Antelope MP8d 8-Channel Microphone Preamplifier with A/D Conversion

Antelope MP8d 8-Channel Microphone Preamplifier with A/D Conversion

Antelope MP8d 8-Channel Microphone Preamplifier with A/D Conversion

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The Antelope MP8d is an 8-channel class-A microphone preamplifier with A/D conversion. It features XLR/TRS combo connectors, which accept both microphone and line level signals. The channel 1 and 2 TRS Hi-Z inputs are located on the front panel along with a headphone jack and volume rotary controls. You can connect this unit to an outboard gear via inserts on the rear panel. Line level microphone signals can be directly output to the Orion32 and Zen Studio audio interfaces via the D-Sub connector. It also features S/PDIF, AES/EBU, TOSLINK, ADAT, and MADI digital connections for extended compatibility and allow for both easy connection to other outboard gear or DAW.

MP8d's intuitive user interface with color-coded drag and drop signal routing, multiple mixers, and powerful DSP engine with on-board effects, makes it flexible and suited for various recording applications. Programmable presets allow for easy and fast recall of preferred configurations, while aluminum knobs on the front panel provide precise microphone gain adjustment in real-time.

Eight class-A microphone preamps with individual phantom power
Two Hi-Z instrument inputs
Eight channels of direct microphone output on DB25
Eight channels of Antelope audio precise A/D conversion technology
An individually assignable stereo headphone output
MADI, ADAT, AES/EBU, S/PDIF, and TOSLINK digital outputs
Offers flexible routing and mixing with low latency custom DSP effects
64-bit clocking with atomic input
Oven-controlled oscillator for clocking stability
Two word clock outputs and one word clock input
Five presets for quick and easy recall of setups
UPC: 853744004304
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Antelope MP8d 8-Channel Microphone Preamplifier with A/D Conversion
  • USB Cable
  • AC Power Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Antelope MP8d specs

    Analog Inputs 8 x Mic / Line on XLR combos on the rear panel
    2 x Hi-Z (instrument) inputs on TRS on the front panel (inputs 1, 2)
    Analog Inserts: 2 x Inserts on TRS (inputs 1, 2)
    Analog Outputs 8 x Lines on DB25 (8 channels)
    1 x Stereo Headphone outs on TRS (2 channels)
    Digital Input 1 x MADI
    Digital Outputs 1 x MADI
    2 x ADAT
    1 x S/PDIF
    1 x TOSLINK
    1 x AES/EBU on DB9 (breaks down to 4 x XLR connectors, cable not included)
    USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, Type B, only for control
    Clock Atomic Clock: 1 x 10 MHz input @ 75 Ohms 1 Vpp on BNC
    Word Clock 1 x Input @ 75 ohms 3 Vpp on BNC 32 to 192 kHz
    2 x Output @ 75 ohms 3 Vpp on BNC 32 to 192 kHz
    Mic Preamps EIN 129 dB
    A/D Converter Dynamic Range: 120 dB
    THD+N: 110 dB
    Clocking System 4th generation acoustically-focused clocking
    64-bit DDS oven-controlled crystal oscillator
    Clocking Stability <±0.02 ppm, oven controlled at 148.1°F (64.5°C)
    Clock Aging: <1 ppm per year
    Calibration: <±0.001 ppm
    Sample Rates 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
    Power Supply Universal input
    95 to 245 VAC, 20 W, maximum
    Operating Temperature 32 to 122°F (0 to 50°C)
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 19.00 x 1.75 x 9.10" (48.30 x 4.40 x 23.00 cm)
    Weight Approximately 7.28 lb (3.30 kg)

    Antelope MP8d reviews

    MP8d 8-Channel Microphone Preamplifier with A/D Conversion is rated 1.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Might be good for some users, but no remote CPUs In my opinion, this unit (and likely all Antelope products) is not suitable for a professional studio. Like many studios, we have the bulk of our gear located remotely and use many USB devices locally using extenders. This unit simply will not work reliably with any of the USB extenders we tried, which renders the software interface worthless. That problem is compounded by the fact that there are MANY features that simply cannot be used without the software interface. There is no way to enable the HPF or 48V without the control software. Basically, the only thing you can do is power, gain, and switching between mic/line. Anything else requires the software. This is my first dealing with Antelope as a company and I have not been impressed. Their phone support closes at 3pm EST and it took me multiple days (and a followup message) to get a response to my online ticket submission. All of this made even more frustrating by the fact that their tech support basically told me tough luck because their unit won't work with USB hubs or extenders. That would have been nice to know up front. Also, their user documentation is downright TERRIBLE. There were multiple BASIC features such as saving and recalling global presets, that I had to Google, find an online video that was geared toward the Orion, and HOPE that it applied to the mp8d (it did). For that to not be included in written documentation is kind of ridiculous, IMO. In any case, the unit does sound pretty good and has a lot of features for the money. That's about the best I can say about it since I can't really use any of those features in my current setup.
    Date published: 2016-03-08
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