Behringer Tube Ultragain MIC200
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Behringer Tube Ultragain MIC200

Tube Ultragain MIC200, Preamplifictore Valvolare from Behringer in the Ultragain series.

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Audiofanzine FR 14/12/2008

Behringer Tube Ultragain MIC200 : Recensione di Audiofanzine FR (content in English)

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(Originally written by SlapKid/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
Very convenient, when it works.

Especially for electric guitars like in my case.

Phantom power required with my red Behringer DI (the model with speaker cabinet simulation). You get every function you need and the format is very convenient.

Preset EQ also very convenient and all the more so as it has a neutral position...

UTILIZATION

Very easy to use and very versatile. In my case:

1. Between my distortion/FX and a characterless amp (e.g. Valve Junior) via the red ULTRA-G DI. It's like night and day, the sound becomes warm and spicy (valve preset). With the same configuration but with a power amp instead you get a master volume and the presets become very useful.

2. In a passive FX loop before the amp with distortion. The goal is to keep the signal as pure an clear as possible (it passes straight through) and to get the distortion of my choice with the MIC200. So the MIC200 only works in distortion mode. It doesn't really affect that much but enough to give most distortions more presence and warmth, especially if you use digital distortion pedals.

SOUND QUALITY

Until now I haven't noticed any noise with guitars, it only enhances the sound and I've been owning it for 4 years.

But its small knobs begin to generate noise and I will have to spray them... But I guess that's normal after 4 years.

I bought a second one which only worked 3 weeks... Typical Behringer!

So buy it in a real shop near you because the price difference could turn into a quick profit...

OVERALL OPINION

Advice: don't think it's a guitar distortion because it's not conceived for that. The input impedance doesn't match a guitar signal (a DI box is required) and the preamp is pure solid-state and "heated up" in a second stage. I guess...

I like this unit very much. It's very useful for my needs but next time I will buy something from a more serious manufacturer. And I will probably choose a stereo one even if it's more bulky.

This MIC200 is a nice little beast.