Crane Song Avocet IIA Monitor Controller with QUANTUM D/A  From Crane Song

Need a back end to your DAW? Featuring one of the best D/A converters, cue mixes, a remote control, plenty of IO and a killer headphone amp - this IS the answer to your monitoring problems!

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$3,149.00

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The Avocet is the centerpiece of Sound Pure Studios.  All of our decisions are made in part because of the D/A conversion and the accuracy of this monitoring system.  Whether we are tracking, mixing, doing shootouts or testing gear, we know that with the Avocet doing the work, all of our decisions will not be colored or skewed because of the monitoring chain.

Dave Hill of Crane Song has long been known as a genius here at our shop, and hopefully anyone reading this has experienced at least one of his units in your studio.  At Crane Song (and Dave Hill Designs), there is a policy of no compromise in every unit that they create, and then they also build in the ability to "upgrade" parts if they have a shelf life.  In the case of the Avocet, the Converters have been upgraded every couple of years as Dave has improved the design with the improvements in the technology.  Everything from Jitter, to self noise, to detail; the Avocet has been built to translate your audio in the purest way possible.

If you are in the market for the best monitoring solution, this is it, you can stop searching.  We are happy to send this out to try, as you really need to hear the difference it makes when it comes time to make critical decisions with your work.

Crane Song Avocet II Monitor Controller - Quick n' Dirty

The Crane Song "Avocet" is designed to solve the problems of accurate monitoring and volume control as required by workstation users, studios and mastering rooms alike.  Everything from Jitter, to self noise, to detail; the Avocet has been built to translate your audio in the purest way possible. The Avocet is available for SoundPure's Try-Before-You-Buy Program, so if you want to hear it in your studio with your gear, shoot us an email at ProAudio@SoundPure.com or give us a call anytime at 919.682.5552. Thanks for watching!

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    • Crane Song Avocet IIA Monitor Controller with QUANTUM D/A

Manufacturer's Description from Crane Song

New DAC

The Quantum DAC is the 5th generation design from Crane Song and has less then 1pS jitter.

The Quantum DAC uses 32 bit a converter and ASRC for jitter reduction up sampling to 211KHz. Avocet has always upsampled to 211KHz.  The reference clock has less then 1pS, 0.5pS typical 1Hz to 100KHz and a proprietary reconstruction filter for accurate time domain response.

New

Direct sub woofer outputs for each of the three output have been added.

The output levels are now programmable in 0.25 db steps for speaker level matching

Avocet  IIA is designed to solve the problems of accurate monitoring and volume control as required by workstation users, studios and mastering rooms alike. It is a stereo controller with three digital inputs, three analog inputs and a headphone system. It's comprised of a rack mounted unit and table top remote control. Avocet has many features including; dim, mute, phase, mono, and 16 bit truncation functions, plus a speaker select switch that sends line level balanced audio to one of three outputs. The six input sources have on the fly gain trim capability and all digital signals are up-sampled and jitter reduced to ensure highest accuracy during D/A conversion.

"Avocet" is designed to solve the problems of accurate monitoring and volume control as required by workstation users, studios and mastering rooms alike. It is a stereo controller with three digital inputs, three analog inputs and a headphone system. It's comprised of a rack mounted unit and table top remote control. Avocet has many features including; dim, mute, phase, mono, and 16 bit truncation functions, plus a speaker select switch that sends line level balanced audio to one of three outputs. The six input sources have on the fly gain trim capability and all digital signals are up-sampled and jitter reduced to ensure highest accuracy during D/A conversion.

The internal headphone amplifier can be fed from the program source or an external input. Provisions for a talk back function are included.

Avocet can operate in surround up to 7.1, with the appropriate number of audio boxes in the system.

The 4th Generation D/A for Avocet uses an extremely low jitter reference for jitter reduction and a unique combination of analog and digital reconstruction filters. The reference oscillator uses techniques that are borrowed from microwave communication and test instruments in it’s design, and is the result of 2 years of research. The DAC is the latest generation AKM 32 bit part.

The result is a DAC with unsurpassed imaging and transit response. This is integrated into Avocet’sanalog electronics and digital control systems.

The difference between Avocet and Avocet II is the DAC

Crane Song

About Manufacturer

Designer Dave Hill has always had an interest in electronics, and started designing and building devices at an early age. He was building synthesizers from scratch and started doing professional level sound recording and equipment maintenance at a local music store while still in school. After high school Dave decided to pursue a career in electronics and enrolled in a course at a local community college. After his first semester he was asked by the college to take over teaching the course. He taught for 8 years and continued his involvement in pro audio. To date Dave has been doing studio and film sound recording since 1972. He has also been involved in film post production. Early in the 1980's Dave was asked by a used equipment dealer if he could design a tube compressor that would have the sound of the older tube type devices and still be clean enough to compete with modern devices. The result of this request was the Summit Audio TLA-100. Due to the success of that design Dave Hill went on to design and set up the manufacture of all Summit Audio products until September of 1994 at which time Summit Audio was relocated the manufacturing to California. From 1984 to 1994 Summit Audio grew from a single product and one employee working out of the basement of Dave's home to a full product line and over a dozen fulltime employees. Beginning in August of 1995, several of those key members of the Summit production crew began working for Dave again in his new company called Crane Song. After the move of Summit Audio, Dave wanted to keep the production crew together and start a new company. First he designed a tube playback pre-amp for the ATR-102 tape machine called the HDV-2. This is now being manufactured for the ATR Service Company by Crane Song. Next Dave designed a two channel discrete class A compressor-limiter, called the STC-8. The Today the Crane Song family of products has grown to five; *HEDD (Harmonically Enhanced Digital Device), FLAMINGO stereo mic preamp, TRAKKER, single channel compressor, and the new SPIDER 8 channel mic preamp, mixer, A/D convertor which has recently joined the family. Crane Song Ltd. is able to provide the highest level of quality due to the many years of experience of both Dave and the people who have stayed with him. Some of these employees have worked with Dave since 1988 and continue to have an intense interest in developing the best audio devices possible. Crane Song's combination of innovative design and uncompromising attention have helped the company make its mark in the professional audio world.

Specifications

(Specifications are being worked on)

Input:   Floating, balanced. Maximum input is +28 dBm.
The connectors are XLR.

Output: Floating, balanced. Maximum output is +25 dBm.
The connectors are XLR.

Input and Output Connections: Pin 2 is Sig + , Pin 3 is Sig- , Pin 1 is GND

Power: 100, 120, 230,240 volt; 50/60 Hz; 55 watts
MDL 0.6A Fuse for 100V and 120V
MDL 0.4A Fuse for 230V and 240V

Clipping: +25 dbm

Distortion: With the eq set flat measured at +20 dbm 0.001%

Pilot Lamp: # 7335

Depth Behind Panel: 12.5 inches (31.75 cm) plus cabling

Panel Height: 2 rack spaces

Remote Cable: Standard analog VGA cable

Downloads

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Avocet Manual

AVocet II Manual & Jitter Notes