At the NAMM 2012 Show, Dangerous Music announced its newest monitor controller, the “Dangerous Source” – a portable and desktop unit designed for portable applications or to fit a limited space on the desktop, a complement to any DAW for its centralized control of loudspeakers, headphones, and more.
Dangerous Source fits beneath a 13-inch laptop computer, and it can also sit unobtrusively on the desktop within arms reach to provide easy control of volume, input selection, loudspeaker switching, and headphone control. An input for USB audio simplifies a traveling mix rig even further.
“With the explosion of professional recording and mixing being done on today’s powerful laptop computers, we wanted to bring our standard of audio path quality and functionality to portable monitor control,” says Bob Muller, president of Dangerous Music. “We’ve been making monitor controllers since before the product category existed in the mainstream, so the Dangerous Source seemed like the logical next step in the lineage of Monitor, Monitor ST and D-Box.
“We’ve also added a first for our products in that the Source connects directly to the computer via USB, saving even more cable hassles for the traveling engineer.”
The Dangerous Source monitor controller sports many of the key professional features of the company’s Dangerous D-Box, such as loudspeaker switching for two sets of loudspeakers, loudspeaker volume, AES/SPDIF digital IN, 2 Stereo Analog IN, and dual headphone out with a separate level control.
In addition, it can connect directly to a computer for monitoring of digital audio over USB. Dangerous Source is capable of up to 24-bit 192kHz on both digital inputs.
Although the Dangerous Source is the company’s first non-rack mount product, an optional 1RU user-installable front panel option will be available.
• Designed for portability
• Desktop form factor sits comfortably under a 13-inch laptop
• Optional 1RU front panel available
• Speaker volume control
• Two 1/4-inch headphone outs
• Supports 2 pairs of loudspeakers
• Alternatively select both loudspeaker outputs simultaneously for speakers and subwoofer combination
• Layering of multiple inputs in both the loudspeaker and headphone outputs
• 2 Analog IN: unbalanced 1/8-inch mini stereo at -10 dBv, balanced XLR/1/4-inch combo jack at +4 dBu
• AES/SPDIF digital IN, up to 24-bit/192 kHz
• USB IN, up to 24-bit/192kHz for Windows and Mac
• Line-level pass-thru for Control Room output
• Buffered digital thru output for AES/SPDIF input
The Dangerous Source is set for release in early Q2, 2012, the price is to be announced.