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Ati 8mx2

ATI 8MX2

4.25 4.25 out of 5, based on 1 Review

8 channel preamp/mixer


14th December 2011

ATI 8MX2 by jwh1192

  • Sound Quality 4 out of 5
  • Ease of use 4 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 4 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.25

The ATi8MX2 is, 8 Channels of High Voltage PreAmps based on the Paragon Consoles, featuring 48v, Phase, Cue, Volume, Pan, Mix Select on each channel. 8 separate outputs are available on 25 pin D-Sub connectors. The D-Sub solution marry's well with the newer Patchbays for lightning speed when integrating your ATi8MX2 into Your system. The Pre's have 65 db of Gain on 41 step controls with good headroom for use with Ribbon and other low level microphones. But there is more under the hood then just PreAmps. The Unit also has an 8 channel mixer that can be fed from either the 8 MicPRe's or from the D-Sub connector on the backside on a channel by channel basis. A 2-track input, mix output & monitor outputs on the back of the unit and headphones on the front. Added features are the ability to cascade several units together via 9-pin connections and use the Cue system and Monitor outputs for a Remote recording solution. A Limiter, with metering, are conveniently located on the concentric knobs of each PreAmp gives some security when doing remote work and you need to be setup fast with minimal to No soundcheck. Ground lift switches are included for each channel. In conclusion. The Ati8MX2 can handle anything you throw at it. And, show you on it's meters and let you hear it for confidence. Integrate one or several of these with your DAW and you have a very powerful recording and monitoring, dare I say summing, solution for your studio or remote recording rig. I would never give anything a 10 across the board but this unit has so much to offer for the money I could not resist. Don't just take my word for it, find a dealer and get a demo today !!!!

19th January 2012

ATI 8MX2 by RobAnderson

  • Sound Quality 4 out of 5
  • Ease of use 4 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 4 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.25

This is one of the best mic amps you've probably never heard of. The 8MX2 seems to be a bit of an underdog for reasons I can't comprehend.

It's pedigree is rather impressive: the ATI Paragon console was one of the best sounding live boards ever made. This is essentially 8 Paragon mic pre's in a single RU package. They have an nice "full but open" sound to them, not particularly colored to my ear - just a good, solid console mic amp. In quality they are at least the equal of the True P8, and are well-known and well-regarded in the classical and broadcast world.

Despite the fact that they are priced in the same range as the Precision 8 and the DAV BG8, they deliver far more bang-for-the-buck, since the 8MX2 is also a feature-laden mixer. You can mix or simply monitor the preamp channels, but what's even better is that you can mix and monitor the multi-track returns. This could be used as an analog summing mixer as well as a front-end mic-amp.

Each channel features a limiter, mix bus assign, cue, phase reverse, and phantom power buttons, and each has it's own mix level and pan controls and a button allowing you to toggle between feeding the preamp or the return directly to the mix bus.

The master section has master volume and pan as well as control room/headphone volume (yes, this thing has a headphone amp too!). You could also monitor a 2-tr return if you wish.

If all that were not enough, multiple units could be ganged together to form a much larger mixer.

My only beef with this unit is that, despite seemingly being designed with the remote recordist in mind, the build quality is not as robust as that would imply. I am also not a big fan of DB25 output connectors on mic amps, but in this case I can understand why they had to go that route with this box. The metering is not the best, but it shows you what you need to know.

All in all, it is a great-sounding tool for both the location and the studio recordist.

 
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