ANTELOPE MP8d: ‘PRISTINE & POWERFUL’ - AudioTechnology
Introducing the MP8d eight-channel mic preamp with A/D conversion – Antelope Audio’s newest addition to its lineup of mic pres. The MP8d features eight channels of class-A mic preamplification, with the preamps taking their inspiration from Antelope’s recently-released MP32 multi-channel preamp and Zen Studio interface. In addition, the MP8d also sports A/D conversion for each channel with its Acoustically Focused Clocking jitter management algorithm and Oven-Controlled crystal oscillator, powered by a proprietary PSU.
The MP8d mic pres are combo XLR/TRS connectors, which accept both mic and line level signals. While the specs aren’t yet available, Antelope claims the preamps provide “pristine sound with no colouration, and enough power to drive even gain-hungry ribbon microphones”. Channels 1 and 2 have Hi-Z inputs on the front panel via dedicated TRS connectors. Inserts for connecting outboard gear are available on the rear panel. A headphone amp output is also available on the front panel to provide the convenience of integrated monitoring. The analogue connectivity come via a D-Sub 25 connector directly outputting the mic signals at line level.
There are plenty of digital connectivity, with S/PDIF, AES/EBU, TosLink ADAT and MADI. The MP8d also allows for 24-bit/192k streaming of 24 simultaneous I/O via USB, utilising Antelope’s custom-built PC/Mac drivers.
The control software for the unit is built on the concept developed for Antelope’s Orion32 and Zen Studio devices. The user interface displays colour-coded drag ’n’ drop signal routing, multiple mixers and DSP engine with on-board effects. Programmable presets allow for quick recall of preferred configurations, while aluminium knobs on the front panel provide precise mic gain adjustment.
The MP8d is scheduled to ship in Q3 of 2015 and is priced around the AUD$3000 mark.