Though you have to be careful with how much level you send to the tubes. I try to keep the levels for the tube character to be within the “clean” indicators at ALL times coz I find the mic signal becomes kinda distorted at the “warm” range and above. The unit does what it advertises which adds warmth to your signal. Upon switching to different brands of the three tubes inside the box, I still was not able to get a very clean mic sound. But for its price, it’s worth looking at if tube sound is what you’re looking for.

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  • Upon switching to different brands of the three tubes inside the box, I still was not able to get a very clean mic sound.

An excellent channel strip for all kinds of microphonesWhen ART designed the Pro Channel II, they built it with a wide range of applications in mind. That’s why they gave it with a set of highly flexible inputs. The preamp lets you select the ideal impedance for your microphone, and a variable highpass filter lets you roll off lows starting anywhere between 10Hz and 250Hz. A +20dB toggle lets you kick up the gain , and you can even spice up the Pro Channel II’s tone by upping the tube voltage. The ProVLA II is a tube driven Vactrol-based Compressor / Leveling amplifier designed to excel in any professional audio environment.

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One other problem with having the resistors in place is that the 15V rails become uncontrolled if either of the tube filaments goes open circuit, or if the unit is powered up with a tube removed. Not sure if the voltage increase would be enough to damage anything … Despite all the googled reviews ive read i really hear the difference. Was a little confusing at first but after a few hours of messing with it getting it warmed up and going i was blown away.

You have to have a reason to use, which means knowing what it does. Of course, you only learn by experience and it never stopped me once I got ahold of unlimited software comps. My intention was to record with compression only (maybe a hint of EQ’ing, but not much at all), then tailor the sound in the DAW; hence, the ART PCII. Thank you for your discussion on the ART Pro Channel II. The voltage is NOT published anywhere and I was going insane. At the standard sounded a little squashed with unpleasant overload distortion on the my voice reading copy.

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For the money it is a no brainer as far as I can see, and I have heard the same of the piece you are looking at. Cheap-ish tube stuff can and does sound great if used well. Back to the ART PRO VLA II, best 500 bucks I’ve spent, the compressor is great, you can use it for tracking and mastering. I have not tried that ART Tube product but ART’s Tubes has always sounded okay. Many say it’s crap because its not high end “level” but I have old TUBE pre AMP that sounds good and warm too.

What that means for you is that anything purchased through Front End Audio is guaranteed 100% authentic gear and carries a full manufacturer’s warranty. Plain and simple, if you purchased a products from Front End Audio then our staff will always be here to give you support. From techincal and application questions to good ol’ advice, we have you covered. At the higher tube voltage setting i had more headroom, gain and a lower noise floor. Will keep you posted when the tubes are switched.