Dangerous Music
Source Monitor Controller

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Source Monitor Controller
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Make critical mixing decisions on the fly, without audio compromise.

The Dangerous Source provides the critical link between your ears and the music. Every tracking and mixing decision hinges upon what you hear: how to locate the microphone’s sweet spot for the perfect vocal, where to place the panning to define each instrument’s space, or creating the perfect marriage of kick and bass in a track. Use the built-in headphone amp on the front of Source to connect up to two pairs of headphones to discretely monitor any of the four selectable sources either individually or at the same time. Plug an iPod into AN2 and jam along with your favorite music through AN1. Listen to any combination of sources from either section.

For example, let the singer hear his or her own personal headphone mix from the AN2 input, while you engineer the real mix, coming from the USB input. There’s even a line level control room output, mirroring the speaker selector for dubbing, sampling or running external meters.


  • Portable or rack installable (kit optional)
  • 2 Speaker outputs – can be engagned simultaneously
  • Headphones can monitor single or multiple sources
  • 2 Analog inputs: 1/8” mini stereo & XLR/TRS combo jack
  • 2 Onboard stereo 24-bit/192kHz D/A convereters
  • 2 Digital inputs: AES/SPDIF and USB
  • USB IN, up to 24-bit/192kHz for Windows and Mac

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Input 1 to Selected Line Out and Speakers

  • Frequency Response: +0, -0.5dB from <10 Hz to >80 kHz
  • THD+N: < 0.0025%  @+4dBu
  • IMD  (SMPTE):  < 0.0025%  @ +4dBu
  • Crosstalk rejection:  >108dB
  • Noise: < -93 dB, unweighted
  • NOTE: Speaker outs can run at -6dB (factory setting) or unity gain (remove jumpers 3 and 4)
  • Maximum input level: > +26 dBu

Input 2 to selected line out and Speakers

  • Frequency Response : +0, -0.5dB from <10 Hz to >80 kHz
  • THD+N: < 0.0025%  @ +4dBu
  • IMD  (SMPTE): < 0.0026%  @ +4dBu
  • Crosstalk rejection: > -98dB
  • Noise: < -90 dB, unweighted
  • NOTE: Input 2 can run at -10dBV or -16dBV (by setting JP1 and JP2. Remove for -10dBV)
  • Default factory setting is -16dBV to accommodate 1/8” headphone outputs of iPhones and cell phones
  • Frequency Response: +0, -0.5dB from <10Hz to >50kHz


  • The meter and speakers outputs are fully balanced and 600 ohm drive capable to >+26dBu.
  • Volume knobs track better than +- 0.5dB from unity to -40dB.
  • The headphone amp can easily drive several sets of cans.
  • Maximum output level: > +26 dBu
  • Shipping weight (in carton): 7 lbs.

Digital inputs

  • The AES inputs lock from 32kHz to 192kHz sample rates with the following: <0.004% THD+N
  • -0.2dB at 10 Hz and 22kHz (48kHz sample rate)
  • -0.2dB at 10Hz and 34kHz (higher rates)
  • Crosstalk Rejection: >103dB
  • Power Supply: 12 volt, 2 Amp (Part number PSU-SRC)
  • Optional Rack Kit: SRC (Source Rack Kit), $49.99 

USB Compatibility

  • Mac: Requires Mac OS 10.6 or higher for driverless plug and play
  • PC: Requires a driver for Windows operating systems up to Windows 7. *Not currently compatible with Windows 8.

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