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The Audient ASP800 offers 8 world class mic pres combined with pristine A/D conversion and solid build quality for an all round professional unit. With outputs via ADAT, this is the perfect expansion for your existing ADAT compatible audio interface when you need to record a full kit or simply need more channels without sacrificing on quality.
The ASP800 provides 8 channels of Audient's renowned console mic preamps developed by design legend David Dearden and optimized over 18 years, 2 harmonically rich JFET D.I inputs designed to perform just like the input stage of a vintage valve amp, and 2 "Retro" channels, combined with class-leading Burr-Brown converters, perfectly preserving your tone and performance from instrument source to recorded take. This mix of inputs offers a range of recording possibilities for mics, guitars, keyboards and drum machines.
The Retro Channels
Audient are well known for their super clean mic pres, but like some of the iconic recording gear, some colouration can make your recordings sound even better. The ASP800 gives you the option to have that super clean, smooth sound, or use the retro channels to add a bit of colour to your recording. The Retro channels feature 2 unique harmonic colour controls Called HMX & Iron. With 2 variable controls per channel, HMX & IRON are designed to emulate tones often associated with 1960's tube designes and the coveted transformer zing of British audio in the 1970's. Add varying amounts of one, the other or a mix of both and you'll benefit with warm sparkly tones adding a new dimension to your recordings.
Sound On Sound
"... an excellent multi-channel preamp/converter at an excellent price"
Here's what Audient say about the Retro channels
HMX- MOSFET Drive
We know that plenty of engineers love the sound of tubes/valves and if you’re one of them, then you’re going to love HMX. Travel back in time with ASP800’s very own custom harmonic distortion control. Similar to vintage valve preamplifier designs of the 1960s, HMX provides a sweet, thick tone that will sound incredible on anything from drums to electric guitars. (TIP! Try it on bass synth, or 808 too!)
By using discrete MOSFET technology, HMX produces asymmetrical harmonic distortion giving you the option to add richness and body to the pristine tone of the Audient mic preamp, D.I or line input.
Take control of your sound and bring your audio to life, 1960’s style.
IRON- Magnetic Transformer Drive
Say hello to Audient’s BRAND NEW British transformer saturator - IRON. A testament to innovation, IRON uses a custom British transformer with a high voltage MOSFET drive network designed to recreate that sparkly, “sounds like a record” signature of 1970’s recording.
With one control that simultaneously alters drive impedance, bass response, high frequency damping, phase shift, magnetic saturation and transient shaping - IRON can instantly add sparkle, growl and so much more with one twist of a knob! It sounds killer on snare, bass, acoustic guitar and anything that needs some extra bite.
- 8 x World Class Audient Console Mic Pres
- 2 x Retro Channels with Dual Stage COLOUR Saturation Controls - HMX & IRON
- 2 x Discrete JFET Instrument Inputs
- Balanced Analogue Line Outputs
- Pristine 118-dB Burr-Brown A-D Converters
- ADAT Optical SMUX Outputs (8 Channels @ 96kHz)
- Word Clock Input
- All-Metal Enclosure