Crane Song HEDD 192

Digital Signal Processor with 24-bit A/D & D/A Convertors, Triode, Pentode, and Analog Tape Compression Sounds
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Crane Song HEDD 192
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Sound Less Digital and More Analog with the HEDD192

Crane Song HEDD192 - When choosing analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters, you have a choice to make - do you go for something that delivers transparent conversion, or look for a little color? Thanks to Crane Song's HEDD192 (Harmonically Enhanced Digital Device), now you can have your cake and eat it too. HEDD gives you independent 2-channel A/D and D/A converters that offer transparent conversion up to 192kHz via AES/EBU or S/PDIF I/O. Once the signal is in the digital domain, HEDD's powerful DSP takes over. With the ability to mimic the distortion characteristics of analog tape and triode and pentode tubes, HEDD can turn the crispiest digital signal into something that sounds like it was recorded in 1976.

Crane Song HEDD192 at a Glance:
  • Breakthrough technology generates tube/analog sounds in the digital domain
  • Use for tracking, mixing, or mastering
  • Selectable input sources
  • Transformerless balanced I/O

Tube Sound in the Digital Domain
HEDD, short for harmonically enhanced digital device, is a technological breakthrough in signal processing. HEDD is engineered to be musically transparent while providing the capability of generating tube/analog sounds in the digital domain. HEDD gives any user who works with digital the ability to sound less digital and more analog.

Tracking, Mixing, Mastering
Applications include: CD preparation, work station input and output, DAT machine A/D and D/A convertor replacement and effects generation (warming or changing sounds in the digital domain). HEDD 192 can be used in tracking, mixing or mastering.

Selectable Input Sources
The front panel controls allow the user to select input source, sample rate, and continuously variable triode and pentode sounds. The HEDD can operate as an effects device or as separate A/D and D/A convertor with the sound enhancement process applied to either the A/D or D/A convertor.

Transformerless I/O
HEDD has transformerless balanced analog inputs and outputs, transformer isolated digital inputs and outputs, and uses separate power transformers and supplies for the analog and digital sections. The unit is 1 rack space tall and operates from 115V or 230V mains.

Crane Song HEDD192 Applications:
  • Pro Studio Recording
  • Project Studios
  • Live Audio Engineering
  • CD Mastering/Preparation
  • DAW Input & Output
Crane Song HEDD192 Features:
  • High-quality 24-bit A/D and D/A Convertors
  • 24-bit Processing
  • Adjustable Triode, Pentode and Tape sounds
  • Digital I/O, AES and S/PDIF
  • External WC Sync Input and Output
  • 22 Element VU Metering
  • Triode & Pentode Sounds
  • Analog Tape Compression
  • 100V or 230V Mains
  • Upgradable to 192K Sample Rates
Crane Song HEDD can turn the crispiest digital signal into a sweet analog-like sound!

What Does "Special Order" Mean?

A special-order product is one that we don't normally keep in stock. We order it from the manufacturer as soon as you order from us. We have great relationships with all the manufacturers we carry, so we can get your special order to you as fast as or faster than anyone else. Remember that special orders are non-returnable and non-cancelable, so make sure the item is right for you. A Sweetwater Sales Engineer can help you decide — call (800) 222-4700 for assistance!

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Tech Specs

Channels 2
A to D Yes
D to A Yes
Sample Rate 192kHz
Bit Depth 24-bit
Analog Inputs 2 x XLR
Analog Outputs 2 x XLR
Digital Inputs 2 x AES/EBU, 2 x S/PDIF cox
Digital Outputs 2 x AES/EBU, 2 x S/PDIF cox
Clock Inputs 1 x Word Clock
Clock Outputs 1 x Word Clock
Rack Spaces 1U
Height 1.75"
Depth 10"
Width 19"
Weight 15 lbs. shipping weight
Manufacturer Part Number HEDD-192

Customer Reviews

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Best of both worlds

I can appreciate the gear from Dave Hill. After buying the Avocet it wasn't hard for me to buy the HEDD. I love the way you can manipulate this converter from clean and transparent to something you just have to experience to describe. You will have no buyers remorse.

This thing sounds analog!

Boy, I love the sound this unit. Some of the best conversion I ever heard. I have tried quite a few different converters. Everything from Apogee to Mytek to Black Lion Audio. But man, talk about fatness, clarity and warm tone. The pentode dial is my favorite. Then the tape knob. Superb conversion. Don't really care for the internal clock though. The Apogee Big Ben strapped on makes it sound better to my ears.
Music background: Jack Of All Trades :)
See also: A/D Converters, Crane Song, Crane Song AD/DA Converters, Crane Song Misc Digital Converters