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Audient ASP800
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Audient ASP800 8-Channel Microphone Preamp

ASP800 is an audio powerhouse designed to transform your sessions into world class recordings, making it the perfect addition to your audio interface.

ASP800 provides 8 channels of Audient’s renowned console mic preamps, class-leading Burr-Brown converter technology, two JFET D.I’s and two Retro channels with revolutionary tone control. Just plug in your mics, guitars, keyboards and drum machines and you’re ready to go, so get creative and start thinking big! Whether you’re recording drums or simply need more channels, ASP800 is the perfect tool for expanding your existing interface via ADAT. Its flexible and intuitive feature set will transform your current setup into the complete recording rig, perfectly at home recording both acoustic and electronic instruments.

Audient is the only company that use the same Class-A mic pre design throughout our entire product range, whether you’re in the studio with an Audient ASP8024 console or on the road with ASP800, you’re always guaranteed the same world class Audient sound. Developed by design legend David Dearden and optimised over 18 years, our mic pre is used by thousands of professional studios around the world. With its versatile nature and smooth tone, the ASP800 will quickly become your ‘go to’ mic pre.

Audient is known for our super clean mic pres but that doesn’t mean we don’t understand the importance of adding colour. Whether you need to add growl to a bass guitar or make those vocals sparkle, ASP800’s revolutionary harmonic generation circuitry has got you covered. Retro Channels 1 & 2 feature two unique variable harmonic COLOUR controls per channel - HMX & IRON. Designed to emulate tones often associated with 1960’s tube designs and the coveted transformer zing of British audio in the 1970’s, HMX & Iron will add new dimension to your audio by providing warm, sparkly tones. Better still, you can combine them to get anywhere in between!

Audient knows that plenty of engineers love the sound of tubes/valves and if you’re one of them, then you’re going to love HMX. Travel back in time with ASP800’s very own custom harmonic distortion control. Similar to vintage valve preamplifier designs of the 1960s, HMX provides a sweet, thick tone that will sound incredible on anything from drums to electric guitars. (TIP! Try it on bass synth, or 808 too!)

By using discrete MOSFET technology, HMX produces asymmetrical harmonic distortion giving you the option to add richness and body to the pristine tone of the Audient mic preamp, D.I or line input. Take control of your sound and bring your audio to life, 1960’s style.

Iron - Magnetic Transformer Drive
Say hello to Audient’s BRAND NEW British transformer saturator - IRON. A testament to innovation, IRON uses a custom British transformer with a high voltage MOSFET drive network designed to recreate that sparkly, “sounds like a record” signature of 1970’s recording. With one control that simultaneously alters drive impedance, bass response, high frequency damping, phase shift, magnetic saturation and transient shaping - IRON can instantly add sparkle, growl and so much more with one twist of a knob! It sounds killer on snare, bass, acoustic guitar and anything that needs some extra bite.

Converter Technology
ASP800 provides you with high performance 118-dB AD converters from Burr Brown, the leaders in converter technology. Quality in the analogue stages of our design comes from years of experience as analogue console designers, and when coupled with outstanding converter technology it enables you to hear audio as it’s supposed to sound. The importance of converters should never be underestimated.

Audient ASP800 8-Channel Microphone Preamp Features

  • 8 x World Class Audient Console Mic Pres
  • 2 x Retro Channels with Dual Stage COLOUR Saturation Controls - HMX & IRON
  • 2 x Discrete JFET Instrument Inputs
  • Pristine 118-dB Burr-Brown A-D Converters
  • Balanced Analogue Line Outputs
  • ADAT Output for Expandability
  • Word Clock Input
  • All-Metal Enclosure

Audient ASP800 8-Channel Microphone Preamp Specifications

  • MICROPHONE PREAMPLIFIER: (measured to balanced DB25 analogue outputs)
    • MIC GAIN: 0 to 70 dB (extra gain stage for more!)
    • SWITCHABLE PAD: -15 dB (all channels front panel switchable)
    • LINE GAIN: -10 to 60 dB (-25 to 45 dB inc. PAD)
    • PHANTOM POWER: 48V ±4V @ 10mA / channel
    • MIC EIN: <-127.0 dBu
    • CMRR: >80 dB @ 100Hz to 2kHz
    • MAXIMUM INPUT LEVEL: +20 dBu (+35 dBu with PAD)
    • INPUT IMPEDANCE (Mic): >2k Ω balanced (approx. 2.2k Ω)
    • INPUT IMPEDANCE (Line): >8k Ω balanced (approx. 8.6k Ω)
    • FREQUENCY RESPONSE: ±0.5 dB 10Hz to 100kHz @ min. gain
    • CROSSTALK: <-90 dBu 10Hz to 10kHz
    • THD+N @ 0dBu (1kHz): <0.003% (-90.5 dBu) mostly 3rd harmonic
    • SNR: >90 dB @ min. gain
    • XLR COMBI FEMALE: Pin 2 (Hot), Pin 3 (Cold) & Pin 1 (Shield)
    • 1/4” TRS JACK: Tip (Hot), Ring (Cold) & Sleeve (Shield)
  • DISCRETE JFET D.I: (measured via microphone preamplifier circuitry)
    • D.I GAIN: 0 dB unity gain (0 to 70 dB)
    • INPUT IMPEDANCE (D.I): 1Meg Ω unbalanced
    • FREQUENCY RESPONSE: ±0.5 dB 10Hz to 50kHz
    • THD+N @ 0dBu (1kHz): <0.01% (-80 dBu) mostly 2nd & 3rd
    • SNR: >85 dB @ min. gain
    • 1/4” TS JACK: Tip (Hot) & Sleeve (Shield)
  • A-D CONVERTER: (measured under AES-17 sans microphone preamplifiers)
    • CHIPSET: Burr-Brown PCM4204 24-bit PCM
      • Selectable via Rear Panel
      • 0 dBFS = +18 dBu (iD22 Professional)
      • 0 dBFS = +12 dBu (iD14 Prosumer)
    • FREQUENCY RESPONSE: ±0.1 dB 20Hz to Fs/2 (Nyquist)
      • <-110 dBFS @ 1kHz & <-90 dBFS @ 10kHz
      • THD+N @ -1 dBFS (1kHz): 0.0015% (-96.5 dB)
      • THD+N @ -6 dBFS (1kHz): 0.0009% (-101 dB)
    • DYNAMIC RANGE: 113.5 dB un-weighted - 116.0 dB A-weighted
    • PEAK LED LINEUP: -2 dBFS (moves with reference level)
    • SIGNAL LED LINEUP: -38 dBFS (moves with reference level)
    • ADAT 8 CHANNEL SMUX: 44.1 to 96.0 kHz
    • CLOCK: Internal Crystal or External Source
  • WORDCLOCK INPUT: 75Ω BNC - switchable 75Ω termination
  • INTERNAL D.C POWER RAILS: ±15V, +48, +30V & +9V
  • SWITCHABLE MAINS VOLTAGE:100, 120, 220 or 230Va.c
  • FUSE: 200mA (UK) or 315mA (US)
  • Time Delay (T) Slow-Blow Type
  • WEIGHT: 4.5 kg
  • DIMENSIONS: 1RU - 482mm x 286.5mm x 44mm
  • HMX MOSFET Saturator:
    • THD+N @ 0 dBu Min. Drive (1 kHz): 0.35% (2nd & 3rd only)
    • THD+N @ 0 dBu Max. Drive (1 kHz): 2.73% (2nd to 4th dominate)
    • NOISE @ Min. Drive -73 dBu (like an old tube amp!)
    • FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 30 to 150Hz low frequency emphasis bump - Asymetrical
    • Waveshaping: Tube-like soft clipping
  • Iron Transformer Saturator:
    • THD+N @ 0 dBu Min. Drive (1 kHz): 0.11% (2nd & 3rd mostly)
    • THD+N @ 0 dBu Max. Drive (1 kHz): 0.006% (cleans up as driver load changes)
    • THD+N @ L.F (<300 Hz): Complex variance with level and frequency - distorts bass content
    • NOISE @ Min. Drive -84 dBu (like a 2” tape machine)
    • FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 4k to 15kHz rising air boost / resonance
    • Waveshaping: Symmetrical/Magnetic Loop Transient Shaping & Phase Shift

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