Avid PRE

8-Channel High-Definition Microphone PreAmp
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Avid's ultimate high-performance mic preamp

Experience eight channels of absolutely astounding preamplification. Avid's PRE delivers absolutely pristine, high-definition audio to your system in exquisitely clear detail. Eight fully discrete, matched-transistor digitally controlled preamps are responsible for the PRE's incredibly transparent sound. This highly flexible circuitry easily accommodates mic, line, and direct instrument signals. Although you can access its settings directly from its front panel (allowing you to use it purely as an outboard multichannel preamp), you can keep your Avid PRE located comfortably in your rack, remotely controlling its settings entirely from within Pro Tools|HD or an Avid control surface.

Avid PRE 8-channel Microphone Preamplifier Features at a Glance:
  • Eight discrete matched transistor hybrid microphone preamps
  • Fully remote-controllable from within Pro Tools|HD or via an Avid control surface
  • Support for mic (XLR), direct instrument (DI), and line level inputs (1/4")
  • DB-25 analog outputs for easy connection to Pro Tools audio interfaces or any other recording/mixing medium
  • Inserts points on all eight mic PRE channels
  • High-pass filter, phase reverse, and 48V phantom power
  • Selectable impedance matching for mic, line, or instrument inputs
  • MIDI in/out/thru ports for remote operation
Avid's PRE puts eight pristine microphone preamps in your Pro Tools|HD rig for an incredible low price!

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Tech Specs

Preamp Type Solid State
Number of Channels 8
Phantom Power Yes
Analog Inputs 8 x XLR (Mic), 8 x 1/4" (Line/Inst), 8 x 1/4" (Return)
Analog Outputs 1 x DB25 (CH 1-8), 8 x 1/4" (Send)
MIDI I/O In/Out/Thru
Rack Spaces 2U
Height 3.5"
Depth 15.63"
Width 19"
Weight 14.53 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 9900-29341-40

Customer Reviews

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Hmm... Not bad...

Acceptable preamp. Remote control from ProTools via MIDI - one of the best feature of this guy. Good price/channel count/quality ratio. Can be useful for tracking drums pretty good. But, IMHO, not for vocal or other smooth sounding instruments.
Music background: Recording and Mixing Engineer

Avid PRE

I can't give this a higher rating due to the fact that I've had it repaired twice now. The sound seems good......when it works. About every 6 months a component quits on it and off to the repair shop it goes. And it's not cheap to fix either. Over $700. I'd definitely look for another 8ch pre of higher quality if you're considering this one.
Music background: Producer, Engineer, Musician
See also: pro tools hd interface, Avid, Avid Pro Tools HD Interfaces, Avid Preamps