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Ferrofish A16 MkII
Ferrofish A16 MkII
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List Price: $1,499.00
Our Price: $1,299.00

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Product Code: 2408


Ferrofish A16 MkII AD/DA Converter

The Ferrofish A16 MkII AD/DA Converter is a fantastic update to the already fantastic Ferrofish A16 AD/DA Converter. Designed with professional recording applications in mind, the A16 MkII is a feature packed converter leaving nothing to be desired.You just gotta hear the Ferrofish A16 MkII to know the difference!

Besides improving the excellent audio performance of the A16, Ferrofish also added some exciting new features. For example, the two TFT displays make configuration and control a breeze, and with the new MADI interface its easy to cascaded units to further increase the overall I/O of the system.

The 1RU unit features 16 balanced TRS I/O with 24-bit 192 kHz conversion and utilizes a 32-bit high performance ARM processor. It also features optical MADI I/O including MIDI over MADI, BNC Word Clock in and out, as well as 2x ADAT for an additional 16 channels of digital I/O.

Ferrofish A16 MkII AD/DA Converter Features

  • Analog: 16 balanced TRS I/O 24 bit / 192 kHz converters
  • MADI: optical MADI I/O (incl. MIDI over MADI)
  • ADAT: 2 x ADAT I/O (16 ch
  • BNC Wordclock
  • Two TFT displays with high-res level metering on all inputs and outputs
  • Input-gain and output-levels individually adjustable for each channel
  • 32 bit high performance ARM(TM) processor
  • Easy channel assignment with the graphical routing software
  • Preset management
  • Key lock
  • SMUX control
  • Remote software for the A16 MK-II via MIDI or MADI (MIDI over MADI)
  • Cascading of multiple A16 MK-II via MADI

What We Think

The new Ferrofish A16 MK-II is a fantastic update to an already fantastic multi-channel AD/DA converter. We've been users and big proponents of the original 'Creamware' A16 Ultra for years. We feel that the Ultra gave a lot of bang for the buck for someone looking for a 16 channel converter with built-in ADAT I/O connectivity to their interface. However, ADAT has it's limitations and we felt that this kept the Ultra locked into the middle ground - a great step up converter, but perhaps not something that was going to be where you would end up long term.

"Now with the Ferrofish A16 MK-II, MADI connectivity has been added in place of the Z-Link of the older units. MADI will allow you to work at rates up to 192kHz now, transmitting full channel counts. There is now also two LCD displays on the front panel to allow full I/O metering. They may be small, but these meters are crystal clear and actually very easy to read, though maybe not from across the room. No big whoop, though. The thing sounds very, very good.

"And if you match this up with the Sonic Core Scope Xite-1 DSP Interface, you will have a ridiculously powerful system that rivals (and surpasses in many ways) even the most popular and most well recognized systems for flexibility and processing power - all for a fraction of what those other systems cost, AND you can run it on a laptop. Seriously, the Scope Xite-1 has 16 SHARC processors (12x 333MHz and 6 x 66Mhz for compatibility) in it! Not to mention, it also comes loaded with some of the best "plug-ins" and virtual instruments you've ever heard. Sonic Core is a company to not only watch, but to get on board with!

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Evaluation June 3, 2014
Reviewer: Tomas Maldzius from Vilnius, Vilnius Lithuania  
Had a chance to do business with Ryan. He was very helpful and professional. 5 stars.

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Solid. February 5, 2013
Reviewer: Aaron Ersoy from Forsyth, GA United States  
I owned the original Creamware A16, I loved it then, and I love the tricked out Ferrofish unit. Audio is clear, decent head room and easy to use. Besides what else can you buy that provides 16 channels of adda that wont cost you 2K and up? I ave this unit hooked up to my BLA Micro clock mkII and a RME RayDAT HDSPE card. I have so many I/O options it's ridiculous. Buy one already.

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audiophile sound March 21, 2012
Reviewer: Mark Davies from Australia  
I've been using one of these into an SSL MADI Xtreme 64 PCIe card on MADI for a few months now on a Windows XP SP2 system, & love it. Very easy to set up & use. As reviewed by FEA, metering is easy to read & I've found the menu easy to understand & navigate through. I can hear better definition, space & depth in my recordings & mixes than my previous pre's to mixer to Firewire interface AD/DA converters. 16 channels i/o allows trouble free routing to various monitoring systems so I can finally get my teeth into some surround sound. It is noticeably cheaper than a few similar spec converters out there (which are beyond my means) so to my mind its worth the investment if excellent sound quality is your thing.

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