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ART S8 - 8-Channel Microphone Signal Splitter

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ART S8 - 8-Channel Microphone Signal Splitter

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  • Direct Microphone Outputs
  • Isolated Outputs
  • Ground Lift Switches
  • Pad Switches

You Pay: $169.00

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The ART S8 8-Channel Microphone Signal Splitter is ideal for sending a secondary microphone signal to a monitor mixer, recording device, etc. The S8 features eight XLR inputs and 16 outputs. Eight direct outputs pass phantom power to the microphone and are intended to feed the main preamplifiers, mixer inputs or other input devices.

The eight isolated outputs are provided to feed a secondary input device, such as a recording device or monitor mixer input. A -29dB input Pad switch is provided on each channel. Ground-lift switches eliminate ground loop noise caused by connected devices.

UPC: 840402018285
Inputs XLR Microphone x8
Outputs XLR Direct Output x8
XLR Transformerless Output x8
Input Impedance greater than 1.1kΩ @ 1kHz (Typical)
Maximum Input Level -1.4dBu @ 20Hz / +3.5dBu @ 30Hz / +9.4dBu @ 50Hz
Output Impedance Less Than 255Ω @ 1kHz (Typical)
THD & Noise Less Than 0.1% From 45Hz To 20kHz @ -15dBu Input
Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz
Packaging Info
Package Weight 4.35 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 20.9 x 7.0 x 3.5"
ART S8 - 8-Channel Microphone Signal Splitter
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    ARTS8 - 8-Channel Microphone Signal Splitter
     
    4.9

    (based on 19 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (17)

    • 4 Stars

       

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    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (16)
    • Improves system function (7)
    • Time saver (7)
    • Versatile (7)
    • Good audio (3)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (14)
    • Outdoor events / games (10)
    • Professional recording (9)
    • Amateur recording (8)
    • Home studio (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (10), Professional musician (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    5.0

    Great way to split a 24 channel board

    By Bass: It's like guitar, but cooler.

    from Chicago

    About Me Professional Artist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Great sound
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

      Comments about ART S8 - 8-Channel Microphone Signal Splitter:

      We were looking for a splitter to use on stage so we could run our own monitors and give the house a clean feed. 24 channel splitters cost a lot more than we were willing to pay at the time. A sound guy we worked with suggested getting 3 of these instead of a single 24 for a fraction of the cost. We did and the rest is history.

      We have tested these extensively while practicing and have used both the directs and the transformer feeds for our sound. We play loud country & rock and we couldn't tell the difference between the outputs. We've only played out with the new set up a couple of times, but so far it is everything we hoped for at a great price. We couldn't be happier.

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      5.0

      very happy w/ product

      By KQHE 92.7

      from AK

      About Me Business Owner

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Highly Compatible
      • Improves Performance
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Complex Projects
        • In The Studio

        Comments about ART S8 - 8-Channel Microphone Signal Splitter:

        This is just what we were needing to do remotes. we break off facility mixers and bring into our own mixer. It creates a lot of cabling but this is fine with different color cables. Just ordered the ARTs8 3 way to put in line in our studio.
        We will be using that to split our feeds and go to two separate programing computers.
        unit is 1ru and well made. Sound was clean and provides a great deal of versatility

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        • No

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        5.0

        Exactly what I needed.

        By Sean

        from Rockdale County

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Highly Compatible
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • In The Studio

          Comments about ART S8 - 8-Channel Microphone Signal Splitter:

          Perfect product for what I needed. Had to split audio channels and send a set to the room and the iso side went to control room for recording.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Did exactly what it was suppossed to do.

          By Dragon Jim

          from Kingsburg, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about ART S8 - 8-Channel Microphone Signal Splitter:

            No surprizes or disappointments.

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            5.0

            Low cost and excellent product

            By gab

            from lausanne switzerland

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Professional Recording

              Comments about ART S8 - 8-Channel Microphone Signal Splitter:

              A very nice solution for passive audio split, simple, robust and robust

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              a live event lifesaver

              By epmartinez

              from Tottenham, ON, Canada

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Good price value
              • Low Distortion

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about ART S8 - 8-Channel Microphone Signal Splitter:

                Although I regularly do it, I don't look forward to event videography, especially with live bands in/and unfamiliar venues. There is always the problem of getting a multi-track feed with not-always-friendly FOH guys at the helm (I understand their concerns). I traditionally take the insert outs of mixing consoles if they are there (and I'm permitted) on one extreme, or popping a Zoom H2 in the middle of the stage on the other if that's what I'm reduced to. Thinking for the longest time that there must be an alternative to these has led me to the ART S8. Presenting it to the FOH guys well beforehand makes it easier to interact with them and convince them that nothing in what I'm doing will in any way disturb the proceedings. In this, the ART S8 has well succeeded in making everyone happy: the FOH guys with the program, and me with my multi-track recording of the event, all without missing a beat. To tap into an event using all 8 channels, you will need 16 XLR cables: the original mics go into the S8, then the direct cable goes to wherever it must in the original scheme (main FOH mixer or stage snake inputs, etc), and the transformer out cable goes to the recorder (Zoom R16 in my case). Well worth it: no hiss, no hum, no attenuation, no boost, no power required; the mic out transparently goes to my recorder and to the FOH. Very good value as well; highly recommended (the -29dB attenuator enables line levels to be applied; I'm just puzzled why -29, not -20dB or outright -30dB).

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                5.0

                The right solution for the right price

                By gopack2004

                from Wisconsin

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

                  Comments about ART S8 - 8-Channel Microphone Signal Splitter:

                  I have been setting up a new monitoring system for a church worship band and needed a way to split the microphone signals. The ART S8 is the perfect solution. B&H has it at a great price, [...]I like the fact that I can keep the phantom power out of my monitor inputs, a PreSonus Firestudio. I haven't had to use the ground lift feature for this setup, but the building is very old and if I need it I'll sure be glad it's there.The only complaint I have is that it is too small. When mounted in my rack between some other equipment, it is so shallow that access to the rear plugs is tricky. Luckily I don't have to do that often, but if you do, then plan to leave some rack space open above and/or below it.I checked around for used pieces for a while, but they seem to hold their value really well! Buying new was not that much more, and if I ever switch it out for something else I know I'll get my money back out of it.

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                  5.0

                  Great price and quality

                  By Pete

                  from Manchester CT

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about ART S8 - 8-Channel Microphone Signal Splitter:

                    I bought this do some recording of our band. This is a solid unit, that sounds great at a good price. Would buy again.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent Gear

                    By Sparky

                    from St Paul, MN

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Improves Sound Quality
                    • Improves System Function
                    • Saves Time
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • NONE

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Mobile DJ
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about ART S8 - 8-Channel Microphone Signal Splitter:

                    This is just what is needed for splitting a signal for monitors or recording. With the ground lift and Pad buttons makes it very versatile.

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                    5.0

                    Great way to split signals!!

                    By Andy Lozano

                    from Victorville, CA

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Improves Sound Quality
                    • Saves Time
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Events
                      • Home Studio
                      • Mobile DJ
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about ART S8 - 8-Channel Microphone Signal Splitter:

                      I purchase to use on my church. We were tired of feedbacks in our monitors an purchased in ear monitors, but wanted a way to split all instruments. This unit was our solution, the band loves it. We can hear our instruments an enjoy our worship experience. Great gear

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                      4.0

                      What more can you ask?

                      By Drumming and Loving It

                      from Nashville, TN

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Improves System Function

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances

                        Comments about ART S8 - 8-Channel Microphone Signal Splitter:

                        Works great and priced right.

                        It doesn't have every bell and whistle it could, but it also doesn't need a power source.

                        I'm a drummer and I use it to split signals to FOH and my stage mixer for in-ear monitoring. Ground lift is nice and sound is transparent.

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                        5.0

                        S8 XLR splitter by ART - great product!

                        By Dave the physicist

                        from Boulder, CO

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable see cons
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Improves System Function
                        • Saves Time
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • Heavy see pros

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Events
                        • Home Studio
                        • Mobile DJ
                        • Performances

                        Comments about ART S8 - 8-Channel Microphone Signal Splitter:

                        The product worked as advertised right out of the box. Straight-forward operation, totally passive electronics (no power cable needed), clean signal chains.

                        The unit is built very well; solid metal housing & components. One drawback may be the weight, but durability is worth a little extra weight.

                        I would definitely recommend this to anyone running live sound. I have not used it in a 'professional' studio setting, but considering the passive and transformer-isolated design, I cannot imagine this unit introducing unwanted noise in a system.

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                        5.0

                        Big bang for the buck

                        By none

                        from Chrster, PA

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Improves System Function
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • NONE

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Events
                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about ART S8 - 8-Channel Microphone Signal Splitter:

                        We have purchased to of the S8's. We have other more expensive mic splitters but the S8's are as good or better. We use them to split mic lines between the FOH and Stage Monitor Mix in our church.

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                        5.0

                        Art S8- Cost effective Splitter

                        By [@]

                        from Chicago, IL

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Cost effective
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Flexable
                        • Improves System Function
                        • Saves Time
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Studio
                          • Performances

                          Comments about ART S8 - 8-Channel Microphone Signal Splitter:

                          I recently purchased an ART S8 signal splitter in order to split stage signals for FOH and my in ear monitor rig. The out of box ease of use is awesome, totally plug and play, no external power config. required. The only downfall of this product is that it is so small in depth, requires having to reach far inside the rack to plug in the stage snake. This I can live with as it once hooked up, I can easily mix and hear exactly what I want in my in ear system.

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                          4.0

                          What a buy!

                          By RWR

                          from San Diego, CA

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Saves Time

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Events
                            • Performances

                            Comments about ART S8 - 8-Channel Microphone Signal Splitter:

                            We use 4 of these in a 32 channel splitter rack in a live PA system to main and monitor consoles. I hesitated to buy initially, thinking the build quality or transformer quality may be inferior due to the price point. I was pleased that it works really well, and the transformer quality seems to be just fine for our use. Also, the 8 channels saves rack space - other models package only 4 channels per unit. We like having the inputs on the front, and outputs on the back, so we leave the output snakes connected and rolled up in the back of the rack for use. This leaves the front of the rack uncluttered for ease of connecting inputs and labeling. Since we have only used it for a month, we'll see how it stands up to use over time, hence 4 stars. All in all appears to be a great product.

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                            5.0

                            Superior Sound Quality - Great Value!

                            By Audio Jock

                            from Boston / Metrowest, MA

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                            • NONE

                            Best Uses

                            • Events
                            • Performances
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about ART S8 - 8-Channel Microphone Signal Splitter:

                            This 2-way splitter is an easy plug and play with great sound quality and built to last for not alot of money. Connect your mic cables to the splitter's mic inputs. Select switching for -29db pad for super hot signals (or for when you use a preamp on stage) and ground-lift if you have hum problems. The splitter allows phantom power to pass from your main console to your mic's via it's direct outputs, so you can still use condenser mics and phantom powered DI boxes on stage without needing separate power supplies. The isolated outputs connect to your monitoring or recording console. Sound quality of the 1:1 isolation transformers is amazing as no discernable noise or phase shift can be heard compared to the direct sound. Compare the cost of this ruggedly built, 1-rack space, 8-channel, 2-way mic splitter with the many others on the market, and you get high quality and performance for relatively low cost, and THAT'S VALUE!!

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                            5.0

                            Worked so well I bought 2!

                            By GP1

                            from Madison, WI

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Improves System Function
                            • Saves Time

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Performances
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about ART S8 - 8-Channel Microphone Signal Splitter:

                              An inexpensive yet effective way to split your signal cleanly.

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                              5.0

                              Does exactly as described

                              By Surprise

                              from Surprise, AZ

                              About Me Experienced

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Gets the job done
                              • Improves Sound Quality
                              • Improves System Function
                              • Saves Time
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • Events
                                • Home Studio
                                • Live Audio
                                • Mobile DJ
                                • Performances
                                • Professional Recording

                                Comments about ART S8 - 8-Channel Microphone Signal Splitter:

                                Was going to rent a bunch of audio units for an upcoming project, but with the price, just decided to buy this unit. Worked exactly as described, very nicely built, and the audio was very clean. No complaints about it. High recommended,.

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                                5.0

                                The ART S8 Worked as Advertised

                                By Mr SFX

                                from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Affordable unit
                                • Ease of Use

                                Cons

                                • Could use 14 " jacks too

                                Best Uses

                                • Location audio recording

                                Comments about ART S8 - 8-Channel Microphone Signal Splitter:

                                I purchased the ART S8 for a location recording project where I needed to send the stage mics to the front-of-house mix & my location Protools setup. It worked as advertised. I got the feed I needed for my recording & FOH got the feed she needed for the house sound. A good inexpensive solution. A nice addition to my location audio toolbelt.

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