Creamware A16 ultra
16-Channel AD/DA Converter
16 analog inputs and outputs, two ADAT interfaces,
two Z-Link interfaces for system interfacing

16 high-quality 24-bit / 96 kHz AD/DA converters . Supported sample rates: 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96 kHz.

16 analog inputs and 16 analog outputs. Provided as fully-symmetrical balanced phone jacks. Switchable between -10 dBv and +4 dBu.

Two independent ADAT interfaces

Dual 8-channel I/Os, 24-bit, fully compatible with all devices which feature this digital interface.

S-Mux permits ADAT transfers of 96 kHz audio .Although the ADAT standard does not include sample rates above 48 kHz, the A16 Ultra can transfer audio at 96 kHz using S-Mux mode, in which pairs of ADAT channels are coupled, giving you a total of eight S-Mux channels.

Two independent Z-Link interfaces. This CreamWare-proprietary interface format, based upon FireWire technology, offers greater transfer bandwidth than ADAT. With Z-Link, simultaneous transfer of all 16 channels at 24 bits / 96 kHz is possible. Ideal for use with all CreamWare systems that are equipped with Z-Link.

BNC Wordclock I/O for synchronization of your complete digital setup. Functions both as master and as slave.

VU meters for precise level setting The 16 5-segment level indicators permit convenient, precise setting of signal levels and allow you to keep everything under visual control at all times.

Memory function .The A16 Ultra remembers all of its settings when you power it down, so that you can pick up where you left off in your next session.

Ultra-compact construction .The A16 Ultra packs concentrated technology into a single-height 19" rack.

Expansion options

Various expansion options are planned to boost the performance of the converter further. For example: add-in boards which permit the use of S-Mux on all 16 ADAT channels or which render the A16 Ultra a TDIF-1 compatible converter. A USB2 expansion, also in the works, will permit the A16 Ultra to be used as a standalone I/O interface with any computer system equipped with USB2, and will also allow it to be remote-controlled via software, making operation as an analog/digital patchbay.

Technical specifications

Sample rates:

96 kHz, 88,2 kHz, 48 kHz, 44,1 kHz and 32 kHz (Master)

30 kHz - 100 kHz (Wordclock - Slave)

38 kHz - 50 kHz (ADAT - Slave)

Channels:16 inputs and 16 outputs

Analog inputs:

Balanced phone jacks (6.3 mm)

Input sensitivity + 4 dBu (nominal)

Maximum input level +20 dBu (0 dBFS)

Input impedance 20 kOhm

Analog outputs:

Balanced phone jacks (6.3 mm)

Output level + 4 dBu (nominal)

Maximum output level + 20 dBu (0 dBFS)

Output impedance 600 Ohm

Converter performance

Digital - Analog:

24 Bit / 128 x oversampling / 96 kHz

Frequency response < +/- 0.15 dB (20 Hz - 20 kHz)

Dynamic range 110 dBA

THD+N 100 dBA typ.

Channel separation 105 dB @ 997 Hz typ.

Analog - Digital:

24 Bit / 96 kHz

Frequency response < +/- 0.1dB (20 Hz - 20 kHz)

Dynamic range 100 dBA

THD+N 95 dBA typ.

Channel separation 102 dB @ 997 Hz typ

Digital inputs and outputs

ADAT: EIAJ connectors 8 channels, 24 bits, 2 in, 2 out

Z-Link: 2 standard 1394 connectors, 8 channels, 24 bits, 96 kHz capable


Word Clock In: 75 Ohm, BNC

Word Clock Out: 75 Ohm, BNC

General specifications

Supply voltage: 12V AC

Power consumption: 25W

Dimensions: 44,3*483,0*189,5 mm (1U)

Weight: 3 kg

Creamware Italy : Midi Music tel.(++39) 0113185602, e-mail
Creamware Germany
Creamware US
Creamware Benelux
Creamware France
Creamware Spain
Argentina: Sigma Delta
Australia: Major Music Wholesale
Austria: KS music
Czech Republic: B.L.A
Greece: KEM electronics
Hungary: Studiotech Hungary
Japan: Cameo Interactive
Lithuania: Prodigis
Russia: MixArt
Switzerland: Audiotech KST
Ukraine: Real Music
UK: SCV London

advanced technologic sound magazine
2002 issue 106

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