Grace Design m801 Overview
The m801 from Grace Design is an eight channel microphone preamplifier designed for unmatched audio performance with massive headroom and ultra-wide bandwidth. The unit can effortlessly resolve even the lowest level ambient information, resulting in a sonic picture of absolute clarity and detail, which serves to capture the essential character of the music being recorded.
The signal path is fully balanced from start to finish, resulting in generous dynamic range, while high current output drivers enable long cable runs without signal loss. Included on each 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 decoupling capacitors on the selected channel.
An additional set of eight channel balanced outputs are included for sending signals to a secondary recorder, workstation or console. The m801 is equally suitable for use in the highest quality studio while also being able to capture every detail of a live performance.
I love the Grace M801 I use at work. Those can be had for about $4,200 new, if you can find them (I believe they stopped production). The newer model, the M802, is fully remotely controlled, and goes new for about $4,700. They aren't exactly API 512 sounding, but they deliver a crystal clear amplification...
m801mk2 high fidelity eight channel microphone preamplifier Preliminary Information In 1994 we released the Model 801 microphone preamplifier,¹ which was the first production model for Grace Design. It set a new standard of sonic quality and reliability for microphone preamplifiers, providing much better performance than the built-in circuits in the recording consoles of the day. It featured independent...
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