We all know what incredible tools Digital Audio Workstations are. But have you ever noticed that some of the finer points of your music get lost in the final step? So have we. When you mix digitally in your PC, you can lose information and sound quality.
That's why we created the Dangerous 2-BUS LT: the analog summing mixer designed specifically for the digital audio environment. 16 channels in, 2 channels out -- one great sounding mix.
The 2-BUS LT is a 16x2 summing amplifier designed to help users of digital audio workstations (DAW's) better mix performance through the use of the existing equipment in their studios. As engineers and musicians, the Dangerous team and their colleagues have noted that while digital audio workstations offer unprecedented flexibility in multitrack recording and editing, the resulting mix from these systems generally doesn't equal those of high-end analog recording consoles in terms of sound quality and preservation of spatial detail.
Dangerous Music's 2-BUS LT allows the full potential of your digital audio workstation to be realized -- audibly. It sums 16 channels of audio to a stereo pair in a high quality analog environment while occupying only one rack space. Available in our standard finish, or flying the DigiDesign(r) colors, shown here.
The 2-BUS LT delivers quality you would expect from a full-scale analog console, but from a compact unit that was specifically designed for the home, project, and professional digital studio.
|Tube or Solid State||Solid State|
|Number of Inputs||3|
|Input Connectors||Analog DB25, Analog XLR|
|Number of Outputs||2|
|Output Connectors||Analog XLR|
From what I gather (read: read), I'm not alone when I say "having come from the D-Box". The 2-Bus LT is definitely an improvement over the summing section of the D-Box. Its a bit difficult to discern precisely where they made the improvements seeing how both products came out around the same time. Perhaps benefitting from an additional 8 channels of summing is one of the key elements in "improvement". The other added bonus, without a doubt, is the ability to pick and choose any of the 16 channels you'd like to asign as *Mono* or *Stereo*. More or less this is intuitive.
Having said that, herein lies one rub: What is NOT intuitive is the block lettered "MONO" and the strange thin-almost-an-arrow-yet-not-really white outline that, at first glance, dictates which side is "MONO". Well ... No, not at all. *MONO* is dictated by a simple color scheme and it is up to the engineer to use their ears (which is not a bad thing) and proper DAW routing to make sure the signal is flowing where its supposed to be flowing. Was Dangerous originally going to offer the mono capability to Channels 1/2 & 15/16 Only ?? Visually, this is confusing and slows down user setup time. Thankfully, once this snag is untangled, it becomes smoother and routing becomes quicker. But this is only true is you leave the channels you wish to have MONO'D ... mono'd, as I'd personally recommend.
The other oddball attritbute to the 2-BUS LT is the outrageously smooth action of the makeup/attenuation output knob. Its not "bad", per se, but its VERY smooth and not something you'd really want to futz with after setting levels ... or really ever again for that matter. This could've been detented. From what I gather, in the MK2 model, Dangerous made such adjustments.
The most important part: HOW DOES IT SOUND ?
This unit sounds VERY good. It's clean, it's analog, it's classic Dangerous and has noticeably higher headroom than the D-BOX. Also, the image is much wider and more open in the upper mids and top end. The low end feels tighter as well. One of the things I always found myself wrestling with on the D-BOX was the low end. It had a tendency to sort of "shmoots-out" or sometimes splat. Perhaps this is due to 16 channels of summing, but I hear better engineering behind the Audio amplifier of the 2-BUS LT.
I'd give this unit 5 stars if the knob were detented and the MONO option was a bit more intuitive.
However, for anyone that says this unit sounds "bad", I say, "you're trippin' ! This unit soudns great and is a welcome
addition to any home studio or professional setup. Push those AUX faders up and let the amps take the higher levels. Happy Summing !
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