Antelope Audio MP8d

8-channel Microphone Preamplifier with 8 Channels of A/D Conversion
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Antelope Audio MP8d
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Killer 8-channel Preamp/Converter

Antelope Audio's MP8d 8-channel Class A microphone preamplifier/converter rocks Antelope's pristine mic pres and world-Class A/D conversion, which is widely acclaimed for its warm, natural, and supremely accurate sonics. This rich, yet precise sound is achieved courtesy of Antelope's renowned Acoustically Focused Clocking jitter management algorithm and Oven-Controlled crystal oscillator, along with advanced analog and digital circuit board design that's powered by a proprietary power supply. The MP8d is superbly designed, profoundly useful, and sounds incredible. But then, at Sweetwater, that's exactly what we expect from Antelope Audio!

Antelope Audio MP8d at a Glance:
  • The analog versatility you need
  • The efficiency of digital connectivity
  • Easy-to-use software control
The analog versatility you need

The Antelope Audio MP8d is set up to handle whatever you throw at it. The mic pre inputs are on XLR/TRS combo connectors, and they accept both mic and line-level signals. Channels 1 and 2 are fitted with hi-Z inputs, accessible via dedicated front-panel TRS connectors. Want to connect your favorite outboard gear? Inserts are available on the rear panel. The MP8d also offers you the convenience of integrated monitoring with an audiophile-grade headphone amp on the front panel. A D-Sub 25 connector gives you analog connectivity, directly outputting your mic signals at line level. This setup makes the MP8d an ideal rackmate for Antelope's Orion32 and Zen Studio audio interfaces.

The efficiency of digital connectivity

Antelope Audio equipped the MP8d with a myriad of digital connectors that give you a broad variety of options for big-time flexibility and increased productivity. The MP8d's S/PDIF, AES/EBU, TOSlink, ADAT, and MADI connections expand compatibility with your other studio gear, allowing for both easy connection your DAW or other outboard equipment, as well as expanding your channel count by cascading multiple MP8d units.

Easy-to-use software control

You control the MP8d with the ultra-sophisticated, yet remarkable easy-to-use software control Antelope Audio developed for their Orion32 and Zen Studio. A fast, intuitive user interface with color-coded drag-and-drop signal routing, multiple mixers, and a powerful DSP engine with onboard effects makes the MP8d extremely flexible, and well suited to a variety of recording applications. Programmable presets give you quick and easy recall of go-to configurations, while the unit's ergonomic physical front-panel knobs deliver precise real-time mic gain tweakability.

Antelope Audio MP8d Features:
  • Eight analog inputs on TRS, switchable between Mic (XLR) and Line
  • Channels 1 and 2 also equipped with hi-Z inputs on dedicated front-panel connectors
  • Eight analog outs (mic preamp direct outputs)
  • Two Inserts for Channels 1 and 2
  • USB (for control only)
  • MADI I/O - may be individually routed
  • One S/PDIF; One TOSlink
  • Four AES outputs (each carries two channels, and may be individually routed)
  • Two ADAT outputs
  • One 10M input (for Antelope Atomic Clock)
  • Word Clock: one input, two outputs
  • Sample rates: 32kHz-192kHz
  • Router: same as Zen and Orion
  • One mixer with eight channel inputs and two channel outputs
  • EQ and Compressor: eight channels
  • 48V phantom power for your condenser microphones
Elevate your studio sonics and flexibility with the Antelope Audio MP8d!

What Does "Special Order" Mean?

A special-order product is one that we don't normally keep in stock. We order it from the manufacturer as soon as you order from us. We have great relationships with all the manufacturers we carry, so we can get your special order to you as fast as or faster than anyone else. Remember that special orders are non-returnable and non-cancelable, so make sure the item is right for you. A Sweetwater Sales Engineer can help you decide — call (800) 222-4700 for assistance!

Additional Media

Signal Processing Buying Guide
Studio Preamp Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Preamp Type Multi-channel Preamp with A/D conversion
Number of Channels 8
Phantom Power Yes
EQ Yes (MP8d software mixer)
Compressor Yes (MP8d software mixer)
Analog Inputs 8 x XLR-1/4" combo, 2 x 1/4" (Hi-Z)
Analog Outputs 1 x DB-25 (8 channels), 1 x 1/4" (headphones)
Digital Inputs 1 x MADI
Digital Outputs 1 x Coax (S/PDIF), 2 x Toslink (ADAT), 1 x MADI, 1 x DB-9 (AES/EBU), 1 x Toslink
Clock I/O In/2 x Out, 10M Atomic In
Sample Rate Up to 192kHz
USB 1 x Type B
Channel Inserts 2 x 1/4" (inputs 1,2)
Computer Connectivity USB
Rack Spaces 1U
Height 1.75"
Depth 9.1"
Width 19"
Manufacturer Part Number MP8d

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Hampered without direct USB connection

In my opinion, this unit (and likely all Antelope products) is not suitable for a professional studio. Like many studios, we have the bulk of our gear located remotely and use many USB devices locally using extenders. This unit simply will not work reliably with any of the USB extenders we tried, which renders the software interface worthless. That problem is compounded by the fact that there are MANY features that simply cannot be used without the software interface. There is no way to enable the HPF or 48V without the control software. Basically, the only thing you can do is power, gain, and switching between mic/line. Anything else requires the software. This is my first dealing with Antelope as a company and I have not been impressed. Their phone support closes at 3pm EST and it took me multiple days (and a followup message) to get a response to my online ticket submission. All of this made even more frustrating by the fact that their tech support basically told me "tough luck" because their unit won't work with USB hubs or extenders. That would have been nice to know up front. Also, their user documentation is downright TERRIBLE. There were multiple BASIC features such as saving and recalling global presets, that I had to Google, find an online video that was geared toward the Orion, and HOPE that it applied to the mp8d (it did). For that to not be included in written documentation is kind of ridiculous, IMO. In any case, the unit does sound pretty good and has a lot of features for the money. That's about the best I can say about it since I can't really use any of those features in my current setup.
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See also: Antelope Audio, Antelope Audio Preamps, Antelope Audio Misc Digital Converters