ART Voice Channel – Unboxing and Run-Down

ART Voice Channel – Unboxing and Run-Down

My first piece of hardware rack gear!

My reason for wanting a channel strip was for cleaner vocals within the Beatstruggles Tutorials.

With my first few tries with the ART Voice Channel, I was quite impressed!

Before recording, I will record myself into Edison, listen back, and see what I think needs fine-tuning EQ, compression, and De-Ess wise. From there, I will adjust accordingly, and get on with the tutorial!

I’m not one to have gear lust and purchase lots of gear/sounds/products – I try to only buy what I need, and make the most of what I have!

That’s my reason for buying a used version of the ART Voice Channel – no point paying an extra $200 when the used one works just as good!

In this video, I tried to give a break down on what everything does on the ART Voice Channel. Hopefully you learn some stuff from the video!:

And here’s some more information on those wanting to buy the ART Voice Channel, with some images etc.

The Front

At first glance, I definitely had a smile on my face! – My first piece of hardware, and I was ready to plug it in and try it!

ART Voice Channel - Compressor Gain Reduction Meter 3

All the dials have that nice fluid motion to them, which give you a bit of resistance on your turn. So you know they are built well.

The ART Voice Channel contains the following:

  1. EQ
  2. Compressor
  3. De-Esser
  4. Tube Voltage
  5. Expander/Gate
  6. Sample Rate Conversion
  7. Directly record into your comp with a USB cable from the hardware itself!
  8. An option to put the EQ before and after the compressor. (Also being able to bypass the EQ totally).

Also included are the basics you get on any kind of pre-amp: Pad, Invert, Phantom Power, Low Cut.

The Voice Channel also comes with an impedance knob, which I think is for the front input! (If your signal is too loud/hot, you can dial more resistance/less resistance).

ART Voice Channel - VU Meter

When first turning the Voice Channel on, I wasn’t wow’d. The VU analog meter surprised me almost in a disappointing way with it’s orangey color. But cosmetics aren’t everything right 😉

The Voice Channel does a great job at what I wanted it for; recording cleaner vocals for tutorials, while having total control over knobs in real time (not having to go through VSTs etc).

I’ve already recorded a few tutorials/videos with it, and I am impressed with the results I am achieving!

A cool thing about the Voice Channel is that it’s a bit of analog/digital in one – It has both a VU and Digital meter. (Also, the VU Meter has a calibration knob to correctly adjust the needle to your volume).

The Back

ART Voice Channel - Back (1)

The back of the ART Voice Channel definitely gives the user a lot of connections and flexibility; also with that USB connection, allowing for easy recording directly into your computer!

Here’s some more pictures:

ART Voice Channel - Back (2)

ART Voice Channel - Back (3)

What’s Coming Next?

Well.. currently I just have the ART Voice Channel on one of my Yamaha HS80m speaker boxes.. So a rack mount is definitely in my future purchases. Also.. a nice little affordable patch bay would be very nice.

A patch bay would just simply allow me to route/connect everything from the front of the studio rack, instead of sliding out the hardware in/out, having to go to the back each time to make connections. We’ll see what happens. One day at a time right!

Let me know if you start noticing a difference in my vocals with the newer Beatstruggles tutorials!

Thanks Long and McQuade for opportunity to purchase the used ART Voice Channel!

About The Author


GratuiTous is a Christian music producer striving to perfect his skills as a beatmaker, mixer, and mastering engineer. His articles strive to keep things simple, yet touch on the topic complex enough to have a decent understanding. He also releases FL Studio email series!

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  1. Mark Breton

    Hi, I was watching Creative Transitions in Beats after I read this review of your ART Voice Channel. I just purchased a used voice channel off of Amazon and hooked it up and immediately really like the features, but I had this strange sort of rumble-hiss. I recorded with it some and it was really nice, except for the hiss, which went away when the expander shut down the output. I decided to hit it hard with a powerful input and it produced the most horrible distortion and awful sound, even when the meters were not going into the red. Did you use the Voice Channel on your Creative Transitions in Beats video, and when you had your Voice Channel up and running did you have any issues with hiss? Great unboxing video, btw. I enjoyed it.
    Thanks, Mark Breton

    • GratuiTous

      Hey Mark,

      Yes, I’m pretty sure I used the Voice Channel in the Creative Transitions in Beats tutorial.

      There could be a few things causing this:

      1. Computer fan? – You’d be surprised, but my computer fan gets picked up quite easily!
      2. What kind of cable are you using?
      3. Maybe it could be a ground loop issue? – Try turning the phantom power on and off to see if any noise persists?
      4. What kind of microphone are you using?

      Fill me in on some more info; hopefully we get an answer out of this! 😉


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