D-BOX

Combination Summing and Monitoring System.

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Description

Check out the new D-BOX+, available now.

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

D-BOX DOWNLOADS

Manuals
D-BOX Manual

Setup Documents
“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

Other
D-BOX Front Panel Drawings (PDF)
Cubase & Logic Summing Templates

Setup Diagrams
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
D-BOX with 2-Bus LT Diagram
UA Apollo Console w/ D-BOX
D-BOX with Apogee Ensemble Diagram
D-BOX with Digi 003 Diagram

Summing Section

Frequency Response: 1Hz-100kHz within 0.1dB
THD+N: < 0.003%
IMD: < 0.0035%
Crosstalk: < -97dB
Noise: < -89dBu total energy in audio band
Maximum Input: +27dBu

 

Monitor Section

Frequency Response: 1Hz-100kHz within 0.1dB
THD+N: < 0.002%
IMD: < 0.003%
Crosstalk: < -101dB
Noise: < -92dBu 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.

Testimonials

  • 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!”

  • Josh Fields

    Producer/Songwriter/Mixer

    “Thank you for making this thing! What a drastic improvement over my old monitor controller. I had no idea it was that bad!”

  • Stephen Fortner

    Keyboard Magazine

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

  • David Hodges

    Producer

    “The fact that I get two vital pieces of hardware in one without sacrificing any quality makes the D-BOX a must-have.”

  • Arnold D’Souza

    Engineer

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

  • Josh Fields

    Producer/Songwriter/Mixer

    “My mixes are sounding really good now, it’s crazy how much detail I was missing before. I can hear
    subtle things that got completely lost before.”

  • David Hodges

    Producer

    “The D-BOX as a monitoring system, it is intuitive and versatile, clean and powerful. As a summing unit, it gives a warmth and clarity to everything I work on.”

  • Morgan Page

    Remixer

    “Dangerous Music gear is an essential part of my studio. I love the sound of analog summing and monitoring of the D-BOX.”

  • Morgan Page

    Remixer

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

  • Stephen Fortner

    Keyboard Magazine

    “The summing preserved noticeably more depth, detail, and sense of instrument location.”

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