PreSonus DigiMax DP88

8x8 96kHz Preamplifier/Converter with 8 XMAX Mic Preamps, Burr-brown Converters, and ADAT I/O
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Sound, Features, and Connectivity

The PreSonus DigiMax DP88 8x8 96kHz preamplifier/converter equips your studio with eight fully recallable, digitally controlled analog XMAX preamps. Building on their DigiMax concept, PreSonus has updated their 8-channel A/D converter platform by adding eight fully recallable, digitally controlled, analog XMAX preamps with audio quality up to 96kHz. The DP88 is an ideal choice for expanding your PreSonus Studio 192 Studio Command Center or another audio interface with ADAT I/O. Here at Sweetwater, we're impressed with the DP88's connectivity and flexibility - it's a solid investment for your professional or home studio.

PreSonus DP88 Features:
  • Flawless analog signal path
  • 118dB Burr-Brown digital conversion, 24-bit resolution
  • Eight digitally remote-controlled XMAX microphone preamps
  • Controlled from front panel or standard MIDI
  • Controlled from UC Surface and Studio One 3.0 when connected to Studio 192
  • Expands both the inputs and outputs of any interface with ADAT I/O
  • Eight channels of ADAT optical I/O at up to 96kHz (via dual SMUX)
  • Individual 48V phantom power with LED indicators
  • 8 x 8-LED input metering
  • Eight balanced direct A/D line-level inputs (DB-25)
  • Eight balanced DAC outputs (DB-25) to expand your interface
  • Eight balanced direct outputs (DB-25)
  • Eight XLR Bypass Mic Inputs (DB-25) BNC Wordclock I/O MIDI I/O
  • Solid metal chassis
Expand your studio with the PreSonus DP88!

Additional Media

Signal Processing Buying Guide
Studio Preamp Buying Guide
PreSonus DigiMax DP88 8-ch Preamp/Converter Overview by Sweetwater

Tech Specs

Preamp Type A/D converter
Number of Channels 8 x XLR, 1 x DB-25 female (bypasses XLR)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz, ±0.2 dB
Phantom Power Yes
Analog Inputs 8 x XLR, 1 x DB-25 (mic input), 1 x DB-25 (line input)
Analog Outputs 1 x DB-25 (direct out), 1 x DB-25 (DAC out)
Digital Inputs 2 x Toslink Optical (1-4, 5-8 96kHz S/MUX)
Digital Outputs 2 x Toslink Optical (1-4, 5-8 96kHz S/MUX)
MIDI I/O Multi-pin connector with breakout cable
Clock I/O In/Out
Rack Spaces 1U
Manufacturer Part Number DigiMax DP88

Customer Reviews

5/5
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5/5

Apollo Twin Now Has 10 Channels Of Conversion!

I purchased thnwiis recently to be able to record my drums, yet still use my beloved apollo twin as my main interface. I was looking for something to convert my 8 lunchbox api preamps into a digital signal and then hook up via dat to my apollo twin, ultimately giving me the 2 main channels and then 8 more adit channels. I never really considered presonus as anything high end so honestly I felt I was taking a big chance on the conversion quality with this one and I couldn't have been more wrong! I looked around for something that was a analog to digital only convertor, considering I have 8 channels of api for my drums, but all I found was super high end units that started at 1800 plus dollars which was I just couldn't justify for my project studio. I love high end gear but honestly paying 5000 dollars for an 8 channel convertor was just un called for! The biggest thing that attracted me to the dp88 was the ability to come out of my lunch box channels and db25 straight to the a to d convertors and then into my daw. With the presonus dp88 you can either use the built in preamps or bypass them completely and just use the conversion into your daw by hooking up your lunchbox or high end preamps via the db25 connector. After setting everything up, setting the sync mode in the UA console to "adat sync" and then turning the console virtual channels into 8 adat channels I was in business. It worked absolutely perfectly and the conversion quality was absolutely beautiful! Big and full sounding and less and bounds past the conversion quality of my steinberg ur824 channels. You can also decide which of the 8 channels goes directly to the convertors and which stay with the built in preamps which was an unexpected bonus! All of these features are incredible and I have even used the built in preamps and/or controlled the built ins via remote which you can do easily. If you are looking to add adat channels to your interface or take your apollo twin into 10 channel territory, I would hands down recommend this unit. You may just love it as much as I do!
5/5

Awesome Unit

What an amazing piece of gear. The preamps are super clean, easy to navigate, and sound wonderful on all of the sources I've tried in the little time I've owned it. I love the fact that phantom power is individually switchable rather than ganged in groups of 4 like other preamps in this price range. Connects easy via ADAT to expand my rig to 16 channels. The 1U rack size is an added space saving bonus. I highly recommend this unit. Great job PreSonus!
Music background: Recording Engineer
5/5

Great 8-channel pre

I just added this, my second DP88, to my Presonus Studio192 rig. Now I've got 24 channels of these digitally-controlled pres (Studio192 + 2 DP88's) & the rig sounds great and I love it. The pres are clean, quiet & have a very high dynamic range ... crisp & detailed. And I use this 3-space rack rig for mobile recording & pick-up & go projects. Yes, I also have a monster Pro Tools HD rig with racks of outboard pres by most of the boutique & not-so boutique brands & quite frankly, I'll put the DP88's up against any of them for clarity and accuracy. I've used all of the 8-channel pres in this price range, and believe DP88 is the best one of them all. With the Studio192/Studio One-3 and 2 DP88's, I have all channels controlled thru Studio One, and can assign Fat Channel to all incoming signals for go-to-track compression & EQ...that is the deal maker for me when I saw how powerful the Presonus Studio192/Studio One-3 solution is! I highly recommend the DP88 no matter what interface platform you're using.
Music background: Producer, engineer, musician
5/5

Dp88

I bought this to have more channels and add to my apollo 8 and the preamps sounds amazing and almost the same than apollo's pres. Presonus now step up with this preamp.
5/5

Presonus Steps up to the Plate

I am also comparing the DP88 to the Apollo silver which it is expanding. The conversion quality is as good, or more likely better sounding than Apollo. It's a crisp, clean sound with plenty of energy at any frequency. I love how it looks in the rack. I love the simplicity of the controls and the metering. This is a really evolved piece of gear, very high end, very far away from the Firestudio Mobile I experimented a blue moon ago (not high end). Presonus has really stepped up their game. I am impressed, and I can't wait to try out the Studio 192. What a home run. I have not tried the mic preamps yet as I am using external mic pres. I use the DP88 as an 8x8 ADA converter for recording and mixing. Also, their cajun recipes at the end of their manuals are delicious if you are a cook!
See also: PreSonus, PreSonus Preamps, PreSonus Misc Digital Converters