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Presonus Central Station

Studio Control Center

Product Code 21640

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The Central Station is the ultimate studio-monitoring interface for the modern digital studio. The Central Station features three sets of stereo analog inputs to switch between input sources such as: DAW, mixer, CD/DAT/Tape player, or keyboards/samplers. Two stereo analog inputs feature TRS balanced and the third stereo input features RCA inputs with trim control for level matching of input signals. In addition, the Central Station will accommodate two digital inputs via S/PDIF or TOSLINK providing D/A conversion up to 24Bit/192kHz. This allows you to monitor DAW and CD/DAT outputs through the same professional quality converter for the most accurate A/B comparison and highest quality monitoring environment. The digital to analog converter offers the highest possible audio quality with over 117dB dynamic range and ultra high quality analog circuitry. The Central Station features three sets of monitor outputs, each with their own set of passive trim controls. The monitoring section also provides MUTE, DIM and MONO switches. In addition, the Central Station includes a set of CUE outputs that can feed headphone amplifiers and a separate stereo MAIN line level output.

The Central Station features a PURELY PASSIVE SIGNAL PATH for ultimate sonic performance. The main audio path of the Central Station uses no amplifier stages including op amps or active IC's (integrated circuits) that add noise, color, distortion, and give that "pinched" sound. Distortion produced by op amps and IC's also gives added ear fatigue.

Signal routing in the Central Station is acheived utilzing 34 sealed mechanical relays (instead of active IC's) maintaining a minimal signal path design wherein extraneous electronics are hard-wire bypassed. Using relays ensures the most transparent signal path maximizing dynamic range, frequency range, and headroom, while minimizing noise and coloration. The Central Station uses the highest quality passive components including military grade 1% tolerance metal film resistors, multi-element potentiometers and ultra-durable connectors to deliver the highest sonic performance.

The Central Station features dual fast-acting 30-segment peak/hold LED's for accurate metering. The front panel of the Central Station includes both dBu and dBfs scale as well as peak/hold clear switch and meter alignment switch for addtional metering options.

The Central Station has an onboard TALKBACK microphone which is routed through the CUE outputs for communication between artist and engineer. The Central Station also includes a Microphone XLR input on the rear panel for use with an external microphone. When TALKBACK is used the CUE mix is automatically "dimmed" for added ease of communication.

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UPC: 0673454000508

  • Passive Audio Path - no op amps or IC's in main audio path
  • Five stereo inputs (2 digital and 3 analog)
  • 24-Bit/192kHz DAC (>117dB dynamic range) via SPDIF and TOSLINK
  • Three sets of monitor outputs; each with passive volume control
  • Talkback microphone with volume to feed headphone and cue output
  • Accurate dual 30-segment LED for metering
  • Two front panel headphone jacks with separate volume control
  • MAIN and CUE stereo output have independent input source
  • Optional console remote control with input, output, talkback, and volume

    Audio Inputs


    Type: 1/4" TRS Passive-Balanced
  • Input Impedance: 2K-5K Ohm (Speaker load and Trim level dependent)
  • S/N Ratio: Greater than 140dB
  • THD+N: Less than .0005% (1KHz @ 0dBu)
  • Frequency Response: Greater than 1MHz

  • Type: RCA Active-Unbalanced
  • Input Impedance: 8Kohm
  • S/N Ratio: Greater than 115dB (1KHz @ 0dBu, Unity gain)
  • THD+N: Less than .002% (1KHz @ 0dBu, Unity gain)
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz-50KHz, -.5dB
  • Gain Range: -90dB to +20dB

  • Types: RCA 75Ohm-coax and Toslink optical
  • Dynamic Range: 117dB
  • THD+N: 0.0025% (1KHz @ -1dBfs)
  • Maximum output: +18dBu (Active-Balanced)
  • Sample Rates: 44.1K, 48K, 88.2K, 96K, 176.4K, 192K

    Audio Outputs

  • Type: 1/4" TRS Passive-Balanced
  • Type-Mono Activated: ΒΌ" TRS Active-Impedance Balanced
  • Trim Range: -90dB to 0dB
  • Main Level Range: -90dB to 0dB
  • Dim Attenuation: -30dB

  • Type: 1/4" TRS Active-Balanced
  • Output Impedance: 51Ohm
  • THD+N: Less than 0.0025%
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz-50KHz, -.5dB

  • Type: 1/4" TRS Active-Impedance Balanced
  • Output Impedance: 51Ohm
  • THD+N: Less than .003% (1KHz @ 0dBu)
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz-50KHz, -.5dB
  • Gain Range: -90dB to 0dB
  • Dim Attenuation: -30dB (Talkback activated)

  • Type: 1/4" TRS Active Stereo
  • Maximum Output: 150mW/channel @ 60 Ohm load
  • THD+N: 0.015% (150mW/channel @ 60 Ohm load)
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz-50KHz, +1dB

    Dynamic Microphone Input
  • Type: XLR Female Balanced
  • Input Impedance: 2400 Ohm

    Internal Microphone
  • Type: Electret Condenser
  • Sensitivity: -42dB

    Mic Preamp
  • Gain Range: 15-55dB

    Input Meters
  • Type: Dual 30 segment LED w/ Peak Hold
  • Range: -48dB to +18dB (-66dBfs to 0dBfs)
  • Accuracy: Better than .25dB
  • Frequency Range: 10Hz-22KHz
  • Calibrate Range: +/- 18dB

    Power Supply
  • Type: External A.C. Transformer/Internal Linear
  • Power Consumption: 40VA

    Main Chassis
  • Package Type: 1U - steel chassis
  • Dimensions: 19(W) X 1.75(H) X 5.50(D) inches
  • Weight: 5.0lbs

    External Power Supply (factory configured)
  • Package Type: Molded Plastic
  • Dimensions: 2.5(W) X 2.3(H) X 4.0(D) inches
  • Weight: 2.5lbs

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*Excellent condition and complete. Original factory seal is not intact. Full manufacturer warranty applies. These items qualify for 8thstreet Return & Trade-back policies.

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