ART Tube Pac ART 131

Made by ART Tube Pac

Description Professional tube preamplifier/compressor
Posted By Rob Scholes (1356)
Directory Equipment: Pro Audio Gear
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On 7/1/2000, Rob Scholes (1356) posted:
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Run, don't walk, to get one for yourself. The crowd response to my singing with the ART VS not has been staggering for me. Check it out.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $200.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musicians Friend
It is advertised as a microphone preamp and compressor. Features: Tube-based mic/line premaplifier Tube-based optical compressor Hand selected 12AX7a tubes VCA-less compressor circuitry=transparent dynamics control Unique tube drive nad gain reduction metering Bypassable compression circuitry XLR balanced inputs and outputs 1/4" TS unbalanced inputs and outputs +48V phantom power Phase reversal Over 70dB of gain
Sound Quality:
I recently used it at a couple of gigs with my Carvin PA using an Electro Voice Mic (EV 927 Concert) With out the ART my system sounded pretty darn good but when I plugged the preamp in...OH MY GOD. The compressor caused my vocals to be as clear at a whisper as at a shout and the preamp brought the pressence up to...well the best way I can describe it is when you were a kid and you got new tennis shoes. You can jump higher, run faster, sing better, and get more tips at the gig. It is not an effect it just allows you to express yourself with more dynamic control.
Ease of Use:
Plug it in and turn it on.
It is in a small half rack space little black box. Looks like it can take a licking but I haven't used it long enough to comment.