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Audient 800 and Apollo x8p connectivity

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by strings1, Nov 8, 2019.

  1. strings1

    strings1 Active Member

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    I looking for some input and suggestions. I am up grading my studio and plan to purchase an Apollo X8P. I also want to add an additional 8 XLR inputs. I am considering the Audient 800 to meet this need. Will this work or are there better options I should consider?
     
  2. pcrecord

    pcrecord Quality recording seeker ! Distinguished Member

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    The audient 800 is a very good 8xPre unit. The preamps design was inspired by their big console and will do a good job for drums and other instruments.
    One thing you have to accept with those is that you'll get many identical sounding channels.. which is not a bad thing.
    Of course, they are not highend preamps like Focusrite ISA are, so some would prefer going with a ISA428 or the ISA 828 + the converter card.
    Those are of another league completely. The 428 gives 4 preamps and 4 line input to converter to connect other preamps if different flavors is something needed.
    I owned 8 ISA preamps and they were my best investment for life ! Of course much more expensive.... Depends on what kind of productions you are aiming to !

    Enough said about ISAs.. Apollo and Audient will make good music too !

    As for the X8P it seems like a good choice, did you thought about Antelope ?
    They just put out the Orion studio synergy that seems to be full goodness !! ;)
     
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  3. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

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    Yes, it will work, exactly as in the reply to the same question over at GS.

    However, I would recommend the Audient ASP880 rather than the ASP800, unless you really need the fancy retro-channel features in the ASP800. The ASP880 has improved noise specifications and switchable input impedance in the pre-amps, as well as extended balanced channel insert capabilities (including direct ADC access).

    In order to connect the ASP880 to the x8P, you would take two equal-length lightpipes out of the ASP880 and into the x8P, giving you 8 channels at up to 96KHz. You would also need use a 75 Ohm BNC cable to take wordclock sync out of the x8P and into the ASP880, setting the terminator switch on the ASP880 and selecting external sync on the front-panel cycling push-button.
     
  4. strings1

    strings1 Active Member

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    Thank you pcrecord for you response. I may save up for the ISA 428 in the near future. Would be nice to have options.

     
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  5. strings1

    strings1 Active Member

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    Thanks Boswell for pointing this out. I'll go with the 880. Also, thank you for taking you time to explain the connection and cable suggestions.
     
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