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Dangerous Music MASTER Transfer Console for Mastering Engineers (Ebony)

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Dangerous Music MASTER Transfer Console for Mastering Engineers (Ebony)
Key Features
  • Pristine Audio Path Preserves Sonics
  • Stepped, Independent L/R Input Controls
  • Input/Output Offset for A/B Comparisons
  • 2 Stereo Ins, 3 Stereo Outs & 3 Inserts
Offered here in a stylish ebony finish, the Dangerous Music MASTER is a mastering-grade transfer console that gives you essential tools for making critical decisions in mastering. The MASTER provides seamless insert switching for your stereo gear, flawless stereo tracking between left and right channels, offset gain adjustments for precisely level-matched before/after comparisons, and euphonic mid/side processing for extensive mix control. It does all of this while preserving the sound and performance of your analog gear.
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Dangerous Music MASTER EBONY Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Gorgeous Ebony Finish
  • 3Really Ties the Rig Together
  • 4Stepped Left/Right Input Controls for Perfect Stereo Imaging
  • 5Level Matching Out of the Box
  • 63 Front-Panel Insert Points for Outboard Gear
  • 7Mid/Side Processing on Insert 2
  • 8Overall Width Control
  • 92 Inputs & 3 Outputs
  • 10Made to Work with Other Dangerous Gear

Offered here in a stylish ebony finish, the Dangerous Music MASTER is a mastering-grade transfer console that gives you essential tools for making critical decisions in mastering. The MASTER provides seamless insert switching for your stereo gear, flawless stereo tracking between left and right channels, offset gain adjustments for precisely level-matched before/after comparisons, and euphonic mid/side processing for extensive mix control. It does all of this while preserving the sound and performance of your analog gear.

Befitting the mastering environment, the controls are stepped for precise recall. Patch three pieces of stereo gear into the signal path—or seven, if you pair this console with the separately available Dangerous LIASON. Turn your favorite EQ into an M/S processor by patching it into Insert 2, and adjust the whole M/S balance of the mix with an overall width control. Feed the unit with two sets of stereo inputs and output simultaneously three sets of stereo outputs. If gain-staging is important to your analog workflow, you'll find the MASTER indispensable.

Gorgeous Ebony Finish

As requested by so many clients, the MASTER is now available in the same elegant ebony chassis to coordinate with the company's revamped color scheme.

Really Ties the Rig Together

The role of a mastering console is to combine all of your equipment into an elegant, rock-solid system that preserves the accuracy and musicality of all your gear. With sonics you can rely on all day, every day, for decades, the MASTER's signal routing affords you sophisticated control over gain-staging, insert-patching, Mid/Side processing, input/output monitor level matching, and multiple outputs to reach all the destinations in your mastering suite.

To put it another way: this mastering console really ties the rig together.

Stepped Left/Right Input Controls for Perfect Stereo Imaging

Two stepped input dials offer perfect control over left/right inputs, allowing you to compensate delicately for any imbalances in the program material. These attenuators are stepped in 0.5 dB increments, with .01 dB of gain-tracking accuracy between channels for perfect stereo imaging at all levels.

When you're working in analog, gain-staging is key to the craft, and the MASTER's separate input controls allow you to hit your outboard gear's sweet spot, compensating at the main stereo output stage to feed your catching A/D, tape machine, or other capture device to ensure the optimal sound from your rig.

Level Matching Out of the Box

The MASTER lets you match the levels between your processed signal (output) and unprocessed signal (input) so that you can make comparative judgements without misleading volume changes. Once you've matched your input and output levels, use the In/Out switch to objectively compare your work to the original source.

3 Front-Panel Insert Points for Outboard Gear

Three stereo inserts are on hand for EQs, compressors, limiters, and more. The MASTER's front-panel switches give you functionality previously only available on very expensive, custom-built mastering consoles. And on Insert 2, you get Chris Muth's ground-breaking Mid/Side processing; patch any equalizer here for extended control over the mix's sum and difference channels.

Mid/Side Processing on Insert 2

Residing on Insert 2, the Mid/Side processor inside the MASTER is an audiophile-grade, sum-and-difference matrix. By "encoding" and then "decoding" the stereo signal, this matrix allows you to obtain separate control over the center and the sides of the stereo mix.

Patch your equalizer into Insert 2, and you can manage a harsh vocal or a strident snare in the middle of a mix, leaving the double-tracked, hard-panned guitars largely untouched. Maybe you need to tame some widely panned cymbals, all while maintaining vocal air and articulation at the center of the mix. This too is possible.

Overall Width Control

Aside from the mid/side processing, the MASTER offers a width control that allows you change the perceived stereo width of the whole mix. This is helpful when deploying any Mid/Side processing, but even when you're not engaging outboard gear, the width control allows you to "focus" the stereo image to your liking.

2 Inputs & 3 Outputs

A dedicated monitor output accompanies two stereo output paths that can be routed to A/D converters, tape machines, patch bays, or wherever the signal needs to go. Many MASTER owners use the dual outputs to make direct A/B comparisons between different A/D units, listening for the vibe that best suits that particular record (Note: to do that, you'll need the appropriate monitor controller, such as the Dangerous MONITOR ST). The two inputs, selectable on the front panel, make it easy to have a D/A normaled to the first input and the second input wired to a patchbay or tape machine, so you don't have to go behind your gear if you're switching between analog and digital sources.

Made to Work with Other Dangerous Gear

In addition to pairing perfectly with the company's monitoring controllers, the MASTER will also integrate quite well with the Dangerous LIAISON. By inserting the LIAISON's two stereo busses onto two of the MASTER's insert loops, you'll expand from three stereo inserts to seven, while simultaneously introducing analog-domain parallel processing, button-enabled signal rerouting, and instant patch recalls.

Dangerous Music MASTER EBONY Specs

I/O2 L/R Pairs of Inputs: 4 x Balanced 3-Pin Female XLR
3 L/R Pairs of Outputs: 6 x Balanced 3-Pin Male XLR
3 L/R Pairs of Inserts: 12 x Balanced 3-Pin XLR (6 x Male and 6 x Female)
Nominal Operating Level+4 dBu
Input & Output±5 dB in 0.5 dB Steps
MonitorInput Offset: -2 to +8 dB in 0.5 dB Steps
WidthControl: -4 to +6 dB in 0.5 dB Steps
AccuracyAttenuator: > 0.01 dB
THD + Noise< 0.0018% Band Limited to 22 kHz
IMD60 Hz at 4:1 Ratio: <0.0025%
Crosstalk Rejection Typically @ 1 kHz> 111 dB
Headroom> +27 dBu
Frequency ResponseWithin 0.1 dB Between 10 Hz to 100 kHz
Noise Floor< -92 dB
Power Consumption40 W
Rack Space Height2 RU
Dimensions3.5 x 19 x 12" / 8.9 x 48 x 31 cm
Weight21.5 lb / 9.8 kg
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