PreSonus Central Station Plus Studio Control Center


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The PreSonus Central Station Plus Studio Control Center is the ultimate monitoring and communications system for recording studios. Featuring talkback, speaker switching, input-source switching, two loud clear headphone amplifiers, and a pair of line-level Cue and Main outputs to feed a headphone-distribution system, it is the centerpiece of your studio!

The PreSonus Central Station Plus Studio Control Center is designed to be the professional’s choice for monitor control. You need to be able to switch between multiple sets of monitors and hear what your mix sounds like with and without a subwoofer. You want to be able to switch between multiple analog and digital sources. And you want to do it without sacrificing clarity and transparency. Meet the PreSonus Central Station PLUS, the professional’s choice for monitor control.

A Variety of Connections for All of Your Sources and Destinations
With PreSonus Central Station, you can easily switch between three sets of stereo, analog input sources and one stereo digital input source. The digital inputs provide up to 24-bit, 192 kHz digital-to-analog conversion, and the converters deliver more than 115 dB of dynamic range. The PreSonus Central Station will automatically detect and lock to the sampling rate of the source device. You can audition these sources with up to three pairs of speakers, with individual trim pots for each speaker. You also get two screaming-loud headphone amplifiers with individual level controls. If two sets of cans aren’t enough, simply connect the line-level cue outputs to a headphone distribution system—say, a PreSonus® HP2, HP4, or HP60. And because the PreSonus Central Station is a 1U rack-mount device, with only one multi-conductor cable running to the remote control on your desktop, all of the cabling is in the back of your rack, where it belongs.

Pure, Audiophile-Quality Sound
The pros know that for critical listening, a monitor-control system must be as sonically transparent as possible. That’s why PreSonus gave the Central Station an audiophile-quality, passive signal path, with no op-amps or ICs, and they equipped the S/PDIF inputs with high-definition, 24-bit, 192 kHz D/A converters. The PreSonus Central Station uses the highest-quality passive components, including military-grade, 1% tolerance, metal-film resistors; multi-element potentiometers; and durable connectors to deliver the highest sonic performance. This ensures the most transparent signal path and maximizes dynamic range, frequency response, and headroom while minimizing noise and coloration.

A Wealth of Features Gives You a Complete Monitoring Solution
PreSonus has included plenty of extras to make your studio work easy and efficient. Talk to the musicians over the headphone and cue buses using the onboard talkback microphone or connect a dynamic mic to the XLR talkback input. Use a footswitch for hands-free talkback operation. A Mono switch sums the stereo source so you can check for phase problems, and Dim and Mute switches let you reduce or mute the speaker outputs without changing the referenced position on your main level knob. To top it off, the included CSR-1 remote control lets you manage it all from your desktop. With its combination of I/O, audio quality, and features, it’s no surprise that the PreSonus Central Station PLUS is indeed the professional’s choice for monitor control.

PreSonus Central Station Plus Studio Control Center Features

  • General Features
    • 3 sets of stereo analog inputs let you switch between sources
    • 2 sets of S/PDIF digital inputs (coax and optical)
    • 3 sets of stereo speaker outputs with:
      • Speaker Select switches
      • Recessed trim pot for each speaker output
  • Cue Section With:
    • Input-select switch
    • Output-level control
  • Main Section With:
    • Input-select switch
    • Aux-input level control
    • Output-level control
    • Mute, Dim (-20 dB), and Mono switches
  • 2 Headphone Outputs, Each With:
    • Dual-function volume controls
    • Main-Cue input switches
    • Passive audio path: no op amps or IC's in main audio path
    • Onboard talkback microphone
    • Talkback microphone input w/level control (feeds headphone and cue outputs)
    • Dual 30-segment, fast-acting, peak-hold LED metering (dBu and dBfs) with:
      • Clear Peak switch
      • Calibrate to match DAW or other audio device
    • Footswitch jack for hands-free talkback operation
    • Included Control Station Remote (CSR-1) provides remote control of:
      • Main Volume
      • Input select
      • Output select
      • Talkback
      • Mute
      • Dim
      • Mono
  • Input/Output
    • 4 balanced ¼" analog line inputs (2 L/R pairs)
    • 2 unbalanced RCA analog line inputs (L/R pair)
    • 1 stereo S/PDIF optical (TOSLINK) digital input
    • 1 stereo S/PDIF coax (RCA) digital input
    • 1 balanced XLR talkback-microphone input
    • 6 balanced ¼", line-level speaker outputs (3 L/R pairs) w/separate, passive volume controls
    • 2 balanced ¼", line-level Main outputs (1 L/R pair) with source selection
    • 2 balanced ¼", line-level Cue outputs (1 L/R pair) with volume control and source selection
    • 2 stereo ¼" headphone jacks w/dual-function volume controls and Main-Cue input switches
    • 1 DB15 port for optional Control Station Remote (CSR-1)
  • Digitalia
    • S/PDIF coax and optical digital inputs
    • High-definition, 24-bit, 192 kHz D/A converters (115 dBu dynamic range)
  • Physical
    • 1U 19" rack-mountable, rugged steel chassis
    • External AC power supply
  • CSR-1 Remote
    • Remote-control all functions of Central Station, including:
      • Input switching
      • Speaker selection
      • Main volume
      • Talkback system
    • Onboard electret condenser talkback microphone
    • Talk button (momentary switch) for talkback system
    • Active light shows when CSR-1 is controlling main volume
    • Connects with a proprietary DB15 cable (included)
    • Keep desktop neat and clutter-free

PreSonus Central Station Plus Studio Control Center Specifications

  • Audio Inputs:
    • TRS 1 & 2:
      • Type: ¼" TRS Passive-Balanced
      • Input Impedance: 2-5 kO (Speaker Load and Trim Level Dependent)
      • S/N Ratio: > 140 dB
      • THD+N: < 0.0005% (1 kHz @ 0 dBu)
      • Frequency Response: > 1 MHz
    • AUX:
      • Type: RCA Active-Unbalanced
      • Input Impedance: 8 kO
      • S/N Ratio: > 115 dB (1 kHz @ 0 dBu, Unity Gain)
      • THD+N: < 0.002% (1 kHz @ 0 dBu, Unity Gain)
      • Frequency Response: 10 Hz-50 kHz, -0.5 dB
      • Gain Range: -90 dB to +20 dB
    • S/PDIF:
      • Types: RCA 75O Coax and Toslink Optical
      • Dynamic Range: 117 dB
      • THD+N: 0.0025% (1 kHz @ -1 dBfs)
      • Maximum Output: +18 dBu (Active-Balanced)
      • Sample Rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
  • Physical:
    • Main Chassis:
      • Package Type: 1U Steel Chassis
      • Dimensions: 19 (W) x 1.75 (H) x 6.25 (D) inches
      • Weight: 5.0 lbs
    • External Power Supply (Factory Configured):
      • Package Type: Molded Plastic
      • Dimensions: 2.5 (W) X 2.3 (H) X 4.0 (D) inches
      • Weight: 2.5 lbs
  • Input Meters:
    • Type: Dual 30 Segment LED w/ Peak Hold
    • Range: -48 dB to +18 dB (-66 dBfs to 0 dBfs)
    • Accuracy: > 0.25 dB
    • Frequency Range: 10 Hz-22 kHz
    • Calibrate Range: ±18 dB
  • Audio Outputs:
    • Speakers:
      • Type: ¼" TRS Passive-Balanced
      • Type-Mono Activated: ¼" TRS Active-Impedance Balanced
      • Trim Range: -90 dB to 0 dB
      • Main Level Range: -90 dB to 0 dB
      • Dim Attenuation: -30 dB
    • Main:
      • Type: ¼" TRS Active-Balanced
      • Output Impedance: 51O
      • THD+N: < 0.0025%
      • Frequency Response: 10 Hz-50 kHz, -0.5dB
    • Cue:
      • Type: ¼" TRS Active-Impedance Balanced
      • Output Impedance: 51O
      • THD+N: Less than 0.003% (1 kHz @ 0 dBu)
      • Frequency Response: 10 Hz-50 kHz, -0.5 dB
      • Gain Range: -90 dB to 0 dB
      • Dim Attenuation: -30 dB (Talkback Activated)
    • Headphones:
      • Type: ¼" TRS Active Stereo
      • Maximum Output: 150 mW/Channel @ 60O Load
      • THD+N: 0.015% (150 mW/Channel @ 60O Load)
      • Frequency Response: 10 Hz-50 kHz, +1 dB
  • Talkback:
    • Dynamic Microphone Input:
      • Type: XLR Female Balanced
      • Input Impedance: 2400O
    • Internal Microphone:
      • Type: Electret Condenser
      • Sensitivity: -42 dB
    • Mic Preamp:
      • Gain Range: 15-55 dB
  • Power Supply:
    • Type: External A.C. Transformer/Internal Linear
    • Power Consumption: 40 VA
  • CSR-1 Control Station Remote:
    • Dimensions: 5.25 (W) x 5.75 (H) x 2.38 (D) inches
    • Weight: 1.25 lbs.
    • Cable: 12-foot DB15M to DB15M (Male-Male)

PreSonus Central Station Plus Studio Control Center Includes

  • 1 x PreSonus Central Station Plus Studio Control Center
  • 1 x PreSonus Central Station Power Supply
  • 1 x CSR-1 Central Station Remote
  • 1 x CSR003 3 Meter Cable for CSR-1
  • 1 Year Warranty

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  • 5
    Central Station
    Shark Studio

    Really great option for running multiple monitors and inputs. The remote desktop make things nice and clean. I had another desktop unit all the wiring was in the back and just made a mess.

  • 4
    Best bang for the buck
    Jordan Voth

    Absolutely kills the Mackie Big Knob and won't gunk up what you're listening to. Would highly recommend for anyone looking for a fully featured monitor section on short cash. The remote is a nice touch. Talkback sounds a little bad but it's not like if you're reading this you're gonna hear it.

  • 4
    Sounds great but build quality?

    I bought the Central Station and love it for all its routing possibilities and great sound but the one thing that stop me from giving it 5 stars is the build quality. How long will it last, who knows?

  • 5
    Very Happy!
    Kyle Sky

    The Presonous Central Station has allot to offer; Metering, Talkback, Headphone jacks, Three sets of monitor outputs, Main and Cue stereo output and more! I moved from monitoring out of my interface into the Central Station and my mixes translated a thousand times better. I didn't find myself fighting sounds that I didn't have to in the first place. It translates well. One of the best moves I've made for my studio. You won't find a piece of gear for the cost that gives so much. I would give the Station a GREAT rating if there was one!

  • 3
    good for the money
    Devin Delaney

    considering it is one of the only flexible passive and affordable monitor controllers on the market... it is quite solid.. the rumors of the stereo imaging being a little woobley in the lower levels are true my meter occasionally doesnt light up but other than paying a lot more... it's a great bet!