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  1. Burl Audio B16 Mothership BMB1 - DigiLink

    MFR#: B16-BMB1
    2U, 2-slot version of the B80 Mothership AD/DA - empty chassis with internal power supply and BMB1 Mini-DigiLink motherboard for direct hookup to Pro Tools - cards sold separately
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    • Free shipping to the lower 48 states for online orders of $99 and up.Free Shipping (USA)
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    $1,499.00
  2. Burl Audio B16 Mothership BMB2 - MADI

    MFR#: B16-BMB2
    2U, 2-slot version of the B80 Mothership AD/DA - empty chassis with internal power supply and BMB2 - MADI motherboard for use with ASIO or Core Audio PCIe MADI cards - cards sold separately
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    $1,499.00
  3. Burl Audio B16 Mothership BMB3 - Dante

    MFR#: B16-BMB3
    2U, 2-slot version of the B80 Mothership AD/DA - empty chassis with internal power supply and BMB3 - Dante motherboard for use with Dante enabled DAWs, and any Dante-enabled device
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    • Free shipping to the lower 48 states for online orders of $99 and up.Free Shipping (USA)
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    $1,499.00
  4. Burl Audio B16 Mothership BMB4 - Waves Soundgrid

    MFR#: B16-BMB4
    2U, 2-slot version of the B80 Mothership AD/DA - empty chassis with internal power supply and BMB4 - Waves Soundgrid motherboard for audio over IP for digital audio network
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    • Free shipping to the lower 48 states for online orders of $99 and up.Free Shipping (USA)
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    $1,499.00
  5. Burl Audio B80 Mothership - with Dante Connectivity

    MFR#: B80-BMB3
    80-channel configurable AD/DA - now with Dante network connectivity
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    $2,099.00
  6. Burl Audio B80 Mothership BMB1 - DigiLink

    MFR#: B80-BMB1 Best Seller
    80-channel configurable AD/DA - empty chassis with BP300 power supply and BMB1 Mini-DigiLink motherboard - cards sold separately
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    $2,099.00
  7. Burl Audio B80 Mothership BMB2 - MADI

    MFR#: B80-BMB2 Best Seller
    80-channel configurable AD/DA - empty chassis with BP300 power supply and BMB2 MADI motherboard - cards sold separately
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    • Free shipping to the lower 48 states for online orders of $99 and up.Free Shipping (USA)
    • Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is here to support you before, during and after your purchase.Free Tech Support
    • We add an additional year of coverage for additional peace of mind.Free Extended Warranty
    $2,099.00
  8. Burl Audio BMB3 Dante Motherboard

    MFR#: BMB3 Motherboard
    Two Ethernet ports for use with Dante enabled DAWs and any Dante enabled device
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    $899.00

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The AD/DA converter is the heart of your digital recording system. On the front end, you have the A/D converter, which will turn the analog signal from your microphone and preamp, into a digital waveform that can be played back and manipulated through your DAW. Having a quality A/D converter is key to maintaining the depth of the the original source, where a lower quality A/D can leave your digital signal sounding thin or hollow, which is almost impossible to fix through digital or analog dynamic processing or EQ.

On the back end is the D/A converter, which is what converts the digital audio from your DAW back into an analog signal that we hear back through our studio monitors. If you are using an analog desk, it is very important to have the highest quality D/A conversion. If you are using a lower quality D/A converter, you will be sending a degraded signal to your console, which will be amplified by the analog circuitry of the desk.

Some interfaces have built in preamps, as well as A/D D/A conversion. These are a great option for a smaller studio, the price point is usually a bit lower, you won’t need to buy any external analog preamps, and the conversion still maintains a higher quality. For a more commercial recording facility, you may want to look into something that just does A/D D/A conversion, as these units aren't also trying to focus on the quality of the internal preamp, more attention is put onto the converters, resulting in much clearer, full bodied audio.