Niagara Falls, NY (December 21, 2011)—Applied Research and Technology (ART) has added to its Project Series with the Tube MP/C, a tube preamp and optical compressor.
Enclosed in a tabletop chassis are two independent circuits that feature a tube-based analog preamplifier and a VCA-less compressor with optical gain-reduction control.
Used as a mic/line preamp or as a DI (direct) box, the Tube MP/C is designed to work with any recording, sound reinforcement or electronic instrument setup. The unit’s circuitry is a hybrid design, utilizing solid-state and tube technology.
A tube-based opto-compressor circuit follows the tube preamp. While the preamp is always active, the compressor may be bypassed. The preamplifier’s active balanced solid-state input reportedly provides low noise and top-notch CMRR. The quarter-inch input has a high impedance, which prevents the loading of any device connected to it and targets the Tube MP/C for DI or line-level applications, and a transformer isolated XLR output allows for both the XLR and quarter-inch outputs to be used at once. The compression circuit features a VCA-less design and utilizes optical electronics (Vactrol), coupled with a 12AX7a vacuum-tube gain stage.
The model is scheduled to begin shipping in April 2012.
Applied Research and Technology