ART TPSII Tube Preamp
The ART TPSII Tube Preamp is one of the most versatile preamplifiers available today. With solid state circuit design combined with a straightforward user interface, the tube driven TPS II adds warmth and texture to any audio source.
The ART TPSII Tube Preamp is a two-channel high performance preamp uses a hand selected 12AX7A tube in the low noise input circuitry. This, coupled with ART’s proprietary V3 (Variable Valve Voicing) and variable input impedance allow the ART TPS II to deliver incredible performance from cost effective single space rackmount solution.
V3 provides optimized reference points to begin the recording process. The V3 presets were created and fine-tuned by some of the industry’s top studio and live-sound engineers. V3 technology allows you to select between a multitude of presets designed for guitars (electric and acoustic), keyboards, bass guitars, drums, vocals and more.
Variable Input Impedance
Variable input impedance increases the sonic potential of the ART TPS II even further. It delivers entirely new sonic textures and tone by varying the input impedance of the preamp, which in turn varies the way the microphone reacts to the load of the preamp. This creates a wide range of new sonic possibilities with any modern or vintage condenser, ribbon or dynamic microphone.
The variable impedance control is infinitely variable allowing much finer control and the ability to tune the preamp to the microphone’s ideal sweet spot. A feature usually only available on far more expensive and exclusive microphone preamps.
Extremely Wide Dynamic Range
The DPS II can accept up to +20dB peaks while maintaining over 120dB dynamic range with incredibly low distortion. Input LED metering monitors the signal level of the input amplifier so maximum gain can be achieved without clipping the preamp at the input.
OPL (Output Protection Limiter)
ART’s OPL (Output Protection Limiter), which precisely and accurately controls and maintains the output peak signal. The OPL™ circuitry is crucial in protecting the next link in a signal chain – such as a hard-disk recording system or a sound card – because unlike analog clipping that sounds musical and sometimes pleasing, digital clipping is nasty and often fatal for your monitors’ tweeters. A versatile insert loop on each channel provides access for additional signal processing or direct access to the ART's high quality A/D converter. Separate gain controls on analog and digital outputs allow you to optimize the unit for simultaneous applications.
ART TPSII Tube Preamp Features
- Variable input impedance
- Newly enhanced V3 variable valve voicing
- LED input meter
- Analog output meter
- Enhanced ART tube technology
- Automaticly switches between instrument and mic preamp
- Wide frequency response (5hz/50kHz)
- Enhanced OPL output protection limiter
ART TPSII Tube Preamp Specifications
- Dynamic Range: >100dB
- Frequency Response: 5Hz to 50kHz (+0 to –1dB)
- THD: <.01% clean, (<0.1% warm)
- CMRR: >75dB (typ. @1KHz)
- Equivalent Input Noise: -129dBu (“A” weighted, XLR to XLR)
- Max Gain: 80dB (XLR to XLR), 74dB (Inst. input to XLR)
- Max Input Level: +19dBu (XLR), +22dBu ( Inst. input)
- Max Output Level: +28dBu (XLR), +22dBu (1/4”)
- Power Requirements: 110-125 VAC, 16W
- Dimensions (D x W x H): 6.5” x 19.0” x 1.75”
- Weight: 5.5 lbs.
ART TPSII Tube Preamp Includes
- TPSII Tube Preamp
- Owners Manual
- 3 Year Warranty
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A solid, clean, quiet piece of equipment. The "Variable Valve Voicing", tailored to various instruments or vocals, and the "Output Protection Limiting" are both useful features for home studios. I've never used it as a direct box, so I can't comment on that feature. I've owned this unit for three or four years and it's performed really well for me, providing reliably good sound.
ok, so I didn't have a lot of money or knowledge when I bought one of these, just a thirst for some tube warmth. So I ttok the plunge and bought one of these TPS's. Although I wasn't blown away by the sound it seemed to be a pretty solid piece of equipment, with some cool features.
The V3 voicing actually accomplishes what it sets out to do. There are distinct differences in the multiple settings, and makes it easy for a novice... at the time... like me.
A few years later, I decided to change the pre-amp tube to a Electro Harmonix 12ax7, and again I was impressed. Very good match for this unit. I gave it a 3, because out of the box it deserves it. After changing the tube, I give it a 4 for the money. It was really easy to change, a few screws and swap it out, the tube was very inexpensive as well. If you need bang for the buck, I'd try this.