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Crimson 3

Audio Interface | Monitor Controller | Talkback | Phonitor Matrix

Crimson, speakers, headphones, DAW. Ready is the recording studio.

Just connect everything

Two Mic Preamps

  • 2 microphone preamplifiers in discrete technology
  • separate switchable phantom power for condenser microphones
  • High-pass filter to remove footstep sound and rumble before recording

Two Instrument Preamps

  • High impedance (Hi-Z) instrument jacks on front side

Talkback

  • Electret microphone with omnidirectional characteristic
  • Gain control on the front side

Channel & State LEDs

  • Traffic light LEDs for the analog inputs
  • Power (PWR)
  • Host – Mac/PC, iDevice, Tablet etc. detected
  • Midi In traffic LED

Analog Monitoring

Inputs & DAW

  • Monitoring the analog mic/line inputs 1/2 with mono switching
  • Monitoring the analog instrument/line inputs 3/4
  • Monitoring the digital workstation inputs 1/2 & 3/4

Source& Digital In

  • Monitoring the three analog sources or feeds
  • Monitoring a digital source
  • Selection for digital input channels 1/2 & 3/4

Speakers | Artist Mode | Talk

  • Toggling the speaker pairs and the dim function
  • Activating the Artist Mode and Talk switch

Crossfeed

  • Adjusting the crossfeed when Phonitor Matrix is activated

Headphone Volume 1 & 2

  • Independent volume control for two headphones

Monitor Mix

  • Creation of a monitoring mix between the analog inputs and the analog & digital sources/DAW

Phonitor Matrix

  • Enables correct mixing on headphones
  • Removes the super stereo effect
  • Calculates the interaural levels and time differences

Volume

  • Control for the loudspeaker monitoring volume

The Revolution

in the headphone amplifier is the Phonitor Matrix, with adjustable crossfeed, thanks to which you can create mixes with headphones that sound the same on speakers.

The Phonitor Matrix in its largest expansion stage has three setting parameters: Crossfeed, Speaker Angle and Center Level. 

In the Crimson 3, the center level is preset to -1 dB and the speaker angle to 30°. These are the most commonly used values.

The crossfeed function determines the crosstalk of the channels, the so-called interaural level difference. The intensity of the crossfeed is fully variable. 

Conventional

Phonitor Matrix

Correct

The Phonitor Matrix Parameters

Crossfeed

Level and frequency adjustment of the right (red) and left (green) audio channel at maximum crossfeed.

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Reviews

Audio Media
Sound On Sound
Mix Online
Studio Magazin
Amazona
Bonedo
Soundcheck
MacLife

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Manuals

Block Diagram

Crimson 3

Crimson 3 – Artist Mode

Specifications

Microphone Input; XLR (balanced)

Maximum input gain (Gain fcc)
14.5 dBu
Input impedance
10
Frequency range (-3 dB)
20 Hz – 200 kHz
THD + N (10 Hz – 22 kHz, 30 dB)
0.003 %
Noise (A-weighted, 150 Ω, 30dB)
-94 dBu
E.I.N. (150 Ω)
-128 dBu
Common mode rejection (1 kHz)
70 dB

Instrument Input; 1/4", 6.3mm TRS Jack (balanced)

Maximum input gain (Gain fcc)
24 dBu
Input impedance
1,1
Frequency range (-3 dB)
20 Hz – 200 kHz
THD + N (10 Hz – 22 kHz, 1:1 Gain)
0.005 %
Noise (A-weighted, 1:1 Gain, 100 Ω)
-89 dBu

Line/Source Preamplifier; 1/4", 6.3mm TRS Jack (balanced), RCA, 3,5mm Mini-Jack

Maximum input gain
22.5 dBu
Input impedance (balanced)
20
Input impedance unbalanced)
10
Frequency range (-3 dB)
10 Hz – 200 kHz
THD + N (10 Hz – 22 kHz, 0 dBu)
0.002 %
Noise (A-weighted, 600 Ω)
-95 dBu
Common mode rejection (1 kHz)
-60 dBu

Speaker Output A (XLR, balanced) & B (1/4", 6.3mm TRS Jack, balanced)

Maximum output gain
22.5 dBu
Output impedance (balanced)
150 Ω
Output impedance (unbalanced)
75 Ω
Volume control range
-78 dB – 0 dB

Headphone Amplifier; 1/4", 6.3mm TRS Jack (balanced)

Pin Wiring
Tip = L, Ring = R, Sleeve = GND
Output impedance
33 Ω
Frequency range (-3 dB)
10 Hz – 200 kHz
Max output power (600 Ω)
150 mW
Max output power (300 Ω)
265 mV
Max output power (470 Ω)
670 mW
THD + N (10 Hz – 22 kHz, 0 dBu, 47 Ω)
0,0026 %

DA converter (ASIO direct)

Noise (44.1/48 kHz sample rate)
-109 dBFS
Noise (88.2/96 kHz sample rate)
-107 dBFS
THD + N (44,1/48 kHz, -15 dBFS, 10 Hz – SF/2)
0.0022
THD + N (44,1/48 kHz, -1 dBFS, 10 Hz – SF/2)
0.0014
THD + N (88,2/96 kHz, -15 dBFS, 10 Hz – SF/2)
0.0025
THD + N (88,2/96 kHz, -1 dBFS, 10 Hz – SF/2)
0.0032
Dynamic range (44.1/48 kHz sample rate)
109 dB
Dynamic range (88.2/96 kHz sample rate)
107 dB
Sample rates
44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 / 176.4 / 192 kHz
0 dBFS calibrated to
15 dBu

AD converter (ASIO direct)

Noise (44.1/48 kHz sample rate)
-113 dBFS
Noise (88.2/96 kHz sample rate)
-110 dBFS
THD + N (44,1/48 kHz, -15 dBFS, 10 Hz – SF/2)
0.002 %
THD + N (44,1/48 kHz, -1 dBFS, 10 Hz – SF/2)
0,001 %
THD + N (88,2/96 kHz, -15 dBFS, 10 Hz – SF/2)
0.0016 %
THD + N (88,2/96 kHz, -1 dBFS, 10 Hz – SF/2)
0,001 %
Dynamic range (44.1/48 kHz sample rate)
113 dB
Dynamic range (88.2/96 kHz sample rate)
110 dB
Sample rates
44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 / 176.4 / 192 kHz
0 dBFS calibrated to
15 dBu

Internal Power Supply

Operating voltage for analog audio
+/- 17 V
Operating voltage for digital audio
+5 V, +3.3 V
Phantom power
+ 48 V
Power consumption
16.8 W

External Power Supply

AC/DC switching adapter
Mean Well GE18/12-SC
DC plug
(+) pin 2.1mm; (-) outside ring 5.5mm
Input voltage
100 - 240 V AC; 50 - 60 Hz; 0.7 A
Output voltage
12 V DC; 1.5 A

Dimensions & Weight

W x H x D (width x height x depth)
330 x 67 x 212 mm
13 x 2.64 x 8.35 inch
Unit weight
2.8 kg
6.17 lbs
Shipping weight (incl. packaging)
4 kg
8.82 lbs

Reference: 0 dBu = 0,775V. All specifications are subject to change without notice.

The Driver

Mac OS & iOS

No driver installation is required for operation with a Mac or iDevice (class compliant).

iOS devices must be connected via the Apple camera adapter.

The Bit Accurate driver that could be installed under macOS Sierra and macOS High Sierra is no longer supported.

Under macOS Catalina, the Bit Accurate driver must be removed. Please use the Uninstaller for this purpose:

Windows

To work with a higher than standard sampling rate, this driver installation is required.

Windows XP/7/8/8.1/10
(32/64 Bit)

Events

Due to Covid19 there are no events scheduled at this time.

What does it actually mean …

In Stock!

The product is in stock in our warehouse in Niederkrüchten, Germany, and will be shipped the same or next working day.

We process the orders after receipt of the order and update the stock in the online shop regularly. If the product is no longer available at short notice due to high order volume, you naturally have the right to withdraw from the purchase (see Right of Withdrawal).

In any case, you will receive an e-mail with details of the delivery and the estimated delivery time.

Available soon!

The product is not in stock in our warehouse in Niederkrüchten, Germany. Usually it will be available again within 5 working days.

In any case, you will receive an e-mail with the details of the delivery and the estimated delivery time.

Of course you have the right to withdraw from your purchase (see Right of Withdrawal).

Product Condition

A-Stock

Brand-new product from the current product portfolio.

B-Stock

Demo, exhibit or return item.
In original packaging, incl. manuals and full warranty.
Only slight to no signs of use.

C-Stock

Demo, exhibit or return item.
In original packaging, incl. manuals and legal warranty.
In some cases clear signs of use, which are documented in photos.

NOS

"New Old Stock"
After discontinuation of a product still available new products with full warranty.

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