RME Micstasy Overview
The Micstasy from RME is a full range, hi-end eight channel microphone/line preamp combined with an analog to digital converter. The unit allows for amplification and digitization of all analog signal sources, including high-level stage signals, studio signals, lower level and high-impedance instruments, or dynamic, condenser or ribbon microphones.
The analog and digital outputs can be used simultaneously. Microphone and line inputs are available on the rear panel, while instrument inputs are available for all eight channels on the front panel. Each channel can be controlled individually in respect to input levels and phase, phantom power and filter switching, or grouped in any combination, up to all eight channels.
Digital outputs include eight channels of AES/EBU and dual ADAT Lightpipe connectors. Both formats can function at high sample rates. Wordclock I/O is available on dedicated BNC connectors. To avoid degrading signal integrity, RME chose to avoid the use of limiters and provide instead automatic gain reduction with selectable threshold. Even with this feature engaged, any channel can still be adjusted manually.
The Micstacy will function equally well on the road as in the studio. Aside from a microphone preamp, the unit can function as a splitter box for stage use, distribute digital signal and also includes features like Intelligent Clock Control (ICC), SyncCheck, SteadyClock, TotalGain, AutoSet, MIDI over MADI and remote control via MADI and MIDI.
Eight channel microphone preamp with balanced XLR microphone/line inputs and 85dB of gain range
Analog to digital converters per channel, with eight channel AES/EBU output (up to 192kHz,) dual-eight channel ADAT Lightpipe outputs (at 48kHz) or eight channels (at 96kHz)
Eight balanced TRS line/instrument inputs with Hi-Z option
High-end circuitry with four relays per channel and low-noise microphone front-end
Large frequency range (200kHz) with EMI input filtering
Symmetrical hi-pass filter per channel
Provides near click-free gain changes
Eight balanced XLR line outputs
Automatic gain reduction with multiple channel linking
Wordclock input and output
SyncCheck tests and reports the synchronization status of the clock signals
M/S encoding available for the digital output
The current state of the unit can be stored in eight user preset locations
LED level meter with thirteen LEDs per channel
Fully remote controllable via MIDI
Noise suppression on power-on and power-off at the analog outputs
Optional MADI I/O card available