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M Audio Octane 8 Channel Digital Preamp

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Product Description

The M Audio Octane 8 Channel Digital Preamp is an 8-channel Preamp and A/D Converter with ADAT Lightpipe.
The M Audio Octane is the perfect match for the FireWire 18/14. At this aggressive price, Octane is perfect for enhancing the front end of any multitrack digital recording system. Its award-winning M-Audio preamp technology delivers pristine digital signals to any Lightpipe-compatible devices such as hard disk recorders and digital mixers. Octane is ideal for miking drum kits or bands - and the two mic/instrument channels are great for guitar, bass and other instruments. M-S matrix encoding lets you employ stereo miking techniques previously available only in pro studios. Octane even has analog preamp (direct) outs for each channel, making it the perfect upgrade for any digital audio interface or mixer. Word clock also means that you can sync multiple Octanes for as many channels as you need as your studio grows.

M Audio Octane 8 Channel Digital Preamp Features

  • Award-winning M-Audio preamp technology
  • 8 channels, each including:
    • Microphone input (XLR)
    • Line input (1/4 inch TRS) (Balanced/unbalanced operation)
    • Preamp out (1/4 inch TRS) (Balanced/unbalanced operation)
    • 3-segment LEDs
    • 20dB pad
    • Phantom power with indicator (groups 1-4, 5-8)
  • 2 channels are microphone/instrument preamps (front-panel 1/4 inch TS)
  • ADAT Lightpipe output (TOSlink)
  • 24-bit audio resolution throughout
  • Selectable sample rate (44.1k and 48k) and external sync
  • Word clock I/O (75-ohm BNC) for synchronization to other digital devices
  • Line inputs are half-normalled as insert ins or standalone A/D
  • M-S matrix encoding on channels 7 & 8 with width control
  • Phase reverse switches on even channels
  • Low-cut filter on channel 1 (-12dB/oct @ 80Hz)

Product Specifications
M Audio Octane 8 Channel Digital Preamp Specifications
    Microphone Inputs
  • Variable Gain: 50dB
  • Frequency Response: 20-20kHz, +/- 0.11dB; mid gain
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 120dB, A-weighted; mid gain
  • Dynamic Range: 120dB, A-weighted; mid gain
  • THD+N: 0.00041% -107dB, 1dB below clipping, 22Hz-22kHz; mid gain
  • EIA Noise Rating: -129dBu @ max gain, 600 ohms, 22Hz-22 kHz (unweighted)
  • Input Impedance: 2.85k ohms, no pad; 3.600k ohms, pad engaged
    Instrument Inputs
  • Input Impedance: 3M ohms
  • Variable Gain: 44dB
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz, +/- 0.03dB; mid gain
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 133dB, A-weighted; mid gain
  • Dynamic Range: 133dB, A-weighted; mid gain
  • THD+N: 0.0018% -95dB, 1 dB below clipping, 22Hz-22kHz; mid gain
  • System Throughput Gain: 6dB to 50dB (balanced out); 0dB to 44dB (unbalanced out)
    Line Inputs
  • Line Input Impedance: 20K Ohms (balanced), 13.3k ohms (unbalanced)
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz, +/- 0.04dB
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 110dB, A-weighted
  • Dynamic Range: 110dB, A-weighted
  • THD+N: 0.00067% -103dB, -1dBFS, 22Hz-22kHz
    Additional Features
  • Maximum Rated Analog Output (Digital Clip): +26 dBu (balanced), +20 dBu (unbalanced)
  • Output Impedance: 600 ohms (balanced)
  • M/S matrix: L=M+S/3 and R=M–S/3
  • Digital Clip Level at Line Inputs: +20dBu
  • Channel Quasi-Peak Level Indicators: Light 3dB, 10dB and 20dB below digital clip
  • Word Clock Range (Switchable): 44.1kHz, 48kHz and external
  • Word Clock Slave Sync Range: 33kHz to 59kHz
  • Word Clock Impedence: 75 ohms
  • Power: 18 VAC (16.5 VAC minimum) @ 3.5A inline power adapter


Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  401-658-5765 Warranty:  1 Year except cables, bags and backpacks (90 days)
msndrstd from Atlanta, GA
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Good for home studio
Quality
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
Seems to be made well and I haven't had any issues with it after about 6 months of use.
Features
What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could?
I like the front loaded instrument inputs on channels one and two but I'd like to have a couple of front loaded XLR inputs as well just for sake of ease
Ease of Use
How easy is this product to use? How easy is the product to use with other products? Did it take long for you to learn to use this product? Was the manual helpful? How playable do you consider this product to be?
Easy to use...gives plenty of options for hookups depending on your setup.
Sound
How is the tone?
Not bad...for pro studios I'm not sure this would be their first pic for a pre but for my situation its perfect. Good for the price and all the features you'd need in a home studio setup.
Reliability
How has it stood up over time?
So far so good!
General
Your general opinion of this product.
For home studio and demoing songs its great..I love it. Has everything I need and looks good in the rack!
Discussions
2old2die from daBronx, NYC
ammatos21@gmail.com
Subject: TO: Fizzle010
Discussion: As your Q. doesn't have a date stamp, I have no idea when your Q. was posted. If you're still looking for an answer- the description sayz: "Phantom power with indicator (groups 1-4, 5-8)" Here's the link to the "Octane" page @M-Audio: http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/Octane.html. Hope this helps. a.
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