Crimson

USB Audio-Interface & Monitor Controller

Creon combines an audio interface with high-quality preamps and a monitor controller. You can play and play back, record and convert, control and listen with one single device.

So all you essentially need for a professional recording start-up is the Creon and a DAW.

Discontinued Product

See: Crimson 3

  • 2 discrete SPL microphone preamplifiers

  • Instrument preamplifier (Hi-Z, +22 dBu)

  • 2 Line inputs

  • 2 Channel USB-Interface with 24Bit/192kHz converter

  • USB Class 2.0 compliant for iOS device recording/monitoring

  • Powerful headphone amplifier

  • Stereo speaker output

  • Play-along and monitoring also without DAW (stand-alone)

  • Real-time analog monitoring

  • One knob monitor mix

  • 34V operational voltage for professional levels up to +22.8dB

  • Pro level boost for consumer electronics

  • Very low jitter due to FMCTM (Fixed-Master-Clock)

  • No sample rate conversion or clock recovery for true 1:1 audio

  • Hi-Speed USB 2.0 (480MBit/s)

  • Windows XP/7/8/10, Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, iOS 6 and higher

  • HxWxD: 67x260x175 mm, 2.64x10.2x6.9 inch

  • Made in Germany

Creon is designed to operate with your Digital Audio Workstation. But you can also do a lot with it as a stand-alone device: plug in an instrument and play. Connect a microphone and sing along.

Mix your own monitor signal with playback or guide tracks from any source. What you are playing is not bad? Turn on the DAW and record it.
  • 2 microphone inputs (XLR)
  • 1 instrument input (TS)
  • 2 balanced line inputs (TRS)
Two channels can be recorded simultaneously.
  • 2 channels via USB (DAW 1|2)
  • 2 TRS line input channels (balanced)
  • 2 RCA line input channels (unbalanced)
  • 1 USB
  • Speaker | Main Out (2x XLR, balanced)
  • 1 headphone socket (TRS)
  • 1 USB
  • USB 2 audio system
  • High-performance, 32 bit microcontroller
  • 24 bit audio processing
  • 2 input and 2 output channels, up to 192 kHz
  • Sample rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz or 192kHz
  • Fixed master clock for lowest jitter
  • True 1:1 audio, no sample rate conversion or clock recovery
  • Windows XP/7/8/10, Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, iOS 6 and higher
  • No driver required for Mac
  • USB Audio Class 2.0 compliance (asynchronous mode)
  • Low-latency Windows ASIO and WDM driver
  • Multi-application mode, simultaneous ASIO and/or WDM playback
  • Driver feedback synchronization to hardware clock
  • ASIO control panel for Windows
Input Sockets
  • Mic Inputs 1, 2: XLR
  • Line Inputs 1, 2: 6.3mm TRS
  • Instrument Input: 6.3mm TS
  • Source 1 Input: 6.3mm TRS
  • Source 2 Input: RCA
Output Sockets
  • Speaker Out | Main Out: XLR
  • Headphone Output: 6.3mm TRS
Input Impedances
  • Microphone Input: 10kOhm
  • Line Inputs: 10kOhm unbalanced, 20kOhm balanced
  • Instrument Input: 1.1MOhm
  • Source 1 Input: 10kOhm unbalanced, 20kOhm balanced
  • Source 2 Input: 10kOhm
Output Impedances
  • Speaker Out | Main Out: 75Ohm unbalanced, 150Ohm balanced
  • Headphone Output: 33Ohm
Maximum Input Levels
  • Mic Inputs: +14.5dBu (Gain fully left)
  • Line Inputs: +22.5dBu
  • Instrument Input: +22dBu (Gain fully left)
  • Source 1 Input: +22.5dBu
  • Source 2 Input: +22.5dBu
Maximum Output Levels
  • Speaker Out | Main Out: +22.5dBu
Microphone Preamplifiers (balanced, XLR)
  • Gain Control: +7dB - +60dB
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz - >200kHz
  • Noise (unweighted, 30dB gain, input termination 150Ohm): -90dBu
  • Equivalent Input Noise: -128dBu
  • Common Mode Rejection Ratio: < -70dBu
  • THD+N Ratio@1kHz (30dB gain, input termination 150Ohm): 0.003%
  • High Pass Filter: fg = 80Hz, 6dB/Oct.
  • Phantom Power: 48Volt
Instrument Input (Unbalanced, 6.3mm TS)
  • Gain Control: -6dB - +31dB
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz - >200kHz
  • Noise (unweighted, unity gain, input termination 100kOhm): -85dBu
  • THD+N Ratio@1kHz (unity gain, input termination 100kOhm): 0.005%
Line Input (balanced, 6.3mm TRS)
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz - >200kHz
  • Noise (unweighted, unity gain, input termination 600Ohm): -95dBu
  • Common Mode Rejection ratio: < -60dBu
  • THD+N Ratio@1kHz (unity gain, input termination 600Ohm): 0.002%
Source 1 Input (balanced, 6.3mm TRS)
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz - >200kHz
  • Noise (unweighted, unity gain, input termination 600Ohm): -95dBu
  • Common Mode Rejection ratio: < -60dBu
  • THD+N Ratio@1kHz (unity gain, input termination 600Ohm): 0.002%
Source 2 Input (unbalanced, RCA)
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz - >200kHz
  • Noise (unweighted, unity gain, input termination 600Ohm): -90dBu
  • Noise (unweighted, -10dBV, input termination 600Ohm): -85dBu
  • THD+N Ratio@1kHz (unity gain, input termination 600Ohm): 0.003%
  • THD+N Ratio@1kHz (-10dBV, input termination 600Ohm): 0.003%
Headphone Outputs (stereo, 6.3mm TRS)
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz - >200kHz
  • Power@0dBu: 47Ohm load: 13mW/300Ohm load: 1,7mW/600Ohm load: 1.0mW
  • Power max: 47Ohm load: 670mW/300Ohm load: 265mW/600Ohm load: 150mW
  • THD+N Ratio@1kHz (Power@0dBu): 47Ohm: 0.0026%/300Ohm: 0.002%/600Ohm: 0.002%
AD Conversion (ASIO direct)
Noisefloor (A-weighted)
  • 44.1/48kHz: -113dBFS
  • 88.2/96kHz: -110dBFS
Dynamic range
  • 44.1/48kHz: 113dB
  • 88.2/96kHz: 110dB
THD+N ratio @ 1kHz (-1dBFS):
  • 44.1/48kHz: 0.002%
  • 88.2/96kHz: 0.0025%
0dBFS = +15dBu
DA Conversion (ASIO to Speaker Output)
Noisefloor (A-weighted)
  • 44.1/48kHz: -109dBFS
  • 88.2/96kHz: -107dBFS
Dynamic range
  • 44.1/48kHz: 109dB
  • 88.2/96kHz: 107dB
THD+N ratio @ 1kHz (-1dBFS):
  • 44.1/48kHz: 0.003%
  • 88.2/96kHz: 0.004%
Power Supply
  • External Power Supply, Input 100–240V AC/50–60 Hz; Output 12V DC/1,5A
  • Internal Power Supplies: Audio: +/-17V, Digital: +5V and +3,3V
  • Power Consumption: 16.8 Watt
Dimensions and Weight
  • H x W x D in mm: 67x260x175 cm, 2.64x10.2x6.9 inch
  • Weight: 2,0 kg, 4.41lbs


0dBu = 0.775V. Subject to change without notice.