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Presonus DigiMax D8 8-Channel Preamplifier  

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The DigiMax D8 is an 8-channel preamplifier featuring 8 award-winning class A XMAX mic preamps with 24-bit ADAT digital output. All eight preamps include variable trim control, 48V phantom power, ultr... Click To Read More About This Product

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The DigiMax D8 is an 8-channel preamplifier featuring 8 award-winning class A XMAX mic preamps with 24-bit ADAT digital output. All eight preamps include variable trim control, 48V phantom power, ultra-fast acting LED metering and 20 dB pad. In addition, 2 instrument inputs are located on the front panel for direct Hi-Z instrument input. Balanced TRS direct analog outputs are located on the rear panel for routing and flexibility. The DigiMax D8 also includes word clock sync input for ultra-low jitter and robust synchronization.

The DigiMax D8 is the perfect solution to add eight professional microphone preamplifiers to any digital recording system with ADAT optical lightpipe expansion capability including Digidesign's HD and 003 systems, RME, YAMAHA, Alesis, Mackie, and many others.

8 XMAX Class A PreamplifiersThe DigiMax D8 includes eight custom-designed high-voltage, discrete, XMAX Class A microphone preamplifiers for all types of microphones. The job of a microphone preamplifier is to boost microphone level signals to line level so that the signal can be converted from analog to digital. This mic to line boost is generally a preamplification of over 400 times the voltage of the original mic level signal. This preamplification stage is one of the most important stages that the signal will go through before converted to digital, and is why a high performance preamplifier is important to achieving great results.

All XMAX preamplifiers are built with the same three elements:

High Voltage-The XMAX preamplifier runs on power rails of 30V. Most off the shelf op amp based designs run on power rails of 10V to 18V. Higher voltage power rails deliver more headroom, deeper lows, smoother highs and an overall fuller sound.

Discrete-No op amps. Only transistors, resistors and capacitors. Op amps add noise, coloration and harshness to a signal. Discrete designs deliver ultra low noise and transparency.

Class A-When a circuit is running in Class A mode the circuit is always in an "on" state operating at its optimal voltage requirements. Class A mode has zero crossover distortion and delivers purer, clearer and more musical sonics than class A/B designs which are found in most op-amp circuits.

The net result of the XMAX preamp design is high headroom, low noise, wide dynamic range and wide frequency range, and most importantly, musicality and transparency - smooth highs, solid deep lows, and everything in between.

Features
  • 8 XMAX class A microphone preamps with trim control
  • 24-bit resolution ADAT digital output
  • 44.1 and 48K sampling rates
  • External sync via BNC word clock input
  • Direct outputs on every channel
  • LED input metering
  • -20dB Pad on every channel
Specifications
  • Microphone Preamplifier
    Type: XLR Female Balanced
    Frequency Response (+/-0.5 dB): 20 Hz to 50 kHz
    Frequency Response (+/-3.0 dB): 20 Hz to 150 kHz
    Input Impedance (Balanced): 1600 Ohms
    THD+N (unwtd, 1 kHz @ +4 dBu Output, Unity Gain): < 0.003%
    EIN (unwtd, 55dB Gain, 150 Ohms Input, 20Hz to 22 kHz): -126 dBu
    S/N Ratio (Unity Gain, unwtd, Ref. = +4 dBu, 20Hz to 22 kHz): > 101 dB
    Common Mode Rejection Ratio (1 kHz, 55 dB Gain): > 55 dB
    Gain Control Range (+/- 1dB): -4 dB to 50 dB
    Maximum Input Level (Unity Gain, 1 kHz @ 0.5% THD+N): +14 dBu
    Signal Level LEDs: +10 dBu (0 dBFS)
    Red / Clip (+/-0.5 dBu): +10 dBu (0 dBFS)
    Yellow (+/-0.5 dBu): +4 dBu (-6 dBFS)
    Green (+/-0.5 dBu): 8 dBu (-18 dBFS)
    Green (+/-0.5 dBu): 14 dBu: (-24 dBFS)
    Phantom Power (+/-2 VDC): +48 VDC

    Instrument Input (channels 1 and 2 only)
    Type: ¼" TRS Female Unbalanced
    Input Impedance: 1 MOhms

    Line Outputs
    Type: ¼" TRS Balanced
    Output Impedance51 Ohms

    Digital Audio
    ADC Dynamic Range (AWTD, 48 kHz Sample Rate): 107dB
    Bit Depth: 24
    Reference Level for 0dBFS: +10 dBu
    Internal Sample Frequency Selections (kHz):44.1, 48
    External Sample Frequency Input: 75 Ohms BNC

    Power
    Input Connector Type: IEC
    Input Voltage (factory configured): 90 to 230 VAC
    Power Requirements (Continuous): 20W

    Physical
    Package Type: 1U - steel chassis
    Dimensions: 19(W) X 1.75(H) X 7(D) inches
    Weight: 6 lbs. (2.72 KG)
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PresonusDigiMax D8 8-Channel Preamplifier
 
4.8

(based on 9 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Home studio (3)

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5.0

yes

By patrick

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Presonus DigiMax D8 8-Channel Preamplifier:

Only preamp you should use works great

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Works great

By workingmusician

from FL

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Presonus DigiMax D8 8-Channel Preamplifier:

    This plus the Presonus 1818vsl interface and a USB laptop running Studio One can replace a 16 channel mixer at a live gig. Lightweight, integrated recording, and if you add a wireless router you can control the latest version of Studio One (3.0.1) mixer wirelessly from an ipad. Even without the latest version you can control most of the mix using Virtual Studio Live and an ipad. Much cheaper than a full-on digital mixer and not dependent on firewire.
    The Digimax D8 is the piece that extends a rig like the above from 8 to 16 channels.

    (2 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    excellent but does not have adat output

    By dave

    from Houston, tx

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Extremely Easy To Use
    • Sounds Incredible

    Cons

    • Does Not Have Adat Output
    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Presonus DigiMax D8 8-Channel Preamplifier:

    this unit is very easy to set up and sounds incredible. Unlike other similar units, this one does NOT have adat outputs.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Clean, effective preamps, great value

    By jjdiggs

    from Gainesville, FL

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Presonus DigiMax D8 8-Channel Preamplifier:

      Simple, super easy to set up, works great with the 003 rack to add 8 more preamps. Great if you just need clean preamps and a very basic no frills interface. Great price, solid sound.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent choice

      By NuBeat Productions

      from Louisiana

      Comments about Presonus DigiMax D8 8-Channel Preamplifier:

      You really can't go wrong with PreSonus. Awesome company that makes awesome products. At great prices. Acoustic guitar sound is great. I use Channel 1 for Acoustic/Electric guitar. All others for drums. Love the fact that you can use 8 analog outs to run to live mixer while still using simultaneous digital outs. Very easy to plug in and its ready to go.
      unbelievable preamps at this price

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      There is one issue

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Presonus DigiMax D8 8-Channel Preamplifier:

      I purchased the DigiMax D8 as a front end for a DIGI 003 system. As soon as I put it in the rack to do a test session I realized that there are no phantom power switches on the front of the unit (power switches are also located on the back panel). This means that everytime you need to plug (or unplug) a condensor mic, you'll be crawling behind the rack. For me, this is a deal breaker.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great on a budget

      By Nick-qR0kG

      from VA

      Comments about Presonus DigiMax D8 8-Channel Preamplifier:

      I marked it down a little bit because it doesn't have the fancy jitter reducer or as many input/output options as its big brother, the FS, but I bought it because I don't really need those features. It works just fine as it is. The preamps sound at least as good as those in my MOTU Traveler.It took me longer to find a place to put it on my desk than it took me to actually set it up. I have never had any equipment setup go as quick and smooth as with this piece of gear. I was baffled by the simplicity.The only real downside of this unit is that you really can't take the rack ears off unless you literally take the whole thing apart. They look like they should come off easy, but when you try to get them off, you discover that you have to unscrew everything--even the circuit board.

       
      4.0

      Cool with MOTU

      By Punos Music Workspace

      from Kochi, India

      Comments about Presonus DigiMax D8 8-Channel Preamplifier:

      I connected it with my MOTU traveler.....Now I can record 16 tracks at a time....I choose it for our Drums recording.... !!!Nice thing to connect with your existing Audio Interface.... Worth for Money !!

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Digimax D8 - Got The Hook Up

      By Michael W. Cooper

      from Unicoi,TN

      Comments about Presonus DigiMax D8 8-Channel Preamplifier:

      I just got my hands on this unit today and I couldn't believe how easy it was to get up and running. I wanted to add 8 more mic input channels to my Digidesign Digi002 Rack ( PC running Windows XP Home), And wanted the best for my budget. And I made the right decision with the Digimax D8. I only had to run one ADAT(Optical) cable from the Digimax D8 ADAT output, to the ADAT input on my Digi002 Rack. And, BAM, I was ready to go. I looked for this wiring diagram online,but couldn't find one. After installation and wiring is done just turn on the D8,then the 002 Rack,then the computer (in that order). If you hear clicking/popping noise, Open ProTools,click Hardware,Setup,and set the clock to ADAT. You may need to restart. Presonus makes very good preamps and the D8 is no exception. These preamps sound just as good as the Digidesign. The D8 is advertised as an addition to the Digidesign Digi003 and other DAW's,but the Digi 002R is not mentioned. I am here to testify,that it works perfectly. Another note: Presonus has very good customer service. They tell you to call back if needed.

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