Warm Audio TB12 Tone Beast

Microphone Preamplifier

  • 1 channel with CineMag transformer
  • 71 dB Gain
  • Tone button to switch the impedance from 600 ohms to 150 ohms for mic and Hi-Z input
  • Switchable 48V phantom power
  • -20 dB Pad
  • HP filter
  • Switchable polarity
  • LED VU meter
  • Model: 19" 1HE

Connectors:

  • Balanced XLR mic input in front and back
  • Line and Hi-Z instrument input 6.3 mm jack
  • Balanced line output XLR and 6.3 mm jack
  • Insert 6.3 mm jack

Further Information

Channels 1
Number of microphone inputs 2
Instrument input Yes
Tubes No
Compressor/Limiter No
Equalizer No
De-Esser No
Phantom power Yes
Phase Reverse Yes
External effect loops Yes
Analogue Outputs XLR, jack
Digitale Outputs None
Headphone connection No
Level Meter Yes

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great all round pre
Kar1l, 16.04.2018
I recently decided it was time to upgrade from the built in preamps in my Focusrite Sapphire to a 'real' external preamp. My budget was about 600 EUR. Afer a LOT of online research, I narrowed my options down to 6 preamps, in roughly the same price range. The preamps were:


ART Pro MPA II
Warm Audio TB12 Tone Beast
Black Lion Audio B173 Preamp
FMR Audio RNP 8380
Warm Audio WA73
Focusrite ISA One Analog

As I will be using the preamp mostly for vocals and bass, I tested both those signals.
I plugged my Ibanez 600 in passive mode into my BSS DI, into the preamp. For vocals, I hooked up my SM7B straight into the preamp, into Logic X. The results:


The Warm Audio TB12 Tone Beast comes in bright orange, which I like, but some may not. Sound wise, it's definitely the most versatile of the bunch. There's a plethora of options to shape the tone, and it's definitely possible to get very different tones out of it. I liked it on my bass a lot, on vocals it felt a bit too cold. In the end, the TB12 didn't make the cut because of this.
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Top quality but limited versatility
23.10.2016
Versatility was what brought me to this product, however I have to admit that the tonal possibilities are extremely subtle. Have tried with all 3 main types of mikes, hard driven, but failed to get to any meaningful tonal differences between the different op-amps and capacitor types. If there was any, it was about just as much as touching an eq and moving it with 1/10th of a millimetre. The build is super excellent and as you can see the looks are amazing. Was easy to sell it, glad I've tried it, but I ended barely touching the buttons, while feeling it kind of under delivered to my other similar category SS pres.
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