Mic Pre/Channel Strips
One of the most critical parts of the signal chain, a preamp can give your signal chain major "mojo" or it can be discrete providing a pure, natural sound.
Which you choose is often a matter of necessity, capturing live performances you'll typically only want to alter the sound in the mix. For studio recording however a vintage Neve sound might be an essential part of a band's aesthetic.
Single Channel Strips
Particularly popular for laptop recordists running small rigs, a channel strip can give you all the essential elements of a big console sound in 1U or 2U of rack space.
The RME OctaMic XTC is an advanced eight channel microphone/line/instrument preamplifier with 192 kHz/24 bit A/D conversion and AutoSet, four channel D/A conversion for analog or digital input monitoring, and full MIDI remote control via USB, DIN and£1,819.00 (inc. vat) £1,515.83 (ex. vat)
The RME I64 MADI Card provides the DMC-842, ADI-8 QS and Micstasy with a 64-channel MADI input and output. Coaxial and and optical output operate in parallel to the AES/EBU and ADAT output, therefore deliver the same data.£609.00 (inc. vat) £507.50 (ex. vat)
The RME Micstasy is an emote-controllable 8-Channel hi-end mic/line preamp and AD-converter.£3,389.00 (inc. vat) £2,824.17 (ex. vat)
The RME OctaMic II provides 8-Channel 192 kHz / 24 bit AD conversion with eight hi-class microphone and line pre-amplification channels, featuring a combination of sophisticated components and approved RME technology.£1,174.00 (inc. vat) £978.33 (ex. vat)
The RME DMC-842 is both an 8-Channels AES42 interface as well as a controller for digital microphones. The unique device allows for connection and control of up to 8 digital microphones, and converting their signals to ADAT, AES/EBU, analog and (opti£3,389.00 (inc. vat) £2,824.17 (ex. vat)
The RME QuadMic 2 is a 4-channel microphone preamp that can be powered by battery and thus excellent for remote applications. Each of the 4 channels features balanced microphone and line inputs with Neutrik XLR/TRS combo jacks, switchable 48V phantom£519.00 (inc. vat) £432.50 (ex. vat)