D-Box

Combination Summing and Monitoring System.

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Your Studio’s Centerpiece

The D-BOX is a transparent, audiophile-grade monitor controller for tracking, mixing and mastering with eight channels of Dangerous Music’s award-winning analog summing at an unbelievable price point. Legendary designer Chris Muth has developed a world-class circuit for the D-BOX that provides crystal clear fidelity and flawless performance across its flexible feature set. The D-BOX handles your input source monitoring, speaker switching, cue, talkback, headphone and mixing needs in just one rack space. The D-BOX hosts reference-grade D/A conversion, switchable analog inputs between balanced +4dBu and unbalanced -10dBV, two powerful 20w/channel headphone amps, a built-in talkback mic, and a stunning analog summing mixer that will give your mixes the headroom and sonic dimensionality needed to achieve truly professional results.

You Must Hear Everything

True craftsmanship is in the details. If you can’t hear the nuances of what you’re working on, then you simply can’t make informed decisions. Everything from placing a mic, to turning a knob on an EQ, to coaching a singer though a delicate passage depends on being able to hear exactly what’s going on. With the advent of “prosumer” gear, the monitoring path is typically sacrificed to meet a price-point, allowing what should be true craftsmanship to become guesswork. You simply can’t mix what you can’t hear. To solve this problem, the D-BOX incorporates audiophile-grade components in an unconditionally transparent design that reveals every last detail, allowing you to get things right the first time. Additionally, the D-BOX routes all your digital signals through the same onboard reference-grade digital-to-analog converter, giving you the same unified monitoring experience used by the world’s best mastering engineers.

Hear Even More with Analog Summing

Our award-winning active analog summing provides the increased headroom and vast sonic space needed to achieve truly stunning mixes. With the D-BOX’s analog summing mixer, your digital subgroups (or “stems”) are sent out of your session via your interface’s D/A converters to the D-BOX’s eight analog summing inputs, providing incredible headroom, dimensionality and clarity. No more collapsing mixes from shoving everything into a single digital fader, with the D-BOX panning becomes precise, reverbs and delays more engaging and clear, bass punchier, mids more detailed and the top end more open. Require even more channels of analog summing? Simply expand with the Dangerous Music 2-BUS LT or the innovative 2-BUS+.

LINK: Read producer Allen Farmelo’s independent report on analog summing with the D-BOX – includes listening comparison.

Effortless Signal Routing

As the centerpiece of your studio, the D-BOX handles all of your routing elegantly. There is the main stereo analog input, two digital inputs (both monitored through the same reference D/A), and two speaker outputs. The D-BOX handles both professional (+4dBu) balanced inputs and commercial (-10dBV) inputs (like phones and laptops) with easily programmed input levels. The on-board talkback mic and the dual 20w/channel headphone amplifiers with separate level controls round out all the routing needs for any studio.

Monitor Right and Never Guess Again

It would be hard to overstate the number of modern productions that have gone all the way to the final mastering stage with all kinds of noises, over-compression, clipping distortion and other unintentional problems because the monitoring chain was not revealing these issues. If you get your monitoring path right – as we have with the D-BOX – you’ll avoid the painful and time-consuming repair work required when problems are missed during production. Add in the D-BOX’s crystal-clear analog summing, and even the smallest project studios can have the best monitoring and mixing technology available in just one elegant and easy to use rack unit.

Awards for D-BOX

  • Electronic Musician Editor’s Choice Award
  • TEC Award (winner)
  • Resolution Awards (nominated)
  • Future Music ACE Award

Features

  • Hand-built in the USA.
  • Transparent monitoring from a meticulous Chris Muth design.
  • 8 Channels of unmatched analog summing.
  • Reference-grade digital-to-analog conversion.
  • Enormous headroom, big soundstage, and superior sonic imaging.
  • Two crystal clear 20-watt/channel headphone amplifiers.
  • Accepts both professional (+4dBu) and commercial (-10dBV) analog signals.
  • Select between two sets of monitors.
  • Full talkback functionality with on-board mic.
  • Effortless outboard gear integration.
  • Expand your summing path with 2-BUS+ or 2-BUS LT

Summing Section

Frequency Response: 1Hz-100kHz within 0.1dB
THD+N: < 0.003%
IMD: < 0.004%
Crosstalk: < -97dB
Noise: < -89dBu total energy in audio band
Maximum Input: +27dBu

 

Monitor Section

Frequency Response: 1Hz-100kHz within 0.1dB
THD+N: < 0.003%
IMD: < 0.0035%
Crosstalk: < -100dB
Noise: < -91dBu total energy in audio band
Maximum Input: +26dBu

 

D/A Converter:

Locks to standard AES or SPDIF signals 32kHz-100kHz
Crosstalk: < -101dB
Noise:< -92dBu
THD+N: 0.005%

Nominal operating level: +4 dBu

Input impedance:
25 kohms balanced

Output impedance:
50 ohms balanced

Power consumption: 25 Watt

Warranty: Free 2 year extended warranty with online registration.

Standard warranty: 90 days parts and labor, subject to inspection. Does not include damage incurred through abusive operation or modifications/attempted repair by unauthorized technicians.

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Testimonials

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    GearAutopsy.com

    “Not only was the imaging more pronounced, but the D-Box DA increased the depth and punch of the sound in a way that made the music feel ‘bigger’.”

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    Steven Miller

    “I love the D-Box. No other unit that I’ve seen accomplishes what it does. Between the monitoring, headphone amp and summing mixer, it makes my job increasingly easier; and the music I make sounds 100-times better.”

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    Stephen Fortner

    Keyboard Magazine

    “I wonder how I ever lived without the D-Box.”

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    Arnold D’Souza

    Engineer

    “The Mastering DAC is exactly what I have been looking for. Usually when you listen to a source you hear 1Khz-5Khz better than the rest of the audible spectrum and this can hinder the mix process. The built in DAC on the D-Box eliminates this from the equation; I’m able to make better mix decisions that ever!”

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    Pete Evick

    Engineer

    “The D-Box turns any room, bus or plane into the real deal. The analog summing creates a ‘space’ that you can’t get ‘inside-the-box’ – making records with the D-Box and a laptop, you can make a real record.”

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    Morgan Page

    Remixer

    “What I like about the D-Box is that the transients sound really good. Everything sounds punchy and clear.”

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    Simon Tillbrook

    AudioMedia Magazine

    “The D-Box has just the right balance of functions presented in a clear and very useable way.

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    Mike Levine

    Electronic Musician

    “Everything sounded smoother and just better overall.”

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    Hugh Robjohns

    Sound on Sound

    “The overall sound of the D-Box is classy.”

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    Stephen Fortner

    Keyboard Magazine

    “The D-Box analog summing results are way closer to the big-desk league than to any of the usual home studio alternatives.”

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    Arnold D’Souza

    Engineer

    “The depth in sound is second to none. It’s now the center of my studio.”

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    Count

    Producer/Mix Engineer

    “The built-in monitoring section in D-Box is great! Now I know what my mixes really sound like.

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    John Schirmer

    Producer, Engineer

    “My ears, my record player and my Dangerous D-Box are the three most irreplaceable tools in my box.”

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    Alan Bogdanovski

    Engineer/Musician - Kamera Lucidia

    “It has taken the digital out of my digital!”

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    Ryan West

    Mix Engineer

    “When I added the D-Box to my setup at home, I could finally mix just as well there as in any world class studio I’ve ever worked at in NY or LA.”

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    Hugh Robjohns

    Sound on Sound

    “Superb sound quality, solid and reliable construction and excellent price.”

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    Simon Tillbrook

    AudioMedia Magazine

    “The D-Box has just the right balance of functions presented in a clear and very useable way.

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    Stephen Fortner

    Keyboard Magazine

    “For keyboard-based producers who demand absolute audio quality, the D-Box is the solution.”

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    Morgan Page

    Remixer

    “With the D-Box summing I spend less time with my tracks pulling teeth trying to get the sound right than with mixing in the box.”

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    Matt Langston

    Rock Candy Recordings, The Jellyrox

    “I finally started mixing ‘into’ my D-Box (instead of using analog summing as an afterthought), and my mixes just went to a completely other level. So much so that I feel confident at last to start charging more for them. I can’t thank you enough- I can’t imagine mixing anything without it.”

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    Steve Ouimette

    Guitar Hero Composer & Guitarist

    “The D-Box has the best headphone monitor I have ever used.

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    Hugh Robjohns

    Sound on Sound

    “The audio quality of the D-Box is superb.”

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    Steven Miller

    Songwriter/Producer

    “There’s such an instant difference- things get wider, things get a little bit deeper. Our mixes definitely shot through the roof after we started using this thing.”

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    Arnold D’Souza

    Engineer

    “The headphone amp is so crisp and detailed. I recorded one of my regular artists through it and the DBox helped get him to the emotion quicker than ever. It blew him away!”

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    Pete Evick

    Engineer

    “The stereo width is unbelievable, I feel like I’m surrounded by my music.”

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    Josh Fields

    Producer/Songwriter/Mixer

    “With the summing, suddenly I have headroom and my drums are loud and punchy.”

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    Barry Rudolph

    Mix Magazine

    “With its small size, transparent sound, elegant design, simple hookup, D-Box is packed with everything you need for studio or mobile applications.”

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    Count

    Producer/Mix Engineer

    “The D-Box summing gives me a level of clarity that I used to struggle for on my mixes

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    Nate Wood

    Mastering Engineer

    “The D-Box just immediately sounded way better to me. It was way easier to address problems in the mix or master.”

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    Mike Bell

    Darkart Mastering

    “The low end was punching more, you could distinguish the sounds easier, the mix sounded more wide, the highs sounded more real and sat better and this was with only eight channels.”

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