Audient (hall 5.1, stand B61) is using this year’s Prolight+ Sound/Musikmesse to unveil the ASP880, a new 8-channel microphone preamplifier and ADC, and the first product to be released since Simon Blackwood’s acquisition of the company at the end of 2013.
ASP880 features eight of Audient’s renowned console mic pres, two JFET D.I instrument inputs, pristine converter technology, variable impedance and variable high pass filters, all part of a versatile feature set packaged in a 1U rack-mount unit.
Audient chief technical officer Tom Waterman explains, “Listening to feedback from Audient users has been essential. As a result, we worked closely with David Dearden to develop a brand new 8 channel mic pre combined with the latest Burr-Brown converter technology to ensure the best sound quality throughout.”
“ASP880 is the perfect front end to any DAW system” he adds. “We wanted to ensure ASP880 competes with the best mic pres and converters out there, and in doing so giving users the option to upgrade their existing setup by bypassing their interface’s analogue stage and A/D. The results are stunning.”
Each channel has a balanced insert with direct access to the converter so the ASP880 can be used as an 8-channel mic pre and a standalone converter. “We know how important integrating outboard gear is to our customers,” explains Waterman. “That’s why the ASP880 has eight balanced inserts – perfect for integrating your outboard EQs and compressors.”
Much of Audient’s product range will be on show in Frankfurt, including the audio interface iD22, which garnered a 2013 TEC Award nomination.
Audient shares a booth with British microphone brand Sontronics and again, can be found in hall 5.1 stand B61.