Tascam SERIES 8p Dyna Eight-Channel Microphone Preamp

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Tascam has unveiled the SERIES 8p Dyna, the company’s first standalone 8-channel mic preamplifier and A-D expansion device with analogue compressor. Featuring versatile connectivity and re-designed high-end microphone preamp circuitry, the Tascam SERIES 8p Dyna is designed for both studio and stage use. Housed in a rugged 1U rack-mount casing, its dual S/MUX optical ports make it a perfect expansion unit for a Tascam SERIES 102i or 208i, US-20x20, or other S/MUX-equipped audio interfaces including ADAT, or it can be used as a stand-alone front end.

Tascam has long been known for transparent, natural, ultra-low-noise preamp circuits, and the eight HDIA (High Definition Instrumentation Architecture) preamps are its best yet with a noise level (EIN) of –127dBu, a THD of only 0.0007%, a dynamic range of 116dB, and a crosstalk attenuation of 119dB. Each input channel also features an easy-to-use, single-control analogue compressor with true bypass for handling hot input signals and creating smooth audio input.

With two instrument/microphone combo inputs on the front panel, users can quickly plug in mics, guitars, bass and more. Six balanced mic/line inputs grace the rear. Every microphone input has individually switched +48V phantom power for use with condenser mics.

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Dual S/MUX optical outputs on the rear of the SERIES 8p Dyna enable the unit to be used as a front-end expander for S/MUX or ADAT-equipped audio interfaces. Using the two S/MUX outputs simultaneously, users can send all eight input channels at up to 96kHz (four channels at 176.4 or 192kHz).

For additional versatility, the SERIES 8p Dyna’s eight line-level analogue channel outputs are provided on both standard balanced TRS connectors and a balanced 25-pin D-Sub connector so signals can be routed to interfaces, recording mixers, front-of-house consoles, and more. By connecting this output to a Tascam ML-16D or ML-32D Analogue–Dante converter, the preamp becomes a pristine front end for an audio-over-IP network.

Word clock BNC connectors enable proper synchronization of digital signals. Front-panel indicators for analogue overload and compression, and digital peak and level meter bars are also provided. Yet the SERIES 8p Dyna is simple to operate so the user can stay focused on the task at hand.