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Dangerous Music Source  From Dangerous

You will be hard pressed to find a D/A and monitor controller under $1k that beats the transparency, detail, and input connections of the Dangerous Source!

Dangerous Music

$899.00

Retail:  $1,099.00

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Dangerous is a company based on the idea of pure, transparent audio. You can hear that quality in all of their pieces, from their processors to their summing units and monitor controllers. And when it comes to the Source, to put it simply, you will be incredibly hard pressed to find another D/A and monitor controller under $1k that tops the detail, transparency and connectivity of the Dangerous Source.
 
Like any controller worth it’s salt, the Source features a plethora of both input and output options for connecting your interface, multiple monitors, and even an iPod or other disc player via an ⅛” jack. A combo AES/SPDIF combo jack input provides the option to connect your existing interface with digital outputs in order to upgrade the quality of your monitoring D/A and hear more detail in what you’re recording and mixing. Since I do a lot of home recording in one hybrid mixing and control room, I personally enjoyed the two headphone amps conveniently located on the front panel so myself and the artist I’m recording can have easy access to headphone monitoring and level control. 
 
The quality of your monitoring chain is something we at Sound Pure view as one of the most important yet overlooked elements of building a quality recording system, as recording and mixing when you can’t hear every detail in your audio is like painting with scratched, tinted glasses! With it’s very fair price for the incredible quality and multiple connectivity options, Dangerous has provided the answer to removing those hazy hurdles in your monitoring chain. 

Manufacturer's Description from Dangerous

The Portable Monitor Controller without Audio Compromise.

The Dangerous Source provides the critical link between your ears and the music. Every tracking and mixing decision hinges upon what you hear: how to locate the microphone’s sweet spot for the perfect vocal, where to place the panning to define each instrument’s space, creating the perfect marriage of kick and bass in the track…
 
  • Portable or Rack Installable (kit optional)

  • 2 Speaker Outputs- Can Be Engaged Simultaneously

  • Headphones Can Monitor Single or Multiple Sources

  • 2 Analog Inputs: 1/8" Mini Stereo & XLR/TRS Combo Jack

  • 2 Onboard Stereo 24-bit/192kHz D/A Converters

  • 2 Digital Inputs: AES/SPDIF and USB

  • USB IN, up to 24-bit/192kHz for Windows and Mac

Plug in two pairs of headphones and get inspired with a Dangerous caliber headphone amp.
Select any of the four sources individually or at the same time- plug your iPod into AN2 and jam along in AN1.
 
Listen to any combination of sources from either section.  For example, let the singer hear their own personal headphone mix from the AN2 input, while you engineer the real mix, coming from the USB input.
 
There’s even a line level control room output, mirroring the speaker selector for dubbing, sampling or running external meters.
 
Switch between two sets of speakers... or use one output for a subwoofer... or play them both at once to blow up the neighborhood.
 
Built for life on the road, slide the Source into your backpack and hit the streets.
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

Input 1 to Selected Line Out and Speakers:

 
Frequency Response: +0, -0.5dB from <10 Hz to >80 kHz
 
THD+N: < 0.0025%  @+4dBu
 
IMD  (SMPTE):  < 0.0025%  @ +4dBu
 
Crosstalk rejection:  >108dB
 
Noise: < -93 dB, unweighted
 
NOTE: Speaker outs can run at -6dB (factory setting) or unity gain (remove jumpers 3 and 4)
 
Maximum input level: > +26 dBu
 
 
 

Input 2 to selected line out and Speakers:

 
Frequency Response : +0, -0.5dB from <10 Hz to >80 kHz
 
THD+N: < 0.0025%  @ +4dBu
 
IMD  (SMPTE): < 0.0026%  @ +4dBu
 
Crosstalk rejection: > -98dB
 
Noise: < -90 dB, unweighted
 
NOTE:Input 2 can run at -10dBV or -16dBV (by setting JP1 and JP2. Remove for -10dBV)
 
Default factory setting is -16dBV to accommodate 1/8” headphone outputs of iPhones and cell phones
 
Frequency Response: +0, -0.5dB from <10Hz to >50kHz
 
 
 

Outputs:

 
The meter and speakers outputs are fully balanced and 600 ohm drive capable to >+26dBu.
 
Volume knobs track better than +- 0.5dB from unity to -40dB.
 
The headphone amp can easily drive several sets of cans.
 
Maximum output level: > +26 dBu
 
Shipping weight (in carton): 7 lbs.
 
 
 

Digital inputs:

 
The AES inputs lock from 32kHz to 192kHz sample rates with the following: <0.004% THD+N
 
-0.2dB at 10 Hz and 22kHz (48kHz sample rate)
 
-0.2dB at 10Hz and 34kHz (higher rates)
 
Crosstalk Rejection: >103dB
 
Power Supply: 12 volt, 2 Amp (Part number PSU-SRC)
 
Optional Rack Kit: SRC (Source Rack Kit), $49.99
 
 
 

USB Compatibility:

 
Mac: Requires Mac OS 10.6 or higher for driverless plug and play
 
PC: Requires a driver for Windows operating systems up to Windows 7. *Not currently compatible with Windows 8.

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