ART Announces New TubeOpto 8™

January 2010

TubeOpto8

The Tubeopto 8™ is the ideal Eight Channel input/output expander for any ADAT Lightpipe equipped audio interface, direct-to-disc recorder or DAW. Eight high quality second-generation discrete class-A vacuum tube microphone preamps are packaged in a single rack space unit with eight channel 24-bit digital I/O. The mic preamps drive internal high quality A/D converters and a standard ADAT Lightpipe digital interface. ADAT digital input is coupled to internal high quality D/A converters that drive eight balanced 1/4" outputs.

Every input on the Tubeopto 8 offers full control of the signal path with pad, phase and low frequency roll-off switches. Input gain and variable output level control of each channel allows up to 70dB of clean gain with incredible sonic transparency and the tube stage can be dialed in for warming effects and soft clipping. Each channel has wide range LED meters that monitor the preamp output levels to the A/D while clip indicators monitor preamplifier peak levels. Balanced 1/4" phone or XLR inputs are available on each channel and high impedance 1/4" instrument inputs are available on channels 1 and 2.

ADAT Lightpipe I/O handles eight channels of 24-bit audio input and output at 44.1KHz, 48KHz, or externally set sample rates. Wordclock in and thru-puts allow multiple Tubeopto 8's to be synced in complex system configurations.

US retail pricing for the Tubeopto 8™ is $599, which includes a three-year warranty, and delivery is slated for March 2009.


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