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See how the Grace Design M101 stacks up against the PreSonus BlueTube DP in today's product comparison. You might think it all comes down to the price, but frankly there is a lot more to it. If you find this article interesting, you might also want to read The Top Microphone Pre Amp For Vocals

The first product we will be looking at is the Grace Design M101. Grace Design an impressive company that has come a long way from humble beginnings. In 1990 Michael Grace worked alone, creating custom designed, bespoke audio equipment for a very small and niche clientele. Grace Design was officially born in 1994 when Michael’s brother Eben joined him and they started to become known for creating high quality, high performance preamps that surpassed that of the mainstream.

The second product we will be examining in this comparison is the PreSonus BlueTube DP. PreSonus are relatively new kids on the block in comparison to some of the others on this list. They were established in 1995 and quickly became one the leaders in their field, specialising in audio equipment and live-sound software and hardware. They are best known for their preamps, software, signal processors, mixers, monitors and speakers.


Taking a closer look at the features of the Grace Design M101

In the years since Grace Design has grown at a steady yet unstoppably consistent rate. They are now an established and highly respected company with a diverse and impressive range of products featuring in countless gig venues and studios.


Examining the PreSonus BlueTube DP

The BlueTube looks great with a stylish and eye catching blue faceplate, has illuminated input level meters and the chassis is also rack-mountable. It sports a 12AX7 vacuum tube and also supports solid-state gain stages making it dual path. Combined mic and instrument inputs mean this is a great choice for those looking for something more versatile, a real ‘all-rounder’.

HEAD TO HEAD COMPARISON
Grace Design M101 PreSonus BlueTube DP
KEY FEATURES
+ Stylish design and robust build

+ Highly functional preamp

+ Very impressive sound boosting capability

+ Little, to no hiss or feedback

+ Versatile

+ Varied functionality

+ Stylish design

WHAT OUR TEAM THOUGHT
You cannot really go wrong with this one. It looks great and we really like the solid build, slick design and functionality. However this preamp is all about quality of sound. Being able to hit levels of 75db while maintaining a squeaky clean output make this one of the best choices for professionals. This preamp is best for anyone looking to hit a lot of different bases with a single unit. It is a ‘get the job done’ kind of product which we like. If you are not looking to break the bank and are not fussed about having the most specialist product on the market then this may be the preamp for you.


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Also see Music Critic's article The Top Microphone Pre Amp For Vocals which includes even more information.


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