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In-depth Feature:  Presonus TubePre - mono preamp/D.I.
Presonus' latest wont break the bank, but does it sound a million bucks?
Albert Potts writes: .


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Introduction
Preamps are all the rage these days. Many home and pro studio users are looking to upgrade the existing preamps on their mixing boards, or to add a different colour to their musical palette. There is currently a plethora of offerings available, with prices ranging from "anyone could afford this" to "how could anyone afford this"?

The TubePRE is part of a range of small footprint, stackable units, designed for the mobile recordist or spatially challenged studio owner.

Overview
The new Presonus TubePRE fits neatly into the "anyone could afford this" category, with a list price of $129 and a street price of around just $99. The TubePRE is a single channel (1/3 rack space) solid state/tube hybrid preamp that also features a DI instrument input (impedance on the DI input is 1 meg Ohms). The front panel sports tube drive and gain controls, plus lighted push button switches for phase, -20 pad, 48v phantom, and 80Hz filter. Also featured is a backlit analog VU meter, a nice touch on a unit in this price range, or any price range! The tube inside this unit is a 12AX7.

The rear panel has the expected XLR mic input and balanced XLR output, as well as an unbalanced 1/4" instrument input and 1/4" line level output. Also on the rear panel is the power jack for the external wallwart power supply. While I am not generally a fan of wall-warts, the design makes sense in this case. Primarily, as the wall-wart keeps the size and price of the TubePRE very small indeed.

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  • TubePre PDF Manual

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