Trident Audio 88 Console
The Trident Audio 88 Console is a classically styled, in-line, eight-buss analog console and an advancement in the lineage of the revered Series 80 mixing desks.
Designed with manufacturability in mind, the 88 is artfully constructed for ease of use and workhorse reliability.
Available in stock configurations of 16, 24, 32, and 40 channels. The model 88 is sized to fit the modern, high-end facility – whether private, institutional, or professional.
Along with the pleasingly familiar routing and feel of a classic Trident desk, are modern refinements that serve to improve functionality, workflow, and performance specifications.
For example, integration with outboard processors and mic pre’s, such as the 500 formats, is provided simply and elegantly by means of an exclusive, switchable input. This bypasses the channel preamp circuitry and allows for the insertion of external signal sources directly into the channel equalizer.
Being a Trident, the equalization is of course, wonderful, and on the 88 – it is also plentiful. Always available on the channel, monitor, effects returns, and group sections.
In the area of customization, the 88 has options for VU metering, transformer I/O, automation, short loading, and channel configurations exceeding 40 inputs.
Features found throughout the 88 make for a straightforward and powerful package, but paramount to all else is The Sound. Among the many styles, preferences, and methods of recording exist the expectation that a board must have the ability to be pushed hard and sound big. With 27dB of headroom, the 88 is designed to be pushed hard and sound big. This is a hallmark of the series 80 consoles and the 88 carries that tradition forward.
Bottom line: The Trident 88 was created with all of this in mind so that you can use it to make great-sounding tracks.
Fully Modular Design:
Designed with manufacturability in mind.
The Trident 88 was made from the ground up to be a rugged and reliable console. We went to great lengths to make sure that the 88s are easy to build and equally easy to maintain. The 88 is designed so that the entire console can be serviced with a single screwdriver. Motherboards are shock-mounted with rubber standoffs to isolate them from the chassis and provide additional protection from structure-born stresses. A channel can be swapped in a matter of minutes and the console will continue to function if one or more channels are removed.
- Faders, channels, groups, and master sections are individually removable.
- All rear connections are also removable.
Having a Split/Inline console effectively will double your inputs to your stereo buss. This has become more and more a common configuration for recording consoles in today’s market. We took it a step further and added an EQ to the monitor path that can also be swapped with the main channel EQ.
- Dual Input to the Channels – line and monitor
- Four bands, sweepable channel EQ, is switchable with monitor Tilt EQ.
- Dual Inserts to each Channel at the preamp, or the main channel EQ.
- 8 Auxes: 6 mono and 2 Stereo
- 27dB of headroom
Incorporating a Discrete Class A preamp to the 88s is a departure from previous Trident console preamps in the 80 Series. This give’s the 88s a higher-quality stock preamp from the start and also incorporates the option to add a Lundahl input transformer to any channel desired.
- Discrete Class A
- 65dB gain
- Balanced inputs, with optional Lundahl transformers
- Full bypass insert
- Input Reverse Switch
- Mic/Line Switch
- Phantom Power Switch
Expanding the great success of 80 Series recording consoles is only logical. Taking the highly regarded 80B EQ and improving on it with the 80C EQ was a great step forward for its time. The 80C EQ took all of the great sounds of the 80B and gave it even more control. Keeping the 80C EQ as the brawn of the 88s was a decision that required no second thought.
Adding more EQ to the 88 was the next step forward for a more versatile analog recording console’s progression. Having EQ to the vast majority of the inputs to the 88 console means more analog controls at your fingers.
- High and low shelving
- Low/high mid peaking
- 4 Sweepable bands boost/cut to +/-15dB.
- 50Hz high pass filter
- Insert pre/post eq
- Monitor in: Tilt EQ
- Group FX Returns: 12kHz and 80hz shelving
- Group Monitor Returns: 12kHz and 80hz shelving
Keeping control of your workflow with ease and speed is the core function of an analog recording console. Your time spent setting up a mix and the ability to have tactile control with immediate effect over your work is essential and time-saving.
The 88s are designed to give you maximum control and routing options all onboard at your fingertips. Making your creative process more effective and saving you time in the process.
- 8 Subgroups
- 3 Monitor Controls
- 8 Monitor returns with high and low EQ
- 8 Auxes; 6 Mono 2 Stereo
- 8 Stereo FX Returns with high and low EQ
- 8 Stereo Aux Returns assignable to the Stereo FX Returns
- 1/8″ TRS Input Onboard
- Talkback to Auxes in pairs, Groups, or Studio
- Built-in Oscillator selectable at 1k or 10k
Input Section Feature Highlights
Separate Mic and Line Gain Control
Independently set your Mic and Line levels on each channel.
I/P Reverse Switch
Flips channel input to the monitor section.
Meter Select Switch
It allows you to choose to meter from the Direct Out or Monitor Return.
A fully discrete Class-A design mic pre with the option to add a Lundahl transformer to as many channels as you like. In addition, the preamp has a full bypass post-fader insert point that allows you to easily incorporate any external preamp from your collection or 500 Series rack.
A 4 band fully sweepable Trident EQ is at the core of this console. Every channel not only has a full EQ but also a Tilt EQ on the Monitor section. In addition, there is the ability to switch the full EQ from the Input path to the Monitor path. Furthermore, the EQ has its own independent Insert. Like the preamp, you can also insert to the EQ path and either bypass the EQ for any other outboard EQ or use them in conjunction with each other.
Master and Aux Section Highlights
The master section features 8 AUX Masters each with Solo. AFL/PFL Master with level adjustment. In addition to the main speaker outputs, there are also 2 separate ALT Monitors, each with level control and on/off switches. Easy studio playback through Mono Auxes 1&2, as well as stereo over Aux 7/8. The Monitor section allows the return of 2 separate stereo signals direct into the master section with level and mute. Or plug your portable device directly into the panel with a top-mounted 1/8th inch TRS input. Through Talkback control, you can talk back to the Auxes in pairs, or the groups, or to the studio. Either through the onboard talkback mic or an external mic.
The Trident 88 is a split in-line console. This means you can switch the inputs on each channel providing an easy workflow when tracking and mixing. On top of that, all of the Monitor inputs have their own Tilt EQ. This means you have 2 separate inputs per channel, both with versatile EQ.
The Trident 88 features 8 Aux sends all with pre or post-fade selection, accessible on every channel. AUX 1/2 and 7/8 can be sent to the Monitor section. AUX 5/6 & 7/8 are both stereo with pan control for each.
The Trident 88 connections are all via high-quality 1/4” Balanced TRS jacks, and XLR Combo jacks.
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