“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.”
“With the MONITOR ST I can finally hear my mixes they way I always wanted to.”
“The MONITOR ST is actually an education into doing it right. The guys at Dangerous obviously designed this thing from years of experience.”
Technically this is a Low Pass Filter, not a crossover, because it simply removes the midrange frequencies and above from the sub, without removing the low frequencies from the main speakers. This allows full range monitoring from the mains with or without the sub extension.… READ MORE Can I adjust the crossover / Low Pass filter?
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?
“The MONITOR ST is actually an education in doing it right. The guys at Dangerous obviously designed this thing from years of experience.”
“The MONITOR ST is the single most valued piece of gear I have ever owned. It’s a giant asset to my studio. When I got that, it all started making sense.”
“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
… READ MORE D-BOX Downloads
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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. Order a Dangerous Music TBREM from your favorite pro audio dealer if you’d like one or build it. See “How is the Talkback Remote Wired?”
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.”
“I feel like I have the Force!”
“I feel like I have brand new speakers.”
“I know my mix is 25% or so wider than it was before, and the top end is so much more defined.”
“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?
Connect the click track to the Aux inputs. Then adjust the level knob from the front of the Monitor ST rack “Aux Input to Cue” until the correct balance has been achieved.
Please view the Aggregate document on the Source product page, which details the steps needed to add it as an aggregate device.
Connect the headphone output from your computer to the Aux inputs. Then adjust the level knob from the front of the Monitor ST rack “Aux Input to Main” until the correct balance has been achieved.
The D/A is clocked by the pulse that is embedded in the AES or SPDIF source that you are inputing to the converter.
There are 2 ways to do this. The simplest is to use a half-normalled connection in a patchbay to feed a meter. The second way is to make a modified cable that can be used from the ST Cue Amp out. Please see the downloads… READ MORE How do I feed meters with an ST?
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?
Employ an inexpensive line transformer (600- 10k ohms) available at your favorite audio grocer.
Enter setup mode by holding the Setup button for 1 second. It will light up blue. Next, hold the PPI button and it will light up blue. While still holding the PPI button, press and release the LFE button, it will light up red. Now… READ MORE How do I reinitialize or return to the factory settings?
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.”
Absolutely! Go nuts, do 10.2 if you want!
The 3rd speaker output has a stereo feed for the front channels and a unique feature to switch signals for the subwoofers in the system. In Stereo mode, the Sub feeds get their signal from the front channels, output 6 having a mono combiner for… READ MORE I have one subwoofer I want to share between my main stereo set and my 5.1 set. Which Sub output should I use?
Adding a small sub mixer to the Aux Input can be a convenient way to patch and mix signals into the ST system. The mixer can set the listen back mic level (from the live room), the computer cue (headphone out) level, and still have… READ MORE I need more inputs than the Monitor ST has, what do I do?
The system is totally expandable. Add a DAC-SR and A.S.S. rack for digital inputs. All controllable from the same remote.
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?
The purpose of the Aux is to have a separate path that is independent of the remote and can be layered with the selected input. Aux is not going to give you an exact level match to your other inputs, so if you are performing… READ MORE I’m running into the “Aux” input (XLR) and I when I turn the volume all the way down, I still hear the signal.. What’s the story?
“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 Dangerous MONITOR ST is the essential piece of gear in my arsenal. I couldn’t work without it. I know that I’m hearing an accurate representation of the system output and the headphone output is the best I’ve ever heard.”
“The Dangerous Music MONITOR ST let’s me hear my mixes, it moves out of the way and let’s the vocals and music come through as it was recorded.”
“The ST is a GOD-send from Dangerous Music, I’ve put this in conjunction with my Apogee Symphony I/O and both the Focal CMS 40’s & Dynaudio BM-5A’s….NO-Coloration what so ever. Easy set-up, connectivity, you can completely trust your mix.”
“[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.”
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“I use gear that sounds good to me. The MONITOR ST and 2-BUS LT have been great purchases for our Mix Room!”
“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!”
“I like to mix at lower volumes, and with the ST even at low volumes you get all that macro, beautiful detail, which was interesting to me. I thought, ‘Wow! There’s an immediate difference!’”
“Clean transparent audio with a non-fatiguing sound, I didn’t hear any distortion, and could hear so much detail even monitoring at the lowest listening levels.”
“I did some tests where I was mixing for longer periods of time and I realized I’m not getting any ear fatigue. The DAC-ST and MONITOR ST combo has this very silky, clean presence. I don’t hear any distortion.”
“Transparency is truth to me and I feel that the MONITOR ST has revealed everything to a point where I can very-well trust it.”
“The sound of my mains improved so much using the Dangerous MONITOR versus the monitor section in the console I was using previously, it prompted me to tell everyone that we need to really get started updating our gear. I began bugging everybody that I… READ MORE Robert Vosgien
“Fast, open, coherent, and accurate.”
“Having the MONITOR ST and 2-BUS LT when it comes time to mix is a must. The 2-BUS LT gives me the analog sound I desire, and the MONITOR ST is by far the best monitor controller I’ve heard.”
The Monitor ST/SR employs a Low Pass Filter, not a crossover, because it simply removes the midrange frequencies and above from the sub, without removing the low frequencies from the main speakers. This allows full range monitoring from the mains with or without the sub… READ MORE Someone told me I should be using bass management. Does the Monitor ST/SR employ this? Do I need it?
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 CUE AMP output provides 20 watts of amplification to feed headphone distribution boxes like the Redco Little Red Cue Box. Depending on the impedance of the headphones utilized, the CUE AMP output can handle up to 16 sets of headphones. (Based on 600 ohm… READ MORE What can I use the CUE AMP out for? Is it powered or unpowered?
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?
11.7 (trick question). But the real answer you are looking for is “when and why do I use the Gain button?” When plugging in an unbalanced, consumer level source like a headphone computer output, iPod, DVD player, the level is low (.773 volts vs. 1.23… READ MORE What is the difference between -10dBV and +4dBu?
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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…
To add digital inputs, expand the system with the “Additional Switching System” and “DAC-ST” or “DAC-SR” depending upon the application.
The Input 4 knob is cut only. The purpose is for comparing a mastered CD with the current project at the same volume. When the knob is all the way up, the input is set at Unity.
“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?
You are hearing relays adjust the stepped attenuator inside the Monitor ST rack unit. This is a transparent, musical solution, as opposed to a VCA (voltage controlled amplification) which tends to smear the image and DCA (digitally controlled attenuation) where bit depth is degraded as… READ MORE Why does my Monitor ST make that clicking sound? Can I turn it off?
ST uses a relay-based analog stepped attenuator volume control design. An absolute value encoder at the remote transmits I2C code to the rack unit telling the relays when to change state. If the firmware detects any missed steps it places the unit into Dim to… READ MORE Why does my Remote go into Dim when I turn up the Volume Encoder?
The purpose of the Aux is to have a separate path that is independent of the remote and can be layered with the selected input. Use input 1-4 if you require the use of mute and dim.
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.