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Burl Audio B80 Mothership
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List Price: $1,999.00
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Product Code: 9999-08797





Burl Audio B80 Mothership AD/DA Converter

Burl Audio B80 Mothership AD/DA Converter is a cost-effective and configurable solution for premium multi-channel ADDA conversion whether it be to dramatically improve a Pro Tools HD system's sonic performance, or to configure the best possible sounding Native DAW system.

Burl Audio B80 Mothership AD/DA Converter Details

The Burl Audio B80 MOTHERSHIP is the multi-channel version of Burl Audio‚??s critically acclaimed B2 Bomber ADC and DAC. Simply put, the B80 MOTHERSHIP has redefined digital recording. For anyone who has felt that digital recording has been lacking soul, warmth and musicality, the MOTHERSHIP is the answer. Building on the technology of the two-channel B2 BOMBERS, the MOTHERSHIP was forged from BURL AUDIO‚??S deep dedication to analog class-A circuitry. The result is not only heard, it is felt. The MOTHERSHIP stands out from every other interface on the market not because it is colored, but because it does not sterilize the source.

Pushing the boundaries once again, the B80 MOTHERSHIP AD/DA converter has up to 80 analog channel capability. Using a card based system, and a heavy duty 4U chassis, the B80 MOTHERSHIP employs 10 card slots with 2, 4 and 8 channel AD/DA cards, all with the B2 quality signal path.

Every ADC channel uses a proprietary BX1 transformer and every DAC channel has the latest BURL AUDIO discrete op-amp, BOPA2. For many who have already embraced the B2 BOMBER, this is a dream come true. Recording an entire band and playing back through 24 channels of Burl AD/DA at a time is a truly beautiful experience. With a completely configurable AD/DA, a converter for any situation can be realized. If you just mix, load up the B80 with 8 BDA8 cards for 64 channels of mind blowing fidelity. If you track live, 6 BAD4 cards will give you 24 B2 quality inputs, and 4 BDA8 cards gives you 32 channels of outputs. Rocking!

Digital interconnect is also completely configurable, and controlled by a swappable motherboard. Burl Audio offers three digital motherboards, the BMB1 (Digi-link) , BMB2 (MADI) and BMB3 (Dante). The BMB1 comes standard with two DigiLink connectors for direct hookup to Pro Tools. BURL AUDIO does away with the expansion port, making both primary ports. That means you can play 64 DAC channels straight out of Pro Tools with one unit!

The BMB2 features two optical MADI ports for use with ASIO or CORE AUDIO PCIe MADI cards. With two optical ports, 64in/64out at 44.1k, 48k, 88.2k, 96k, and 32in/32out at 176.4k, and 192k are supported.

The BMB3 features two Ethernet ports for use with Dante enabled DAWs and any Dante enabled device, such as a digital mixing console. With two Dante ports, 64in/64out at 44.1k, 48k, 88.2k, 96k, and 32in/32out at 176.4k, and 192k are supported.

No more cascading units with multiple word clocks. All channels can run off of one internal master clock. Good bye word clock generator! Of course if you do need more channels, multiple B80 units run flawlessly with tight clocking. With each BCLK card, add 9 additional word clock outputs per slot. 92 total word clock outputs are possible per MOTHERSHIP.

The technology that makes this all possible is the BURL BackBone. The BURL BackBone is a high bandwidth backplane delivering incredible digital audio throughput. Master clock travels directly to each converter eliminating the need for individual PLLs.

The B80 MOTHERSHIP is the result of over 20 years of tireless research and development. The no compromise, no BS design strategy is immediately apparent in the build quality.

Configuring a B80 is literally a snap. Slide the card down its card guide, snap it in the BURL BackBone, turn the hand screws, and you‚??re there.

There are also plans for film and broadcast grade ‚??Black Face‚?Ě cards where channel density and price per channel are of greater concern.

Powering a unit like the MOTHERSHIP takes some juice, so we designed the BP250 to drive the 80 channels of class-A analog circuitry. With a 250 watt continuous power capability, and +/- 24 volt rails, a multi-channel AD/DA converter is finally getting the power it deserves.

The B80 MOTHERSHIP takes care of virtually any music, broadcast or film recording situation, revolutionizing pro audio as we know it. In this digital era, many yearn for the tone of records past, and analog tape is becoming a lost art. The B80 MOTHERSHIP clearly bridges this analog to digital gap.

Burl Audio B80 Mothership AD/DA Converter Features

B80 Mothership

  • 4U main chassis
  • BMB1, motherboard
  • 2 Digi-link connectors
  • 1 BNC Word Clock In
  • 2 BNC Word Clock Out
  • 10 card slots
  • All slots accept AD/DA, AES, MADI
  • 2, 4, and 8 channel analog cards
  • BP250, 250 watt, 1U power supply

BAD4, 4-channel ADC

  • 44.1k Hz to 192k Hz, 24 bit, 4 channel ADC
  • Exact same circuit path as B2 Bomber ADC
  • All class A, discrete transistors signal path with zero feedback, zero caps
  • 4 XLR connectivity

BDA8, 8-channel DAC

  • 44.1k Hz to 192k Hz, 24 bit, 4 channel ADC
  • Circuit path based on B2 Bomber DAC
  • Latest Burl Audio BOPA2, OP-AMP
  • All class A, discrete transistors signal path, zero caps
  • DSUB 25 connectivity

Future Cards

  • BMADI card with 64 channels at 48kHz, and 32 channels at 96kHz, (Spring 2011)
  • BAES, 16 channel AES/EBU (summer 2011)
  • USB control (summer 2011)
  • BBAD8, Blackface, low-cost, transformerless 8 channel ADC card for film/broadcast
  • BBAD8, Blackface, low-cost, 8 channel DAC card for film/broadcast
  • BWORD, 8 BNC word clock output card for word clock distribution
  • BSUM, summing bus, summing all DAC outputs


Special Note

Please give us a call to discuss your current setup and how the Burl Audio B80 Mothership can integrate into your system. Given the nature of the current interfacing options, Front End Audio works closely with Burl Audio to ensure that your Mothership will arrive and work right out of the boxes. Yep. We said boxes, as in 'plural'. The Mothership is a big deal!

Burl Audio B80 Mothership AD/DA Converter Downloads

What We Think

"Built like a brick-house, the Burl Audio B80 Mothership is not to be confused with any other digital converter interface system... Rather, it is to be confused with a Studer A800. It's built to last as long and nearly weigh as much. I say the last sentence in jest (lest ye be confused). But, when we sold our first 16x16 B80 Mothership system, I went to check out the cards. Seriously, the BAD4 card weighs probably 6-8 lbs ALONE. The custom wound input transformers are bigger than anything that I've ever seen in a mic preamp and you'd likely break your foot with it if dropped from 6 feet... which I do not recommend doing. The entire system is BUILT TO LAST. This is NOT the kind of converter system that is sold for big bucks and passed off as 'more professional' or 'better than the standard'. It's expensive because it's expensive to build. Actually, BURL AUDIO really has priced the B80 Mothership far below where it actually should be, considering. When you really dig into it and consider, truly, what you are getting for the price, it's a steal. It's rare to find a converter that not only is built to withstand a cavalry stampede day after day, but which also features a discrete op-amp circuit on each channel of input and output - NO IC chips! This design attribute alone enables the Burl Audio converter circuit to be regarded as highly as some converters most treasured by professional mastering engineers.

"I encourage you to read the review above. It is a great first hand account of using the B80 Mothership in a professional working studio environment. But I can tell you that the proof is in the pudding, as they say. I can promise you that with a Burl Audio B80 Mothership system in your studio, you'll be able to get the sound you are after, faster and with fewer audio related headaches and less stress. The harder you hit it, the more the input transformer begins to act like tape saturation. This will take the edge off of unnaturally sharp sounding transients and help your tracks to come together more naturally; without a lot of mucking about with eq and compression. Plus, the ultra-pure BDA8 DA converter cards will allow you to hear the audio that you have without compromise. Front End Audio suggests combining your B80 Mothership with a Dangerous Music 2-Bus or two, a Phoenix Nicerizer 16 mkII, Speck LiLo or X-Sum... or perhaps even a custom built Manley 32x8 Line Mixer depending on configuration, for the most exciting sound-stage possible in a hybrid workstation setting... though, an 8078 or 9000J will certainly do nicely.

"The world is just starting to catch on to Burl Audio. We feel that in a world where recording to tape is becoming less and less of a feasible option for studios and artists, the presence of a Burl Audio B80 Mothership can very well become a critical deciding factor as to whether or not a client books a particular studio or another."

Alan Moon - Front End Audio

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