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Publié le 03/07/11 à 17:39
The Apogee Electronics AD-8000 is an 8 channel analog to digital converter for use in recording studios. This is definitely on the older side of AD converters as this was originally put out almost 15 years ago. While it's a little bit outdated, it's not obsolete as it's still a solid converter. However, you can only record with up to a 48 kHz sample rate, so it's not going to be best for high end audio recording, although it is 24 bit. The AD-8000 has eight XLR analog inputs as well as AES/EBU and S/PDIF connections. On the front panel you can monitor the levels of your eight channels as well as control a slew of options, many of which I've never had a need to venture into. It also has a 1/4" input in front for plugging in headphones. This make up is definitely a lot different than the more modern Apogee converters, which are more to the point, but this has the same basic functions.

OVERALL OPINION

The Apogee Electronics AD-8000 is one of the earliest analog to digital converters that I've used, and while it's not ideal for modern digital audio recording, it can still be useful when used in the right settings. The main downfall with the AD-8000 is that it only supports up to a 48 kHz sampling rate, so if you're going to want to record at 96 K, this isn't going to be for you. The good news is that it is indeed a solid converter if you're working at 48 kHz and a 24 bit rate and also can be had on the cheap since it's pretty outdated at this point. I'd probably only recommend this if you're using your DAW for mostly non-musical purposes or already can only record at 48 K due to your interface. If you're putting together a professional recording studio, this isn't going to work however due to this lack of options in sampling rate. I'd be nice to have as an extra, but not a main converter. If this won't work for you, I'd check out the newer Apogee stuff as they're pretty much the best converters you can get.
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