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Because you can't mix what you can't hear.

Discover what the platinum hit makers already know...

"If the Monitoring and Mix Buss don't deliver, neither will the song."

  • 8 Channels of Unmatched Analog Summing
  • Transparent Monitoring
  • 20 Watts per Channel of Headphone Amplification
  • Speaker Selection
  • Talkback
  • Reference D/A Conversion
  • 2 Switchable Digital Inputs

SUMMING:

Put your recording interface’s D/A converters to work and distribute the load across 8 outputs instead of 2. Mix in stems (like having 4 master faders instead of 1.) Let the D-Box take the heat and rediscover your tracks:

  • Massive Punch and Detail
  • Imaging You Can Grab
  • Incredible Headroom
  • Effortless Ouboard Gear Integration
  • Expand Your Summing Path with 2-Bus or 2-Bus LT

MONITORING:

-Hear the difference when angling the mic a half inch upward for more head voice or down for more body

-Feel the punch when carving out a 50Hz or 60Hz pocket in the bass track to make room for the kick

-Close your eyes and step into the space around the voice and instruments

Combine the D-Box with your 8 channel interface and discover...

...the truth is in here

 

Summing Section

Frequency Response: 1Hz-100kHz within 0.1dB
THD+N: < 0.003%
IMD: < 0.004%
Crosstalk: < -97dB
Noise: < -89dBu total energy in audio band
Maximum Input: +27dBu

 

Monitor Section

Frequency Response: 1Hz-100kHz within 0.1dB
THD+N: < 0.003%
IMD: < 0.0035%
Crosstalk: < -100dB
Noise: < -91dBu total energy in audio band
Maximum Input: +26dBu

 

D/A Converter:

Locks to standard AES or SPDIF signals 32kHz-100kHz
Crosstalk: < -101dB
Noise:< -92dBu
THD+N: 0.005%

Nominal operating level: +4 dBu

Input impedance:
25 kohms balanced

Output impedance:
50 ohms balanced

Power consumption: 25 Watt

Warranty: Free 2 year extended warranty with online registration.

Standard warranty: 90 days parts and labor, subject to inspection. Does not include damage incurred through abusive operation or modifications/attempted repair by unauthorized technicians.

Why does the D-Box have an input labeled CD?

You can plug any digital device into this input, but we labeled it CD in order to give you an idea of one use for it. Most people like to reference their mixes against another mix (either their own or someone else's) so that they have a benchmark as to where they would like to go. The problem with this is that unless you are comparing the two mixes at the same level, through the same signal path, there is no way to accurately tell what you have to do to your tracks.

This is where the D-Box saves the day. If you plug a digital source (let's say the digital output of a CD Player) into the CD In on the D-Box, you can hear what it sounds like through the exact same circuitry that your mix is going through, giving you a more accurate comparison. Not only will the level of your reference be fixed, allowing you to compare it to the level of your own mix, but it will be played through the same D/A converter and monitoring signal path as your mix.

Why do playback converters matter?

D/A converters can greatly alter the sound of a source. Cheap converters can often greatly degrade the signal quality, making a track crunchy or muddy. Even expensive converters can sometimes be a problem for monitoring, because boutique and home hi-fi converters can make the material sound brighter or fatter than it actually is. When it comes to monitoring, what you want is a Mastering-Quality "Reference Monitoring Converter" like the one we have in the D-Box.  Basically what this means is that the converter is designed with the same philosophy as all of our analog monitoring gear- accuracy, transparency and neutrality. This allows you to make informed decisions on what to do to your tracks, because you are hearing exactly what's there.

Now imagine if you were to listen to the analog output of your cd player (or mp3 player, iPhone, computer, etc), through the cheap d/a converters that are built into this consumer-level device. The sound from the cd player that you are listening to will not accurately reflect what is really there in the track. When you compare your mix against this one, you are no longer comparing your mix to the true sound of the reference track, but to the sound of the track through this colored converter. This is not a proper way to reference your mix.

If you can hear both sources through the same Mastering-Quality D/A converter, however, you can feel safe in the knowledge that you are getting a true A/B comparison between the two.

“I bought the D-Box to have a really clean and reliable way to monitor that would sound great, and wouldn’t futz around when I turned the volume down.”

Morgan Page, Remixer

“Because I am in my studio constantly I needed a tool like the D-Box I could use for everything, a Swiss army knife…summing, monitoring, headphones.”

Steve Ouimette, Guitar Hero Composer & Guitarist

"Thank you for making this thing! What a drastic improvement over my old monitor controller. I had no idea it was that bad!"

Josh Fields, Producer/Songwriter/Mixer

"...sounded the best, hands down. Great imaging, punch, clarity, etc"

Mike Bell, Darkart Mastering

"The D-Box as a monitoring system, it is intuitive and versatile, clean and powerful. As a summing unit, it gives a warmth and clarity to everything I work on."

David Hodges, Producer

"The D-Box turns any room, bus or plane into the real deal. The analog summing creates a 'space' that you can't get 'inside-the-box' - making records with the D...

Pete Evick, Engineer

“I can bring the D-Box and track a session anywhere with my laptop. It’s an incredibly powerful system, and you have your summing.”

Morgan Page, Remixer

"The headphone amp is so crisp and detailed. I recorded one of my regular artists through it and the DBox helped get him to the emotion quicker than ever. It bl...

Arnold D'Souza, Engineer

“I’ve gotten into the D-Box summing, it’s exciting to apply it to soft-synths to get that warmth and that width in the mix.”

Morgan Page, Remixer

"The depth in sound is second to none. It's now the center of my studio."

Arnold D'Souza, Engineer