PreSonus TubePre V2 Mono Tube Preamp
PreSonus TubePre Mono Tube Preamp
PreSonus TubePre V2 Mono Tube Preamp Details
PreSonus has been designing preamps for a long time, and they always focus on audio quality first. So when they decided to upgrade their popular TubePre to the PreSonus TubePre V2 Mono Tube Preamp, they focused on improving an already high-quality soundâ?"without jacking up the price. Like the original TubePre, the new version is a fully professional tube preamp, with a dual-servo (no capacitors) gain stage that lets you boost the program signal to smoking hot levels without significantly increasing the background noise. Discrete components and high-voltage operation offer dynamic range and detail not found in other single-channel tube preamps in its class.
But the TubePre V2 provides an even wider palette of sound options, and a much more focused tube saturation, than the original TubePre. It has been upgraded to employ PreSonusâ?? popular XMAX Class A solid-state preamp, which is followed in the signal path by a 12AX7 vacuum-tube stage. Twist the TubePre V2 Drive saturation control to add the â??colorâ? that only a hand-selected 12AX7 vacuum tube can deliver â?" from gentle warmth to total fuzz.
Housed in a rugged case, the TubePre V2 rear panel sports separate unbalanced, Â¼â? instrument and balanced, XLR mic inputs and unbalanced Â¼â? and balanced XLR line outputs. PreSonus has included all of the extras you need for professional operation including a high-pass filter, phantom power for condenser mics, polarity reverse switch and a backlit VU meter.
The TubePre V2 is more than a mic preamp, though. Thanks to its separate instrument and mic inputs, it also serves as a dynamite direct box (DI) for guitars and basses. And itâ??s small enough to carry almost anywhere, although you also can screw-mount it to a standard rack tray.
So if you are a fan of the original TubePre, youâ??re going to love the improved TubePre V2. And if you are checking out the TubePre for the first time, your ears are in for a real treat. Then check out the amazing low priceâ?"but sit down first because youâ??re in for a shock. Because with PreSonus, big sound does not have to cost big bucks.
PreSonus TubePre V2 Mono Tube Preamp Features
- XMAX Class A preamp input stage
- 12AX7 dual-servo vacuum tube output stage
- Input Gain control
- 48V phantom power
- 80 Hz high-pass filter
- -20 dB pad
- Instrument input select
- Polarity-reverse switch
- Backlit VU meter
- Clip LED
- 1 unbalanced Â¼â? instrument input
- 1 balanced XLR mic input
- 1 unbalanced Â¼â? line output
- 1 balanced XLR line output
- Compact 1/3U rack-mount chassis
- External 12 VDC, 1A power supply
PreSonus TubePre V2 Mono Tube Preamp Specifications
- Mic Input
- Connector Type: XLR, female, balanced
- EIN: -131 dB, 20 kHz BW, max gain, Rs=40Ω, A-wtd -128 dB, 20 kHz BW, max gain, Rs=40Ω, unwtd
- Frequency Response: 20 Hz â?" 20 kHz, -0.3 dB, +4 dBu, unity gain 5 Hz â?" 120 kHz, -3 dB, +4 dBu, unity gain
- THD+N: 0.01%, -10 dBu, 1 kHz, unity gain, 20 kHz BW, unwtd
- Dynamic Range: 115 dB, 1 kHz, unity gain, 20 kHz BW, A-wtd 107 dB, 1kHz, unity gain, 20 kHz BW, unwtd
- Input Impedance: 1.3 kΩ
- Phantom Power: +48 VDC, 10 mA
- Instrument Input
- Connector Type: Â¼â? TS, female, unbalanced
- Input Impedance: 1 MΩ
- Analog Output
- Connector Types: XLR, male, balanced Â¼â? TS, female, unbalanced
- Maximum Output: +20 dBu
- Output Impedance: 51Ω
- Tube Stage Type: 12AX7
- Type: +12 VDC, 1A, center pin positive
- PSU Barrel Dimensions: .5 mm O.D., 2.1 mm I.D., 9.5 mm length
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got this to complement the isa1 and auteur... always interested in seeing the new stuff plus it was cheap as hell and i needed more pres for the drums... anyway i found this comparing to stuff a lot more expensive.... not much color to the sound just beautiful god given gain... pair it with an st55 or an aphex 215 and you got yourself a great recording setup for anything from acoustic to guitar cabs (aphex sounds especially nice on hardcore, the low end just bumps) the st55 is even better than my k5 for hiphop but can't touch the sparkly notes needed for jazz and rnb... just remember you will never find a unit that does everything well just work at it and check gearslutz.com... anyways i recommend this for anybody looking for a pre and doesn't want to spend more than 5, because pretty much anything under about a grand sounds the same (maybe expect the arts, which are pretty good to my ears with switched tubes)
Never worked with pre-amps so don't know if it's technically good or not. What I do know is that the customer service here at FEA is excellent. I explained my current set up, what I was thinking of getting and asked for advice on the best way to go. Ryan explained why in the context of my current set up, he considered this particular unit more suitable to something (more expensive) I had in mind and I believe he has steered me in the right direction with this purchase.
That's the word that came to mind when I played around with this little Pre. It's tone = YUCK. If you want a cheap little starved-plate tube Pre (which is what this is), go with the guys who started the whole thing, ART. The cheapest ART Tube MP will blow this thing out of the water. I'm not a Presonus hater either, I own a number of Presonus outboard pieces & even use Presonus's Studio One Pro as my primary DAW. Presonus just could've done better on this one.
This little preamp has worked very good for me in the past 2 years. Gives a nice character to your mics or instrument. I like the fact that is very simple, has everything you really need for a preamp, it's very solid and the tube sounds great. I can tell the difference between my interface preamp and this one. For the price, in my opinion is the best. You can always change the tube if you don't like the one that comes with it or if you want to try new sound.
I recommend it.