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

Looking to add eight top-shelf mic pres to your rig? Look no further than the Antelope Audio MP8d. Each channel features hi-Z, line, and microphone inputs with individual phantom power. You'll also benefit from a huge array of digital I/O including MADI, ADAT, AES/EBU, S/PDIF, and TOSlink. Powerful DSP provides ultra-low-latency routing, mixing, and real-time effects. Antelope Audio's world-class A/D conversion 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, Oven-Controlled crystal oscillator, and advanced circuit board design. The MP8d is superbly designed, profoundly useful, and incredible sounding.

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 DB-25 connector gives you analog connectivity, directly outputting your mic signals at line level. At Sweetwater, we've found that 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 of 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 remarkably 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:

  • 8 Class A Mic Pres: 8 hi-Z, line, and microphone inputs with individual phantom power
  • Digital Connectivity: All the digital I/O you need, including MADI, ADAT, AES/EBU, S/PDIF, and TOSlink
  • 8 Analog Channels: DB-25 connector directly outputs your microphone signals at line level
  • 64-bit Acoustically Focused Clocking: Antelope's top-shelf A/D conversion and world-renowned jitter management algorithm
  • Powerful DSP: Parallel DSP handles routing, mixing, and real-time FX with ultra-low latency
  • Supreme Clocking: Oven-Controlled crystal oscillator with 2 word clock outputs, 1 word clock input, and 1 Atomic Clock input

What Does "Special Order" Mean?

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Additional Media

Signal Processing Buying Guide
Studio Preamp Buying Guide
Antelope Audio MP8d Preamp and A/D Converter Review by Sweetwater

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.
Music background: Engineer
See also: Antelope Audio, Antelope Audio Preamps, Antelope Audio Misc Digital Converters