Home > Studio Recording > Analog Gear > Preamps > Multi-Channel >

Phoenix Audio DRS8 MK2 Microphone Preamp

Phoenix Audio DRS8 MK2
Phoenix Audio DRS8 MK2
Alternative Views:

List Price: $3,995.00
Our Price: $3,790.00

Availability: Usually Ships in 24 Hours
Product Code: 9999-07133


Phoenix Audio DRS8 MK2 Microphone Preamp

The Phoenix Audio DRS8 MK2 Microphone Preamp uses the well proven and loved Class A Phoenix output stage (DSOP-2), along with the latest in transformerless Class A, Discrete Mic Input Technology which gives a "valve-like" sound.

The Phoenix Audio DRS8 MK2 Microphone Preamp builds on the the original DRS8 unit's excellent sonic character, color and tone, but with a new improved PSU board and power transformer offering greater power and much improved overall noise performance. The DRS-8 Mk2 has become more flexible by offering detented output channel pots for easier recall also we re-designed the preamp for greater ease of use during recoding by changing the HPF to 80hz from 120hz and replaced the 30db pad with a 15db pad. The DRS8 is an 8 channel solid state class A discrete mic pre amp, each channel has its own dedicated level control, -15db pad, phantom power, phase reverse, high pass filter and mute buttons. The unit has an 8 channel monitoring output facility so all 8 channels can be sent directly to a monitor controller or a patchbay as well as having individual channel outputs.

The design is based on the current family of award winning DRS mic pre amps like the DRS1 & DRS2, that all feature our renowned DSOP2 output stage that offers a full colored saturated sound. Each unit is constructed to a commitment to high quality sonic clarity whilst still offering a distinctive vintage tone. The design of this unit is intended to offer users a high quality multichannel mic pre amp, perfect for studio, broadcast and live applications whilst still being competitively priced for a product of this quality.

Phoenix Audio (UK) is dedicated to the development of Class A discrete technology used within high build-quality equipment designed for both the professional and the home studio environment. The DRS-8 Mic-Pre uses Phoenix's well proven and loved Class A output stage (DSOP-2), but also has their latest breakthrough in transformerless Class A, Discrete Mic Input Technology which gives a "valve-like" sound.

The Phoenix Audio DRS8 MK2 is the culmination of over 40 years experience designing Class A circuitry within the Audio Recording Industry. The DRS-8 is based on the first Phoenix unit the DRS2, this bespoke product was launched by Phoenix Audio (UK) in the U.K. in November 1999, and has enjoyed an almost "cult" following ever since. The Class A output stage (TF1) was originally designed by David Rees, the designer of the famous Neve 2253 Limiter and 2254 Limiter/compressor (amongst many other designs), as a retrofit for Neve modules, and the TF1 has now been superseded by the DSOP2 output stage.

The Class A, discrete, truly balanced, transformerless microphone input stage was designed to out-perform any transformer input for frequency response, yet has all the characteristics expected in a high quality Class A design.

The Phoenix Audio DRS8 MK2 was designed primarily for vocal and instrument recording and live applications where high quality standards are necessary and demanded. The DRS-8 is now finding a new home in broadcast applications, as well.

Phoenix Audio DRS8 MK2 Microphone Preamp Front Panel

  • Input Sens Switch: The Input sensitivity switch is a rotary 9 position switch. It is marked from -30 to -70. This controls the gain for the INPUT stage in 5dBu steps. The switch applies gain at all times and does not disconnect when using the Mic/Line switch. It affects both the XLR and 1/4" jack inputs (see rear panel inputs) at once.
  • Mic/Line Switch: The Mic/Line switch allows the use of Mic or Line level inputs. The input is in LINE mode when the switch is pressed in.
  • +48V Switch: The +48V switch applies industry standard 48V Phantom power to the input XLR/1/4"jack. NOTE: The phantom power will be applied to BOTH the XLR connections AND the 1/4" Jack at the same time. Make sure the switch is OFF when using LINE inputs.
  • PH Switch: The PHase switch will reverse the PHase of the INPUT signal when pressed in.
  • HPF Switch: The High Pass Filter switch applies a filter to the INPUT signal when pressed in. This is useful for eliminating low-level/frequency background hum from equipment such as noisy Air Conditioning units.
  • Mute Switch: The Mute switch will mute the channel when pressed in.
  • Level LED's: The LED meter is connected to the OUTPUT of each channel. This indicates levels being sent from the OUTPUT XLR on the channel and is useful for monitoring levels being sent to other equipment. The meter has some hysteresis to make it easier to see fast eaks in the signal.
  • O/P Level Control: The Output level control is a rotary control. This affects the OUTPUT level being sent to the OUTPUT XLR's and the Monitor D-sub connector. The resulting level will be shown on the LED Meter.
  • Monitor Selector Switch: The monitor selector switch is an 8 position rotary selector switch. The switch selects each channel (one at a time) and sends it to the Output Jack on the front panel.
  • Monitor Output Jack: The monitor Output Jack is a 1/4" Mono Jack socket. This can be used to send the monitor signal directly to headphones or a monitoring system.
  • Monitor Level Control: The Monitor level control is a rotary control and adjusts the output level at the 1/4" Monitor Output Jack socket.

Phoenix Audio DRS8 MK2 Microphone Preamp Rear Panel

  • Mains Input Connector: The mains input is via an industry standard IEC "Kettle lead" input with integrated fuse carrier (500mA Quick Blow fuse). Special attention should be paid to the mains input voltage.
  • V-Sel Switch: The voltage selector switch MUST be set to correspond with the mains voltage in your area.
  • Input Connectors: The Input connectors are XLR/1/4"Jack "combo" sockets. These will accept XLR or 1/4" Stereo or Mono Jack plugs. Either type of input connector can be used, at any time, in any channel. Special attention should be paid to the +48V switch position (see +48V switch) when using LINE level inputs.
  • Output Connectors: The output connectors are standard 3 Pin XLR connectors. These outputs are transformer-coupled balanced outputs.
  • Monitor Connector: The monitor connector is a 25 pin "D-sub" connector. This is wired "Tascam" standard. The output of all 8 channels are available on the connector. These outputs can be used in addition with the main Output XLR connectors and can be sent to outboard equipment, patch bays, or monitoring systems. The output levels are controlled by the Output level control on each

Phoenix Audio DRS8 MK2 Microphone Preamp Specifications

  • 8 Channel 2U - 19" Rack-mount unit: With 240V/110V mains voltage input selector switch
  • Inputs Connections: Combo XLR/1/4" jack sockets on Rear Panel
  • Output Connections: XLR's on rear panel
  • Additional outputs: 25 pin "D" style connector on the rear panel (wired "Tascam" Standard)
  • Gain Range (Mic Input): -30 to -70 in 5dB steps With 10dB more available on the fader.
  • Gain Meter: LED Metering. 5 LED Meter on each channel (with hysteresis)
  • Phantom Power: Switchable 48V phantom on Push-button switch
  • High Pass Filter: on Push-button Switch (Roll-off -6dB per octave @ 80Hz)
  • Phase Reverse: on Push-button Switch
  • Mute: On Push-button switch.
  • Mic/Line Push-button switch: Enables Flexibility for input levels.
  • Transformer-balanced Output on each channel: Driven by the Phoenix Audio Class A DSOP-2 fully discrete output stage
  • Class A (DSOP-2) Output specs: Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz +- 0.5dB, Maximum Output = +26dBu @ 1kHz, Noise = -90dB @ 20Hz to 20kHz.
  • Frequency Response Mic Input Stage: -0.4dB @ 40Hz, -0.3dB @ 25kHz

Phoenix Audio DRS8 MK2 Microphone Preamp Downloads

Click here to view all Phoenix Audio products

You may also need...
Stedman Proscreen PS101 Popfilter Colossal Cable Colossus Speaker Cable HotWires MC-25 Microphone Cable (25 Foot)
Our Price: $38.99

Our Price: $115.00

Our Price: $11.95

Stedman Proscreen PS101 Colossal Cable Colossus HotWires MC-25

Average Customer Review 4 of 5 Total Reviews: 1

| Write a review!

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Phoenix Audio 8 Channel Preamp May 31, 2014
Reviewer: Brandt from Aiken, SC United States  
If someone were to ask me to pick 8 channels of really good all around mic preamps and do it in this price point, I'd have to put this one high on the list. It has a sonic profile that just seems to work with a lot of different sources and do it all well. It has quite a clean sound with just a slight tinge of sweetness that is almost tube like. It is a very nice piece worthy of an audition and a very good value to boot.

Was this review helpful to you?