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ART USB Dual Pre
ART USB Dual Pre

ART USB Dual Pre

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Item ID: 3180
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ART USB Dual Pre Features:

The ART USB Dual Pre interface/preamp makes it easy and affordable to plug your mic or audio source into your computer. The USB Dual Pre packs a fully-featured dual preamp and a USB interface into a very compact, tough housing. This unit can use your computer for bus power, or you can use a 9-volt battery or an external 12-volt power supply (sold separately). It features two combination XLR/1/4" TRS inputs, phantom power for up to two mics at a time, a mini headphone jack, and two balanced 1/4" outputs (these can be used to go to your speakers or as preamp outputs). Independent channel gain, monitoring, and mix controls are also included on the USB Dual Pre.

ART USB Dual Pre USB Interface/Preamp at a Glance:
  • Made for a variety of applications
  • A great choice for mobile or desktop recording
  • Flexible, latency-free monitoring options
  • Plug-and-play USB interface

Made for a variety of applications
ART's USB Dual Pre is designed to work over a wide variety of applications, from remote field recording to desktop/studio tracking. Each of this unit's two low noise input channels has up to 48dB of clean gain with signal present and clip LED indicators. Inputs can be either XLR balanced or 1/4" TRS. Each of the 1/4" TRS outputs is buffered low impedance balanced.

A great choice for mobile or desktop recording
The USB Dual Pre is powered via the USB bus. An internal 9-volt battery or an optional external 12-volt power supply (or any combination of USB, battery, and power supply) can be used, depending on application. When running powered by battery alone, you should expect in excess of 50 hours of operation with phantom power off. Battery life will drop to approximately 20 hours (depending on microphone) when phantom powering is engaged (still enough time to get through an average session). The built-in low noise +48 Volt phantom power supply allows you to power up to two microphones as well as the preamplifier when running from any power sources, including the USB bus.

Flexible, latency-free monitoring options
For monitoring, an 1/8" TRS mini headphone jack with level and monitor mix controls on the rear of the USB Dual Pre allow for latency-free local monitoring of the inputs while recording as well as playback monitoring of the USB bus. The monitor mix is also routed to the 1/4" TRS balanced outputs. This lets you use the USB Dual Pre's 1/4" outputs as either preamplifier outputs or as the monitor feed to your powered monitors.

Plug-and-play USB interface
The USB interface that's built into the USB Dual Pre is fully compliant with USB 1.1 specification and uses USB adaptive mode for playback and USB asynchronous mode for record. It will work with the USB audio device drivers built into Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP/Vista and Apple OS9.1/OSX computers with native USB support. No special drivers are needed. Plus, the USB Dual Pre comes complete with Audacity recording and production software.

ART USB Dual Pre USB Interface/Preamp Features:
  • USB connectivity to desktop and laptop computers
  • Low-noise, fully balanced XLR and 1/4" TRS combo inputs
  • Up to 48dB of clean gain n built-in low-noise phantom power supply
  • Latency-free monitoring, mix, and level controls
  • Independent channel gain controls
  • 1/4" TRS monitor outputs and 1/8" headphone output
  • Includes Audacity recording and production software
  • Flexible 3-way power from USB, external 12-volt power supply (sold seperately), or 9-volt battery
  • Includes USB cable.


Computer Connection Type USB
Form Factor Desktop
Simultaneous I/O 2 x 2
A/D Resolution 16-bit/44.1kHz
Built In DSP/FX No
Number of Audio Inputs 2
Audio Inputs Types 2 x Combo (Mic/Line)
Number of Audio Outputs 3
Audio Output Types 2 x TRS, 1 x 1/8" (Headphone)
Number of Digital Inputs 0
Number of Digital Outputs 0
Number of Preamps 2
Phantom Power Yes
Bus Powered Yes
Depth 4.7"
Width 4.6"
Height 1.75"
Weight 1.3 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number USBDualPrePS

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