ART AutoTunePre - Microphone Preamp with Pitch Correction
Excellent unit for small studio useBy: Vic on 4 October 2016Most of the reviews I've read for this unit laud it for live sound assistance. I've only used it in my home studio, but found it an excellent corrective to my somewhat wayward intonation as a vocalist. I've only used it on the softest "Pitch correction" setting, eschewing the harder Cher-like options. In practice it's transparent: I don't hear any degradation in quality, the end result is the same but in tune. In this setting it's sufficiently intelligent to allow through deliberate transient swoops and glides without attempting to correct them, so the finished vocal retains the personal touch. Hearing the corrected audio in my headphones has also helped me improve my intonation - in time I may even be able to do without it. One particular application needs a mention. I record a lot of multi-tracked harmonies; some of these are at the outer reaches of my range and have previously sounded strained as I work hard to reach the right note. I've discovered that by de-selecting adjacent notes on the Autotune Pre's front panel keyboard and deliberately =not= pushing hard for the right note, my pitch is corrected but the note doesn't sound strained. This is a much better result all round. One thing: it's important to remember to set the scale correctly, otherwise you do get some odd results on long notes. I've forgotten this a couple of times while recording songs which modulate between keys, and scratched my head wondering why everything's suddenly gone bad. How could it be better? Two things: a de-esser and a noise gate. I see the TASCAM unit that incorporates the same Autotune chip does have these as well, so I'm pondering whether that might be a useful upgrade.
ART Auto Tune Pre Amp
This compact unit combines the ART Tube Pre Amp with an integrated Antares Auto Tune packages that is ideal for studio or stage. Vocalists can use this Pre Amp to add quality Antares pitch processing to their sound on stage without the relying on a costly computer set up.
In Built Auto Tune
The Antares Auto-Tune section of the unit functions in a similar way to the Auto Tune EFX plug in, with an easy to use stand alone interface. Users can select the Key, Scale and EFX type. Individual notes can be toggled on or off using the key pads for more customization. Edits can be stored in one of five footswitch accessible presets. (Footswitch not included)
Smooth tube sound quality plus over 70dB of gain
The Auto-Tune's preamp features a classic 12AX7 tube to deliver that warm, fat sound reminiscent of tube pres of the past. Plus, the it can give you plenty of output, with up to 70dB of gain. 48-volt phantom power is built in, and individual input and output gain controls allow you to dial in the perfect settings for your mic or pickup.
Outstanding signal quality and low noise
Using a transformer less design throughout, the Auto-Tune's maintains exceptional signal integrity and extremely low noise. With XLR and 1/4" inputs, a phase reverse switch, and a sturdy steel case, the Auto-Tune's is a great choice for both studio and location work!
ART (acronym: Applied Research & Technology) are renowned for producing devices that feature unique gadgets and functions that make you think "Why hasn't anyone thought of that before?".
- Antares Auto-Tune® Processing
- Hand selected 12AX7 vacuum tubes
- Very Low Latency
- Five User Programmable Presets
- Variable input and output gain controls
- High Quality Class-A Tube Preamp
- XLR and 1/4" inputs and outputs
- +4/-10 selectable output level
- Selectable Pitch Correction Effect (from subtle to obvious)
- Superior sonic performance to many onboard preamps
- Optional footswitch (off/on & Preset Advance)
- Latency: 5ms
- Dynamic Range: >104dbA
- Frequency Response: 10Hz to 20KHz
- Inputs: XLR Balanced or 1/4" unbalanced
- Outputs:XLR Balanced outputs or 1/4" unbalanced
- Maximum input: +14dBu Balanced, +15dBu unbalanced
- Maximum output: +24dBu Balanced
- Power Requirements: 90 - 125 VAC, 50 - 60 Hz)
- Dimensions: 1.75"H x 5.9"W x 165"D (44.5mm x 150mm x 165mm)
- Weight: 1.14 kg with power supply and packaging
Custom Label: ART-AutoTunePre
Shipping Weight: 1.3000