RME Announces OctaMic II Preamp

RME have announced the OctaMic II Preamp, a completely new design with based on the OctaMic and OctaMic D. The new OctaMic II features 8-channels of low distortion, 192 kHz/24 bit microphone and line pre-amps plus some nice enhancements.

• The balanced TRS inputs of the Neutrik Combo XLR jacks are phantom power-free and can be operated as real line inputs too. The improved design of the input circuits allows for a maximum input level of +21 dBu with a convenient gain range from 0 dB up to 50 dB.
• Improved signal to noise ratio (SNR) ADC 107.5 dB
• Improved THD, especially at high gains
• Optimized heat dissipation by a new and larger housing with improved convection
• Choice of sync sources: internal Clock, AES/SPDIF (via 25 pin D-sub) or Word Clock
• Internal wide range power supply with line filter, insensitive to voltage fluctuations
• Super-stable, short circuit proof 48 V phantom power

The Ins Ands Outs Of It:
• 8 x Mic / Line Preamp Input (XLR/TRS Combo)
• 8 x Line Output (TRS balanced)
• 8 x AD-converter (up to 192 kHz)
• 2 x ADAT Output (S/MUX, up to 96 kHz)
• 4 x AES/EBU Output (D-sub, up to 192 kHz)
• 1 x AES/SPDIF Sync Input
• Phase, Low Cut and Phantom power per channel
• Clip Hold Memory

The 8-channel AD-conversion of the OctaMic II operates at up to 192 kHz. The digitized signal is available simultaneously at the double ADAT output (S/MUX, up to 96 kHz), and at a DB-25 connector (4 AES/EBU outputs, up to 192 kHz). The digital part can be clocked internally (master) and externally via word clock, AES/EBU and SPDIF.

RME’s SteadyClock ensures solid AD-conversion, as jitter on the external sync-sources is nearly completely removed. All settings are done via DIP-switches on the back of the OctaMic D. Analog outputs and both digital outputs operate fully simultaneously. The choice of reference level affects the analog outputs only, the signal/clip indication and the AD-conversion will react only to the Gain-pots.

RME’s OctaMic II Preamp will set you back $1799 / €1099 and will be available later this month. More information on the RME OctaMic II Preamp.

Author: FutureMusic

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