The Audient ASP800, the new, eight-channel mic pre & ADC is now shipping worldwide and is available at all Audient dealers. The ASP800 offers eight Audient console mic pres, Burr-Brown A-D converters, two discrete JFET instrument inputs and two brand new ‘Retro Channels’ featuring tone controls HMX and IRON.
Pro Tools Expert Review Of The Audient ASP800
In this James takes a look at the new Audient ASP800, an 8 channel mic pre-amp with A/D. But what makes the ASP800 special is the 2 "Retro Channels " which allow you to roll in either the new HMX Mosfet Drive to add simulated valve warmth to the signal or the Iron Magnetic Drive which processes the signal through a custom designed transformer.
HMX is a custom harmonic distortion designed to emulate the sweet, thick tones often associated with 1960s tube designs, whilst Audient’s brand new variable British transformer saturator, IRON instantly adds sparkle, replicating the coveted transformer ‘zing’ of British audio in the 1970s - both giving new dimensions to a recording. Tom Waterman, Audient’s technical director told us...
Not only does ASP800 boast an incredible feature set, Audient is one of the only companies to offer custom transformer saturation at this price point. It’s the perfect addition to your existing setup, offering eight additional Class-A inputs, making it ideal for recording drums - or if you simply need more channels. As with all mic pres across the Audient range, these are the same design as those found on the flagship ASP8024 console designed by David Dearden. Audient is certainly known for its natural & open mic pres, but that doesn’t mean we don’t understand the importance of adding colour.
The Audient ASP800 has recommended retail price of £599 inc VAT or $799 MAP.