Grace Design m801

8-channel Microphone Preamp with 8 XLR Inputs, 16 XLR Outputs, and Dedicated Ribbon Mic Switch
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Grace Design m801
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Exceptional Sound Quality from Grace

The Grace m801 is proof that trends may come and go, but pristine sound is always in style. The m801 by Grace Design is an 8-channel studio microphone preamp designed for audio professionals in the music recording, film scoring, live sound, and fixed installation markets. As the successor to our world renowned model 801, the m801 represents a new standard in capabilities and performance for multi-channel mic preamps.

Grace m801 At a Glance:
  • Improved design while maintaining classic Grace sound
  • 8 Mic inputs with 16 XLR out
  • Dedicated ribbon mic switch

Improved design while maintaining classic Grace sound
The m801 preamp is comprised of two components; the 2U, 19" rack mount 8-channel preamp and an external 1U, half width linear power supply. The m801 enclosure shares the same industrial design (look and feel) as their monitoring products and the m802 8-channel, remote controlled preamp. While they've made some changes (fully balanced signal path and improvements in output current) that improve the dynamic range of the m801, the sound has not been altered. The sonic performance and characteristics Grace customers have come to expect from Grace Design mic preamps is something they're careful not to mess with.

8 Mic inputs with 16 XLR out
The m801 includes 8 balanced mic level inputs on female XLR connectors, 8 balanced line level outputs on male XLR connectors and an additional 8 balanced line level outputs male XLR connectors. Both sets of analog outputs (16 outputs) can be used simultaneously. The signal path of the m801 is fully balanced from start to finish which provides a dynamic range improvement of up to 3dB over that of the model 801. With its increased output current capability the m801 can drive audio lines that can reach upward of 1,500 feet without audio quality loss.

Dedicated ribbon mic switch
Included on each preamp channel is a dedicated ribbon microphone switch, which shifts the preamplifier's entire gain range up 10dB while deactivating 48V phantom power and bypassing the coupling capacitors. This gives you the proper signal strength to maximize the ribbon mic, yet the automatic disabling of phantom power ensures that you won't accidentally fry your mic.

Grace m801 Features:
  • Pristine, audiophile-quality sound
  • 8 XLR inputs
  • 16 XLR outputs
  • Improved dynamic range
  • Dedicated ribbon mic switch
  • Drive audio lines upward of 1,500 feet without audio quality loss
Grace m801 - Audiophile sound quality in a 8-channel mic pre!

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Additional Media

m801 User Manual
Studio Preamp Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Preamp Type Solid State
Number of Channels 8
Frequency Response 18Hz-65kHz
Phantom Power Yes
Analog Inputs 8 x XLR
Analog Outputs 16 x XLR
Rack Spaces 2U
Height 3.5"
Depth 10"
Width 19"
Weight 15 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number AM801

Customer Reviews

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I've owned my m801 since 2006. I bought it to do remote recordings of a classical opera singer I was working with. This is an incredible piece of gear, it is built like a tank and produces pristine uncolored sound with incredible dynamics and extremely low noise. Besides recording the opera singer I would mic her piano and organ accompaniment with the m801 and my collection of vintage AKG microphones. We recorded this to an HD24 running at 96k and received many many compliments on the 3D character the sound had. The dual output jacks are very handy too. I would run an output directly to the recorder and a second output to my monitor console so I could hear and solo the sounds without fear of damaging the master location recording. If you want one of the best sounding preamps in the world today buy the Grace Design m801. Good luck and good music to all!
Music background: Professional musician and engineer for 50+ years

Grace Design m801

Excellent headroom and clarity. All of the bells and whistles I expected out of a high end piece of equipment. Easy to use. Informative owners manual.
Music background: Electronics Tech, Musician, & Mobile Studio Owner

reliability across the board

The Grace 801 has got it all! It's 8 channels of totally transparent gain are a go-to for any source. Every channel has a pad, phantom power, phase reverse, and ribbon. The Ribbon switch is great, shifting the gain up 10db and disabling the phantom power. It's built like a Sherman tank and it adds some class to the look of your rack. My remote rig consists of an Apogee Rosetta 800 and Grace 801 and I couldn't be happier. If you've got the bread, lay it out on this 8ch pre.
Music background: Professional engineer/producer, luthier
See also: Grace Design, Grace Design Preamps