Superior, WI (September 23, 2014)—Crane Song will introduce two new products at the 137th AES Convention in Los Angeles, scheduled for October 10-12, 2014.
The Avocet II discrete class A monitor controller, the latest iteration of one of Crane Song’s bestselling hardware products, features an entirely new DAC and reportedly offers improved jitter performance. The Insigna Tube Equalizer, featuring three bands of EQ plus selectively variable high and low pass filters, is the third 500 Series module from Crane Song.
The Crane Song Avocet II is a stereo monitor controller capable of operating in surround configurations up to 7.1 that supports three digital inputs, three analog inputs and a headphone system. This newest version, the result of two years of research and development, utilizes the latest generation 32-bit component from microprocessor manufacturer AKM in the digital-to-analog converter section. The design of the reference oscillator, which incorporates custom crystal parts, borrows from microwave communication equipment and test instruments. “The jitter in the oscillator is lower than any of the logic parts in the converter chips,” said company founder Dave Hill.
The Insigna three-band tube equalizer joins two other 500 Series modules in the Crane Song product line, the Falcon Tube Compressor and the Syren Tube Preamplifier. Insigna incorporates a dual triode circuit that utilizes buffered RC circuits in the negative feedback path around the 12AX7-based tube amplifiers. The high and low frequency bands are shelving; each offer selection of eight frequencies. The mid band is a peak EQ, also with eight selectable frequencies. The high and low pass filters both feature 24 dB per octave slopes. Either may be selected to seven separate frequencies, from 6 kHz – 20 kHz and 25 Hz – 150 Hz respectively.