Digidesign 192

Digidesign 192 I/O Mods

$1,695.00$2,295.00 $1,356.00$1,836.00

What do industry heavyweights like Mike Shipley, Tony Maserati, Mutt Lange, and Butch Walker have in common? They’re proud users of the Black Lion Audio FM192, a heavily modified version of the Digidesign/Avid 192. The FM’s A/D and D/A conversion is so smooth, so rich, and so clear that Sound on Sound Magazine called it “a game changer”. We’re not talking about the usual shades of grey among high end converters; the FM192 has bass extension that rivals 2 inch 16 track tape.  It has high end response that’s velvety and uncharacteristically clear for digital audio.  Instrument imaging is pinpoint accurate, with front to back extension that few digital systems can rival.

*A 50% down payment will be collected during checkout. The remainder 50% will be due when the modification is complete. You will receive a confirmation email with your scheduled mod date after we receive your down payment. The interface is not included in the mod price. Please click on the “Disclaimer & Warranty” tab below for more information on how to schedule a mod.

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Product Description

The Digidesign and Avid 192 converters represent good performance for the price compared to other traditional high definition multi-channel systems on the market.  They utilize the flagship AKM 5394 A/D converters and CS4397/4398 D/A converters, their analog path is quite impressive, and channels are isolated using copper fences.  In our opinion though, it succumbs to the same performance shortfalls as any high end system utilizing traditional converter and clock design architecture.  Because of these inherent shortfalls, the converter performance becomes the “dominating imperfection.”  The resulting audio sounds processed and limited.  Dynamics are muffled, low mids are wooly, and high frequencies are harsh and collapsed.  When tracks are stacked, these artifacts become even more pronounced.

The 192 has incredible potential, and we feel its a perfect way to showcase BLA’s design theories.  Our proprietary approaches to delta sigma converter and master clock design turn the 192 into the FM192; a wonderfully musical A/D and D/A converter that will work magic on your recording and mixing.  We start with an advanced master clock that has around 2 picoseconds of jitter and -130dBc/Hz of phase noise @ 10Hz.  We utilize a unique low-resonance approach to converter architecture that limits the artifacts normally created during the conversion process.  Analog path changes are implemented to give the system our “signature” sound.

The FM192 also graced the pages of the April 2010 issue of Mix Magazine, where it received a rave review by Grammy Award-winning engineer, Erik Zobler.  You can take a look at how impressed Mix was with it by reading the review for yourself, right HERE!  It’s managed to impress some of the biggest names in our industry, and we’re certain it will impress you as well.


Depending on the number of cards installed in your Digi 192 I/O and how many you want modded, the price will change. WE ARE NO LONGER OFFERING THE CUSTOM FACEPLATE.

Modification Options

The FM192 mod is available with either the FM clock architecture, or the lower phase noise/lower jitter XB architecture, which is our newest design.  Please contact us for details or scheduling information.


Sonic Quality

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The scale is from 1-10, with “1” being unimpressive audio quality and “10” being true audio excellence. This is an exponential scale, so going from “1” to “2” isn’t nearly as big of a jump as going from “9” to “10”.



“I’ve never heard anything like them. They have completely changed the sound of Pro Tools for me. We put them up against many high-end converters and they won every time.”

Mike Shipley, Grammy Award-winning engineer/mixer/producer
(Alison Krauss, Aerosmith, Maroon 5, Def Leppard, The Cars, Faith Hill, 30 Seconds to Mars, Tim McGraw, Shania Twain, Joni Mitchell, Van Halen, Green Day, Anberlin, The Black Crowes, Tom Petty, Cheap Trick)

(Read his interview in Sound On Sound Magazine on using the FM192!)


“I recorded a Martin D35 acoustic guitar with two spaced omni mics, placed a few feet away from the guitar to pick up some stereo ambience with some natural decay. In this test, the FM exhibited an extension along each axis—X, Y and Z. The soundstage (X) seemed wider, but not in a “phase-y” way. At the same time, the center of the image—the picture of the guitar emanating from the speakers—seemed more solid or focused in the middle, between the speakers. I know this sounds like “hi-fi” talk, but it was noticeable and repeatable. The frequency response (Y) seemed more extended from bottom to top, even though I knew the response of both converters was ruler-flat. The FM sounded clearer and smoother, especially in the upper midrange and high frequencies. The natural decay and low-level information seemed more apparent, giving the sound more depth from the front to the back of the speakers (Z)…. Tracks played back through the FM192 seem more 3-D and less fatiguing. They sound bigger, smoother, clearer and deeper.”

Erik Zobler,Grammy Award-winning engineer
(Michael Jackson, George Duke, Sarah Vaughn, Miles Davis, Celine Dion, Donna Summer, Anita Baker, Al Jarreau, Stanley Clarke, Charlie Daniels, Natalie Cole, Whitney Houston)

(Read his entire review of the FM192 in the April, 2010 issue of Mix Magazine)


“The past is future once again. I actually lived long enough to see the liberating power of multi-track digital reliably fused with the sonic correctness a well-maintained 16 track 2 inch platform could only promise. It’s been decades since I heard something sound this good. And the repeatability is rock solid. The FM 192 is more than a phenomenal interface, it’s a wayback machine. Problem solved.”

– Bill Hawks, Wichita, KS


“I don’t know what you’re doing there, but this #@!!% is crazy!”

Jeff Frickman




We schedule modifications according to demand. The next available “mod” date is listed on our website. Modifications can be scheduled online or by email ( We require a 50% down payment in order to secure your spot on our “mod” calendar. You will receive a confirmation email with your scheduled date after we receive your down payment. The audio interface is NOT included in the “mod” price.


We accept credit and debit cards (MasterCard, VISA, American Express, and Discover), PayPal, checks, money orders, and real estate deed transfers (no mortgages or liens, please).


Please ship your gear to arrive at our shop 1-2 business days prior to your scheduled “mod” date. Be sure to pack your gear well (recommended 2” – 4” of protective materials) to avoid any additional charges for BLA-supplied packaging materials. We won’t be held liable for damage incurred during shipping.

Turnaround Time

Our turnaround time on modifications is typically 7-10 business days from the scheduled “mod” date. This does not include any unforeseen issues, the time it takes for final billing, or return shipping. We will contact you if we’re experiencing longer-than-usual turnaround.

Final Payment

After your modification is complete, we will contact you to collect the remainder 50% of the modification price, plus return shipping.
Please be aware, any completed modifications remaining unpaid in our shop for more than 5 business days from the time the final invoice is sent will accrue a $10 per day holding fee. Any completed modifications remaining in our shop for more than 20 business days from the time the final invoice is sent will be considered abandoned and sold to reimburse our costs.

Return Shipping

Customers are responsible for all return shipping costs for modifications. We use UPS (signature required) for shipping within the continental U.S., and USPS for shipping elsewhere. We can accommodate DHL and FedEx shipments upon request. You will be emailed a tracking number when your order ships.
We won’t adjust invoices to help international shipments avoid import duties, so please don’t ask. Your time is better spent lobbying your local government.


We extend a two-year warranty on defects in materials and workmanship for all Black Lion Audio modifications from the modification date. This does not cover user error, wear, tear, abuse, or OEM failures related to hardware, firmware, or software.
Should your B.L.A. modification experience any problems or failures during the warranty period, please email us at to request an RMA form. Warranty repairs that don’t include a completed RMA form in the box cannot be processed.


We can reschedule modifications for up to two weeks prior to the scheduled modification date. Please email us at with any changes you’d like to make.


We accept modification cancellations for up to two weeks prior to the scheduled modification date. If you need to cancel within two weeks of your scheduled date, there is a 30% cancellation fee of the down payment amount.

Returns & Exchanges

Once something has been modified, there’s no going back. We are not able to offer returns or exchanges on modified equipment.

Non-Warranty Repairs

If your B.L.A. modification is in need of a repair that isn’t covered by our warranty, please email us at to request an RMA form. Repairs that don’t include a completed RMA form in the box cannot be processed. We charge a nominal bench fee that covers most repairs. If the cost of a repair exceeds the bench fee, we will contact you.