Behringer Tube Ultragain Mic200 REVIEW

Behringer Tube Ultragain Mic200 REVIEW

A VERY Affordable Preamp to Get Louder Vocals,

First to say, this pre-amp is a very affordable addition to your home studio.

My first audio interface I purchased had ridiculously weak pre-amps. It was a Fast Track Pro.

After much trial and error with of trying different mic cables, different microphones, it came down to one conclusion; the pre-amps were weak.

Behringer Tube Ultragain MIC200 to the Rescue!

Pre-Amps can be very expensive and pricey, easily into the $1000’s. But this one here is only like $50-70.

This was the solution to my weak pre-amps. It allows for an Input volume, allowing you to crank it hard to get warmth out of your vocals, and then the Output volume, which allows for lowering the volume to prevent unwanted distortion. The Behringer pre-amp allows for much more control in how loud/quiet you want your microphone/instrument to be, especially if you have weak pre-amps off your audio interface!

Features of the Ultragain MIC200,

It has a dial which allows you to switch to different settings such as guitar, vocals, piano, bass etc.

On the bottom, it has a couple buttons such as phantom power, a PAD switch to cut down a hot signal, low cut to remove unwanted bass, and phase reverse.

Connections of the Ultragain MIC200’s Back,

Behringer Pre-Amp Back

And this is the back of the Behringer Tube Ultragain Mic200. On the left is the power insert. This is powered by the 9V power adapter provided.

Next, you have your microphone/instrument XLR cable connections.

So from your Audio Interface you plug into the Output of the picture above. Then from the Input it will go to your microphone. If you are using a dynamic microphone all you do is just adjust the volume and you are good to go.

If you are using a condenser microphone you have to turn on the Phantom Power in order for your mic to work. And then same thing, just adjust your volumes.

This thing has been a BIG help in order to produce louder vocals with more control over the volume!

Overall thoughts towards Behringers Ultragain MIC200,

It’s very affordable which is great. It did exactly what I want it to, allow for louder vocals.

It is a tube pre-amp which is cool to have in a home studio to create a different sound to your recordings with the INPUT and OUTPUT features!

This allows for some cool practice recordings by really cranking the input and lowering the output, and just fiddle around with another piece of hardware to see how it works!

If you’re like me with the problems of a poor audio interface, this product will definitely give you more control over your recordings!

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10 Comments

  1. Carl

    I purchased one of these used for $20 at my local Music Go Round. I wanted to experiment with it as a way to have a tube preamp for my solid state guitar combo amps. I tried this into the guitar input on my Behringer GM-108 and Fender Roc Pro 700 (both clean and distortion channels). It was interesting, but the sound got brittle and crackley when I turned up the gain. This was disappointing. I know that each particular tube can be slightly different from each other. I decided to try replacing the Beringer branded 12AX7 with some other tube. There are many options. I went to You Do It Electronics in Needham, Massachusetts and bought a JJ 12AU7 tube for $13 and swapped it out. I didn’t quite know what to expect because a 12AU7 has only about 20% of the gain of a 12AX7 and is really meant for HIFI amps for music and PAs etc. It was gratifying to see that not only did the MIC200 and 12AU7 produce distortion with the gain cranked up, but it was enough gain to be useful, and was a much smoother and pleasing crunch sound. When combined with various settings of my guitars and the amps this was useful and good sounding. 🙂

    Reply
    • GratuiTous

      Hey interesting comment Carl. How was installing the tube, pretty easy?

      Reply
  2. Da kinx

    Hello i just bought a ultragain mic200 and i dont know how to connect to my system so it bring out sound for me or do i need to get another sound card to bring out sound from my system. Please help me

    Reply
    • GratuiTous

      Hey,

      You will need an audio interface of some sort to plug the Ultratube MIC200 into.

      So you will need:

      1. Audio Interface
      2. Two XLR cables (One from microphone to Ultragain MIC200, one from Ultragain MIC200 to Audio Interface)
      3. The Behringer Ultragain MIC200 itself!

      Let me know if you are still confused!

      Reply
  3. Andre

    Many many thanks for your post! We’ve been struggling with this issue for some time and I’m glad I’ve found your worthy tips. Sad thing is, here in Brazil all gears cost much more due to taxes, including this pre-amp. Anyway, thank you again for sharing your knowledge! regards

    Reply
    • GratuiTous

      Hey no prob Andre. For the price, the pre-amp is pretty nice!

      I recently upgraded to a more professional/expensive pre-amp. The ART Voice Channel.

      Reply
  4. jaba rio haig weezy

    hey gratuitious
    im just starting my home studio and as a beginer i bought a at 2035 mic and a lexicon alpha audio interface but the interface doesnt support the mic cuz it has no phantom power do u think this product will work for me if not wat do u recomend.im deeply in need of help so any support wuld be great.thank u

    Reply
    • GratuiTous

      Hey Jaba,

      When using this pre-amp, it should support your audio interface.

      When I used the Behringer 200 with my Fast Track Pro, I had to enable the 48V+ phantom power on the Behringer, and not the audio interface itself.

      So.. I think getting this should give you the phanom power you need + that extra volume gain !

      Reply
  5. An

    Hi GratuiTous,

    I just bought a m-audio fast track for my shure SM57 and I got the same problem. The preamp of it is so bad that I have to turn the mic gain knob all the way up. Therefore, everytime I sing loud or hit high notes ( I doesn’t stand close to the mic), the sound coming out is very distorted. I thought the mic is so bad that can’t handle high notes. If I buy a preamp, do you think the problem will go away? I just want to be able to get the mic record me singing high notes. Also, which one do you think is better, Behringer Tube Ultragain Mic200 or the art tube? About connecting the preamp with the interface, are you using a XLR female to male cable in the pic above and plug it into the mic input of the interface? I thought it should be the 1/4” cable and line input instead? Am I wrong? Please help me, it would be truly appreciated. Look forward to hearing from you.

    Reply
    • GratuiTous

      I know how it is with the microphone and pre-amp. It’s very disappointing not having much control over your microphone volume. This pre-amp from Behringer has helped me tremendously though giving me more flexibility with the volume of my vocals. I cannot compare from the Behringer Tube Ultragain Mic200 and Art Tube, so you are on your own there, but I am very happy with the Behringer Tube Ultragain Mic200.

      And for connection wise, I am using 2 XLR Male-Female. One goes from the audio interface into the Behringer Tube Ultragain Mic200. Then from the Behringer Tube Ultragain Mic200 into your microphone. I also prefer to use the PAD on the m-audio fast track pro rather than the Behringer Tube Ultragain Mic200 cause the hum/white noise is not as loud!

      Reply

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