Crane Song EGRET D/A Converter and Summing Mixer
Crane Song EGRET D/A Converter and Summing Mixer
Crane Song EGRET D/A Converter and Summing Mixer Details
The Crane Song Egret is a highly flexible digital audio workstation back end. It contains eight channels of high quality D/A converters and a stereo line level mixer with color options to help bring analog summed digital mixes to life.
Each channel of the stereo mixer has a level control, an aux send (which is post level control), a color control, and a pan control. Each channel also contains an analog / digital source button, and solo - mute buttons. The color function is adjustable from a transparent sound to a complex mix of second and third harmonic content, creating the possibility of having clean modern sounds mixed with vintage sounds.
By using the balanced direct outputs and the balanced analog inputs you can insert analog processing into individual channels. The built in Aux bus with its master level control can be used as an effects send. A balanced stereo effects return is built into the system.
The master stereo bus level control, which is a stepped attenuator, has 1 db steps for most of its range. This allows for accurate gain control, repeatability, and stereo gain matching to better than .05 db.
The headphone system allows a monitor mix to be created when Egret is being used in multi channel location recording. Thus allowing the monitoring of all channels.
The D/A converters support sample rates up to 192K and have sample rate converters on each channel for jitter reduction. There is a front panel switch to disable the SRC for cases where lower latency is required. The system is built so that the converters and the interface can be upgraded as the technology changes.
The standard interface supports AES single wire to 192KHz, ADAT, and S/MUX to 96K. The converters can also be independently operated, even at different sample rates.
Egret is built so that the stereo and cue buses can be chained together to create a multiple input system. With a special cable Egret's stereo bus can also be tied to a Crane Song SPIDER as a way to sum additional analog inputs while working in a mix mode.
Crane Song EGRET D/A Converter and Summing Mixer Features
- 8-Channels of DA conversion via AES/EBU (single wire) supporting up to 192k or via ADAT (S/MUX compatible at sample rates up to 96k)
- Aux Send on every channel with Aux Return in master section - great for adding reverb or
Crane Song EGRET D/A Converter and Summing Mixer Specifications
- Input and Output Connections: Pin 2 is Sig + , Pin 3 is Sig- , Pin 1 is GND
- Power: 100, 120, 230,240 volt; 50/60 Hz; 55 watts
- MDL 0.6A Fuse for 100V and 120V
- MDL 0.3A Fuse for 230V and 240V
- Pilot Lamp: # 7335
- Shipping Weight: 19 lbs. (8.6 kg)
- Depth Behind Panel: 12.5 inches (31.75 cm) plus cabling
- Panel Height: 2 rack spaces
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What We Think - Crane Song EGRET Review
"I have found the Crane Song Egret to be one of the most sonically pleasing units of it's type that I've ever had the pleasure of using. However, it's really a unique product in that nobody else is really offering an 8-channel DA / Mixer - especially not one of this quality. The Egret offers all of the purity and imaging you would desire from a dedicated summing amp, but with the capabilities of a mixer. Typically, the components of a mixer will compromise the audio path which can result in issues such as crosstalk, diminished clarity of image, and so forth... But the Crane Song Egret simply continues to sound beautiful throughout.
"Despite the extremely wonderful sounding musical clarity of the digital conversion and audio paths, the place where the Egret will gain some serious acclaim from users will be the "Color" knob. The idea here is that the path is clean and the summing injects nothing upon the sound (which will let the sound breathe in a way that you won't hear normally when trying to cram it all through a pair of converters), but then you can add tape-like character to taste on each element. The Color effect is actually not something that is easy to over-do. It sounds fantastic! Full, but tight and adding a certain forwardness and added clarity that which you can gain with a little tape compression. Of course you can add more overall character (or, glue) by feeding the output to a stereo compressor and to a Crane Song HEDD 192 for printing the final mix, which has more specific modes (Triode, Pentode, Tape) for adding harmonic character content to stereo program material. Together with the Crane Song Spider as a front-end and some sort of AES/EBU or ADAT computer interface card, the Egret rounds out a fantastic and expandable recording and mixing system."
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