Winter NAMM: PreSonus Audio Central Station
Jan 2, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors
PreSonus will introduce the Central Station, a purely passive studio control center, with five stereo inputs and outputs (two digital and three analog) and a street price of under $500.
Accompanying three sets of monitor outputs, each with their own set of trim pots, are three sets of analog stereo analog inputs to accommodate DAW/mixer, tape/CD or keyboard/sampler. Two of these inputs feature balanced TRS jacks and the third has RCA inputs with trim control for matching signals at different levels. It also accommodates two digital inputs via S/PDIF or Toslink, providing D/A conversion up to 24-bit/192kHz, enabling the user to send a digital signal directly to the Central Station to bypass lesser D/A converters from the DAW, a CD or DAT player.
Fast-acting 20-segment digital LED meters provided for high-resolution metering of input level. The Central Station also offers a talkback omni-directional condenser microphone that is routed through the cue outputs for communication between artist and engineer. When the talkback feature is used, the cue mix is automatically dimmed for optimal communication.
Other features on the Central Station include two headphone outputs, mute, dim, input select, cue select and output select. An optional remote control is available for talkback, mute, dim, input and output selection, as well as level adjustment.
Also being displayed at Winter NAMM is Eureka, a Class-A transformer-coupled mic preamp.