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SM Pro Audio PR8E Multichannel Microphone Preamplifier

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The PR8-E multi-channel microphone/line preamp is the vanguard of the 'next-generation' in the SMPRO range. Using the latest components available and...Click To Read More About This Product

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The PR8-E multi-channel microphone/line preamp is the vanguard of the 'next-generation' in the SMPRO range. Using the latest components available and redesigned from the ground up, the PR8-E's carefully structured single circuit board design results is an exceptionally low noise pre-amp boasting a very high gain structure.

Tailored to suit a wide variety of applications, the PR8E 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.

Each pre-amp features it's own XLR/TRS jack 'Combo' input connector, 48v phantom power switch for the mic-pre and a built-in -20dB pad in the 1/4" (6.5mm) TRS line-in jack sockets. Individual phase reversal switches are provided next to the eight balanced 1/4" (6.5mm) TRS output sockets on the rear panel. All this is housed inside a hardened steel chassis, complete with rack mounting panels.

Each mic-pre provides some 60dB of gain with a massive 23db of maximum output! Ultimately however, the quest is about sound quality. To this end, the PR8-E is certainly designed to deliver and will outperform just about any other device in it's class.

Typical applications include:
•Expansion for multi-channel DAW's.
•Improved mic performance for many existing mixing consoles
•Direct Injection for line-level devices, such as keyboards, drum machines and effects processors

FEATURES
  • 8 x discrete microphone preamplifiers
  • Ultra-Wide Dynamic Range
  • Low-Noise Operating Levels
  • XLR/combo Inputs, TRS Outputs
  • 48V Phantom Power per channel
  • Phase Reverse per channel
  • Gain control per channel
  • Peak Light Per channel
  • Mic Input:
    • Connector: XLR COMBO
    • Type: Balanced
    • Impedance: 4K7 Ohms
    • Min sensitivity: -60 dB
    • Peak input level: +9.5 dB
    • Phantom Power: +48V, (switchable)
    Line Input:
    • Type: Balanced 1/4" on combo
    • Impedance: 47K
    • Min sensitivity: -35dB
    • Peak input level: +32 dB
    Output:
    • Connector: 1/4 jack (balanced TRS)
    • Type: Balanced
    • Impedance: 600 Ohms
    • Peak output level:+23dB
    • Frequency response: 20Hz- 20KHz 0dB- -0.5dB
    • Distortion: 0.005%
    • S/N: > 105dB
    • Crosstalk rejection: >120dB @1KHz; -20dB input
    • Max Gain: 58dB
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    SM Pro AudioPR8E Multichannel Microphone Preamplifier
     
    4.3

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    3.0

    It's OK

    By EugeneC

    from Texas

    Comments about SM Pro Audio PR8E Multichannel Microphone Preamplifier:

    I ordered it thinking it is should be an improved version up from the PR-8, but it really fall short of what I have hoped for. It does have lots of gain, which would lead you to think that the relative noise level must be low, right? Wrong. The hiss is very obvious even when the gain knob is only at 10 o'clock. Anywhere beyond 12 o'clock is just useless for recording. Also, Turning the gain knob makes lots of noise (cheap pots?), which is definitely not acceptable to me.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I think this PR8 Rocks!

    By Menace

    from Jacksonville, FL

    Comments about SM Pro Audio PR8E Multichannel Microphone Preamplifier:

    I use this in a ProTools powered studio and I love it. I use this mic pre with the older Digi 001 and it has never let me down. It's quiet, individual phantom power, easy to set up and years of service. Can't beat the ROI on this piece.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    They fixed the PR8 and made the PR8E

    By John-vVb7E

    from Denton, TX

    Comments about SM Pro Audio PR8E Multichannel Microphone Preamplifier:

    A no frills 8 channel preamp that works. I use it with a Samson 7Kit for recording drums and like it so far. Lots of gain and very quiet when feeding the +4db balanced inputs on my MOTU-24IO.

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