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Echo AudioFire Pre 8 - FireWire Soundcard

Need pres? Well now you've got them! In response to a growing demand for a firewire interface from Echo that had built in preamps, they have come up with the Audio Fire Pre 8. In a similar way to the Audiofire 8, the Pre 8 has two fully featured inputs (including mic pres, line input instrument input, pads, filters and dedicated phantom) but also has 6 additional Mic pres (which can also be used as line ins).

For those recording drums or ensembles who need several mic inputs without investing in extra high end, standalone pres, the Audio Fire Pre 8 has you covered - 8 high quality pres in a 1U rack unit and no need to worry about the extra cabling or power supplies etc. associated with external pres.

Of course the Pre 8 also features ADAT and S/PDIF inputs for further expansion. The inclusion of 8 analog line outs (plus any digital outputs you wish to use) and MIDI I/O means the Pre 8 can be the centre of your studio and handle everything you can throw at it with revered Echo quality.

Reviews

  • "I would very happily use the Audiofire Pre 8 for day-to-day recording duties... would I choose it over it's rivals? Well, maybe, if your priority is audio quality rather than sheer number of features"
  • "Installation is incredibly easy on both Windows and Mac OS, and the Echo Console software utility is also a cut above its rivals in terms of ease of use."
  • "Pros: Good sound quality; The console utility is very easy to use and makes all the interface's inputs available for low-latency cue mixing; Well-specified 'super' channels with a couple of unusual features. Cons: Restrictive headphone routing; no bundled software; more expensive than its immediate competitors."

Sam Inglis - Read the whole review in the April 2010 edition

Here's what Echo say about the Pre 8

The AudioFire Pre8 offers the same high quality hardware and console software as the original AudioFire 8 and AudioFire 12, but with 8 auto-sensing universal inputs featuring Echo's Brilliant(tm) preamp technology. In addition, the AudioFire Pre8 features 8 balanced 1/4 inch analog outputs, 2 channel inserts, phantom power, 2 stereo headphone outputs with volume knob, main output volume knob, ADAT (with S/MUX for 96 kHz support), S/PDIF and MIDI I/O. Inputs 1 and 2 feature premium preamps with options for phase reversal, low impedance, direct input, 80 Hz rolloff and pad.

The AudioFire Pre8 is the perfect center for any professional studio, whether at home or on the road. In addition to the 8 universal inputs with Brilliant mic preamps, the AudioFire Pre8 features 8 balanced 1/4 inch analog outputs, 2 channel inserts, phantom power, 2 stereo headphone outputs with volume knob, main output volume knob, ADAT (with S/MUX for 96 kHz support), S/PDIF and MIDI I/O. Inputs 1 and 2 feature premium preamps with options for phase reversal, low impedance, direct input, 80 Hz rolloff and pad. It is a single height, rack mountable unit. The AudioFire Pre8 supports 24/96 kHz playback and recording and ships with low-latency drivers supporting all major pro audio software. The AudioFire Pre8 is fully ASIO, WDM, WaveRT compatible with support for Windows XP/Vista/7 (both 32 bit and 64 bit versions) and Mac OS X (10.3.9 or later).

Hardware Features

  • FireWire (IEEE 1394a) interface with 15' cable
  • Brilliant Mic Preamps
  • THAT Corp Silicon
  • Isolation of discretes
  • Matching of monolithics
  • High Slew Rate
  • Low Noise (-130 dBu EIN)
  • Crystal clear transparency
  • 2 Full Featured Mic/Line/Instrument Inputs
  • Mic phase, Impedance, Pad, Hi-Pass
  • Input Trim with 4-level LED meters
  • Individual +48v phantom power
  • 1/4" Balanced Line inputs (TRS)
  • Direct Input high impedance switch
  • 1/4" channel inserts
  • 6 Mic/Line inputs
  • Input Trim with 4-level LED meters
  • 48v phantom power
  • 1/4" Balanced Line inputs (TRS)
  • S/PDIF I/O (coax and optical) at 24-bit/96 kHz
  • ADAT I/O
  • MIDI I/O
  • Sync via Word, ADAT, or S/PDIF
  • 2 Stereo headphone outputs with volume knob
  • Single rack space
  • Near zero latency hardware monitoring

Software Features

  • Software console controls mixing and monitoring
  • Supports all major pro audio software:
  • Low Latency ASIO 2.0
  • CoreAudio & CoreMIDI

PC System requirements

  • Windows XP/Vista/7 (32 or 64 bit)
  • 256 MB RAM (512 MB recommended)
  • 400 Mbps FireWire port (IEEE 1394a)

Mac System Requirements

  • Mac OS X (10.3.9 or later)
  • G4 or better processor (Power Mac G5 compatible)
  • 256 MB RAM (512 MB recommended)
  • 400 Mbps FireWire port (IEEE 1394a)

 

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