At PreSonus, we've been designing preamps for a long time, and we always focus on audio quality first. So when we decided to upgrade our popular TubePre V2, we focused on improving an already high-quality sound—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 PreSonus' 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 "color" that only a hand-selected 12AX7 vacuum tube can deliver — from gentle warmth to total fuzz.
Housed in a rugged case, the TubePre V2 rear panel sports separate unbalanced, ¼" instrument and balanced, XLR mic inputs and unbalanced ¼" and balanced XLR line outputs. We've 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 it'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 our original TubePre, you'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 price—but sit down first because you're in for a shock. Because with PreSonus, big sound does not have to cost big bucks.
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
Backlit VU meter
1 unbalanced ¼" instrument input
1 balanced XLR mic input
1 unbalanced ¼" line output
1 balanced XLR line output
Compact 1/3U rack-mount chassis
External 12 VDC, 1A power supply
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 – 20 kHz, -0.3 dB, +4 dBu, unity gain 5 Hz – 120 kHz, -3 dB, +4 dBu, unity gain