PreSonus DigiMAX D8

8-channel Microphone Preamp with Lightpipe
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Class A XMAX pres and lightpipe, too!

PreSonus expands their DigiMAX line with the DigiMAX D8, a 24-bit/48kHz interface that serves as an add-on to an existing lightpipe-equipped system. The DigiMAX D8 is equipped with eight Class A XMAX microphone preamps for pristine sound on the front end, and eight analog direct outputs for patching your signal out to external gear. As a top-notch front end or as a lightpipe expansion to your existing system, the DigiMAX D8 is perfect for almost any studio.

PreSonus DigiMAX D8 at a Glance:
  • 8 channels of audio
  • Expand your system
8 channels of audio

The DigiMAX D8 features 8 Class A XMAX mic preamplifiers, 8 direct analog outputs, and ADAT optical light pipe connectivity, making it the perfect solution to add 8 professional microphone preamps to any digital recording system or digital mixer with ADAT input.

Expand your system

If your audio interface is equipped with lightpipe, the DigiMAX D8 is the perfect way to expand your I/O. And with eight Class A XMAX preamps, the DigiMAX D8 has some of the best preamps available in this price range.

PreSonus DigiMAX D8 Features:
  • 8 XMAX Class A microphone preamps w/trim control
  • 24-bit resolution ADAT digital output
  • 44.1 and 48K sampling rates
  • External sync via BNC word clock input
  • Direct outputs on every channel
  • LED input metering
  • 20dB Pad on every channel
PreSonus expands the DigiMAX Series with the DigiMAX D8!

Additional Media

DigiMAX D8 User Manual
Signal Processing Buying Guide
Studio Preamp Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Preamp Type Solid State
Number of Channels 8
Frequency Response 20Hz-50kHz
Phantom Power Yes
Analog Inputs 8 x XLR (Mic), 2 x 1/4" (Hi-Z), 1 x BNC (Sync)
Analog Outputs 8 x 1/4"
Digital Outputs 1 x ADAT (Optical)
Rack Spaces 1U
Height 1.75"
Depth 7"
Width 19"
Weight 6 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number D8

Customer Reviews

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Digimax D8

This was my simplest component to hook up. I had no problems with it at all. This was my first time hooking up studio equipment. I had no clue at all. I was praying that it was user friendly as I have had past experiences with digital mixing that wasn't successful at all. This is as easy as hooking up my PA.
Music background: Fine Artist for a living, Singer/Composer hobbyist now loving studio production!

Amazing unit

Just like the Firestudio, this unit sounds amazing and works well. There are a few gripes that I have with the unit. First, the XLR connectors are in the rear of the unit versus the front whereas the Firestudio has them on the front. This causes you to pull a snake to both the front and back of a rack which is rather annoying. Secondly, there's no "thru" for the wordclocks BNC so you'll want a T adapter. The unit definitely has enough gain per channel to run everything from an SM7B to a U87. It's also got a 20dB Pad. It has no insert points on a per-channel basis, but it does have direct outs on a per-channel basis.
Music background: Live Sound Engineer

So far so good

Tracked vocals and guitars with, and it's been great so far! I'm using DigiMAX D8 with a power conditioner + RME HDSPe AIO and I get very usable sound. Absolutely the best value for its price range. You'd have to spend quite more (about 2x more) and sacrifice channel numbers in order to achieve better sounding preamp with optical output. Though PreSonus gears usually wouldn't fit for my needs, more I get to use their gears, more I'm impressed with them. Finally I'd like to thank Tom Koch for his great service!
Music background: Audio QA Engineer at Fortune 100 company, Recording/Mixing/Mastering Engineer, Composer

Simply Excellent!

Amazing functionality and incredibly easy setup. Just one complain and it's regarding to its design I mean, why just don't keep the Digimax FS mics input location at front and avoid an unnecessary cabling mess?
Music background: Drummer, Audio Engineer

Sweetwater Advice

Charlie Davis

The DigiMax D8 is an absolute steal. For a very low price, you get 8 clean preamps, as well as 8 direct outs for additional routing options. I also really love that there is LED metering for each channel. This hooked up to my 002 creates a great 16-channel recording rig that has great sound and is big enough to even handle live recordings.
See also: PreSonus, PreSonus Preamps, PreSonus Misc Digital Converters