Dangerous Music SOURCE

Monitor Controller with Digital and Analog Input Sources, 1/8" Stereo Input, and Dual Headphone Outputs
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Dangerous Music's Source is the all-in-one portable monitoring system project studio engineers have been waiting for! The Dangerous Source gives you access to a complete set of audio sources, including USB and AES digital audio, as well as a balanced XLR and an 1/8" stereo input (perfect for your iPod!). Separate source selections for your headphones and monitors will certainly also come in handy when collaborating with artists. If the complexity of your monitoring setup has you tied in knots, check out the Dangerous Source.

Dangerous Music Source monitoring system at a Glance:
  • Portable, studio-grade monitor controller
  • Flexibility - it's a beautiful thing
  • Dangerous quality
Portable, studio-grade monitor controller

The Dangerous Source pops into your backpack and fits right under your laptop. If you're a producer, engineer, DJ, or video editor who's always on-the-go, it's great to have access to studio-quality monitoring on the road. Dangerous Music's studio monitoring products are well regarded amongst audio pros, and you know when they set out to design a portable monitor controller, it's going to have the right stuff.

Flexibility - it's a beautiful thing

The Dangerous Source lets you listen to any combination of four input sources; you get two speaker outputs and two headphone outputs. You can let the singer hear her own personal headphone mix, for instance, from the Analog 2 input - while you monitor the real mix, coming in from your computer via the USB input (which can run up to 24-bit/192kHz). The Dangerous Source gives you the monitoring flexibility to handle virtually any monitoring situation that might crop up.

Dangerous quality

Dangerous Music is renowned for their no-compromise designs and build-quality, and the Dangerous Source lives up to this reputation. The company's products have earned the fierce loyalty of legions of audio pros the world over. When you add the Dangerous Source to your audio rig, you know that you're making an investment in great sound that will give you many years of use.

Dangerous Music Source monitoring system Features:
  • Hear everything, anywhere, so you can mix it right the first time.
  • Portable monitor control for both speakers and headphones.
  • Monitor Digital, (2) Analog and USB sources separately or simultaneously
  • Fits beneath a 13" laptop or rack installable (kit optional)
  • Two speaker outputs can be engaged simultaneously, or use one as a dedicated subwoofer out.
  • Headphones and speakers can monitor single or multiple sources - different choices for the producer and artist.
  • Two analog inputs: 1/8" mini stereo & XLR/TRS combo jack.
  • Two digital inputs: AES/SPDIF and USB
  • USB IN, up to 24-bit/192kHz for Windows and Mac (plug and play in OX X 10.7)
  • Third stereo output to send to Front of House or final mixdown
  • Rackmountable with optional rack ear kit
Restore sanity to your monitoring setup, with the Dangerous Music Source!

Additional Media

Source Chop Shop
Source User Manual
Source Wiring Diagram
Studio Monitor Buying Guide
How To Use a Dangerous Music Source with a Subwoofer
Hands On Review: Dangerous Music Source
The Solution for Mobile Studio Monitoring

Tech Specs

Input Channels 4
Output Channels 8
Analog Inputs 2 x XLR/TRS Combo, 1 x 1/8" (Stereo)
Analog Outputs 2 x XLR, 2 x 1/4", 2 x 1/4" (Headphones)
Digital Inputs 1 x AES-S/PDIF, USB
Digital Outputs AES Thru
Computer Connectivity USB 2.0
Form Factor Desktop (Optional Rackmount Kit Available)
Height 1.75"
Width 8"
Depth 12.75"
Manufacturer Part Number SOURCE

Customer Reviews

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PTHDX Problem Solver

I've been perfectly happy with my Coleman monitor controller for over 10 years now but in the studio working with Pro Tools HD open it became an ever increasing pain to listen to system audio to reference iTunes, YouTube, etc as well as having the aux cable always at the ready. My choice was having a bump box into a separate input or deal with level surprises due to the impedance mismatch, no fault of the Coleman's, just the nature of the passive controllers. Sounds silly but it's an annoying thing to explain to visiting artists how to switch for the aux or system audio, I just needed something that was always at the ready. The Source fixed all this for me. At all times I have an aux cable, system audio via the Source's DA, as well as a solid monitor section and a send to the headphone amp. I was worried about going to an active controller after being on a passive for so long. I did notice a different sound but that's all it is, different, no difference in quality and the mixes are as solid or better, the very, very slightly forward midrange seems to help my mixing style. Out of curiosity I tested the DA against my Prism ADA-8XR (my absolute favorite converters). Again, they're different, the Source is more mid and bass forward but every bit as usable, way better than the Aurora 8 I keep around for extra inserts and I prefer it to my Burl B2 (heresy some would say but it's just my opinion). That was a nice bonus I wasn't expecting and can trust it to manipulate sounds in Ableton while keeping PTHD open. My only change I'd make to the unit would be to make the volume knob a different color, maybe match the logo's orange to easier differentiate it from the headphone volume for studio visitors. I should also add that I got it with the rack kit, a perfect fit. Very happy with this handy little box.
Music background: Professional

Indispensable monitoring source

There's no lacking in the design of the piece from the build to the sound. The variety of sound inputs and outputs are of extremely solid connectors, and sourced to immersive sound quality. I highly recommend the Dangerous Music Source! I hope to have it a lifetime.
Music background: Aspiring Audio Engineer


I 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!!!!
Music background: Producer, Engineer, Guitarist

Great monitor controller

The 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.
Music background: Mixing Engineer

Amazing DAC and monitor controller

I 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.
Music background: Recording and Mixing Engineer

Sweetwater Advice

Cameron Wheeler

The Dangerous Music Source is an incredible DAC. In my studio, I have used this as my primary monitor controller for mixing. Its pristine accuracy allows me to hear things I never could before.

Andrew Malloy

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!

Mitch Gallagher

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 Dangerous Music Source is a new monitor control center that delivers both stellar audio quality and a great deal of routing flexibility. The Source has 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.
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