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Ferrofish Pulse 16 MX AD/DA Converter

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Ferrofish Pulse 16 AD/DA Converter

The PULSE16 converts 16 x 16 studio-grade balanced analog inputs and outputs up to 96kHz to ADAT I/O. As a cost-effective and mature interface, ADAT is already available almost everywhere – so expanding your studio with the PULSE16 by 16 x 16 analog channels is done in a few steps.

The Low Latency Cirrus Logic converters, accompanied with a temperature-compensated clock and jitter reduction PLL, guarantees best crystal clear sound. All this packed in a compact 1HU, the PULSE16 delivers studio levels of up to +20dBu, individually adjustable in 1dB steps, brought to 32 TRS connectors. Thanks to the 4 x 4 ADAT interfaces, 16 x 16 channels can still be converted without any problems even at 96kHz.


  • 16 x 16 AD/DA, MADI and ADAT Converter
  • 64 channels of MADI connectivity at 192kHz
  • Cirrus Logic 24-bit/192kHz converter
  • Routing matrix and active jitter elimination circuit

Configuring the device is a breeze thanks to the two TFT screens. No need to consult the manual, every information is displayed clearly on the screens. Remote control via MIDI and MADI is also possible.

The headphone can be connected to any analog or digital input or output: ideal for control or monitoring.

If your studio grows, the PULSE16 grows with it: MADI I/O can be added via a MADI-SFP module together with an upgrade of the firmware. The PULSE16 then becomes a full-fledged PULSE16 MX.

  • Cirrus Logic 24 Bit / 192 kHz converter
  • 16 x16 channels analog I/O
  • All I/O (32 analog channels) via MADI at 192 kHz
  • Optical MADI I/O (SFP module)
  • Single- or multimode-operation via SFP module
  • Wordclock I/O (BNC)
  • MIDI I/O for remote control
  • Routing matrix
  • 2 x TFT screens allow complete control of all levels and settings on the device
  • Active-jitter-elimination circuit
  • Input gain of all analog channels switchable in 1dB steps (-8 dBu to +20 dBu)
  • Output level of all analog channels switchable in 1dB steps (-8 dBu to +20 dBu)
  • Integrated headphone output for monitoring
  • Fan-less design for optimal audio performance
  • 19“, 1 RU rackmountable construction
  • ADAT I/O:
  • 4 + 4 optical ports
  • 32 channels @32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz
  • 16 channels @64kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
  • 8 channels @128kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz (MADI MX option required)
  • Latency: 2 samples
  • MADI I/O:
  • SFP cage for MADI single-mode or multi-mode SFP module
  • 64 channels @32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz
  • 32 channels @64kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
  • 16 channels @128kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz
  • MIDI-over-MADI implemented
  • Latency: 2 samples
  • Wordclock:
  • 2 x BNC: In / Out
  • Switchable input termination of 75 ohms
  • MIDI I/O:
  • MIDI Standard 1.0 / 1996
  • 2 x 5pin I/O port for remote control
  • Translation from MIDI to MIDI over MADI possible
  • A/D converter: 2 x CS5368 (Cirrus Logic)
  • Outputs (analog):
  • 16 x TRS ¼” (6.3mm), female
  • Digital gain: +20dBu...-8dBu in single steps of 1dB
  • Latency: @48kHz: 12/fs, 0.25ms, @96kHz: 9/fs, 0.09ms,
  • @192kHz: 5/fs, 0.03ms
  • D/A converter: 2 x CS4365 (Cirrus Logic)
  • Inputs (analog):
  • 16 x TRS ¼” (6.3mm), female
  • Digital sensitivity: +20dBu...-8dBu in single steps of 1dB
  • Latency: @48kHz: 7.8/fs, 0.16ms, @96kHz: 5.4/fs, 0.06ms,
  • @192kHz: 6.6/fs, 0.03ms
  • Op-Amps: RC4580
  • Display: 2 x Colour-TFT Display
  • Headphones:
  • 1 x ¼” (6.3mm) TRS jack, stereo.
  • Selectable mono or stereo source
  • Digitally controlled volume level
  • PLL:
  • Digitally controlled PLL with active jitter reduction
  • Output jitter: 50ps ... 100ps typ.
  • Int. Clock: TCXO (temp. compensated oscillator) with high accuracy
  • Initial Accuracy: +/-1.5ppm
  • Temperature Drift: +/-2.5ppm
  • Aging: +/- 1.0ppm
  • Fuse: Polyfuse, internal, self-resetting
  • Power Supply: external PSU (12 Volts, 3 amps) included
  • Power Required: typ 15VA
  • Height: 1RU
  • Depth: 19cm (7.5”) (jack dimensions included)
  • Weight: 2 kg (4.4lbs)
  • Temperature: +5° to +45° celsius
  • Humidity: < 75 percent, non-condensing



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