Presonus Tube Preamps V2 – First Look at NAMM
If you’ve ever found yourself in what I like to call a “preamp pinch,” you’re going to appreciate this. If you haven’t, I am defining a pre-amp pinch as the defining moment in one’s studio growth where the need for an additional preamp arises, despite a bank account screaming “no!” Naturally, as studio freaks are far more focused on polishing our tunes than being healthy or keeping girlfriends from running off with lawyers (or, worse yet, wizards). I typically answer this problem by breaking the piggy bank, running out and picking up the most affordable preamp I can find that will still hold up under inspection.
The Presonus BlueTube and the TubPre have helped me out of Jams like these more than once. Presonus must have sensed that I was ready to get an even better preamp for the same price because they have upgraded both models with their high headroom XMAX preamp circuitry and held the price points.
If you’re unfamiliar, the XMAX are Presonus’s high end preamps that also appear in the DIGIMAX as well as their new audiobox interfaces. They sound pretty sweet. At this price they sound insanely sweet.
These are the kind of upgrades I like to see though. It is really great when a company sticks with a good thing and just makes the simplest, most logical improvements. Hopefully these will be solving a lot of “preamp pinches” in the coming months. Even if that pinch is a complete lack of preamps altogether, you can’t go wrong with these trusty little boxes. The ever so slight changes to the product design look pretty nice too.