Dangerous Music Source Reviews5.0/5.0 based on 4 customer reviews
I just picked up Dangerous Music Source for my portable setup. The sound quality of the monitoring path allows me to really hear the mix, it fits in my laptop bag perfectly, and the DA converters are worth the price of admission alone. The Source is truly mastering-grade monitoring and conversion without the mastering-grade pricetag. I will never give up my Source!
February 3, 2013Music Background:
Recording Engineer/Industry Pro
Great boxI own a Dbox and a Symphony I/O and picked this up for my mobile setup. It flat out sounds incredible! The D/A is nearly as good as the Symphony and the overall unit feels fantastic. It's a rock sold piece I would highly recommended to anyone.
from United States
December 11, 2012Music Background:
Recording and Mixing Engineer
Amazing DAC and monitor controllerI work out several studios and collaborate with different mastering engineers. For my project studio I was using a Presonus Central station to do monitor switching along with it's D/A conversion. I have to say when I plugged this thing in I was blown away. The clarity and depth I heard, especially in the low end was stunning. I could hear reverb tails clearly and a nicely sepearted midrange. I do not know if it is the DAC or signal path or both, but this was money well spent. Usually most people will tell you not to worry about your DAC until you have all your other bases covered (mics, pres, etc). However with this unit I made a very noticeable difference to my monitoring chain. This unit is worth trying out, especially if you are using some lower end monitoring / converter chain such as a central station. While it does not have the feature set of the central station it blows the sound right out of the water. This box is also perfect if you have no need for analog summing supplied in the D box. After buying the music source I was inspired to upgrade my project studio monitors to get the most out of my monitoring chain and I'm never looking back.
December 1, 2012Music Background:
Great monitor controllerThe sound is fantastic and really gives you a very accurate image of the mix. I love all the options for switching and inputs. This unit can really do just about everything. If you are creative it can even be uses as an A/D converter as well. I love the fact it was designed by Mastering engineers, you know the quality of the converters is going to be amazing. The ability to run protools and reference audio playing from my computer via the USB port was an amazing idea. This prevents from having to open the glitchy core audio driver. The guys at Sweetwater really know their stuff, if my sales rep hadn't turned me onto this box I would be sick knowing I went with another option. Just a great buy.
from Wilmington, NC
September 9, 2012Music Background:
Producer, Engineer, Guitarist
ExcellentI wanted to improve my monitoring, I had no idea what I was missing with my previous controller. I was going through 5-7 mix revisions before I was ready for my client to critique, not bad, but I need to move faster. After my FIRST mix session with the Source, I had only fine tuning tweaks, the mix was almost perfect!! Extreme flexibility and ease of use, Thanks Dangerous and Sweetwater!!!!
When you're working on a recording -- whether you're tracking, editing, mixing, or mastering -- monitoring is everything. If you can't accurately hear what you're doing, you can't make decisions about mic placement, edits, EQ, effects, or balances. Everything is affected by what you hear from your monitor system. That's why great monitors are essential. But don't forget about your monitor controller; everything passes through it, so it must be the best-quality item in your signal path.
The is a new monitor control center that delivers both stellar audio quality and a great deal of routing flexibility. The Sourcehas four stereo inputs: Analog 1, Analog 2, AES/EBU or S/PDIF digital, and USB. There are two independent output paths: one for headphones and one for studio monitors. You can connect and switch between two sets of studio monitors, and assign any input source to either output path. This lets you route different mixes to headphones than you have feeding your monitors -- perfect for tracking sessions. You can also simultaneously route multiple inputs to the headphone and/or monitor outputs, so you can jam along with playback from an iPod, for example. You can even listen to both sets of monitor outputs at once, which is useful if you're connecting a subwoofer with main monitors.
The USB input can connect directly to your computer and feed audio from the computer through an onboard D/A converter to the outputs. In many situations, you won't even need an audio interface to listen to audio (unless you're tracking or need inputs to the computer, of course). There is also a stereo through that you can pass through to an external stereo recorder or back to two inputs on your computer, plus a digital through allows you to pass through to other digital devices.
The Source is deceptively powerful, offering everything many of us will need for tracking, mixing, and mastering in our studios. It's also great for mobile rigs, whether recording or DJ, because it slips right into a laptop pack.
With all of its features, the Source is an incredible value -- before you ever factor in the pristine Dangerous Music audio quality. It has become an essential part of my rig.