“The low end is tight and punchy. The mids and highs are extremely detailed and musical. The stereo separation is incredible. I find myself using less EQ in mixes using the Dangerous SOURCE”
No. Up to 3 maximum. To monitor from up to three sources simultaneously (instead of the default single source), first enter setup mode. To enter setup mode press the mono and alt spkr buttons simultaneously. Both switches will flash alternately indicating that the D-Box is… READ MORE Can I monitor all 4 sources (SUM, ANALOG, DAW, CD) simultaneously?
Yes, you can use the selected line output of the Source to feed the DAC output to another device for mixing, mastering, etc. HOWEVER, you cannot feed the final result out of your DAW and back into the speaker section of the Source, or you… READ MORE Can I record the output of the Source’s DAC?
“Read This First” Document
Setting Up D-BOX with Apogee Ensemble
Setting Up D-BOX with Focusrite Saffire
Setting Up D-BOX with Lynx Aurora 8
Setting Up D-BOX with RME UFX
Setting Up D-BOX with UA Apollo
8-Channel Summing Example
D-BOX / Apollo Interconnects
D-BOX / Apollo Setup
D-BOX 003 and Rosetta 800
D-BOX and Presonus FireStudio
D-BOX with Ensemble TB *NEW*
D-BOX with FF800 Diagram
D-BOX with Prism Orpheus
D-BOX with Symphony 8×8
D-BOX Analog Summing Setup for Focusrite Saffire Mix Control
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“I noticed a profound improvement in detail when I added the SOURCE – being able to hear problems and overall a much more pleasant listening experience. I write mainly, so a lot of what I do is listen to the same thing a thousand times… READ MORE Dan Black
“I instantly heard lots of detail, the SOURCE made the music instantly a lot less fatiguing. I am also able to work at a lower volume and still be ‘into the vibe’ of the track.”
“I noticed a profound improvement in detail with the SOURCE, it was like a veil was lifted.”
“The SOURCE is doing a lot of stuff, it’s the speaker monitor controller and it’s bringing in sound from the Internet, iTunes, Spotify on the laptop – it’s multitasking.”
“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,… READ MORE Daniel Sadowski
Dangerous gear does not get extremely hot. However, we always recommend leaving blank spaces anyway. More ventilation always equals longer gear life, no matter how hot or cool your gear runs. Do not rack your Dangerous gear next to very hot gear such as power… READ MORE Do I need to leave blank rack spaces above/below my gear?
No- with Dangerous Summing, “Bounce to Disk” is unnecessary. Instead, record your mix into your DAW in real time by taking a pair outputs from your D-Box and plugging them into 2 line inputs on your interface. Once this mix has been recorded onto a… READ MORE Do I still use “Bounce to Disk” to record my mixes when using Dangerous Summing?
No. The D-Box has less features, but the identical, mastering grade sound quality.
I was certainly not expecting such a result! I am extremely satisfied, this system can certainly challenge many hifi products much more expensive!
The sound is very neutral, sounding like a NOS DAC, but still very detailed and dynamic.
“The SOURCE excels at delivering pristine audio. Two independent D/A convertors and just about every routing format and connectivity option you could imagine allows one to hear music as never before.”
‘With the Convert Series, Dangerous Music managed to beat their own DAC-ST as my favorite Reference D/A”
Connect a S/PDIF to AES cable and use the front panel controls to select the source (DAW or CD). The converter will recognize and lock to either AES or S/PDIF sources. Only one digital source may be monitored at a time. Purchase high quality cables!… READ MORE How can I go from my interfaces’ S/PDIF out to the AES DAW input on the Dbox?
Please view the Aggregate document on the Source product page, which details the steps needed to add it as an aggregate device.
The D/A is clocked by the pulse that is embedded in the AES or SPDIF source that you are inputing to the converter.
The talkback mic feeds the headphone output independently. This means that if you turn down your headphone output, but turn up your talkback level, you will hear just the talkback through the headphone output.
Each headphone output provides 20 watts of clean, high quality amplification. There is plenty of juice to feed headphone distribution boxes like the Redco Little Red Cue Box. Depending on the impedance of the headphones utilized, the headphone output can handle up to 16 sets… READ MORE How do I hook up more than two pairs of headphones?
The D-Box is made with all the same components as all Dangerous Gear. The summing section is identical to the 2-Bus (but cut in half), and the D/A and monitoring paths are mostly the same as what can be found in our other gear.
The D-Box summing section has 8 channels, but can also be linked with a 2-Bus to expand the amount of summing channels.
“[The SOURCE] is an extremely high-quality and surprisingly flexible monitoring device that’s very compact and cost-effective.”
“The Source is, quite simply, superb. It easily matched the resolution, transparency and detail of my reference monitor controllers.”
To monitor from up to three sources simultaneously (instead of the default single source), first enter setup mode. To enter setup mode press the mono and alt spkr buttons simultaneously. Both switches will flash alternately indicating that the D-Box is waiting to set the input… READ MORE I want to hear two sources at once, how do I do that?
“This has been the single most worthwhile piece of gear I ever bought.”
“The clarity from the conversion and the low end just floored me. I don’t think I’d want to mix anything without monitoring through the DAC and signal path of this box.”
Yes! The Dbox is simply half the inputs (8 channels of summing vs. 16). Dangerous Music NEVER compromises your music. We may remove features to get to a price, but never sound quality.
“The Dangerous SOURCE changes how you hear your work in a big way and reveals the information you need to create a truly informed and inspired mix.”
“My ears, my record player and my Dangerous D-BOX are the three most irreplaceable tools in my box.”
“Whats really noticeable with the analog stage is tightness in the different frequency bands – more clarity in the sub and better detail in the highs and high-mids. The source D/A, I have to say, is a really pleasant listen. So musical.”
“From the second I plugged it in I could tell it was very pristine and transparent. The low frequencies feel tighter and less intermingled with the other frequencies. The mids feel really lively in a good way, and the highs are clear and present.”
“I am really impressed by the SOURCE. In fact, if you were to ask me how much this unit costs without knowing, after using it i would say at least double what it lists for.”
“[The SOURCE] delivered flawless audio quality to some half-dozen sets of monitors and countless sets of headphones.”
“This converter redefines spacial imaging, depth, and detail.”
“A new standard of excellence.”
“I bought a Dangerous 2-BUS LT and SOURCE, and now I am the happiest man in Glasgow! Amazing equipment!”
“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.”
“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.”
“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… READ MORE Reuven Amiel
“I feel like I bypassed hours of work by just plugging in the CONVERT-8!”
“Fast, open, coherent, and accurate.”
2-BUS LT with SOURCE
Antelope Orion, SOURCE, & 2-BUS LT (x2)
Apollo 16 with 2-BUS LT & SOURCE
Aurora 16 with 2-BUS LT & SOURCE
SOURCE Mobile Laptop Setup
SOURCE Simple Tracking Setup
SOURCE Speaker Options
SOURCE Talkback Options
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“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.”
“One of these Dangerous DACs is worth the price of admission alone, and having two is almost ridiculous.”
“If you’re running around tracking on the fly, or you’re a touring DJ or electronic artist, this unit would be indispensable.”
“The SOURCE’s fidelity is open and uncolored but seriously musical. I loved listening to music through the SOURCE and just found myself wanting to crank it all the time. It has massive headroom and sounded great.”
“This box could change my whole world in regards to mastering.”
“No converter has given me that much accuracy”
“Finally a converter that puts clarity in the bottom end. Basses and kick drums articulate naturally, finding their own space in the mix.”
“The clearest, widest, most detailed stereo field I’ve ever mixed in”
“Even my neighbor (who is a landscaper) commented on how much bigger and more open the sound was. The SOURCE is an absolutely amazing box and is also now my go-to D/A converter for mixing.”
12 3/4″ Wide x 1 5/8″ High x 8″ Deep
The CD Input is a digital input (AES/SPDIF) that utilizes the D-Box’s mastering-grade D/A converter for monitoring. This allows you to listen to songs through the same converter and at the same reference level as your mix. You can plug in any device that has… READ MORE What is the CD Input for? Can I plug in an iPod there?
Burr Brown PCM1789PW
The Source D/A’s are 8x upsampling when playing at a 44.1kHz rate, 4x at 88.2 and 2x at 192. They run at either 352.8kHz (44.1, 88.2, 176.4) or 384kHz (48, 96, 192). The decoder detects the frequency and selects the upsampling mode automatically.
The analog input can be set to either -10dBV or +4dBu. If the signal is too loud, you probably have it set to -10dBV when it really needs to be +4. To switch this, enter setup by pressing the mono and alt spkr buttons simultaneously,… READ MORE When I select the “analog” input, the signal is waaay louder than the other inputs…
The analog input can be set to either -10dBV or +4dBu. If the signal is too low, you probably need to boost it up to -10dBV. To do this, enter setup by pressing the mono and alt spkr buttons simultaneously, and then hit the analog… READ MORE When I select the “analog” input, the signal is weak…
“They function based on what we call “”momentoggle””. There are two modes: momentary and latching. In LATCH MODE, if a button is pressed and released quickly, it will lock. In TOGGLE MODE, if a button is pressed and held for more than a second, the… READ MORE Why do my buttons sometimes latch and other times they don’t?
Mono sums the left and right channels together. If anything is out of phase between the two channels, they will boost each other, thus making the mix quieter, or losing specific instruments. This button is there to help ensure that the mix is “in phase”… READ MORE Why do things get louder when I press the Mono Button?
Mono sums the left and right channels together. If anything is out of phase between the two channels, they will cancel each other out, thus making the mix quieter, or losing specific instruments. This button is there to help ensure that the mix is “in… READ MORE Why do things get quieter when I press the Mono Button?
When switching between DAW and SUM on the D-Box, you are switching between 2 different D/A converters- the converter in the D-Box, and the converter in your interface. Different converters will be calibrated to different reference levels, therefore one may be louder than the other.
Yes, just plug in a S/PDIF cable that is terminated to M-XLR on the D-Box end. This cable must be kept under a few feet long in order to not lose data.
Yes! The Source headphone amp is quite powerful, and can drive even 600ohm headphones. Just remember that you will not get the same amount of volume that you would with low impedance headphones.