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Nady PRA-8 Mic Preamp 

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The Nady PRA-8 Mic Preamp gives you 8 independent preamps in one rackspace with servo-balanced XLR inputs. 1/4" outputs for each preamp. Each channel...Click To Read More About This Product

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8 channels of preamplification flexibility!

The Nady PRA-8 Mic Preamp gives you 8 independent preamps in one rackspace with servo-balanced XLR inputs. 1/4" outputs for each preamp. Each channel on the Nady PRA-8 has its own gain control, peak LED indicator, and phantom power with on/off switch and LED power-on indicator.

FEATURES
  • 8 independent preamps in one rackspace
  • Servo-balanced XLR inputs
  • 1/4" TS outputs
  • Gain control on each channel
  • Peak LED indicator for each channel
  • Phantom power with individual on/off switches for each channel and LED indicator
  • Frequency response: 20Hz - 20kHz
  • S/N ratio: better than 80dB
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NadyPRA-8 Mic Preamp
 
3.7

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great for the money

Sure, you aren't going to get high-end pre's when you're paying 100 bucks for an 8-channel bundle. However, I have heard much noisier preamps that cost a lot more than this little...Read complete review

Sure, you aren't going to get high-end pre's when you're paying 100 bucks for an 8-channel bundle. However, I have heard much noisier preamps that cost a lot more than this little guy. I am currently using it to run condensors and other mics into my tascam DA-38 recorders, and I get a great sound from the chain. The condensors can be noisy, but that is a combination of the board I was using (crappy Behringer I recently upgraded to a Yamaha), and the fact that condensors pick up everything in the room past a certain gain stage. I have purhcased better pres for studio use, however, when I am recording a live show that requires all 24 inputs on my set of recorders to record at the same time, these work great. If two channels of "decent" preamp costs 400 dollars, I'd have to spend 4800 dollars on preamps to get that many channels. Not gonna happen, so this is a great alternative. I gave it a mediocre rating on features simply because beyond plugging in mics and adding some gain, there are no other options, its a barebones unit, and does what it should. One note: these units are in fact balanced both in input and output. I know the site here sayd it is TS outs, and the first page of the manual says so as well, but if you read further into the documentation, it definitely points out the fact that the unit has TRS outputs. I've also opened up the units to check, and they are decidedly TRS outs.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Poorly designed

As an audio electronics designer, I was very curious to see how this unit was built when I bought one for my home studio. I was very disappointed to find out how the preamps...Read complete review

As an audio electronics designer, I was very curious to see how this unit was built when I bought one for my home studio. I was very disappointed to find out how the preamps were designed. Each input has a fixed amount of gain, and the knob actually controls the amount of attenuation after the gain stage, rather than conrolling the gain itself. The clip indicatore actually tells you if you are clipping the output stage, rather than the input stage. This means that a hot mic will cause the input stage to overload regardless of the knob setting, and you won't see the clip light come on. I ran into this problem when I heard clicks in my (analog) recordings and traced the problem back to the PRA-8. Sure the unit is inexpensive, but if it isn't designed properly, it's not worth anything

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great for the money

By Cusebassman

from Syracuse, NY

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Comments about Nady PRA-8 Mic Preamp:

Sure, you aren't going to get high-end pre's when you're paying 100 bucks for an 8-channel bundle. However, I have heard much noisier preamps that cost a lot more than this little guy. I am currently using it to run condensors and other mics into my tascam DA-38 recorders, and I get a great sound from the chain. The condensors can be noisy, but that is a combination of the board I was using (crappy Behringer I recently upgraded to a Yamaha), and the fact that condensors pick up everything in the room past a certain gain stage. I have purhcased better pres for studio use, however, when I am recording a live show that requires all 24 inputs on my set of recorders to record at the same time, these work great. If two channels of "decent" preamp costs 400 dollars, I'd have to spend 4800 dollars on preamps to get that many channels. Not gonna happen, so this is a great alternative. I gave it a mediocre rating on features simply because beyond plugging in mics and adding some gain, there are no other options, its a barebones unit, and does what it should. One note: these units are in fact balanced both in input and output. I know the site here sayd it is TS outs, and the first page of the manual says so as well, but if you read further into the documentation, it definitely points out the fact that the unit has TRS outputs. I've also opened up the units to check, and they are decidedly TRS outs.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Poorly designed

By Dave C.

from Massachusetts

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Comments about Nady PRA-8 Mic Preamp:

As an audio electronics designer, I was very curious to see how this unit was built when I bought one for my home studio. I was very disappointed to find out how the preamps were designed. Each input has a fixed amount of gain, and the knob actually controls the amount of attenuation after the gain stage, rather than conrolling the gain itself. The clip indicatore actually tells you if you are clipping the output stage, rather than the input stage. This means that a hot mic will cause the input stage to overload regardless of the knob setting, and you won't see the clip light come on. I ran into this problem when I heard clicks in my (analog) recordings and traced the problem back to the PRA-8. Sure the unit is inexpensive, but if it isn't designed properly, it's not worth anything

(5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Noisiest piece of junk I've ever owned

By Telemaster-hI8a.

from Dallas

Comments about Nady PRA-8 Mic Preamp:

Let me try to give an objective viewpoint, not just another opinion. Here's the setup. Alesis Multimix 16 board and headphones plugged into the headphone output. Nothing plugged into any of the channels on the board. Headphone volume set to 5. Plug a single mic into channels 1 - 8 and get no hiss at all. Nothing but vocal.PRA-8 setup. Nothing plugged into the board at all. Just power the thing up and place it near the mixer. A lot of hum is induced into the mixer. Have to move it about 2 feet away to keep from inducing any hum into it. Now plug in each of the TRS outputs into the Channel 9 - 16 inputs of the Alesis. All gains on the PRA-A set to about 10 o'clock. So much hiss is now coming through the headphones it sounds like a puncture on a car tire. Turn the PRA-8 gains all the way down. The hiss gets louder. No ground loops exist. The unit isn't touching any of the other gear. Nothing is plugged into the inputs. Plug a mic into each input and the gain is good, but you'd have to be willing to live with what sounds like a flat tire hissing on your recordings. Sending it back. I don't know what else I'll get, but it won't be this.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Affordable solution...

By The_GuitarGuru

from Westford, MA

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Comments about Nady PRA-8 Mic Preamp:

I recently picked up two of the Nady PRA-8 mic preamps to use for simple reference tracking and live recording of drums, bass & guitar, keys, and BGV's. For my purposes, they feed two M-Audio Delta 1010LT audio interfaces. I found the XLR plugs to be a little on the tight side, but I did not have to force the jack. Sound quality was better than I expected. There is noise if the gain is turned to about 7 or 8 (which is to be expected), but I rarely have to turn the gain above 5, which gives me a nice clean signal with very little noise, if any. When I have to use a higher gain setting, a noise gate inserted into the signal chain takes care of unwanted noise. The gain pots are not as tight as I would like, but again, they are acceptable. The "per channel" phantom power is also a nice feature and works great on my condenser mics - high level, clean sound, low noise. The only thing that I replaced was the power cable, which was just too thin for my liking. Overall, I think it is a very affordable preamp solution for the musician with multi-tracking needs and a tight budget.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nady PRA-8 Mic Preamp. Who knew?

By Club 39

from Sudbury, MA

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Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Nady PRA-8 Mic Preamp:

      I was in a jam, short on cash, and needed an 8 ch mic preamp in a hurry. So I bought the most inexpensive one I could find (Musician's Friend) and I cannot say enough good things about the Nady PRA-8. Clean. Quiet. Phantom power. Now I own 3 and use em all the time. They're not just great for the money...they're GREAT! To my ears they sound better with condenser mics than with dynamic mics, but that's just me. The Nady's handle both beautifully.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      excellent performance for the price

      By ericstp

      from Canada

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • No Gradation On Knobs

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about Nady PRA-8 Mic Preamp:

      It's true that if you crank up the gain, it gets noisy. But if you have to do that, you probably have other problems... Otherwise, gets the job done.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Adds To Your Mixer Set Up

      By redrick2030

      from Baltimore, MD

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      Comments about Nady PRA-8 Mic Preamp:

      The people who are complaining about this thing are not using it the way it was intended, and it's a great piece of gear that will instantly expand your home studio set up. It is not a substitute for a mixer, but an addition to it. You would have to spend big bucks for a mixer with 8 phantom powered mic pre amps. As for any noise that these people are complaining about, two things : 1)have you not heard of a noise gate, important stuff for a home studio! 2)there is one curious thing about the gain controls, if you set them too low there is a hiss that disappears once you raise the level above zero.I am using mine along with a DOD 8 channel mixer that has no XLR inputs, a Tascam 488 cassette 8 track and an Alesis 3630 compressor.It works great! Unless you have a top of the line mixer, you need this for the beginner to intermediate home studio.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A surprisingly good buy!

      By Jim Lad

      from Canada

      Comments about Nady PRA-8 Mic Preamp:

      Like most of us, I have serious doubts about any product that sells for so much less than its closest competitor.I needn't have worried. This preamp is so clean and transparent with a whopping 75dB per channel, it leaves me absolutely gobsmacked.I've never used a preamp before so simplicity was key to me. This preamp has one knob per channel to turn, that's it! Even so, I had to get some online help but that's just me.I read all of the reviews here before buying this unit. Now that I have struggled through the learning process I would like to echo the sentiments of others here.Learn how to set up your preamp before you give up on this one. Having said that, there are some knowledgeable folks here who don't rate it very highly. I appreciate your honesty.I bought this to complement my Nady Ribbons and am using it with the RSM2 which is the most difficult to use. I spent several hours finding just the right balance on my Korg D3200 (But I did figure it out) and about thirty seconds on the Echo Mona where it has dB's to spare. It makes my pair of RSM 2's usable and will be the perfect match for my RSM 5.The quality of build is a pleasant surprise. Looks good on the rack, feels expensive and it works. Nice going, Nady!I'll still buy the Behringer 8 channel but this one's for my Nadys.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Why buy expensive preamps?

      By Brian- Militia Recording Systems

      from Burlington, Wa

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      Comments about Nady PRA-8 Mic Preamp:

      Almost everyone in the music scene thinks the more expensive something is, the better it is. This isn't necessarily true all of the time. I purchased this pre-amp to use to boost mics up to line level output for my Yamaha digital mixing consol. It was a gamble because there have been negative reviews and positive reviews. Here's my experience: I ran 8 Audio-Technica low-impedance Bite mics into the unit through 20 foot balanced XLR cables, and ran the outputs through just a Fender Guitar cable into the balanced inputs on my digital mixer. I opened the pre amp controls wide open, and then backed off just below the clip level on my mixer. This pre amp was as quiet as could be, and everything worked. There wasn't any colorization, there wasn't any hiss, there was no distortion, just silence. Everyone has to realize when you buy something, you have to use what it was designed for, you can't just stick whatever you want into it and expect it to work properly. To all of those who are having noise problems with this unit, I suggest just using the type of equipment that the unit was designed for. Not whatever you feel like. Remember balanced chords are basically STEREO plugs. High impedance mics are much hotter than low impedance mics, and gain controls always come after the pre amp. Attenuators, such as those on PAs, are for cutting the input to the pre amps. The specs on this unit clearly states what it was designed to do. There's no mystery to it! People just need to learn to read and follow instructions, I guess. This unit works great for me, and I'll probably buy another one to finish my AW4416 DAW stand-alone system. If you want a good pre amp, you can't beat this one. Its only purpose is to boost "low impedance powered and non-powered mics" to use in mixers or recorders that only have line level inputs, connected through "Balanced" cables. Nothing more! If you want to use high impedance and unbalanced equipment, then get a pre amp made for that. Simple!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Definitely works fine, value unbeatable

      By Arch

      from Dublin, CA

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • PRICE
      • Value

      Cons

      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Live Mixing
      • Live recording
      • Performances

      Comments about Nady PRA-8 Mic Preamp:

      This is absolutely fine for recording of live performances and for use with DSP mixers such as my Motu 828mkIII (connected to its analog inputs) for live PA. Given these applications (and not pro studio recording), the sound is clear, it does its job well, and the value is unbeatable. Vocals, guitar amps, DI, and drums all work well.

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