NAMM 2017: Crane Song showing updated Egret

Crane Song has revealed that its entire line of digital hardware products has been upgraded to take advantage of the company’s proprietary fifth generation digital to analogue converter technology.

In its first showing at NAMM, the Egret eight-channel D/A converter and summing mixer joins the Avocet monitor controller, HEDD 192 AD/DA converter and Solaris standalone digital to analogue converter to complete the lineup of Crane Song products that are now equipped with Crane Song’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, Quantum DAC has the lowest published jitter values in the industry, Crane Song says.

“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 10 Hz to 20 kHz from the internal clock is 0.055pS and from 1 Hz to 100 kHz it is less than 1pS. The result is a very 3D sound that is exceptionally transparent and accurate.”

The fifth generation Quantum DAC has been shipping in Avocet IIA since November 2015, and in April 2016 Crane Song updated the HEDD 192.

Egret is designed as a highly flexible digital audio workstation back end. It contains eight channels of high quality Quantum D/A converters and a stereo line level mixer with color options to help bring analogue summed digital mixes to life. Each channel of the stereo mixer has a level control, an aux send (which is post level control), a color control and a pan control. Each channel also contains an analogue/digital source button, and solo – mute buttons. The color 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 also available for previous generation Crane song digital hardware products.