The Dangerous CONVERT-8 is a dedicated multi-channel digital-to-analog converter designed for various studio applications, including tracking, mixing, and mastering. With a focus on delivering powerful low-end, articulate mids, and transcendent highs to every channel in an analog rig, the CONVERT-8 integrates seamlessly with Dangerous' analog summing units, providing the spacious, three-dimensional soundscapes that analog summing is known for. This converter is compatible with a range of digital signals, making it suitable for stereo, 2.1, 5.1, and Atmos formats.
Building on the legacy of award-winning converters, Dangerous has developed the CONVERT-8 as part of the CONVERT series. These converters are designed from the ground up, combining cutting-edge digital technology with a meticulously designed analog circuit by Chris Muth to achieve an open, articulate, and powerful sound.
Fine-Tuned Analog Side:
Chris Muth, a legend among mixing and mastering engineers, has designed the audiophile-grade analog audio path for the CONVERT-8. His designs, known for their powerful, articulate, and hi-fi characteristics, contribute to the big natural sound and powerful low-end of the CONVERT-8.
Perfecting the Digital Side:
Digital expert Paul Messick ensures harmony between the digital and analog sides of the CONVERT-8. The JetPLL ultra-low jitter clocking technology virtually eliminates jitter, providing a natural, open, and inspirational sound.
Going beyond transparency, the CONVERT-8 is praised for its open and three-dimensional sound. Users describe it as the most beautiful and natural sounding converter they've ever heard.
Your New Master Clock:
The CONVERT-8 features customized JetPLL ultra-low jitter technology, making it a candidate for the master clock in a digital audio system. The Word Clock output allows synchronization of other digital gear to the CONVERT-8's clock.
The design philosophy of Dangerous emphasizes elegance and ease of use. The CONVERT-8 features clearly labeled single-function buttons, avoiding complex menus and multi-finger combinations.
Automatic Sample Rate Detection:
The CONVERT-8 can automatically match its sample rate to the input signal by selecting "Auto" on the front panel. This feature prevents issues related to working at the wrong sample rate.
Instant Input Calibration:
Industry-standard reference levels of -14, -16, and -18dBFS can be recalibrated with the push of a button. This flexibility allows users to switch between different reference levels on the fly.
On-the-Fly Input Switching:
Users can swap between multiple digital inputs on the fly using front panel buttons. The CONVERT-8 can automatically lock to the incoming signal's sample rate during input switching.
Essential 8-Channel Metering:
The CONVERT-8 provides instant visual confirmation of audio signal presence across all eight channels. The "3-word-over" indicator warns when three consecutive samples have clipped, helping users avoid violating industry standards.
Monitor ST Remote Connectivity:
The CONVERT-8 can be connected to the MONITOR-ST/SR Remote for desktop remote control over input selectors. Integrating the CONVERT-8 into an existing Monitor ST/SR rig allows seamless integration with a surround monitoring system.
The CONVERT-8 is positioned as a versatile and high-quality digital-to-analog converter, offering detailed sound, intuitive features, and compatibility with various studio setups.
Note: Dangerous Music, Inc. publishes actual measured specifications, not theoretical numbers derived from data sheets published by chip manufacturers.