Audient ASP880

Eight-channel Microphone Preamp/ADC with Burr Brown converters, line inputs, variable highpass filters, insert points, and two discrete JFET DIs
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Upgrade Your Front End

The Audient ASP880 is an eight-channel microphone preamp/ADC that delivers transparent, world-class audio - with just a hint of analog coloration that sounds stunning on any project. Onboard, you'll find eight of Audient's acclaimed Class A console mic pres (with variable-input impedance), along with high-end Burr Brown converters, line inputs, variable highpass filters, insert points, and two discrete JFET DIs. Your recordings are only as good as your front end. If your mic preamps and converters leave something to be desired, the rest of your signal chain doesn't matter. Upgrade your front end with the Audient ASP880.

Audient ASP880 Eight-channel Microphone Preamp/ADC at a Glance:
  • World-class audio - and incredible value
  • Audient mic pres and Burr Brown converters onboard
  • Versatile functionality to juice your workflow
World-class audio - and incredible value

Do you spend hours EQing, trying to make your recordings sound good? Your front end may be the problem. If your mic preamps and converters are not up to snuff, it really doesn't matter how good the rest of your kit is. A funky front end will degrade everything downstream. If this describes your studio situation, Sweetwater recommends the Audient ASP880. Highly respected for their world-class consoles, Audient gives you their superior technology and sound quality in a one-stop-shop 1U device. And it's an incredible value.

Audient mic pres and Burr Brown converters onboard

The ASP880 features eight of Audient's acclaimed Class A console mic preamps - and believe us - they sound amazing. For the best possible conversion, you also get integral ADC with the highest grade converters from Burr Brown, a leader in converter technology. The result is stunningly transparent sound, with just a taste of coloration. It's the ideal prescription for lackluster studio sound.

Versatile functionality to juice your workflow

The Audient ASP880 is fabulously versatile. It's perfect with ribbon mics, with variable impedance that lets you match the preamp to your favorite mic to maximize frequency response and punch. Variable highpass filters are convenient for eliminating rumble and other unwanted LF artifacts. Insert points let you use your favorite compressor or other analog processor before the converters. The A-D button lets the unit function as an eight-channel mic pre while you use the converters separately in stand-alone mode. And with two great-sounding discrete JFET DI inputs, you can plug your guitar or bass straight in.

Audient ASP880 Eight-channel Microphone Preamp/ADC Features:
  • Eight superb-sounding Audient Console mic pres with 48V Phantom power
  • State-of-the-art Burr Brown AD converter technology
  • Variable-input impedance lets you optimize your (ribbon) mics
  • Variable highpass filters get rid of unwanted low-frequency artifacts
  • Eight insert points between the mic preamps and AD converters
  • Two Channels of Class A discrete JFET DI instrument inputs
  • Digital outputs: ADAT, AES, and S/PDIF for added flexibility
  • Rugged all-metal construction and hand-milled aluminium knobs
Upgrade your studio's front end with the Audient ASP880!

Additional Media

ASP880 Cue Sheet
ASP880 Quick Start Guide
ASP880 User Manual
Signal Processing Buying Guide
Studio Preamp Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Preamp Type Solid State
Number of Channels 8
Frequency Response 10Hz-100kHz (±0.5dB)
Phantom Power Yes
Analog Inputs 8 x XLR/TRS Combo, 2 x TS (DI)
Analog Outputs 1 x DB25 (1-8)
Digital Outputs 2 x ADAT, DB-9 (AES-S/PDIF via switch)
Clock I/O 1 x Word Clock
Computer Connectivity Via optional iD22 interface
Rack Spaces 1U
Manufacturer Part Number ASP880

Customer Reviews

5/5
Based on 14 reviews
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5/5

Full Featured Pre with Warm Sound

This is a full featured 8 channel Mic preamp with warm analog sound. I am currently using this preamp to record directly into ProTools via ADAT light pipes through an RME Babyface Pro interface. I am delighted with the quality of sound I am able to record using the ASP880...quite amazing...and at a very competitive price point! Definitely a very nice addition to my Project Studio.
5/5

Excellent solution for ADAT expansion

The ASP880 was the perfect solution for expanding my number of preamps via ADAT. My main interface is a Focusrite Red4Pre. It has 4 great on board analog preamps and the ability to receive 4 more analog inputs via DB25 connection or 8 new ones if you bypass the Focusrite's 4 preamps to line in mode. I use a Toslink cable and a word clock cable to link the ASP880 and the Red4Pre. I have tested both protocols of master/slave clocking and am happy with both results. The converters on the ASP880 work well and are very stable and accurate. With my setup, I prefer the Red 4Pre to be the master clock source. The great thing is though - it is easy to toggle and calibrate these adjustments. The front panel of the ASP880 is well laid out and intuitive. There is no menu diving. Settings for all 8 channels are accessible right on the front panel with nice contrasting colors on the buttons to immediately show what is going on. Recording with the ASP880 has been great. The preamps have an extremely low noise floor, yet they are not 'clinical' sounding. They have a nice sound that can be warm and glued, somewhere in the middle, or bright and punchy. The three settings on the impedance levels for each of the 8 preamps are probably my favorite feature. Being able to quickly test out either the low, mid, or high levels with the flick of a switch is great for being able to audition different tones for microphones, synthesizers, drum machines, digital keyboards, and guitars. I haven't hooked up a full drum set to the ASP 880 yet, but other reviewers have strongly attested to that task being the sole purpose for acquiring these excellent rack-mounted unit. If you are looking to expand your number of preamps via ADAT, I strongly recommend looking at the Audient ASP880.
5/5

One of the best 8 Channel preamplifier modules on the market - In ANY price range.

Where do I start... How about here: As the owner of a medium sized professional recording studio & post production facility, I've had a chance to see many pieces of equipment come and go. Over this period of time I've seen all of the following 8 channel pres come and some go: Focusrite ISA828, True Systems Precision 8, Seventh Circle Audio (w/ Neve 1073 clone/modules in all slots), Focusrite Octopre MKII, Millennia HV3D, and the Grace Design 908. I'm not exaggerating when I say it's my favorite out of all those listed above, with some notable praise for a few of them intact. Specifically, the Precision 8 is neck and neck with the ASP880 - But it's over twice the price. The Millennia also is a great product, but also falls into the pit of being prohibitively expensive - plus it does one thing - super clear - although it does it really well. For the money, the Octopre is also a smashing value at just under $500 and is also a one trick pony - however the quality of the pres are great considering the price, nearly as good as that of the ISA series. They're clean, don't have tons of gain, and might be a little sterile at times. They are great for upping your channel count quickly for little cash. I've tracked some very decent tracks on those pres. Now, back to my favorite - the ASP880. The pres are super clear and impart a lovely color at higher gain levels and/or Hi-Z settings; it's the kind of color that stays out of the way and doesn't mud up the mix when stacked - I'd describe it as coloration without sacrificing clarity or bite and is rich with plesant harmonic overtones. At lower gain settings, the preamps are clean and clear - definition for days, never sterile. The JFET DI's sound fantastic and are among the best in my studio for DI. I would readily describe the quality of the preamps themselves as on par with many popular single or dual channel reamps costing in excess of $1000 per channel (or even more). So the real moment when my head explodes is when I combine the quality of the preamps sound, the versatility, 8 channel count, two great JFET DI's and... yep, you read it right: Burr Brown Op Amp driven Analog to Digital converters... say WHAT? ::Head explodes:: Seriously, go buy one. I recommend you deal with Sweetwater sales rep Jake Longardner; He's a pro and he will go out of his way to accommodate your requests and needs there at sweetwater. I'd never buy from another. Plus if you're not a fulltime audio pro like me, and want to learn more about the best gear for your next project, Jake knows his stuff front to back! Give him a shout. Also, do yourself a favor and demo one of these great 8 channel preamps; Audient is an awesome company and I'd encourage you to support them by purchasing this unit if you're in the market for a great 8 channel pre. I hope they stick around for a long time and keep creating great products well into the future. Best of luck to you in your recording adventures!
Music background: Professional Audio Engineer/Composer/Recording Studio & Post House Owner
5/5

AWSOMELY AMAZING PREAMP A/D BOX

HELLO EVERYBODY, IVE GOT THIS BADBOY PAIRED UP WITH A FOCUSRITE CLARETT 8 PREX INTO A MAC WITH PROTOOLS 12. THE AUDIENT PREAMPS ARE A LITTLE EASIER AND FASTER TO USE THAN THE CLARETT PRES, WHICH ARE ALSO VERY GOOD (READ MY REVIEW). THIS AUDIENT BOX IS SOO GOOD SONICLY AND LOGISTICLY THAT IVE ALSO ORDERED THE ASP800 TO WORK ALONGSIDE THESE TWO BAD MOFOS. HAVING THESE 3 BOXES WILL GIVE ME 24 CHANNELS AT 48K OR I CAN STILL DO 16 AT THE FULL 96K, AND THEN HAVE THE HMX AND IRON FOR ADDED COLOUR WHEN TRACKING,MIXING, OR EVEN MASTERING. SO I TRULY FEEL THAT THERE ARE NO LIMITATIONS WITH THIS AUDIENT GEAR WHEN PAIRED WITH A QUALITY INTERFACE. THE CONTROLS ON THE FRONT HELP ME TO FIND THE SOUND I WANT FOR EACH OF THE MICS THAT GO THROUGH IT. ITS TAKEN SOME TIME, BUT NOW IVE TRIED THEM ALL OUT AND AM GETTING MORE AND MORE FAMILIAR WITH HOW THEY WORK AND WHAT THEY DO FOR MY SOUND. ITS A VERY VERY WELL MADE PIECE OF GEAR THAT RESPONDS WELL TO THE TOUCH. I MOSTLY USE A SHURE SM7B IN ADDITION TO; SM57'S, AUDIX D2'S D4'S AND D6'S, & SENNHEISER 421,609,&906 DYNAMICS, SE 2200'S, 5P'S AND A PAIR OF X1-D CONDENSER MICS, AS WELL AS A SE VOODOO PASSIVE RIBBON MIC, AND ALL OF THEM HAVE WORKED FLAWLESSLY BETTER THRU THIS THAN ANYTHING ELSE THAT IVE OWNED OR HAD OPURTUNITY TO MESS AROUND WITH. EVERYTIME I'VE TRACKED DRUMS THROUGH THIS, THEY HAVE ALWAYS COME OUT VERY PROFFESIONAL SOUNDING AND READY FOR MIXING AND MASTERING (BETTER TO MY EARS THAN USING EASYDRUMMER2, AND I REALLY LIKE THAT PROGRAM, BUT NOTHINGS BETTER THAN REAL DRUMS). I REGULARLY USE THE 48V PHANTOM POWER, PHASE, AND A/D SWITCHES FOR DBX 160X'S ON KICKS AND SNARE, AND I HAVE ACHIEVED EVERY SOUND THAT IVE WANTED; FROM HAWAIIAN FOLK TO HIPHOP, JAZZ, ROCK, RAP, AND DETHMETAL. IVE BEEN STOKED! IM STARTING TO REALLY UNDERSTAND HOW IT ALL WORKS AND NOW SPEND MOST OF MY DRUM ENGINEERING TIME, TUNING DRUMS RATHER THAN SETTING UP MICS AND LEVELS AND SUCH. THANKS ALSO TO THE EXCELLENT AUDIX, SENNHEISER SHURE AND SE KICK AND OVERHEAD MICS THAT I USE TO CAPTURE MY TRUSTY DOUBLE BASS DW MAPLE COLLECTORS (AKA THE SILVER STALLION) AND ZILDJIAN K'S. I CAN NOW RECORD DRUMS THAT HAVE THE SOUND I DESIRE RATHER THAN MAKING COMPROMISES. IT SOUNDS THAT GOOD! IVE RECORDED MY OWN VOCALS ON MY OWN SONGS AS WELL AS A FEW OTHER DUDES THRU THE ASP880 AND ONE OF THE FOLLOWING; SM57,SM7B, SE VOODOO1, SE 2200 2C, SUPER 55, AND A JUNKY OLD BEATDOWN SM58, AND I HAVE ACHIEVED BETTER RESULTS THRU THE ASP880 THAN WITH ANYTHING THAT IVE PREVIOUSLY USED, AND IN MY OPINION EVEN BETTER THAN THROUGH SOME OF THE LARGE CONSOLE STUDIOS IN THE HOLLYWOOD/L.A. AREA THAT IVE SESSION'D AT. I'VE RECORDED MORE THAN A HAND-FULL OF FEMALE VOCALS THROUGH MY AUDIENT BOX, AND JUST ABOUT EVERYTIME I HAVE BEEN VERY EXTREMELY WELL PLEASED. THEY HAVE ALL COME BACK MULTIPLE TIMES AND GO ON AND ON ABOUT WHAT I OFFER THEM, SO THATS COOL I GUESS. TRACKING ACOUSTIC GUITARS WITH A PAIR OF SE 2200S HAS SUCH AN ORGANIC SOUND AND FEEL THAT IT HAS BECOME AN ABSOLUTE JOY, SAME WITH UKELELE. THIS IS SAYING ALOT AS I AM PRIMARILY AN ELECTRIC GUITAR PLAYA THAT USES LOTS OF EFFECTS AND GAIN!!! SPEAKING OF GUITAR CABS; I USUALLY USE 3 MICS ON A SPEAKER, EITHER: SM57,D2,906, 421, AND THE VOODOO RIBON TO ACHIEVE JUST ABOUT ANY SOUND I CAN THINK OF. IVE ALSO USED THE 2200'S AS ROOM MICS FOR ADDED AMBIENCE. IVE GOTTEN MUCH MORE COMPLEX WHEN DOING GUITARS AND THE CONTROLS ON THE FRONT PANEL OF THE 880 MAKE THIS ALL POSSIBLE WHILE AVOIDING PHASE ISSUES. THE REALITTY IS THAT, IM A MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST SONGWRITER THAT WORKS WITH AS MANY OTHER MUSICIANS AS POSSIBLE, AS LONG AS ITS FUNN. SO LAST WEEK, IN AN OUT OF THE ORDINARY KINDA WAY. I TRACKED THIS CHICKS VIOLINS FOR ANOTHER CHICK THROUGH THE ASP880 USING THE SE LDC'S AND MY VOODO RIBBON MIC, I PLAYED WITH SOME IMPEDENCE AND HPF SETTINGS AND SET THE GAIN HOT BUT NOT TOO HOTT AND AND IT WAS AN AURAL EXPERIENCE THAT WAS ALSO EXTREMELY VERY WELL PLEASING. FINGERING THE SENSETIVE CONTROLS ON THE FRONT-PANEL IS A LITTLE DIFFICULT SINCE ITS A LITTLE TIGHT BUT WITH CARE AND FAMILIARITY IT HAS BECOME MUCH EASIER, ENJOYABLE, AND QUICKER TOO. I DI'D HER SYNTH WHILE I WAS AT IT AND AM WAITING FOR HER TO BRING HER OTHER FRIEND TO COME JOIN THE FUNN TOO. ALL IN ALL THE ASP880 IS HELPING ME TO MAKE RECORDINGS THAT ARE MUCH BETTER QUALITY THAN JUST DEMO, THEY ARE ALBUM READY, AS LONG AS THE PERFORMANCE IS THERE. THE ONLY LIMITING FACTORS ARE MY PRO-TOOLS, ENGINEERING, AND PRODUCTION SKILLS, AS WELL AS MUSICAL TALENT. TO SUM IT UP; I CANT THINK OF A BETTER 8-CHANNEL STUDIO SOLUTION FOR MY MUSICAL NEEDS. IN FACT I FEEL THAT I NEED THE OTHER AUDIENT BOX TOO! WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS TO A FRIEND? HECK YEAH ENJOY!
Music background: I AM A PLAYA
5/5

Sounds as good as $1000 per channel pre

I have this unit along with an ADL600 preamp which was $2000 for two channels of audio. Although, obviously this unit isn't a tube preamp, it doesn't trail my ADL at all in quality. I can even run an SM7B into this pre and get good gain before noise ratio. The direct ins for instruments is exceptional and crisper and more in your face than any I've heard before. I run strait to an Apollo but I've also read the burr brown converters are stellar. Couldn't recommend this unit more. Was going to use for drum tracking but would absolutely put my lead vocal through this unit any day of the week.
Music background: Composer and freelance engineer
See also: Audient, Audient Preamps, Audient Misc Digital Converters