The Phoenix Audio DRS-8 mk2 is a 8 Channel Class A Microphone pre-amplifier based on a transformerless discrete Class-A input topology.
Phoenix Audio (UK) is dedicated to the development of Class A discrete technology used within high build-quality equipment designed for both the professional and the home studio environment.
The DRS-8 Mic-Pre uses our well proven and loved Class A output stage (DSOP-2), but also has our latest breakthrough in transformerless Class A, Discrete Mic Input Technology which gives a "valve-like" sound.
The DRS-8 is the culmination of over 40 years experience designing Class A circuitry within the Audio Recording Industry.
The DRS-8 is based on the first Phoenix unit the DRS2, this bespoke product was launched by Phoenix Audio (UK) in the U.K. in November 1999, and has enjoyed an almost "cult" following ever since. The Class A output stage (TF1) was originally designed by David Rees, the designer of the famous Neve 2253 Limiter and 2254 Limiter/compressor (amongst many other designs), as a retrofit for Neve modules, and the TF1 has now been superseded by the DSOP2 output stage.
The Class A, discrete, truly balanced, transformerless microphone input stage was designed to out-perform any transformer input for frequency response, yet has all the characteristics expected in a high quality Class A design.
8 Channel 2U - 19" Rack-mount unit: With 240V/110V mains voltage input selector switch Inputs
Connections: Combo XLR/1/4" jack sockets on Rear Panel for Mic inputs, line inputs & DI inputs
Output connections: XLR's on rear panel
Additional outputs: 25 pin "D" style connector on the rear panel (wired "Tascam" Standard)
Gain Range (Mic input): -30 to -70 in 5dB steps With 10dB more available on the fader.
Gain Meter: LED Metering. 5 LED Meter on each channel (with hysteresis)
Phantom Power: Switchable 48V phantom on Push-button switch
High Pass Filter: on Push-button Switch (Roll-off -6dB per octave @ 120Hz)
Phase Reverse: on Push-button Switch
Mute: On Push-button switch.
Mic/Line Push-button switch: Enables Flexibility for input levels.
Phoenix Audio's unique Class A, transformerless, True balanced Mic input stage.
Transformer-balanced Output on each channel: Driven by the Phoenix Audio Class A DSOP-2 fully discrete output stage
Class A (DSOP-2) Output specs . Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz +- 0.5dB, Maximum
Amazing! This is a very versatile unit and I don't think it can be beat in terms of value for the money. These pres add a pleasing colour that you can dial in as you want. A little goes a long way. There is also a DI option that I love for tracking bass. The depth and character created at the source when tracking with this would be difficult if not impossible to re-create in the box after. In terms of bang for the buck there is nothing that beats the DRS8-mk2 as far as I can tell.
June 3, 2015
I love this machine. Warm when you cranck the pre amp and clean if you fine tune with the op level. From Rock to Funk, Jazz to Metal, Hip Hop to Reggae Strings, Brass, Percussion, I loved every moment I used this pre amp and still do.
Worth every penny!!!!!