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I’ve been trying to get away from using the preamps on my Behringer mixer as I’ve decided they’re way weaker and lamer sounding than what I was used to with my old Mackie mixing board. I bought a Presonus Blue Tube on the weekend. It looks like this:

Haven’t given it a shot yet, but I sure hope it’s good.

Posted on - August 9, 2004 [at] 2:43 pm by Brad
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Josh Woodward on Presonus Blue Tube
August 9, 2004 at 4:21 pm

I’ve heard that it works so-so as a preamp, but that the tube overdrive works very well as an effect to vocals and such. Let us know if you do that, I want to hear what it sounds like!

Brad on Presonus Blue Tube
August 9, 2004 at 7:43 pm

Been playing around a little bit. So far I’d say it’s definitely better than my Behringer and maybe a bit better than the onboard Mackie preamps in my last mixer (though it’s hard to remember.) With my condenser I get good levels with no (or minimal hiss), with my SM58 the signal isn’t as hot and boosting it up with the Blue Tube adds a bunch of hiss. I’m really not sure how much I need to care about high input volume levels.

The tube drive is pretty cool. I actually pretty much always heap lots of the Cubase DaTube plugin on my vocals to make me sound tough. This sounds real similar but a lot nicer, “warmer” I guess. Not sure what the use would be for anyone who isn’t into the rock though.

Vasja on Presonus Blue Tube
August 13, 2004 at 5:28 am

What about M-Audio DMP3 (link)…

CoComit on Presonus Blue Tube
March 9, 2005 at 11:58 am

well well well ive been using this preamp for 4 months and im confident but the hiss sound. As you told right above with SM58 mics and brings some hiss at high levels. But im confident anyway with the warmth and the records which i played with my takamine acustic guitars…By the way it doesnt have a power switch i always have to plug in the adaptor jack to make it work. Does anybody have any idea with this?

Special k on Presonus Blue Tube
April 19, 2007 at 1:35 pm

you can get rid of some of the his by turning the gain off on your mixboard or interface(which ever you use) see, every interface or board has a built in pre amp on the xlr jacks. if you are using a external device to boost a signal, such as a preamp then you may experience whats called gain staging because you are running a signal from a mic through two pre’s whick may cause low hiss or rumble depending on the recording enviorment. so by turning down the gain located directly below the xlr jack you are turning down the pre in your board. you will still have volume control over that channel as long as you cunt off the gain and not the track volume. then turn up the gain on the pre amp you bought to readjust the level change. try setting your gain around 12 or 1 oclock and your tube the same or alittle higher depending on what you are recording. this always gave me a good signal to compress and eq

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