  • Dynamic range: >110dB (“A” weighted)
  • CMRR: >90dB
  • THD: <0.005% (typical)
  • Equivalent Input Noise: -129dBu (XLR, “A” weighted)
  • Maximum Input Level: +19dBu (cannon)
  • Maximum Instrument Input: +17dBu
  • Input Impedance: 150-3000 (Omega) adjustable (XLR)
  • >800k (Omega) (Instrument)
  • Maximum Output Level: +27dBu (XLR)
  • Output Impedance:: < 47 (Omega) (XLR)
  • Maximum Gain: 75dB
  • Meter Calibration: 0 VU = +4dBu output (+4dB mode)
  • 0 VU = -10dBV output (-10dB mode)
  • High Pass Filter: single pole, 10-200 Hz adjustable

Digital Section:
  • A/D Frequency Response:
  • @44.1KHz sample rate: 10Hz to 21.25KHz (+0, -1dB)
  • @88.2KHz sample rate: 10Hz to 42.50KHz (+0, -1dB)
  • @196KHz sample rate: 10Hz to 81KHz (+0, -1dB)
  • A/D Dynamic Range: >112dB “A” weighted (typical)
  • A/D THD: <0.001% @1K (typical)
  • A/D Input Sensitivity: +12dBu min
  • A/D Insert Input Impedance: >10k (Omega)
  • Power Requirements: USA – 105 to 125 VAC / 60 Hz Export units configured for country of destination
  • Dimensions: (HxWxD in) 3.50 x 19.0 x 8.75
  • Dimensions: (HxWxD mm) 88 x 482x 222
  • Weight: (lb/kg) 10.5 / 4.7

Discussions

Best Budget Preamp for Shure SM7B

I've had really good luck with my SM7B and an ART Digital MPA II, although I had to spend a little extra and get a Triton Audio FetHead (an extra $99 US) to pair up with it to get ample amounts of gain for regular voiceover work. Fabulous combo with wonderful results. You could go...

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October New Gear Thread 2018

I scored a bunch of stuff lately. Focal Alpha 65's, Clarrett 8Pre USB, Clarret Octopre, and an Art Digital MPA II. Stoked.

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ART Digital MPA vs II

...budget (I have some drum sessions coming that will need 9-10 channels). It seems like the ART Digital MPA or Digital MPA II are some of the best bang for buck, and I'm wondering if it's worth the extra $$ to buy the updated version, or if there's another option under $500 that I...

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