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Presonus TubePre v2 Tube Preamplifier DI Box
- 12AX7 tube-based preamp with XMAX solid-state input stage
- Gain control and Tube Drive saturation control
- Low-noise dual-servo (no capacitors) gain stage
- Separate instrument and mic inputs
- Phantom power, HP filter, -20 dB pad, and polarity-reverse
- Compact 1/3U rack-mount chassis
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Twist the TubePre V2 Drive saturation control and add the “color” that only a hand-selected 12AX7 vacuum tube can deliver— from gentle warmth to total fuzz. Unlike other compact tube preamps, TubePre V2 starts with the low noise, high headroom Class A XMAX preamp input stage found in our premium interfaces and digital mixers. Discrete components and high-voltage operation deliver best-in-class dynamic range and detail not found in other single-channel tube preamps.
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On the other hand I was pleasantly surprised by the tube drive. I guess I wasn't expecting much, but it sounds good on some sources. Monophonic instruments in particular like vocals seem to benefit the most, probably due to the lack of intermodulation distortion. The tube drive can add texture to a singer with a "dull" voice. It tried it with good results on an acoustic guitar. As the drive is turned up not only are low order harmonics added but the lower treble region is slightly boosted for more increased presence. In short the tube drive brightens the sound and adds warmth (in the form of soft distortion) at the same time. On heavy settings it's possible to see the tube drive compressing one side (pos or neg) of the signal while preserving the other side, typical of the distortion characteristic of a single triode.
The phase button is peculiar. Pressing the phase button "in" adds bass and warmth to the signal. Leaving it out produces a flatter, less colored response but with less bass.
Overall there is 80dB of gain and it's not noisy. It should work with a ribbon mic. Using the phase button and the tube drive along with different gain settings yields a slightly different response and sound. This preamp can sound like many different preamps.
There is one comment I would like to make. If you don't have a really good mic don't waste your money on a super expensive preamp. I can hear the difference between a $5000 preamp, a $900 preamp, a $100 preamp, and a $30 preamp. But, MOST PEOPLE would not be able to tell which sounds better, or perhaps I should say, most people will not appreciate the difference between the $29.99 preamp and the $5000 (take your pick of brands) preamp (barring use of compressors or other effects). Again, I can hear the difference, BUT, if I put a $30 compressor in the hands of a professional producer and he was forced to use it to track an entire album I guarantee that the album would sound good. The ART is a sterile amplifier that is quiet and accurate until pushed in which case it also has a tube that will compress and distort.
I think the PreSonus has the best sound quality/price ratio of any preamp. For a very low price you get a preamp that is virtually indistinguishable from very expensive preamps costing over 10 times more. The tube drive is a bonus as far as I'm concerned, but I'm certain that I will be using it on tracks after trying it and discovering it actually works well.
At any rate the tube drive is why I bought this item, it on that level it really makes a difference in the sound. I only record audio books, so I really don't need much anyway--just a subtle touch to accentuate the natural bass in my voice, and to give it some "edgy-ness."