PreSonus Unveils Next-Generation DigiMax DP88 Preamp/Converter

Submitted by audiokid on Sun, 12/06/2015 - 22:23


Baton Rouge, Louisiana, December 2015... The PreSonus® DigiMax™ DP88 8-channel microphone preamplifier and A/D/A converter combines eight remote-controllable, high-headroom mic preamps with advanced remote control features, superior connectivity, unprecedented integration with the new Studio 192 audio interface, and compatibility with third-party, ADAT Optical-equipped audio interfaces.
The newest member of the company’s ever-popular DigiMax series, the 24-bit, 96 kHz DigiMax DP88 delivers exceptional audio quality thanks to its clean audio path, eight XMAX™ Class A preamps, and Burr-Brown A/D/A converters with 118 dB of dynamic range. Unlike most recallable mic preamps, which rely on digital integrated circuits that compromise audio quality, the re-callable XMAX is a true analog preamp with a separate digital volume control circuit.
In addition to offering front-panel control, the DP88’s preamps can be controlled via MIDI with any DAW. Unlike most remote preamps, the DP88 uses simple MIDI CC messages to control Level, Phantom Power, and direct ADC input. MIDI Channel 1 controls Preamp 1, MIDI Channel 2 controls Preamp 2, and so on, making MIDI management easy and intuitive.
When connected via ADAT Optical to a PreSonus Studio 192 audio interface, the DP88’s preamp controls also are accessible from PreSonus’ Studio One DAW and UC Surface control software for Mac OS X and Windows. No additional setup is required; the DP88 becomes a natural extension of the Studio 192 inputs and outputs. The DP88 also adds analog I/O and remote controllable preamps to ADAT Optical-equipped, third-party interfaces.
All inputs and outputs are on the rear panel, making it easy to incorporate the unit into any studio. The DP88 provides eight channels of ADAT Optical I/O at up to 96 kHz (using dual SMUX). Mic inputs are on XLR and DB25 connectors. Eight balanced, line-level direct inputs that bypass the preamps are available on a DB25 connector and can be connected at the same time as the preamp inputs.
Eight balanced direct outputs are provided on a DB25, as are eight balanced DAC outputs that expand your interface outputs for monitor mixes or speaker switching. You get MIDI I/O on a multi-pin connector and breakout cable and word clock I/O on BNC connectors. Use the DP88 as the master clock, or sync it externally via ADAT or word clock.
Phantom power is individually switchable for each preamp. Each channel has an eight-segment LED input meter and a phantom power indicator.
The DigiMax DP88 is available now in the USA and is expected to be available worldwide in January, with an expected street price of $699 U.S.
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About PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc.
Founded in 1995, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., is a leading designer and manufacturer of audio-recording and live-sound software, hardware, and related accessories. PreSonus's software, microphone preamps, signal processors, digital audio interfaces, digital mixers, control surfaces, loudspeakers, and other products are used worldwide for recording, sound reinforcement, broadcast, sound design, and Internet audio.

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audiokid, post: 434261, member: 1 wrote: The DigiMax DP88 is available now in the USA and is expected to be available worldwide in January, with an expected street price of $699 U.S.

That's insane! Here we go. I am glad sold my really expensive converters lol! Not saying these are Prism but the cost for this stuff is going to start dropping.

Presonus's XMax preamps are, in my opinion, the best in their price class. Incredibly clean, quiet, and more than sufficient enough to get very good sounding recordings, with little to no perceptible coloration. Because of their affordability, the VSL series of preamps have become common within the entry level crowd, but I can say after having used them myself for a few years now, that they stand up against pricier preamps neck and neck.
No, they're not Prism, SPL or Millennia, but they are still very respectable and capable of delivering a very good quality signal.

Presonus used these exact same preamps in their Studio/Live series consoles, which hit the market a few years back, and became a game-changer for many who were looking for good quality digital mixers for both studio and live applications.
Conversion wise, they've always been very solid. Again, perhaps not as "pristine" as those found in models by Antelope / Prism, and not as beefy in gain as those units which implement hot voltage rails, but they are still very good, and, with the exception of Focusrite's similarly priced models - which I believe to be just as good - both are far better-sounding than the other similarly priced preamp/I-O's in that entry-level class of audio capture devices.

A $699 street price for the model you mentioned above is ridiculously low, considering the quality of the preamps, converters, and what the device offers in terms of flexibility.
I look forward to hearing a shoot-out at some point between this model and others in the higher priced classes of pre's and converters.