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Burl Audio B16-BMB6-4x4 Mastering Solution AES/EBU  From Burl

Pre-confgured B16 Mothership with BMB6 Motherboard (AES/EBU connectivity), B16-BAD4 4-channel AD input card and B16-BDA4 4-channel output card

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Manufacturer's Description from Burl



Burl Audio is proud to announce the release of the B16 Mothership, a 2U, 2-slot version of the revolutionary B80 Mothership, Burl Audio’s signature product. Simply put, the B80 Mothership has redefined digital recording, and now the legendary sound can be found in a smaller, more portable B16 Mothership. Utilizing technology developed for the B80, the new B16 Mothership uses the exact same I/O cards as the B80 Mothership, continuing Burl Audio’s deep dedication to analog class-A circuitry. The result is not only heard, it is felt. The Mothership stands out from every other interface on the market not because it is colored, but because it does not sterilize the source.

Using a card based system, and a heavy-duty 2U chassis, the B16 Mothership employs 2 card slots with an internal power supply and your choice of Motherboard for Digilink, MADI, Dante or SoundGrid connectivity. Every ADC channel uses a proprietary BX1 transformer and every DAC channel has the latest Burl Audio discrete op-amp, BOPA4. 

For anyone who has yearned for a Mothership in a smaller format, this is a dream come true. A typical setup is a 4 in, 8 out system, but it can also be configured as an 8 input tracking system or a 16-output portable mix rig. If needed, you can also use either the BAES4 card with 4 channels of AES in and out per card or the BCLK card, which distributes 8-word clock outputs per card. 


The BAD4M and BDA4M Daughter Cards:

The BAD4M and BDA4M, mastering grade, 4-channel ADC and DAC Daughter Cards for the B80 and B16 MOTHERSHIP with switchable transformers and stepped attenuators are specifically designed for mixing and mastering. The BAD4M and BDA4M use the latest BURL NextGen Analog Technology for superior clarity and fidelity. The BAD4M and BDA4M are the result of over 25 years of R&D experience in pro audio digital and analog design.

Following on the success of the B2 BOMBER ADC and the BAD8 Daughter Card for the MOTHERSHIP, the BAD4M utilizes BURL Audio’s NextGen Analog Technology with the same BX1 transformer coupled circuit path as the BAD8 (no op-amps) and a transformerless analog front end using the BOPA14 op-amp. The BAD4M allows you to switch between the BAD8 style analog front end and the newly developed transformerless analog front end with the press of a button. The transformerless mode is perfect for situations where you want a pure capture of a mix or mastering chain where the signal is already warm and peak limited. In this mode, the BOPA14 delivers a truly clear and faithful capture of the source material.

The BDA4M follows on the success of the B2 BOMBER DAC and the BDA8 Daughter Card for the MOTHERSHIP and utilizes the newly developed BOPA11 and/or optional BOPA14 op-amps. The BOPA11 is followed by the renowned BX5 output transformer. The BX5 output transformer is the same large, BURLY beast used in BURL Audio’s popular B32 VANCOUVER MIX BUS. Anyone who has tried B32 for the first time and engages the BX5 usually says “WHOA! That’s amazing!”. Forget about technical jargon, the BX5 transformer simply makes things sound bigger, phatter, deeper…better.

For years, engineers have taken their fully digital projects and ran them through a 2-track analog tape machine to make them sound “less digital”. The BDA4M with the BX5 output transformer routed to a BAD4M with the BX1 input transformer do something very similar, but better, in that they have no tape hiss and they have higher dynamic range and more headroom. This combination is ideal for a final mix or mastering chain.

On the digital side, the BAD4M and BDA4M employ a couple of new features; a switchable ADC/DAC filter and AVID delay matching. Switching the ADC and DAC filters allow you to change the tone from the classic BURL sound to a more aggressive tone with a more forward mid-range. The AVID delay matching feature allows you to perfectly match the input and output delay of an AVID HD I/O which is crucial for hardware inserts.

If you already own a B80 MOTHERSHIP or if you are buying a new B16 or B80 MOTHERSHIP, the BAD4M and BDA4M are awesome by themselves or as compliments to the BAD8 and BDA8. Adding even just one BAD4M or BDA4M to your B80 MOTHERSHIP will be a big step up. A B16 with a BAD4M and BDA4M is the ultimate 4 input, 4 output mastering solution. The BAD4M and BDA4M are truly BURLY.


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About Manufacturer

Founded in 2006, BURL Audio is a pro audio gear engineering and manufacturing company based in Santa Cruz, California. Based out of Paradise Recording and spearheaded by Rich Williams, BURL Audio's gear is designed in a commercial recording studio, by professional recording engineers, for recording engineers. Our Philosophy The philosophy of BURL Audio is to provide the best possible recording devices, in modular, outboard units, to all levels of recording engineers at a reasonable price. All BURL Audio products are designed to improve your recording, mixdown, and mastering significantly. BURL Audio's products are designed to be a life-long asset to your studio. Our Plan BURL Audio is dedicated to bringing you ground breaking studio gear that will change your life. The B2 Bomber ADC will be followed by the B2 Bomber DAC for detailed monitoring. From these we will derive a modular line of multi-channel ADCs and DACs featuring the same audio path and love of the B2 series. On the heels of the converters, BURL Audio will begin offering tasty microphone preamps, such as the B1and B1D (now available), and outboard mix buses. Direct boxes and a clock source are also in the BURL Audio product plan. Webster on BURL Burl is the root of the word burly. Webster defines burly as follows: Main Entry: bur?ly Pronunciation: 'b&r-lE Function: adjective Inflected Form(s): bur?li?er; -est Etymology: Middle English : strongly and heavily built : HUSKY - bur?li?ly /-l&-lE/ adverb - bur?li?ness /-lE-n&s/ noun Burl is also defined as a tough, yet beautifully knotty base of 2000 year old redwood tree trunks. Burly is the heavy surf and fog that descends without warning over Santa Cruz, California. Burly is the dual rectified guitar and kick drum recorded through a BURL Audio B2 Bomber ADC and B1 Mic Pre. Burly is the toughness and heavy build quality of a BURL Audio unit. BURL is a creative state of mind. BURL is about music, grace, and power.

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