Dangerous Music has launched the CONVERT-2 and CONVERT-8 2-channel and 8-channel reference D-to-A converters. Here's their press release with the full story...
For well over a decade, Dangerous Music has been lauded for developing some of the premier monitoring DACs in the industry; renowned mixing and mastering engineers around the world have relied on them for both their accuracy and musicality. Based on end-user demand, Dangerous set out to to design the next generation of converters as stand-alone units, incorporating the design ethic of 'Transparent yet Musical' that Dangerous brings to all its products. The new CONVERT one-space rack units support all standard sample rates up to 192k, with inputs for AES, SPDIF, ADAT, Optical SPDIF (Toslink), and USB.
Bob Muller, President of Dangerous Music, states, "We needed to answer our customer's requests for standalone and multi-channel D-to-A converters based on the reference DACs built into our monitoring products that they have come to depend on. It was time for a new generation of Dangerous converters so we ignored cost considerations, as we always do when developing a new product and set out to make the best sounding D-to-A converter that we'd ever heard. After more than 2 years of development the consensus from all of us within Dangerous as well as a select group of very discerning world-class engineers is unanimous: Mission accomplished! We are very excited to share the new CONVERT-2 and CONVERT-8 with the world."
Dangerous Music worked throughout the development process to assure the new CONVERT series exceeds engineer's needs and expectations by having them used in real projects, Todd Whitelock, Audio Engineer for Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride and others, says of the CONVERT-8, "Finally a converter that puts clarity in the bottom end. Basses and kick drums articulate naturally, finding their own space in the mix. It was the clearest, widest, most detailed stereo field I've ever mixed in."
Mike Wells, Mastering Engineer for clients such as Green Day, Prince, DJ Earworm, and Apple Computer, says about the CONVERT-2, "This converter redefines spatial imaging, depth, and detail. It crushed my primary reference converter in a shootout. The CONVERT-2 is the new standard of excellence."
"I was expecting quite a lot from this converters. It's not my fault, it's just that Dangerous has set the bar pretty high with units like the D-Box, Monitor ST, Bax and Compressor," says Ryan West, Recording/Mixing Engineer for Jay-Z, Eminem, Usher, Kid Cudi. "Super solid and light on it's feet, the DAC definitely feels and sounds like a Dangerous product: punchy, open, musical, and accurate. Setup is really simple and the clocking is rock solid."
Rueven Amiel, a Grammy Winning Mixer/Producer for Pony Asteroid, Sarah Packiam, Susana Baca, states about the CONVERT-8, "It's so important to make a song feel right, and I feel like I bypassed hours of work by just plugging in the CONVERT."
Producer/Mixer Fab Dupont, concludes, "With the CONVERT Series, Dangerous Music managed to beat their own DAC-ST as my favorite Reference D-to-A." Dupont has worked with Toots and the Maytals, Kirk Whalum, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira (ft. Freshlyground), Marc Anthony, and many other top recording artists.
Pricing and Availability:
Both CONVERT DACs (pronounced CON-vert) are now available through dealers worldwide.
Street prices: CONVERT-2 is $2499 US and CONVERT-8 is $3,499 US.