The Crane Song Avocet IIA is designed to solve the problems of accurate monitoring and volume control as required by workstation users, studios and mastering rooms alike. It is a stereo controller with three digital inputs, three analog inputs and a headphone system. It's comprised of a rack mounted unit and table top remote control. Avocet has many features including; dim, mute, phase, mono, and 16 bit truncation functions, plus a speaker select switch that sends line level balanced audio to one of three outputs. The six input sources have on the fly gain trim capability and all digital signals are up-sampled and jitter reduced to ensure highest accuracy during D/A conversion.
The internal headphone amplifier can be fed from the program source or an external input. Provisions for a talk back function are included.
Avocet IIA can operate in surround up to 7.1, with the appropriate number of audio boxes in the system.
Direct sub woofer outputs for each of the three output have been added. The output levels are now programmable in 0.25 db steps for speaker level matching.
Analog and digital inputs
The Avocet IIA provides both analog and digital inputs to allow you to connect straight from your DAW or mixing board. The analog inputs take the form of XLRs, and the digital inputs are AES/EBU and S/PDIF. The Avocet IIA will facilitate the connection of up to three pairs of speakers via XLR outputs, with a dedicated subwoofer output for each output pair. The included remote gives you the power to check your mix on different sets of speakers from where you're sitting.
Headphone and talkback circuit
The Avocet IIA doesn't just manage multiple pairs of monitors - it also provides headphone cue mix and talkback functionality. This can be extremely handy during the tracking process. The headphone cue mix can be different than the signal sent to the monitors, giving the engineer an accurate representation of what's happening in the room, while the artists have the headphone mix that they need to lay down their parts. The remote has an XLR input for the connection of a talkback mic, making communicating with the talent during tracking a snap.
- Stereo monitor controller with 3 digital inputs, 3 analog inputs, and 3 stereo output pairs
- Quantum DAC provides precise D/A conversion with less than 1ps jitter
- Dedicated subwoofer output for each stereo output pair for easy sub integration
- Analog and digital inputs
- Headphone and talkback circuit
- Level matching between sources
- XLR inputs and outputs
- AES/EBU and S/PDIF digital inputs
- Remote control
- Upsampled and jitter-reduced digital signals to ensure highest accuracy during D/A conversion