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Art dps II strereo tube pre amp
Old 29th July 2005
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Art dps II strereo tube pre amp

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Is this pre amp any good for the price range? if now is there anything in the 200-300 price range thats better? I have to have one with 2 channels
Old 29th July 2005
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beatzz's Avatar
🎧 15 years
Honestly i don't know if it's any good. I haven't tried it.

I have tried the Audio buddy, and the DMP3.

I can hear a small difference between the Audio buddy and DMP3. I would go with a DMP3.

Otoh i've heard good stuff about the vtb-1 by studio projects and a certain behringer pre amp. They are all in this price range.

I honestly think all these products are very close to each as far as passing a signal with a certain amout of detail. I don't think one really stands out in front of the other in this price bracket. In other words, choose what you like!
Old 29th July 2005
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🎧 15 years
thanks. I just dont want to buy anything that is a piece of junk
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~ufo~'s Avatar
🎧 15 years
I have an ART tubepac which I like and use a lot.
As a vocal pre / DI pre / distortion box.

dunno about that variable tube voicing thing though, mine doesn't have that.
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whats the model number?
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I had one and absolutely hated it. It made everything in the rack buzz.
Old 4th August 2005
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In that price range you might want to consider the Presonus Blue Tube DP. It gives a nice warmth to vocals and acoustic guitar, although I haven't really needed to use it for electric guitar much. It does not have a digital out, though. It has not equalization options, although it has a 80Hz cut option.
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I got the Presonus Tube Pre. I don't know too much about this yet, but it's done fine by me so far. I'm not doing pro work, but I haven't been disturbed yet with it's performance- and when I get disturbed with something, it's pretty much over. I've used it to pep up my bass signal at a live gig, and to send phantom power to a couple mics, live, and in the home-torture chamber...

Seems to give some range of capability, to my ears,... it has the tube drive as well as a separate gain stage. And it's not particularly noisy. I do understand from some that the Blue Tube is a tad 'hissy'. Haven't tried it, though.

Unless you're moving into a higher price bracket, yep, it seems you can just go get something to bring your signal up to line-level. The hybrid (tube/solid-state) idea is fun. And the Tube-Pre has that cool (read: Bogus) red LED where the tube is!

Good luck!

Oh! Sorry, the above post mentions the Blue Tube DP, which I think is different from the plain old "Blue Tube".
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🎧 15 years
I've used it for 2years now and I'm really satisfied with it! Very good for and warm-sounding for bassguitar, it also has spdif outs, 24bits 44,1-96khz. Wordclock
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