ART Preamp question

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by peejer, Mar 16, 2007.

  1. peejer macrumors member


    Jan 12, 2007

    i am wanting to boost the signal from my guitar into my 17" MBP. I am using garage band 3. I have done some research and from what I can tell I need a preamp to boost the signal to line level. OK. I am good with that. After looking around I am pretty much sold on the products by ART. There are four in particular that appeal to me and they are all in the ART tube MP Project series.

    a: ART-Tube-MP-Professional-Mic-PreampProcessor $44
    b: Art Tube MP Project Series USB $99
    c: Art Tube MP studie V3 $69
    d: ART-Tube-MP-Project-Series-Tube-MicrophoneInstrument-Preamp $65Out

    Out of all of these I thought I was most intrigued by the studio V3, that is until I called around my local shops and one clerk told me about the USB version. He said this was better since it bypassed the sound card.

    So my questions are this: !) Does anyone use any of these and do you like them 2) Is there a grain of truth to the USB claim the clerk made?

    Thanks for your thougts.
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    The ART series are decent tools for the dollars. You are NOT expecting the $50 tube preamp to be clean clear and un-coloured. They do distort the sound, but for guitar that may be in a good way. I have an ART tube pre and leverller (compressor) that I use with electric guitar.

    If the ART with the USB connection has a halfways competent A/D convertor, then it potentially will be as good or better sound than pumping the analog audio through your line-in, and it certainly will be easier to balance levels.

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