Convert-8

Beyond Transparency

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Dedicated Multi-Channel Digital-To-Analog Conversion

Whether you’re tracking, mixing or mastering, the CONVERT-8 will deliver powerful low-end, articulate mids and transcendent highs to every channel in your analog rig. Patched into one of our award-winning analog summing units like the 2-BUS+ or the D-BOX – or to your favorite analog console – the CONVERT-8 will empower you to create the spacious, three-dimensional soundscapes that only real analog summing can deliver. Compatible with all of today’s digital signals (including the ubiquitous ADAT format) the CONVERT-8 is ready to take on any mixing or monitoring job from standard stereo and 2.1 to 5.1 and the increasingly popular 7.1 surround format. Recognizing the needs of those who don’t need more analog inputs, the CONVERT-8 brings today’s very best digital-to-analog conversion within reach of any studio.

Our Next-Generation Converters

Dangerous has been building award-winning, standard-setting converters since 2002 when the Dangerous Monitor’s onboard digital-to-analog converter swiftly became the industry reference. We’ve been asked over the years to build a stand alone DAC, and they’re finally here in the CONVERT series. Eager to embrace the opportunity to develop a new and better DAC, we designed the CONVERT-8 from the ground up, utilizing cutting-edge digital technology coupled to a Chris Muth designed analog circuit that delivers our signature sound: open, articulate and powerful from top to bottom. As a dedicated digital-to-analog converter, The CONVERT-8 has been optimized for the job of delivering stunning sound when mixing, mastering and monitoring while tracking. The CONVERT-8 goes beyond transparency: you won’t just hear everything, you’ll hear it beautifully.

It’s All About Implementation

While in theory most converters should be the same, among those who truly understand this hotly debated and endlessly researched area of audio technology, the mantra is implementation, implementation, implementation. How a converter’s components are selected, tweaked and assembled according to a specific design, and then tuned for superior performance within that plan is what sets a converter apart – for better or worse. The Dangerous CONVERT-8 has been developed by a team of experts with deep, up-to-the-minute knowledge of digital and analog converter technology.

Fine Tuning The Analog Side

A legend among mixing and mastering engineers for decades, Chris Muth has designed the analog gear used to mix and master an endless list of hit records and classic reissues. Chris’s powerful, articulate, hi-fi designs dominated the big studios in New York City since the 1980s, and via Dangerous his designs have become essential components in the best modern mixing and mastering DAW-based studios. When we set out to develop a new dedicated stereo D-A converter, Chris brought his relentless design philosophy and world-renowned sound to the CONVERT’s analog technology. Not only did he develop the audiophile-grade analog audio path, Chris also meticulously fine tuned the low-pass reconstruction filters mandatory to implementing any DAC. These filters lie at the heart of how a converter will perform, and the CONVERT series has the jaws of top pros hitting the floor when they hear the big natural sound and the powerful, ultra-clear low-end.

Perfecting The Digital Side

We brought in digital guru Paul Messick to make sure the digital side of the CONVERT series would sing in perfect harmony with its finely tuned analog circuit. Paul rigorously refined the CONVERT’s JetPLL ultra-low jitter clocking technology until it surpassed the JET’s stated specs, resulting in the virtual elimination of jitter in the audio-band and beyond. Gone are the sonic headaches and end-of-day fatigue brought on by long-term exposure to jittery digital audio systems. The CONVERT-8’s superbly implemented digital technology delivers such a natural, open and non-irritating sound that you’ll forget you’re even listening to converted 0s and 1s.

Detailed Information & Delightful Inspiration

Reaching beyond transparency and accuracy, the sound of the CONVERT-8 is so open and 3-dimensional that many are saying that these are the most beautiful, natural sounding converters they’ve ever heard. Whether your focus is tracking, mixing or mastering, when you choose a dedicated DAC, you’re choosing the unit you’ll trust to make all your judgements. You need your DAC to be honest, but you also need it to sound beautiful. With the CONVERT you get the uncanny combination of detailed information and delightful inspiration.  Coupled with any of our analog summing mixers – or with your favorite console – the CONVERT-8 not only assures that you’ll hear the best sound possible, but you’ll be printing that amazing sound into your final prints.

Your New Master Clock

It’s no secret that many digital audio systems are slaved to the best sounding clock in the rack, and The CONVERT’s customized JetPLL ultra-low jitter technology is winning shootouts again and again – subsequently sending expensive external clocks into retirement. Simply use the Word Clock output and set the CONVERT into Master mode from the front panel, and all the digital gear in your studio can benefit from The CONVERT’s cutting-edge Jitter Elimination Technology (JET).

Elegant Features

Our design philosophy includes a strict demand that our equipment be elegant and easy to use, and the CONVERT-8 exemplifies that philosophy. No menus, no cryptic multi-finger combinations to remember – just clearly labeled single-function buttons.

Instant Input Calibration – With industry-standard reference levels of -14, -16 and -18dBFS, you can recalibrate the CONVERT-8 with the push of a button. While many professional converters are only aligned at the factory, the Convert lets you move flexibly between different reference levels on the fly. Anyone who’s ever fumbled around behind a rack with a “tweeker tool” while a second person watches an external meter knows the special value of our front-panel calibration buttons, especially when there’s eight channels or more!

Automatic Sample Rate Detection – Simply select “Auto” on the front panel and the CONVERT-8 will match its sample rate to the input signal. If you’ve ever started working at the wrong sample rate (we’ve all done it!), you’ll know why this feature can be so important. If you’re swapping among different DAW sessions at different sample rates, the CONVERT will follow your every move.

On The Fly Input Switching – Unique to the CONVERT series, you can now swap between multiple digital inputs on the fly from the front panel buttons. No more digging into elaborate menus and system settings just to listen to iTunes, no more rerouting software drivers just to hear a different output. And because the CONVERT can automatically lock to the incoming signal’s sample rate, you don’t need to even think about sample rates as you switch between inputs. Four digital inputs include USB, AES/SPDIF, ADAT and Optical SPDIF (TOSLINK).

Essential 8-Channel Metering – Aside from giving you instant visual confirmation of audio signal present across all eight channels, our “3-word-over” indicator tells you when three consecutive samples have clipped, meaning you’re a breath away from violating industry standards for CD reproduction and are about to generate clipping distortion that would be audible in any digital file.

Monitor ST Remote Connectivity – Simply hook up our award-winning Monitor ST/SR Remote to the rear panel ports and you’ve got best-in-class desktop remote control over the CONVERT’s front panel input selectors.  Add the CONVERT-8 to your existing Monitor ST/SR rig to seamlessly add today’s best DAC to your surround monitoring system.

Sacrifice Nothing.

If you’re ready to add the world’s most articulate, open and natural sounding conversion to your studio, The CONVERT-8 will deliver the beautiful truth of all your digital signals into the analog realm without ever tiring you out. Contact a dealer to hear the difference and we’re pretty sure you’ll become a CONVERT.

Note: Dangerous Music, Inc. publishes actual measured specifications, not theoretical numbers derived from data sheets published by chip manufacturers.

Signal to Noise Ratio A-weighted, 20Hz to 20KHz: < 114dB

Signal to Noise Ratio unweighted, 20Hz to 20KHz: < 113dB

Dynamic Range A-weighted, 20Hz to 20KHz: < 114dB

Dynamic Range unweighted, 20Hz to 20KHz: < 113dB

THD+N:
THD+N, 1kHz, unweighted, 20Hz to 20kHz, +4dBu out: < 94.5dB (0.00188%)
THD+N, 1kHz, unweighted, 20Hz to 20kHz, +22dBu out: < 106.5dB (0.00048%)

Frequency Response @ 96KHz sample rate:
DC to 20KHz: +0, -0.25dB
DC to 30KHz: +0, -0.5dB
DC to 40KHz: +0, -1.0dB

Jitter: 16ps (100Hz to 40KHz), 18ps (100Hz to 1MHz)

Crosstalk rejection: > 114dBu @ 1kHz

Replacement Fuses: USA 2 amp slo-blow for 120V Europe 1 amp slo-blow for 240V

*JetPLL: JET and Jitter Elimination Technology are trademarks of TC Applied Technologies Ltd. JET is patented technology used under sublicense from TC Applied Technologies, and is the intellectual property of Sonopsis Ltd.

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Testimonials

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    Todd Whitelock

    Audio Engineer

    The sound opened up, the stereo field widened, and there was a natural harmonic extension favoring the low end.۝

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    Russell Elevado

    Mix Engineer

    “Changing to the CONVERT-8 made a huge difference in overall dynamics and detail.”

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    Todd Whitelock

    Audio Engineer

    “Finally a converter that puts clarity in the bottom end. Basses and kick drums articulate naturally, finding their own space in the mix.”

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    Reuven Amiel

    Mixer/Producer

    “The low end just sounds tighter and bigger.”

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    Todd Whitelock

    Audio Engineer

    The bottom sounds richer, fuller, and more lush, while the top is smooth and more sinuous without artifact.۝

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    Reuven Amiel

    Mixer/Producer

    “The top end sounds more natural- you don’t have this harshness that you get with other converters- even high-end converters.”

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    Daniel Sadowski

    Music Composer

    “The perfect balance between clean, musical, precise, deep, wide, open, accurate, and fun. Now that last word fun seems out of place I know, but that’s exactly what I have been having my studio ever since I plugged the Dangerous-Convert-8 in, a ton of fun.”

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    Reuven Amiel

    Mixer/Producer

    “Having such a pure, clean sound with so much headroom gives me this feeling of freedom to color and shape my stems in any way I want.”

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    Dave Kutch

    Mastering Engineer

    “Finally a D/A converter that exceeds the sound quality of the super expensive old guards at a fraction of the cost! The CONVERT D/A has the flexibility to cover all of our modern day connectivity needs, and a very friendly user interface to boot!”

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    Allen Farmelo

    Producer, Engineer

    Dangerous Music has delivered multichannel digital-to-analog conversion that’s beautiful to listen to and never tires me out.۝

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    Andy Hong

    TapeOp Magazine

    Wow! The sonic improvement was immediate.

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    Reuven Amiel

    Mixer/Producer

    “It’s so important to make a song feel right, and I feel like I bypassed hours of work by just plugging in the Convert.”

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    Reuven Amiel

    Mixer/Producer

    “The Convert-8 gave me the freedom to be more focused on the artistic and creative part of the mixing process because the audio quality and fidelity of the converters lets the music be free and balanced, and I don’t have to worry as much about the technical aspects of the mix.”

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    Daniel Sadowski

    Music Composer

    “Everything coming out of the Convert-8 sounds so expensive. VST samples all sound so real now. Before I would have to work so hard at getting a sound or instrument to a place where I felt it was worthy of being in my composition. Now, it all comes so easy and fast, it feels amazing.”

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    Todd Whitelock

    Audio Engineer

    I heard tones ring longer and blend better than when I tracked them – a detail I didn’t even know I had been losing with my old converters.۝

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    Ryan West

    Recorder/Mixer

    “Fast, open, coherent, and accurate.”

  • Luca

    “It’s exactly what we need. We get a lot of flexibility with the multiple input sources. We can have our mix, reference, rough, and whatever else we may want to monitor, all passing through the same conversion, even coming from different DAW’s.”

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    Daniel Sadowski

    Music Composer

    “I can honestly say that the Convert-8 would be my top desert island piece of hardware, and I can say that comfortably.”

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    Todd Whitelock

    Audio Engineer

    “The clearest, widest, most detailed stereo field I’ve ever mixed in”

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    Ryan West

    Recorder/Mixer

    Clocking is rock solid!

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    Allen Farmelo

    Producer/Engineer

    I just love listening to sounds through them for long stretches. I’m fascinated with three- dimensionality and space in recordings, and with the Converts, I am hearing convincing dimensionality.

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    Todd Whitelock

    Audio Engineer

    “Clarity, transparency, acoustic accuracy… WOW!”

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    Allen Farmelo

    Producer, Engineer

    The openness lets the reverbs really do their thing, such that the spaces are as vast as you’d like them to be.۝

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    Todd Whitelock

    Audio Engineer

    “I’ve never heard a more acoustically accurate converter”

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    Allen Farmelo

    Producer/Engineer

    As far as I can tell (and I’ve really looked and listened), there are very few stereo units that will sound as good as the Convert-2, and (I will go on record here) no multichannel converters that can top the Convert-8.

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    Todd Whitelock

    Audio Engineer

    “No converter has given me that much accuracy”

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    Dave Kutch

    Mastering Engineer

    “Dangerous Music spent 5 years of R&D to make the CONVERT D/A converter. Great things come to those who wait! Finally a D/A that matches, and in some aspects exceeds the quality, of converters costing more than twice as much.”

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    Daniel Sadowski

    Music Composer

    “My mixes get done faster, my clients approve music cues faster with a huge smile, my music translates well everywhere, orchestration and arrangement comes easier and is now inspiring to do, selecting plug-in instruments or effects is a lot of fun because everything sounds so good.”

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    Reuven Amiel

    Mixer/Producer

    “I feel like I bypassed hours of work by just plugging in the Convert-8!”

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    Todd Whitelock

    Audio Engineer

    The Convert-8 has been a revelation.۝

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