BURL Audio BDA4M-1114 4-Channel D/A Daughter Card for B80 Mothership
The BURL Audio BDA4M-1114 is a mastering-grade DAC with stepped attenuators and switchable output transformers. Specifically designed for mixing and mastering, the BDA4M uses the latest BURL NextGen analog for superior fidelity and clarity.
The BDA4M, switchable transformer coupled, 4-channel digital-to-analog converter Daughter Card for the B80 MOTHERSHIP is the result of over 25 years of R&D experience in pro audio digital and analog design. Following on the success of the B2 BOMBER DAC and the BDA8 for the MOTHERSHIP, the BDA4M utilizes BOPA11 and BOPA14 opamps on channels 1-2 and channels 3-4, respectively. They are followed by the renowned BX5 output transformer used in the B32 VANCOUVER MIX BUS.
The BOPA11 is ideal for monitoring, with maximum clarity, detail, and minimal distortion. The BOPA14, which was initially designed for the BDA8, has a slightly more pleasing tone and is preferred for mixing.
The BURL BX5 output transformer is the same large, BURLY beast used in BURL Audio’s renowned B32 VANCOUVER MIX BUS. Anyone who has tried B32 for the first time and engages the BX5 usually says “WHOA! That’s amazing!”. Forget about technical jargon, the BX5 transformer simply makes things sound bigger, phatter, deeper…better.
For years, engineers have taken their fully digital projects and run them through a 2-track analog tape machine to make them sound “less digital”. The BDA4M with the BX5 output transformer routed to a BAD8 or BAD4 with the BX1 input transformer does something very similar, but better, in that there is no tape hiss and there is higher dynamic range and more headroom.
On the digital side, the BDA4M employs a couple of new features; a switchable DAC filter and AVID delay matching. Switching the DAC filter allows you to change the tone from the classic BURL sound to a more aggressive tone with a more forward mid-range. The AVID delay matching allows you to perfectly match the output delay of an AVID IO which is crucial for hardware inserts.
If you already own a B80 MOTHERSHIP or if you are buying a new one, the BDA4M is awesome by itself or as a compliment to the super clear BDA8. Adding even just one BDA4M to your MOTHERSHIP will be a big step up. The BDA4M is truly BURLY.
BURL AUDIO MOTHERSHIP
Burl Audio are known for the innovate B80 Mothership rack device which can be customized with preamps, digital audio converters, word clocks and more. Each daughter card is equipped with transformers in the input stage and op-amps in the output stage, combining the flexibility and pristine sound of digital audio with the character and attitude of an all Class A discrete signal path. Perfect for home studios, commercial recording studios and post-production houses and broadcast facilities, the Mothership can be customized to suit any session. And with digital control options for SoundGrid, Dante and more, the B80 Mothership can even be used as a studio-grade stage box in live sound applications.
- 4-channel mix/mastering DAC
- 4-channel XLR connectivity
- All Class A, NextGen Analog BOPA14 and BOPA11 op-amps
- Switchable BX5 output transformers
- B2 DAC style stepped attenuator
- Avid delay matching
- DAC filter select
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