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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 4:29 am    Post subject: Presonus Tube Pre....Opinions? Reply with quote

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/TubePRE/


Anyone use one? I'm looking to add some warmth to a mic or two for gtrs and vocals.

Anyone get good results with this unit? or is it just a noisy piece of crap?

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Presonus tend to be pretty good. I know that there is also the ART Tube MP, which I like, but some say is noisy. There is also a behringer pre-amp, and I have never found fault with behringer. Cheap, but they always seem pretty solid. Try the reviews on harmony central, thats what I usually do
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the Blue Tube, which I think is the stereo version of the one you're looking at. It is a low end unit, but for the cost works well on some things. Performance can be improved (IMHO) by replacing the stock tubes with a NOS tube or a tube that's been thouroughly tested with the idea that it will be used in a mic pre and not a guitar amp-

my main complaint is the wall wart power supply, but that's one of the cost saving "efforts" in getting a low priced unit on the market-

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have 4 tubepre's, they are not noisy at all... As a matter of fact, I did a pre-amp shoot out between the 4 tube pre's and the preamps in my digi 003 and blind folded, I couldn't tell which was which.

They're very good for just about everything... guitar/vox, etc...
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are not in a hurry, you would be better off saving your money for something better.

I think adding warmth is something that should not be done at the preamp stage. I dont understand why I would not want my preamp going in to be as transaparent as possible. Add warmth later using effects and eq, or get a different mic.........but why add color to the mic preamp? Wouldn't you want the mic pre to be as honest as possible?

RNP, or a Brick. The starved plates in the Presonus and others just add harmonic distortion, that's how it was explained to me a long long time ago in a galaxy far far away..... go for the real high voltage tube stuff instead, or the better solid state stuff.

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