Burl Audio B2 Bomber ADC 2-Channel Converter
The Burl Audio B2 Bomber ADC 2-Channel Converter is designed to give you the ultimate in recording tone. The B2 Bomber ADC from is the most significant piece of audio gear in your studio, and you don't even own it yet!
You've spent a fortune on great mics, great mic pres, and a kick ass DAW, but unfortunately you are missing one key component; an ADC with an audio path worthy of your recordings. Open up your best mic pre and look inside. You will see high quality components like tubes, large transformers and high quality capacitors. Open up your ADC and you will find cheap 10 cent capacitors and run-of-the-mill 25 cent op-amps, even when you've spent a lot of money on your interface. Most DAW hardware interfaces are designed for inter-connectivity with little attention to the analog audio path, or even the conversion, let alone the tone.
The B2 Bomber is designed for great specifications, but more importantly, it is designed to give you the ultimate in recording tone. For years now people have been trying to figure out why their digital recordings don't have the warmth and feel of analog tape recordings. We try using tube mic pres and great compressors, but there is still something missing. There is still that blurriness, that graininess and lack of depth that comes with digital recordings.
BURL Audio has solved this problem by designing an analog audio path that is complimentary to your mic pre and to the analog to digital process. By using a revolutionary hybrid circuit with a proprietary transformer, the BURL AUDIO BX1, and a discrete class-A, zero feedback, zero capacitor signal path, we have achieved dynamic and tonal balance. Using a B2 Bomber in the studio is like taking the governor off of your recordings. And, the B2 is not just for tracking. Mix down and mastering were the main focus of the B2's layout and design. With 30 segment peak amplitude and RMS metering, the B2 lets you know exactly how hot you are running your signal which is critical for mastering.
The attenuator settings on the front easily allow you to change input headroom giving you the ability to hit the front end hotter or colder depending on what the material calls for. And don't be afraid to run the B2 Bomber hot, it only sounds better. Couple that with an extremely low jitter clock source, and you have the B2 Bomber ADC, the most significant piece of gear in your studio.
Burl Audio B2 Bomber ADC 2-Channel Converter Specifications
- 44.1k Hz to 192k Hz, 24 bit, 2 channel ADC
- Proprietary, high definition, BURL Audio BX1 transformer input
- All class A, discrete transistors signal path with zero feedback, zero caps
- Audiophile quality 6 position attenuator with standard headroom settings
- High definition metering with simultaneous RMS and peak indication
- Dante (Optional), 2 AES, SPDIF and Toslink output
- BNC word clock input with two outputs of extremely low jitter clock
- Frequency response at 48kHz sample rate is 12Hz to 22kHz, +/- 0.1dB
- Frequency response at 96kHz sample rate is 15Hz to 46kHz, +/- 0.1dB
- Frequency response at 192kHz sample rate is 18Hz to 94kHz, +/- 0.1dB
- 120dB Dynamic Range (A- weighted), 117dB (no weighting)
- -100dB THD+N (+4dBU = -18dBFS)
- -94dB THD+N (+21dBU = -1dBFs)
- Rugged, Made in USA design
Burl Audio B2 Bomber ADC 2-Channel Converter Downloads
- Burl Audio B2 Bomber User Guide / Owners Manual (PDF)
- Tape Op Review of Burl Audio B2 Bomber ADC (PDF)
What We Think
"The Burl B2 Bomber ADC and DAC are pretty much the end-all / be-all statement goes as far as wide open, analog sound for digital conversion is concerned. The long-story short is that your tracks stack easily, you will have less work to do in regards to equalization and dynamic, reverbs and delays will sound that much more real, and your work is more satisfying and real sounding. The optional DANTE II Brooklyn Card makes the B2 available on networks where the B2 was previously unavailable. The ultimate in digital sound is now also the ultimate in connectivity. So, what's stopping you?"
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I would even call this the next generation of the UA2192 (created by the same guy).
The sound is wider than the 2192 and slightly clearer with that "analog" sound. I prefer this ADC for rock/metal/alt. Not so much for those "clean" genres.
Other convertors I had owned: UA 2192/Apogee Symphony/UA Apollo 16/ UA Apollo Twin