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Dangerous Music D-BOX Summing Mixer + Monitor Controller  From Dangerous

World-class monitor controller, excellent D/A converters, 8 channels of high-headroom summing - the D-Box gives you everything you need to bring the backend of your studio up to pro-level performance!

Dangerous Music

What We Think

"some of my favorite mixing breakthrough 'A-ha!' moments have come from being able to have complete control over my setup and just work without questioning HOW to make decisions or evaluate them. This is why I fawned over the D-Box when I had the opportunity to work with it for a little while at my own space.

Once set up, it immediately seemed to give more definition and openness to the sound coming out of my monitors. Compared to my needlessly complex monitor switching via patchbay and headphone amps, quickly switching with one button on the Dbox is a no-brainer. Then, of course, dropping to mono for when I'm doing reference work on my mixcubes is crucial as well.

One of my favorite things about the D-Box though was the included summing mixer. It's almost a sonic reward for finishing a mix. Once I was pretty much satisfied with my track, I bussed it all down to 8 outputs and into the Dbox's summing input for a final print. The result was a more cohesive and dynamic sound. Processed elements sounded more focused and clear while bass and midrange were given a bit of punch up to polish a nice 3-D feeling across the board.

The D/A converter made it a breeze to quickly toggle between summed and unsummed versions of the same mix to really solidify that it was, in fact, an improvement overall. having 8 channels running summing WITH the D/A for monitoring means that any studio with an 8 channel interface and digital connections can take advantage of the DBox

For the project studio, the D-Box is a valuable piece of gear to control your front end and feel confident in the accuracy of what you're hearing. "

-Marc Kuzio, Sound Pure Pro Audio Specialist

Dangerous D-Box: Overview

Producer/Mixer Fab Dupont talks about the Dangerous Music D-Box, and how it will benefit your studio setup

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Manufacturer's Description from Dangerous

YOUR STUDIO’S CENTERPIECE

The D-BOX is a transparent, audiophile-grade monitor controller for tracking, mixing and mastering with eight channels of Dangerous Music’s award-winning analog summing at an unbelievable price point. Legendary designer Chris Muth has developed a world-class circuit for the D-BOX that provides crystal clear fidelity and flawless performance across its flexible feature set. The D-BOX handles your input source monitoring, speaker switching, cue, talkback, headphone and mixing needs in just one rack space. The D-BOX hosts reference-grade D/A conversion, switchable analog inputs between balanced +4dBu and unbalanced -10dBV, two powerful 20w/channel headphone amps, a built-in talkback mic, and a stunning analog summing mixer that will give your mixes the headroom and sonic dimensionality needed to achieve truly professional results

YOU MUST HEAR EVERYTHING

True craftsmanship is in the details. If you can’t hear the nuances of what you’re working on, then you simply can’t make informed decisions. Everything from placing a mic, to turning a knob on an EQ, to coaching a singer though a delicate passage depends on being able to hear exactly what’s going on. With the advent of “prosumer” gear, the monitoring path is typically sacrificed to meet a price-point, allowing what should be true craftsmanship to become guesswork. You simply can’t mix what you can’t hear. To solve this problem, the D-BOX incorporates audiophile-grade components in an unconditionally transparent design that reveals every last detail, allowing you to get things right the first time. Additionally, the D-BOX routes all your digital signals through the same onboard reference-grade digital-to-analog converter, giving you the same unified monitoring experience used by the world’s best mastering engineers.

HEAR EVEN MORE WITH ANALOG SUMMING

Our award-winning active analog summing provides the increased headroom and vast sonic space needed to achieve truly stunning mixes. With the D-BOX’s analog summing mixer, your digital subgroups (or “stems”) are sent out of your session via your interface’s D/A converters to the D-BOX’s eight analog summing inputs, providing incredible headroom, dimensionality and clarity. No more collapsing mixes from shoving everything into a single digital fader, with the D-BOX panning becomes precise, reverbs and delays more engaging and clear, bass punchier, mids more detailed and the top end more open. Require even more channels of analog summing? Simply expand with the Dangerous Music 2-BUS LT or the innovative 2-BUS+.

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: 1Hz-100kHz within 0.1dB
THD+N: < 0.003%
IMD: < 0.004%
Crosstalk: < -97dB
Noise: < -89dBu total energy in audio band
Maximum Input: +27dBu

 

MONITOR SECTION

Frequency Response: 1Hz-100kHz within 0.1dB
THD+N: < 0.003%
IMD: < 0.0035%
Crosstalk: < -100dB
Noise: < -91dBu total energy in audio band
Maximum Input: +26dBu

 

D/A CONVERTER:

Locks to standard AES or SPDIF signals 32kHz-100kHz
Crosstalk: < -101dB
Noise:< -92dBu
THD+N: 0.005%

Nominal operating level: +4 dBu

Input impedance:
25kohms balanced

Output impedance:
50 ohms balanced

Power consumption: 25 Watt

Warranty: Free 2 year extended warranty with online registration.

Standard warranty: 90 days parts and labor, subject to inspection. Does not include damage incurred through abusive operation or modifications/attempted repair by unauthorized technicians.

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D-Box CHOP SHOP Overview Diagram

D-Box FACK SNACK Feature Summary Diagram

D-Box Integration w/ UA Apollo

D-Box Integration w/ 2-Bus LT