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Designed to meet the demands of high-quality radio production, the Airmate-8 is the perfect companion for self-operated production DJs.

With features like an internal two Telephone Hybrid, USB connection to the PC for streaming to the web, the option of a VoIP or wireless connection to your phone, AES output or using our Studio Remote unit, the Airmate-8 is built to deliver exceptional performance.

Its 8 vertical triple input modules offer flexibility rarely found in a mixer of this type, giving you the freedom to create the perfect sound every time.

The Airmate-8 features six input channels with balanced microphone inputs on XLR and two stereo line level inputs on Cinch (RCA) connectors. Each microphone input also has an insert for signal processors, allowing you to customize your sound to perfection.

Each line level input B can be also converted into a phono channel by installing an optional stereo R.I.A.A. equalized phono pre-amp, giving you even more flexibility and control over your sound.

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Front Airmate-USB

The Airmate-8 model is designed to elevate your radio production to new heights.

With its comprehensive features and superior performance, it provides everything you need to create professional-quality sound.

Unrivaled flexibility:

Equipped with 6 balanced mic inputs, each featuring +48 phantom power and an insert, the Airmate-8 offers unparalleled flexibility. Whether you're recording vocals, interviews, or live performances, you can achieve the perfect sound every time.

Seamless connectivity:

The Airmate-8 also features 12 stereo line inputs, 2 USB ports, and two Telephone Hybrids.

Channels 5 and 6 are equipped with Mic/Line and USB interfaces, allowing seamless audio transfer to and from your PC.

Effortless integration:

Channels 7 and 8 feature RJ-11 connectors, enabling you to interface with old-fashioned POTs and Telephone appliances with ease.

High-quality hybrids:

The built-in Hybrids in the Airmate-8 are of the highest quality. Hybrid channels feature direct connection and Talkback buttons, facilitating easy communication with your listeners.

Enhanced control:

Fader start functionality, accessible from the ON switch or FADER, activates ON-AIR lights for added convenience during your broadcast.

Complete sound control:

With a 3-band Equalizer on channels 1-6, stereo Aux send with pre or post-fader options, and low-cut jumpers on all mic inputs, the Airmate-8 gives you total control over your sound.

Additionally, a clean feed send is available for external analog and digital Hybrids, ensuring seamless integration with your existing setup.

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Airmate backpanel

The Airmate-8 is designed to offer unparalleled connectivity and flexibility, ensuring that you have complete control over your audio production.

Seamless USB integration:

With two USB connectors on the back panel, you can seamlessly control your USB channels directly through your computer. Once connected, the unit will appear as a new USB device, giving you full control over your audio.

Expanded broadcasting possibilities:

The Airmate-8 offers even more flexibility with the option to include VoIP channels instead of the standard POT channels.

With this configuration, you'll receive a USB connector in place of the RJ11, allowing you to connect your VoIP channel to your computer using any VoIP software, expanding your broadcasting possibilities like never before.

Convenient and compatible connections:

All input and output connections are available on standard Jack/Cinch and XLR connectors, providing you with the convenience and compatibility you need for your broadcasting setup.

With the Airmate-8, you can take your radio production to new heights with ease and confidence.

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RCA connector


VoIP channel(s)

  • Dedicated VoIP channels:

    • Dedicated VoIP channels are available on channels 7 and 8 of the Airmate-8, or you can combine one TELCO module with one VoIP module for added flexibility.

  • USB connectivity:

    • When you include a VoIP channel, you will receive a USB connector in place of the RJ11, allowing you to connect your VoIP channel to your computer and use it with any VoIP software available.

  • Flexible usage:

    • With the USB connection on the back of the VoIP board, you can also use this channel as a normal USB channel, giving you maximum flexibility in your broadcasting setup.

  • Maximum USB channels:

    • With the addition of a VoIP channel, you can have a maximum of 4 USB channels in total on your Airmate-8, ensuring that you have all the connectivity you need for your broadcasting needs.

  • Analog or digital hybrid compatibility:

    • If you prefer to use a classic analog or digital Hybrid, the Airmate-8 features a cleanfeed output on pins 1-4 of the RJ11 connector, allowing for seamless integration with your existing setup.

  • Expandability:

    • You can add this option to your mixer at a later time by purchasing the VoIP board directly from our webshop, ensuring that your Airmate-8 remains up-to-date with the latest features and capabilities.

Digital output upgrade

You can now enhance your Airmate-8 with digital outputs for full digital transmission.

The master AES/EBU XLRs can be used as your digital input and output, enabling seamless digital connectivity to the transmitter or other broadcast devices connected to the Airmate-8.



  • Digital connectivity:

    • The master AES/EBU XLRs can now be used for digital input and output.

  • Back panel connections:

    • Two 3-pin male XLR connectors on the back panel can now provide balanced digital AES/EBU standardized output signals.

  • Flexibility:

    • The second XLR (female) can be used to accept digital AES/EBU signals, offering even more flexibility in your setup.

  • Analog signal availability:

    • Analog audio signal is always available on the two jacks located above the left digital XLR output, ensuring that you have all the connectivity you need for your broadcasting needs.

Please note: before production of the mixer, it is imperative to know that this option cannot be added at a later date.

                     This is because the mixer requires different types of master and telco boards.

RIAA Pre-Amp upgrade

You also have the option to add a RIAA pre-amp board to all six balanced Mic Input channels (channel 1-6) on your Airmate-8 unit.



  • Connectivity:

    • Connect an old-fashioned record player to the mixer and bring back the nostalgia of the good old times on a new day piece of broadcast equipment.

  • Available for purchase:

    • RIAA pre-amp boards are available for purchase on our Radiowebshop.

  • Easy installation:

    • Straightforward to connect to the mixer.

    • You can easily install them yourself on one of the boards.

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Studio Remote unit

The Studio Remote is the ultimate solution for addressing your communication needs between the studio and presenter area. Specifically designed as a remote and communication interface, it seamlessly connects the mixing console with the announcer or guest.

Featuring a headphones amplifier and a cough/communication button, the Studio Remote is the perfect solution for both announcers and guests, providing unmatched convenience and functionality.

Please note that the Studio Remote can be used without any problems with our current version (v.11) of the Airmate mixer. If you already own an Airmate unit and wish to add the Studio Remote to your setup, we recommend contacting D&R first. They will provide you with the necessary information and guidance to ensure seamless integration of the Studio Remote with your Airmate mixer.



The Airmate-8 is packed with features designed to enhance your broadcasting experience:

  • Standard stereo faders: Enjoy precise control with standard stereo faders, stereo Aux send and return, and a monitor master with "follow phones" functionality.

  • Balance control: Adjust the volume between the main output and stereo Cue signal with continuous balance control.

  • On-air/production section: Benefit from a unique Radio On-air/production section, including:​​

    • Announcer output: Switch between the main output or any selected cue signal, even in "follow phones" mode.

  • Clean Feed Output: Drive an external Telephone Hybrid for talk shows and interviews, expanding your Hybrid channels beyond the two built-in ones.

  • Self-op switching: Automatically cuts control room level when the D.J. mic is active.

  • Large talkback switch: Activate the built-in electret talkback microphone for easy communication with the Clean-feed output, Aux output, and/or Announcer output.

Experience the convenience and versatility of the Airmate-8, designed to elevate your broadcasting capabilities to new heights!

Airmate-8 technical specifications


  • Mic inputs:

    • Type: Balanced, 2kOhm, XLR

    • Phantom Power: 48 volt

  • Noise:

    • Rating: -122 dBr (A-weighted)

  • Sensitivity:

    • Minimum: -70dB

    • Maximum: 0dB

  • Insert:

    • Level: -10dBv in/out

  • Line inputs:

    • Type: Unbalanced, 10kOhm, Cinch

  • Gain:

    • Range: 40dB

  • Phono inputs:

    • Type: Unbalanced, 47kOhm, 5 mV

  • 2 track return:

    • Level: -10 dBV at 10kOhm

  • Aux returns:

    • Level: -10 dBV at 10kOhm (stereo)



  • Fully compliant with USB 2.0 playback and record mode.

  • HID Functions: Volume/Mute



  • RJ-11 connectors for phone line/dialler

  • Mix Minus rejection @1kHz: -60dB.



  • Left/right:

    • Level: +4 dBu balanced, XLR

  • Monitor/aux:

    • Level: +4dBu unbalanced on Cinch

  • Cleanfeed/announcer:

    • Level: +4dBu, Jacks

  • Tape output:

    • Level: -10dBv unbalanced, Cinch

  • Headphone:

    • Impedance: 100-600 Ohm, Jack

  • Announcer:

    • Impedance: 100-600 Ohm, Jack



  • High:

    • Adjustment: + / -12 dB at 12kHz shelving

  • Mid:

    • Adjustment: + / -12dB at 1 kHz bell curve

  • Low:

    • Adjustment: + / -12dB at 60 Hz bell curve


  • AES/EBU digital stereo output and AES digital 2 track input plus existing analog outputs on 2 jacks.

  • RIAA pre-amp on line input B for phono cartridges

  • VoIP

  • Studio Remote Unit



  • Frequency Response: 10 - 60.000Hz

  • Distortion: < 0.009% max at 1 kHz

  • Start Switch: Reed relay

  • Ledbars: 21 segment

  • Power Consumption: 30VA


Stereo jack connector to internal opto coupler (MIC ON):

  • Connector: Stereo jack

  • Coupler: Internal opto coupler (24volt/50mA max.)

  • Function: The opto coupler switches between tip and ring of the stereo jack (Tip is shorted to the ring)



  • Width: 19" rack mountable (482mm)

  • Depth: 356mm (8HE)

  • Height: 105mm

  • Space below front panel: 20mm for tabletop

  • Weight: 11 kg


For drop-through mounting (On Top):

  • Cut a hole of 452x335mm


For drop-through mounting (Milling):

  • Cut a hole of 482x355.15mm with a radius of R=20 and a depth of 2mm


  • 60890266 AIRMATE-8-USB 2x TELCO

    • EAN Code: 7436917138179

  • 60890271 AIRMATE-8-USB 2x VoIP

    • EAN Code: 7444704135195

  • 60890240 AIRMATE-8-USB 1x TELCO + 1x VoIP

    • EAN Code: 7444704138110

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