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Best Budget 8 channel mic preamp

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I want to buy na 8 channel pre amp with ADAT lightpipe and i need some help to decide the best quality equip. I have search and find this 4 option:

-Focusrite octopre + ADAT interf card $1000 (96khz/ADAT/compr/limiter)
-Mackie onyx800r $1000 (192 khz/ADAT/M-S enc)
-PreSonus digimax LT $800 (48khz/ADAT)
-maudio octane $600 (48khz/ADAT/M-S enc)

Is there a better equip in this price range?
Which one is the best?


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Pro Audio Guest Tue, 05/09/2006 - 12:29

I've heard some nice things about those Onyx mixers actually. Might be your best bang for buck ratio there...
I had a Presonus Digimax. not bad. you can get them for cheaper than $800 if you look hard enough...

must you have the ADAT out? if not, look into a True Precision 8. might be out of range, but a killer 8 channel pre...

unless youre going into an 002 or something to get more in. the presonus or Onyx will suit you well. Id go the Onyx tho. Probably as nice if not nicer pres than the digimax, and you get a digital mixer as well.

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saemskin Tue, 05/09/2006 - 17:24
sort of on topic....
suppose one picks the 800r, but not necessarily because its a preamp,. but to add 8 channels quick and dirty, because one doesnt trust the alesis ai3 for whatever reason.
Are there any drawbacks to using a preamp stage for an expansion. IE to just run anything through with no gain most of the time?

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Pro Audio Guest Thu, 05/11/2006 - 00:36
Saying these preamps are all crap is not fair...

If you want really, really high quality preamps pay 1000/2000 dollars per channel but you state budget so...

These days nobody makes bad preamps anymore in your price range, even Behringer does a decent job. They all work fine for the job they are supposed to do: power your mics. Do not expect anything more, so no amazing character, unbelievable loudness etc. But if you have some good mics, good recording skills and good ears you can make some kick ass recordings with all of them! I'd go for the Focusrite by the way, don't ask me why, I just like it.

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therecordingart Thu, 05/11/2006 - 06:47

With all due respect....this post was made in the "pro" side of RO listing consumer gear to choose from. Crap is a strong word to use because the listed units are ok. They won't blow your dress up, but they will work fine and give you nice results.

Other than the response from AudioGaff...there wasn't anything bad to say about your list because they are in fact pretty good units, and the Onyx better. Stickers and myself took things further and provided a fantastic option outside of the list.

Don't be so damn sensitive. Opinions are like assholes.

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Pro Audio Guest Thu, 05/11/2006 - 11:44
stickers wrote: I'm trying to prevent him from getting something he'll end up dumping in 1 year.

very noble, but one will never truly know what is good unless they know what is bad.

stickers wrote: But other than drums you hards ever need more than 3 or 4 pres at a time.

extremely circumstanstial(sp?). i record blues and jazz musicians live of the floor and find myself using up to 6 channels sometimes just for two musicians. it really all depends on what is going on at the time.