PreSonus Central Station Plus Studio Control Center

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PreSonus Central Station Plus
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PreSonus Central Station Plus Studio Control Center

PreSonus Central Station Plus Studio Control Center

PreSonus Central Station Plus Studio Control Center Details

You mostly monitor on near-fields, but occasionally switch to big, honking Main speakers or a second set of near-fields. You want to hear what your mix sounds like with and without subwoofer bass. And you want to be able to monitor straight from digital sources as well as analog. Meet the Central Station PLUS.

It's one of the most popular products for professional studios because it provides the perfect combination of stereo inputs, outputs, and recording-communication functions, allowing you to easily manage multiple sources and monitor speakers.

With Central Station, you can easily switch between three sets of stereo, analog input sources with individual level controls. Two stereo S/PDIF digital sources connect via one coax and one Toslink optical port. You can audition these sources with up to three pairs of speakers, with individual trim pots for each speakerâ?"recessed to avoid accidents. You also get a pair of line-level main outputs, a pair of line-level cue outputs to feed a headphone-distributions system (such as our HP60 or HP4), and two screaming-loud headphone amplifiers with individual level controls. A Mono switch sums the stereo source so you can check for phase problems, and a Dim switch lets you reduce the speaker output by 20 dB. Of course, you can mute the speakers as well.

Finally, with the included Control Station Remote (CSR-1), you can remote-control the Central Station's main volume, input select, output select, talkback, mute, dim, and mono functions from your desktop. The CSR-1 wires to the Central Station via a DE15 connector, enabling you to keep the Central Station in your rack and control it from your work surface, providing maximum convenience with minimum wiring.

The PreSonus Central Station Plus is the professional's choice. 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 equipped the S/PDIF inputs with high-definition, 24-bit, 192 kHz D/A converters that deliver 115 dBu of dynamic range.

To enable you to watch your levels, the Central Station sports dual 30-segment, tri-colored, fast-acting, peak-hold LED meters, which can display dBu and dBfs. You can calibrate these meters to match your DAW or other audio device, and a handy switch lets you clear the peak-hold.

Speak to the musicians over the headphone and cue buses using the onboard talkback microphone or connect a mic to the XLR talkback input. The cue signal is automatically dimmed when you use the talkback mic, and a jack admits a footswitch for hands-free talkback operation. Finally, with the optional CSR-1, you can remote-control the Central Station's main volume, input select, output select, talkback, mute, dim, and mono functions.

With pristine audio quality; the ability to switch between multiple analog and digital sources and three sets of speakers; fast, accurate metering; and all of the extras that make your studio work easier and more efficient, it's obvious why the Central Station is the professional engineer's choice for monitor control.

PreSonus Central Station Plus Studio Control Center 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 ICâ??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
  • Remote controllable via optional Control Station Remote (CSR-1)
  • Input/Output
    • 4 balanced ¼â? 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 ¼â?, line-level speaker outputs (3 L/R pairs) w/separate, passive volume controls
    • 2 balanced ¼â?, line-level Main outputs (1 L/R pair) with source selection
    • 2 balanced ¼â?, line-level Cue outputs (1 L/R pair) with volume control and source selection
    • 2 stereo ¼â? headphone jacks w/dual-function volume controls and Main-Cue input switches
    • 1 DB15 port for optional Control Station Remote (CSR-1)
  • Digital
    • S/PDIF coax and optical digital inputs
    • High-definition, 24-bit, 192 kHz D/A converters (115 dBu dynamic range)
  • Physical
    • 1U 19â? rack-mountable, rugged steel chassis
    • External AC power supply

PreSonus Central Station Plus Studio Control Center Specifications

  • TRS1&2 Input
    • Type: ¼" TRS Passive-Balanced
    • Input Impedance: 2K-5K Ohm (Speaker load and Trim level dependent)
    • S/N Ratio: Greater than 140dB
    • THD+N: Less than .0005% (1KHz @ 0dBu)
    • Frequency Response: Greater than 1MHz
  • AUX Input
    • Type: RCA Active-Unbalanced
    • Input Impedance: 8Kohm
    • S/N Ratio: Greater than 115dB (1KHz @ 0dBu, Unity gain)
    • THD+N: Less than .002% (1KHz @ 0dBu, Unity gain)
    • Frequency Response: 10Hz-50KHz, -.5dB
    • Gain Range: -90dB to +20dB
  • S/PDIF Input
    • Types: RCA 75Ohm-coax and Toslink optical
    • Dynamic Range: 117dB
    • THD+N: 0.0025% (1KHz @ -1dBfs)
    • Maximum output: +18dBu (Active-Balanced)
    • Sample Rates: 44.1K, 48K, 88.2K, 96K, 176.4K, 192K
  • Speaker Output
    • Type: ¼" TRS Passive-Balanced
    • Type-Mono Activated ¼" TRS Active-Impedance Balanced
    • Trim Range: -90dB to 0dB
    • Main Level Range: -90dB to 0dB
    • Dim Attenuation: -30dB
  • Main Output
    • Type: ¼" TRS Active-Balanced
    • Output Impedance: 51Ohm
    • THD+N: Less than 0.0025%
    • Frequency Response: 10Hz-50KHz, -.5dB
  • Cue Output
    • Type: ¼" TRS Active-Impedance Balanced
    • Output Impedance: 51Ohm
    • THD+N: Less than .003% (1KHz @ 0dBu)
    • Frequency Response: 10Hz-50KHz, -.5dB
    • Gain Range: -90dB to 0dB
    • Dim Attenuation: -30dB (Talkback activated)
  • Headphones Output
    • Type: ¼" TRS Active Stereo
    • Maximum Output: 150mW/channel @ 60 Ohm load
    • THD+N: 0.015% (150mW/channel @ 60 Ohm load)
    • Frequency Response: 10Hz-50KHz, +1dB
  • Talkback Dynamic Microphone Input
    • Type: XLR Female Balanced
    • Input Impedance: 2400 Ohm
  • Internal Microphone
    • Type: Electret Condenser
    • Sensitivity: -42dB
    • Mic Preamp Gain Range: 15-55dB
  • Input Meter
    • Type: Dual 30 segment LED w/ Peak Hold
    • Range: -48dB to +18dB (-66dBfs to 0dBfs)
    • Accuracy: Better than .25dB
    • Frequency Range: 10Hz-22KHz
    • Calibrate Range: +/- 18dB
  • Power Supply
    • Type: External A.C. Transformer/Internal Linear
    • Power Consumption: 40VA
  • Main Chassis
    • Package Type: 1U - steel chassis
    • Dimensions: 19 (W) x 1.75 (H) x 6.25 (D) inches
    • Weight: 5.0lbs
  • External Power Supply (factory configured)
    • Package Type: Molded Plastic
    • Dimensions: 2.5(W) X 2.3(H) X 4.0(D) inches
    • Weight: 2.5lbs
  • CSR-1 Control Station Remote
    • Dimensions: .38 (W) x 5.75 (H) x 2.38 (D) inches
    • Weight: 1.25 lbs.
    • Cable: 12-foot DE15M to DE15M (male-male)

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  • 5
    Central Station

    Posted by Shark Studio on Jun 2nd 2019

    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

    Posted by Jordan Voth on Feb 29th 2016

    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?

    Posted by DB on Mar 7th 2012

    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!

    Posted by Kyle Sky on Feb 8th 2011

    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

    Posted by Devin Delaney on Aug 28th 2010

    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!