Crane Song AVOCET Stereo Monitor Controller Details
The Crane Song AVOCET is designed to solve the problems of accurate monitoring and volume control as required by workstation users, studios and mastering rooms alike. Avocet is a stereo controller with three digital inputs, three analog inputs and a headphone system. All digital signals are up-sampled and jitter reduced to ensure highest accuracy during D/A conversion. Options are available to change the D/A mode, all though the default mode has been chosen as more accurate.
The Avocet now features the Remote II, as well as a new D/A with optical input. The new D/A circuit is ultra low jitter in design. This is achieved by using a new clock source and new logic circuits around the SRC and the D/A converter. The clock is of the type of circuits used for microwave and space commutation where ultra short term stability is required The converter board changes the digital input formats on the DAW input The input can now be AES single wire to 192K, SPDIF or optical Toslink. The input source is changed from the remote control. The new design is more open and transparent, bigger sounding.
Avocet's many features including; dim, mute, phase, mono, and 16 bit truncation functions, plus a speaker select switch that sends line level balanced audio to one of three outputs. The six input sources have on the fly gain trim capability and all digital signals are up-sampled and jitter reduced to ensure highest accuracy during D/A conversion.. An accessory connector has extra functions for the technically minded. They are; buffered stereo output, mono output, talk back mic output, headphone bus output, and several input control functions such as; talk back enable, mute and input selection control that could be used for a pre-listen or solo command. This connector is also used to tie audio boxes together for surround operation.
The internal headphone amplifier can be fed from the program source or an external input. Provisions for a talk back function are included. The three headphone sources are;
- The analog AUX input
- Main, meaning the audio source selected by the input button
- Program, meaning the audio source selected by the input button.
However the level control, mono and phase buttons also apply to the program source.
All three phone sources have individual gain settings controlled by the green knob.
The talkback mic (not supplied and there is no phantom power) is hooked into the xlr connector on the remote. There is a mic level trim pot next to the xlr connector. The talk back mic signal is mixed into the headphone amplifier along with the selected headphone source.
By sending a cue mix to the Aux input you can use the headphone system for doing overdubs in the studio and have communication to the artist. At the same time the main audio path can operate independently of the headphone system.
Avocet can operate in surround up to 7.1, with the appropriate number of audio boxes in the system. By using 3 two channel audio boxes Avocet will function as a 5.1 system, and 4 audio boxes makes a 7.1 system. See the speaker setup information. This function allows integrating, both surround and stereo speaker systems. A metering system is under discussion. A specially made accessory cable connects the audio boxes when working surround.
Systems that ship surround from the factory have labels on them as to how the audio boxes are configured.
Crane Song AVOCET Stereo Monitor Controller Features
- Analog and Digital Inputs
- Headphone and Talkback Circuit
- Level Matching Between Sources
- XLR Inputs and Outputs
- AES/EBU and S/PDIF Digital Inputs
- Remote Control
- Up-sampled and jitter reduced Digital Signals to Ensure Highest Accuracy During D/A Conversion
- Functions Include:
- 16 Bit Truncation Monitoring
- Speaker Select Switch that sends line level balanced audio to one of three outputs
- Six Input Sources with on-the-fly gain trim capability for each
- Accessory Connector - has extra functions for the technically minded, which are:
- Buffered Stereo Output
- Mono Output
- Talk Back Mic Output
- Headphone Bus Output
- And several input control functions such as:
- Talk Back Enable
- Input Selection Control that could be used for a pre-listen or solo command
- Tying additional Avocet audio boxes together for surround operation
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