Ferrofish Pulse 16 MX 16x16 AD/DA MADI/ADAT Converter
The Ferrofish Pulse 16 MX is the high-quality solution to connect a wide range of Analog, MADI and ADAT equipment to a mixer or a computer interface – with up to 192 kHz.
The high-density converter provides 16 x 16 balanced analog TRS-I/Os and can handle pro studio levels up to +20 dBu – adjustable in 1 dB steps. The PULSE16 is using the recent high-performance low-latency converter generation from Cirrus Logic. Combined with a temperature-compensated high-precision clock and an active jitter reduction hardware design, the 226-channel MX delivers an exceptional detailed sound.
On the digital side, the multi-format device provides an optical MADI I/O with 64 I/Os. 2 x 4 ADAT ports can convert all 16 analog I/Os – even with up to 96 kHz.
The Pulse16MX incorporates a Word Clock I/O and a MIDI I/O for embedding signals and remote control of the unit. Many popular features from the flagship A32 have been added as well: Preset Management, Panel Lock and the sophisticated routing matrix.
All in all the fan-less, small footprint device is a huge problem solver for studio and live sound applications.
Optical MADI I/O
The PULSE16 MX provides a MADI SFP module with optical LC connector. The MADI I/O supports daisy-chain delay compensation and carries MIDI-over-MADI.
Dual TFT Display
Two high-resolution TFT displays provide detailed level information for all 2 x 16 analog signals – allowing the overview of the signal flow in and out of the unit. The innovative on-board contextual help, much loved by Ferrofish users, allows it to use the high-tech device, without reaching for the manual.
Internal Routing Matrix
The PULSE16 MX provides a sophisticated internal matrix for the free routing and splitting of all 112 Ins to all 112 Outs in blocks of 8 channels. The headphone output on the front allows it to monitor every mono or stereo I/O directly on the unit.
High Quality AD & DA
The PULSE16MX uses the most recent low-latency AD & DA generation from Cirrus Logic. The high performance converters capture and restore audio signals with all details, a highly neutral frequency response and low distortion. All analog inputs and output are using balanced TRS jacks, and can be set independently to levels between -8 dBu and +20 dBu.
High Resolution Sound
The PULSE16MX converts all 16 analog I/O with sample rates of up to 192 kHz from/to MADI and ADAT (8 Channels at 192 kHz – SMUX/4).
The pristine sound quality is perfectly suited for high-quality recording and playback of critical material with high dynamics, like classical music or jazz.
High Precision Clock
The PULSE16MX is driven by a high-accurate, internal low jitter clock. The sophisticated design combines an advanced jitter reduction circuit with a stable, temperature compensated oscillator. All digital data from the MADI, ADAT and BNC ports are automatically processed, resulting in the an ultra-low output jitter on all digital channels of 50 to 100 ps.
MADI is the industry standard for multi-channel audio at modern concert tours around the globe, classical music recordings, theaters and music studios. Setups with several hundred channels in a complex setup, including recording interfaces, mixing consoles and converters to all existing audio formats, are easy to realize.
Ferrofish consequently supports MADI and offers industry-leading products, like the PULSE16 MX and the high-density converters of the A-Series with seamless integration tRouting Matrix The internal matrix allows the free routing and splitting of all 112 Inputs to all 112 Outputs in blocks of 8 channels.
This matrix is shown as a grid inside the ROUTING menu. The inputs are shown in the columns, while the rows represent the outputs. A solid square between these lines indicates a connection. The matrix is saved within the device presets and can be recalled at any time.o other formats.
Direct Headphone Monitoring
The headphone output on the front allows it to monitor every mono or stereo I/O directly from the unit – no additional device or DAW interface is necessary. The headphones signal can be easily selected via a dedicated source control on the TFT display.
Fully Guided Control
Two high-resolution TFT displays provide complete control of all features:
- Detailed level information for all 2 x 16 signals at a glance
- Analog Gains
- Routing matrix
- Headphone control, including source selection.
- Settings (e. g. Clock, Termination, TFT Brightness, Device Lock)
- Preset control (Save, Load)
The innovative on-board contextual help, much loved by Ferrofish users, allows it to use this high-tech device, without reaching for the manual.
|Input Connectors||1/4-inch TRS, BNC, Optical|
|Output Connectors||1/4-inch TRS, BNC, Optical|
|MIDI Connections||In, Out|
|Clock I/O||In, Out|
|Maximum Sampling Rate||192 kHz|
|Digital Format||ADAT, MADI|
Really liking this unit so far after about a month working with it. It seamlessly integrates with my RME UFX+ via MADI and the gain features are very useful. I would say it definitely has a more aggressive sound than the converters on the outputs of the RME UFX+, but not in a bad way whatsoever. We are also using a Burl Mothership unit at our studio and I would say these Ferrofish converters are fantastic sound and build quality regardless of the great pricepoint.
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