AES 2016: Crane Song debuting updated Egret D/A converter

Crane Song has announced that its entire line of digital hardware products has been updated to take advantage of their proprietary 5th generation Digital to Analogue converter technology.

With its AES debut, the Egret 8 Channel D/A Converter/Summing Mixer joins the Avocet monitor controller, the HEDD 192 AD/DA converter, and Solaris stand alone digital to analogue converter to complete the line up of Crane Song products equipped with the company’s Quantum DAC.

The Quantum DAC uses a 32-bit converter and asynchronous sample rate conversion for jitter reduction with up sampling to 211 KHz. The reference clock uses a proprietary reconstruction filter for accurate time domain response; and with jitter less than 1pS, the company believes Quantum DAC has the lowest published jitter values in the industry.

“I have done several years of measurable analysis and subjective listening in the development of this technology; the Quantum series DAC is the most accurate that I have ever designed,” explained Crane Song founder and developer Dave Hill. “Typical jitter from 10Hz to 20 KHz from the internal clock is 0.055pS and from 1 Hz to 100KHz it is less than 1pS. The result is a very 3D sound that is exceptionally transparent and accurate.”

The Crane Song 5th generation Quantum DAC has been shipping in Avocet IIA since November 2015, and in April 2016 Crane Song also updated the HEDD 192. As of the AES show, the Egret will be shipping with the upgraded DAC, completing the updating of the DACs in all Crane Song digital hardware.

Egret is a ‘highly flexible’ digital audio workstation back end, containing eight channels of Quantum D/A converters and a stereo line level mixer with multiple colour options. Each channel of the stereo mixer has a level control, an aux send (which is post level control), a colour control, and a pan control. Each channel also contains an analogue/digital source button, and solo – mute buttons. The colour function is adjustable from a transparent sound to a complex mix of second and third harmonic content, creating the possibility of having clean modern sounds mixed with vintage sounds.

DAC upgrades are available for previous generation Crane Song digital hardware products.

Crane Song will be at the AES Convention in Los Angeles at Booth #1123 from Sept 29 – Oct 1, 2016.