SM Pro Audio PR8 MKII 8-Channel Microphone Preamp with Phantom Power

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Gain control per channel. Peak Light indicator. Phantom On/Off per channel.
The SM PR8MKII is a 2U standard 19 in. rack-mount multi-channel preamplifier that builds on the success of the popular SM PR8 multi-channel microphone preamp. With 8 discrete high-quality microphone preamps and with the addition of an optional ADAT light pipe output, the SM PR8 MKII seamlessly fits into many digital audio workstation configurations. It also features 8 x analog XLR balanced inputs and outputs for pristine stand-alone operation.

Tailored to suit a wide variety of applications, the SM PR8MKII is perfectly suited for use as a front-end device for many hard disk recording systems, as well as adding additional mic pre's to digital mixers and sound cards.

Features:
8-channel microphone preamp

Ultra-wide dynamic range

Low-noise operating levels

XLR inputs & outputs

Inserts on every channel

8 x XLR balanced inputs

8 x +4dB XLR balanced outputs

8 x -10dB 1/4 in. line outs

Peak lights on every channel

48V phantom power on every channel

Phase reverse on all channels
For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 800-343-0353
(11 ratings)
Submitted January 28, 2004 by a customer from hotmail.com
"Fruit Salad Yummy Yummy"
While this might not be the best sounding preamp on the market...it has a feature set and price that will make any project studio bedroom noodler happy.

Sound
Ordered it directly from the company after scouring the web for a 8 channel pre-amp that could output 8 digital channels to my EchoLayla 24/96. Initial testing shows unit to be moderatly quiet but for the price range you'll get no complaints. ADAT output at 48Mhz is adequate, the company expects the potential for expandability for Firewire output in the future (as an add on) This is an excellent entry level preamp for anyone looking to add 8 channels especially if you go for the ADAT option. Get one (or 2) and you are portable (kindof) and ready to rock! (or roll!)

Features
Was looking for the flexability offered by the multiple input/output options (mic/line level I/O), phantom power, and the nice addition of phase reversal for situations that demand it.

Quality
Looked under the hood and the unit seems solid...but is a little "hacked together. Poor insulation on cabling between molex connectors, lots of hot glue holding things together. YGWYPF (You get what you pay for)

Value
2 space rack unit is a little larger than others on the market...but for me the added features/price made up for the size difference between the various models out there.

Manufacturer Support
SMPRO has been read more pleasant to deal with and seems commited to the entry level musician. Danny and Hellen have been extremey patient with my questions over the last year of roll out on this product, i'm happy to have seen this through to fruition.

The Wow Factor
Unit is tre' sexy...front panel is brushed aluminum and all controls feel rock solid. Colored ligh up buttons and indicators have a coolness factor that any geek can appreciate.

Musical Style:
Large Scale Conceptual Noise
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