PreSonus Central Station - Studio Monitoring Control Center

PreSonus Central Station - Studio Monitoring Control Center with Digital Inputs

PreSonus Central Station - Studio Monitoring Control Center with Digital Inputs

No Longer Available


  • 1Description

The Obligatory Mixing Console (which will hereafter be referred to as an OMC), while not quite lumbering toward extinction, has nonetheless become increasingly irrelevant to the computer-based DAW recording process. Most of the input and routing functionality of the venerable mixing board can now be duplicated (and often improved upon) by audio interfaces, virtual software mixing "consoles", direct mic preamp connections, and the tactile, fader-laden hardware control surfaces that run the whole thing. All of which can be installed and operated in some very modest spaces.

We still, however, need to monitor and mix down to our various storage devices, which is why we need control room signal traffic management, in the form of the PreSonus Central Station. Imagine the monitoring section lifted from one of the OMC's mentioned above, and consolidated into a 1U rack box, and you'll have a Central Station.

This monitoring control center is crammed with dedicated switch buttons and individual volume knobs, and features both a S/PDIF and TOSLINK stereo digital input, each with 24-bit/192 kHz resolution, in addition to the 3 balanced stereo analog inputs. The main audio path is op amp and IC-free, minimizing the coloration and distortion often induced by such circuitry.

The balanced speaker outs of the Central Station will feed either power amps or powered speakers, and the Main and Cue sections offer independent input sourcing. The headphone section has two outputs and separate level control, and there is a Talkback section (just like an OMC), featuring either the internal condenser mic, or, optionally, an XLR input for use with an external dynamic microphone.

The Central Station metering, which provides a calibration tool button and Peak/Hold switching, offers readouts in either dB or dBfs, for accurate monitoring of both analog and digital signals in their proper reference modes. The overall layout of the unit is very clearly labeled, and it's various connective and operative possibilities, while highly intuitive, are logically and thoroughly documented.

Passive Audio Path
No op amps or ICs in main audio path for uncolored, distortion-free reproduction of source signals
24-Bit/192 kHz DAC
S/PDIF and TOSLINK inputs support all current sample rates, 117 dB Dynamic Range
Multiple Inputs
Three sets of monitor outputs, each with passive volume control
Flexible Monitoring Section
Monitor Section includes Mono referencing, DIM switch for independent lower level Control room monitoring, and MUTE switch.
Multiple Monitor Outs
Three sets of monitor outputs, each with passive volume control
Full Talkback Capability
Talkback microphone with volume to feed headphone and cue output; internal condenser and XLR input for external Dynamic microphone
Calibration Function for Metering
Accurate, dual 30-segment LED meters with calibration tool button to match DAW and other source meters
Analog and Digital Meter Referencing
Switchable meters display both dBu and dBfs scales
Built-In Headphone Amplifier
Two front panel headphone jacks with separate volume control
Flexible Routing
MAIN and CUE stereo outputs offer independent input sourcing
In the Box
PreSonus Central Station - Studio Monitoring Control Center with Digital Inputs
  • External Power Supply
  • Owner's Manual
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description


    Input Impedance TRS 1 and 2: 2 - 5 kOhm (Speaker Load and Trim Level Dependent)
    AUX: 8 kOhm
    S/PDIF: Not Applicable
    Talkback Microphone In: 2.4 kOhm
    Output Impedances Speakers: 51 Ohm
    Main: 51 Ohm
    Cue: 51 Ohm
    Headphones: Not Applicable
    Sensitivity (0 VU) 0 dBu (0.775 Vrms)
    Maximum Input Level Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Maximum Output Level +18dBu (S/PDIF)
    Noise Not Specified by Manufacturer
    THD + N Inputs
    TRS 1 and 2: >0.0005% (1kHz @ 0dBu)
    AUX: >0.002% (1kHz @ 0dBu, Unity Gain)
    S/PDIF: 0.0025% (1kHz @ -1dBfs)
    Speakers: Not Applicable
    Main: > 0.0025% (1kHz @ 0dBu)
    Cue: >0.003% (1kHz @ 0dBu)
    Headphones: 0.015% (150mW per channel @ 60 Ohm load)
    Crosstalk Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Input Connections TRS 1 and 2: 4 x 1/4" (L,R) TRS Passive-Balanced, Line
    AUX: 2 x RCA (L,R) Phono, Unbalanced, Line
    S/PDIF: 1 x RCA Stereo Digital, 75 Ohm Unbalanced
    Optical: 1 x TOSLINK Stereo Digital (Note: Not ADAT Format)
    Foot Pedal: 1 x 1/4" TS ( Talkback)
    Remote: 1 x DB9 Port
    Output Connectors Speaker(A, B and C): 6 x 1/4" (L,R) TRS Balanced, Line
    Main: 2 x 1/4" (L,R) TRS Balanced, Line
    Cue: 2 x 1/4" (L,R) TRS Balanced, Line
    Speaker Output Passive, recessed Trim controls
    Speaker Switching Push-button selectors
    Meters 30-segment LED with Peak Hold
    -48 to +18dB (-66 to 0dBfs) Range
    Talkback Mic Yes, Internal, Omnidirectional, Electret Condenser
    Talkback Mic Input Yes, XLR Female, Dynamic Microphone
    Headphone Output Yes, 1/4" TRS Active Stereo
    Dimensions Chassis: 19 x 1.75 x 5.5" (482.6 x 44.45 x 139.7mm)
    Power Supply: 2.5 x 2.3 x 4.0" (63.5 x 58.4 x 101.6mm)
    Weight Chassis: 5 lbs (2.67kg)
    Power Supply: 2.5 lbs (1.13kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 8.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 23.4 x 12.0 x 4.9"

    PreSonus CENTRAL STATION PLUS reviews

    Be the first to review this item


    See any errors on this page? Let us know.