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.
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.
|Digidesign 192 with FM Clock|
|Digidesign 192 with XB Clock|
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”.