Dangerous Music Master
Continuing the Legacy of World-Renowned Custom Mastering Consoles
For years the top mastering engineers at the hottest mastering facilities have been using custom-designed tools that were not available to the public.
The Dangerous Master was designed for Mastering Engineers, by Mastering Engineers, with years of testing and fine-tuning in the real world: virtually identical to the custom $20K consoles previously available only to the elite.
The Master provides insert loops, sum & difference processing, level offset, and stereo image width control to unify high-quality outboard equalizers and compressors into a professional mastering rig.
Designed by mastering engineers
Pristine audio quality
Integrated sum & difference processing
Mastering engineers are well known for having the most nuanced and detailed hearing on the planet, so what is it about the Master that they love so much?
Mastering is the last step in the record making process- the final opportunity for the music’s success or failure. These fine finishing details will ultimately allow the track to “translate” across multiple sources like an iPod, Car Stereo, Home Hi Fi, Club Systems or not. If the engineer cannot hear everything, neither will the end listener.
The sound of the Dangerous Master is transparent, yet musical. While achieving ruler flat specifications on paper is possible, the result is often cold and sterile. The marriage of specs and musicality is the ultimate goal- but due to the complexity, remains frustratingly elusive. Fortunately, Chris Muth, the equipment designer for many of the world’s top mastering facilities has this gift and the experience. No other audio company shares this pedigree: real world testing and fine-tuning amidst some of the world’s greatest studios and ears.
- Hand built with premium components
- Stepped controls throughout
- Transparent and silent operation
- Seamless connection with the Dangerous Monitor and Liaison
As the control room centerpiece, the Master ties together equalizers, compressors, limiters, de-essers, provides level control accurate to .01 dB, matrix processing and stereo image control.
The integrated Input Monitor Offset eliminates the level bias of the pre-effected and post-process, thus allowing the engineer to completely focus on the final product.
The S&M matrix is an analog sum and difference processor affording unprecedented control of stereo signals. Mastering engineers will enjoy the fact that S&M allows them to save previously unsalvageable tracks by altering vocal levels without touching the mix, by fixing overly wide or narrow stereo fields, or untouched.
The Dangerous Master, combined with the Dangerous Monitor and outboard processing gear, consummate the definitive mastering studio: unsurpassed ergonomics and unrivaled sound. Proven every day in the field, by the greatest engineers of our time.
All connections are Balanced XLR, +4dBu nominal operating level
2 stereo inputs, 3 stereo outputs (one for monitoring)
3 insert loops
2nd insert capable of MS matrix operation
Input and Output controls:
+ - 5dB in 0.5dB steps
Input Monitor Offset:
-2 to +8dB in 0.5dB steps
-4 to +6dB in 0.5dB steps
THD+Noise in audio band:
IMD 60Hz + 4kHz 4:1
Better than 95dB @ 1kHz
> +27dBu, +23dBu in the matrix under worst case conditions
Better than 0.2dB down @ 1Hz and 100kHz
< -89dBu total energy in the audio band
1 year parts and labor, subject to inspection. Does not include damage incurred through abusive operation or modifications/attempted repair by unauthorized technicians. 2 years with online registration.