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Dangerous Music 2-Bus Analog Summing Unit  From Dangerous

Tired of the sonic limitations of mixing "in the box"? The 2-Bus provides the headroom, imaging, and punch  of analog mixing consoles in a condensed 2U summing box format that's perfect for both large pro studios and smaller project studios!

Dangerous Music

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Manufacturer's Description from Dangerous

The Original Summing Solution that Ignited the Out-Of-Box Revolution.

Born out of real-world necessity, this tool, the first of its kind, was created to bring back the analog sound-quality, feel and headroom that were missing from the digital mixing environment, while maintaining the fast DAW workflow, editing and recall capabilities that we all depend on. 
 
Through cutting-edge analog audio circuit design the 2-Bus allows the full potential of your studio to be realized--audibly, in terms of sound quality, spatial detail and headroom--and ergonomically in terms of outboard equipment integration in the mix process.  Designed and built with the highest quality components and a no-compromise attitude, this pristine audio path delivers nuance, depth and clarity to your mix without any added coloration, and thus allows the true nature of your recorded tracks and outboard gear to shine.
 
Searching for punch? Extended soundstage? Definition? Headroom? The Dangerous 2-Bus 16X2 summing device puts that all back  into a lifeless mix. Much like traditional vintage consoles brought together multiple channels of audio, the 2-Bus receives 16 analog outputs from any DAW interface and combines them to stereo. This is its sole purpose and it performs more transparently and musically than any other solution.
 
  • Massive Punch and Detail
  • Clear Stereo Imaging
  • Incredible Headroom
  • Effortless Outboard Gear Integration
  • The Top Choice of Mix Engineers Worldwide
True summing devices have no individual volume controls, pan pots or aux sends. Those functions are performed by the recording software to leverage automation and recall on demand. Furthermore, running your audio through unneccesary electronics lowers performance.
 
The measure of a successful mix is consistency: will it translate across multiple mediums like the radio, an iPod, home hi-fi, a car stereo... Therefore, a summing solution must be transparent, yet musical to deliver. Only if and when color is desired, then outboard may be called upon for this purpose.
The Dangerous Music 2-Bus leverages decades of collective experience from the world’s premier mix engineers to guarantee results.
 
  • Unsurpassed Sonic Performance
  • Stepped Attenuator Volume Control
  • Custom Built Linear Power Supply
  • Fully Linkable with 2-Bus, 2-Bus LT and D-Box
  • Hand Assembled in the USA
You will hear the difference.
Dangerous Music

About Manufacturer

The company’s mission is to solve the problems of the ‘hybrid studio’ by leveraging the best of both worlds: seamless integration of analog and digital equipment’s strengths and eliminating their weaknesses. Since product designer Chris Muth’s time has been spent almost exclusively designing custom equipment for many of the world’s preeminent mastering engineers and facilities, the combination of a mastering quality audio path with an intuitive feature set became the company’s baseline. It is worth noting that these designs evolved not in a vacuum but with input from some of the best ears in the business, refined in a working mastering environment instead of on paper. In the end, listening makes all the difference.

Born out of the shop at Dangerous Music recording studios, the equipment company was officially founded in 2001 with the commercial release of the Dangerous 2-Bus analog summing amplifier.  Dangerous Music product designs were created to answer the sonic and ergonomic challenges presented by the changing studio environment as it moved from analog consoles and analog multi-track tape recorders to hard-disk recording and software-based digital mixer/editors, collectively known as digital audio workstations, or DAWs.

The process of recording and mixing without an analog console or tape deck created the opportunity to develop products that allowed engineers to embrace all the power and convenience of a DAWs automation, editing and recall, while continuing to work as they had, with console-style tone and headroom, hardware monitor control, metering, speaker and input source switching, and the ability to insert analog processors into the signal path easily and with the highest quality results.

Company co-founder Bob Muller says, “The ideas behind Dangerous Music products are driven by the needs of the music community, who continuously finds new ways to work in the studio. Early on we concluded that once the smoke cleared it was not going to be an all-analog or all-digital studio, but a hybrid environment.  We all embrace the benefits of new technologies, but the inevitable problems that arise need to be solved. As the analog console yielded to the DAW mixer as the focal point of the control room we recognized that certain equipment was now missing that is required to actually make a studio fully functional, sonically pleasing and ergonomically sensible. When you aren’t spending all your time clicking around computer menus, you can actually concentrate on the performance, the music, and the other creative elements of what recording and mixing is supposed to be.”

Specifications

Frequency Response: 1 Hz-100 kHz within 0.1 dB
 
Total Harmonic Distortion:
0.0045% +4 dBu input level 
0.0008% +22 dBu input level 
 
Intermodulation Distortion: 
0.0055% +4 dBu input level 
0.0015% +22 dBu input level
 
Crosstalk:
> 101 dBu
 
Noise floor: 
<-83 dBu total energy in audio band 
 
Max level: 
+28 dBu 
 
Nominal operating level: 
+4 dBu (1.228 volts) 
 
Input impedance: 
25kohm balanced 
 
Output impedance: 
50 ohms balanced (600 ohm drive capable) 
 
Gain accuracy: 
>0.02 dB @ 1 kHz for any gain setting 
 
Power consumption: 
30 watts
 
Warranty:
1 year parts and labor, subject to inspection. Does not include damage incurred through abusive operation or modifications/attempted repair by unauthorized technicians. 2 years with online registration.