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Hey everyone,
this is Mike, from Dangerous Music. Today we’re gonna take a look at
some of the ways that you can hook up a Dangerous Source with
a 2-Bus LT and your interface. So first let’s take a look
at what cables you’ll need to do this. My interface happens to have
all DB25 connectors, so I know I’m gonna need some
DB25 snakes but you might need something different. So the first thing you’re going to
want to hook up is the Analog input to the 2-Bus. Now since I’ve DB25 outputs on my interface, I’ll just need 2 male DB25 to
male DB25 snakes. If your interface has XLR outputs
or TRS outputs, you’ll need XLR to DB25 or
TRS to DB25 snakes, you get the idea. The next connection you want to make is
from the output of the 2-Bus to the line input of the interface. I’ll need a female XLR to DB25 snake.
You might need something different. The next connection you’ll make it’s from the output of the 2-Bus to
the input of the Source. For that you’ll just need
two regular XLR cables. Additionally, you’ll need two XLR cables
to hook up your speakers to the Source. Now if your speakers have a different
kind of connection, like TRS, then you might need a
different kind of cable. Lastly, you’ll need some kind of
digital connection to monitor your mix in its final stage
after it’s gone back into the DAW. In my case I’m going to use
an AES connection because my interface has AES outputs. You can also SPDIF or you can use
the USB and put it into the Source but we’ll talk a little bit more later
about how to make that decision. Let’s hook everything up. The first thing we’ll hook up is the
analog line outputs from the interface into the analog line inputs of the 2-Bus. So next up are the outputs
of the 2-Bus. There’s two sets of outputs and they’re
both totally identical to each other. They just serve different purposes;
there is the main out and the monitor out. The main out is going to be used
to take our stereo summed mix and bring it back into the DAW via the analog line inputs of the
interface, so let’s plug that in. The monitor output of the LT
is used to be able to monitor the sum output of the LT,
makes sense, right? So for that we’ll use our two XLRs and plug them into the
Analog 1 input of the Source. The last thing you’ll need to plug in
is the digital connection. The reason why we want to do this is
because we’ve got our 16 channels being summed in the 2-Bus,
we have that stereo summed mix going back into the DAW via the
analog line inputs of the interface, and now we need a way to monitor
that stereo summed mix back from the DAW; that’s where the digital connection
comes in. The Source happens to have
two stereo D/A converters on board: one of them has a USB input and
one of them has an AES or SPDIF input, whichever works for you. There’s a couple of different
considerations when choosing which of these digital inputs to use but the important thing to know is that both of them have the exact same
D/A converter, and they’re both mastering-grade
converters so it doesn’t really matter which one
you choose quality-wise. I’m gonna use the AES output
of my interface. There’re two reasons for that:
one, it has one, so that’s easy, and two, this interface runs through
a PCIe card. PCIe devices don’t allow to aggregate
an additional interface into your DAW; in other words, I won’t be able to get
my DAW to recognize the USB so I have to use a AES output. If you’re using an interface that
doesn’t run a PCIe card, then you have the option of using the
digital output from the interface or using the USB output from your computer;
so if you wanted to use your USB, all you’d have to do is aggregate the Source
as an additional interface in your DAW. If you want to know how to do that,
we’ll put a link down in the video description to a document that explains
how to do that. So whether or not you’re using
the USB for mixing, it’s still a good idea to have
this USB connected because what it allows you to do is listen to
your music library from your computer through the same D/A converter that
you’re using to listen to your mix. That allows you to reference your mix
to another track through the same D/A converter and
at the same reference level, that’s a true A/B comparison. So if you’re gonna use your AES output,
use a 110 ohm digital audio cable; if you’re gonna use a SPDIF output,
use a 75 ohm digital audio cable, and if you’re gonna use a USB,
simply use a USB cable, like the one that came with the Source. Either way, make your decision and
plug it in. Now that everything is plugged in
let’s take a look at the front of the Source; pressing the Analog 1 button will allow you
to hear the monitor output of the 2-Bus LT; that will allow you to hear the mix before
goes back to the DAW, or to monitor the LT
while you’re tracking. Remember that when you’re mixing you always want
to hear the last step in the signal chain. In my case that’s the AES button,
in your case it could be USB, depending on what connection you chose. So that’s how you hook up a Dangerous Source
with a 2-Bus LT and your interface. Plug everything in and
go make some music!

19 thoughts on “2-Bus LT and Source Setup – Dangerous Music

  1. Do I need "the source" to use the 2-Bus Summing Mixer? I have an Apogee Duet 2 audio interface. Can I use this interface in the mixing process?

  2. Right now i Have an Audio Digi 003 (has 8 Balance TRS Out and ADAT in/out) and ART TubeOpto (Has 8 Balance TRS Out and ADAT in/out) . Do you think it possible to route them to 2-BUS LT ?
    Thank you for your help

  3. Yes, you would use the analog outs from the 003 to feed the first 8 of the LT inputs, and the ART to feed the second 8. Go to our website for diagrams that might help

  4. Great ! Thank you.! And one other thing, to route 8 other channels from 003 to 2-BUs LT via ART using ADAT, will it cause some delay? Since the main 8 channels straight from 003 to 2-BUS LT and the other 8 channels will be from 003 ADAT out to ART ADAT In and then ART Bal TRS out to 2-BUS LT. Thanks

  5. Would it not benefit me then to buy a Source if I have an SSL Alpha link MX since the only digital output it has is Madi which connects to my pcie?

  6. Hi I have the symphony I/O with 8 card I/O 8 ADAT  and 1 stereo Spdif . I am also using the Mackie Big Knob for monitoring my Speakers it does not have a digital output can i still use the 2 Bus LT in my system if yes how can i connected it without the digital connection

  7. Hello How Can I hook dangerous d-box to Lynx Aurora 8 the Lynx Aurora to my Computer? what is the better connection to mt computer?

  8. Hopefully you are still monitoring this thread. I have a hard time following the signal path from the computer. Is my digital out from the computer going into your lynx Aurora directly or to "the source" first and then into the Lynx Aurora? I am looking to buy the Lynx aurora 16 and dangerous 2 buslt, and trying to figure out if I need the source as well. I will be getting the Lynx aurora 16 with the thunderbolt connection option, or at least was planning to. Would this change if I decided to go with getting the source also? again, my biggest confusion here is I did not follow how your signal is leaving the computer and into which box is it going to first, the source or the Lynx Aurora? My interpretation is that everything flows through the source and it kind of serves as a selector switch.

  9. Hey guys, I am pretty happy with this unit soundwise, but I am really missing a wordclock input.

    So I have 2 suggestions for future versions:
    1) Wordclock in for the USB DAC
    2) an iPod connector at the front of the 19" faceplate that connects to the rear connector if the unit is rackmounted

  10. Hi, newbie here. But how the session of the DAW to connect with the interface Aurora 16, using what cable? Can someone explain?

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