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Liquid Channel

Liquid Channel
Revolutionary Liquid Channel Strip

Specifications

We always quote 'real world' performance figures (measured to the AES17 standard). Some companies choose to quote chipset performance, which is misleading, and here's why.

Converter performance

  • Sample rate: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192kHz
  • Bit depth: 24-bit

ADC

  • SNR: 120dB measured with 20Hz/22kHz bandpass A-weighted filter
  • Frequency response: ±0.05dB between 20Hz - 22 kHz
  • Maximum input level: +22dBu
  • THD+N: 0.00035% (-109dB)

DAC

  • Dynamic range: 116dB measured with 20Hz/22kHz bandpass A-weighted filter
  • Frequency response: ±0.05dB between 20Hz / 22kHz
  • Maximum output level: +22dBu
  • THD+N: 0.0007% (-103dB)

Jitter

  • Internal clock: < 20 pico-seconds
  • AES digital output: < 200 pico-seconds
  • External clock: < 1 nano-second
  • Analogue and digital path

Mic pre

  • Gain range: +6dB to +80dB, switched in 1dB steps
  • Frequency response: variable, set by pre-amp chosen
  • THD+N at analogue out: 0.001% measured with a +4dBu 1kHz input signal with 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter
  • THD+N at AES digital out: 0.0005% measured with a +4dBu 1kHz input signal with 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter
  • Mic noise: EIN = -126dB measured at 80dB of gain with 150 Ohm source impedance and 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter
  • Noise at analogue out: -92dBu measured at +6dB gain with 20Hz/22kHz bandpass A-weighted filter
  • Noise at AES digital out: -119dBFS measured at + 6dB gain with 20Hz/22kHz bandpass A-weighted filter
  • Maximum input level: +16dBu
  • Input impedance: variable, set by preamp chosen
  • CMRR: Transformer: 123dB @ 60dB of gain
  • Electronic: 102dB @ 60dB of gain

Line input

  • Gain range: 10dB to +10dB, switched in 1dB steps
  • Frequency response: 0dB ±0.1dB between 20Hz and 20kHz
  • THD+N at analogue out: 0.001% measured with a +18dBu 1kHz input signal with 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter
  • THD+N at AES digital out: 0.0004% measured with a +18dBu 1kHz input signal with 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter
  • Noise at analogue out: -92dBu measured at 0dB gain with 20Hz/22kHz bandpass A-weighted filter
  • Noise at AES digital out: -120dBfs measured at 0dB gain with 20Hz/22kHz bandpass A-weighted filter
  • Maximum input level: +22dBu
  • High pass filter
  • Roll off frequency: switchable between 75Hz and 120Hz, frequency measured at 6dB down point, 12dB per octave roll-off

Harmonics

  • Distortion range: 0 to 15 where 15 (maximum) = 10% of 2nd-, 20% of 3rd- and 10% of 5th-order at 0dBFS (level-dependent distortion)

Compressor

In 'As Original' mode the parameter ranges will be the same as on the original unit being emulated. In 'Free' mode the parameter ranges are as follows:

  • Threshold range: -40dB to 20dB switched in 1dB steps
  • Ratio range: 1:1 to limit
  • Attack range: 0.1ms to 2.5s
  • Release range: 0.1ms to 2.5s
  • Make-up gain: -20dB to +20dB switched in 0.5dB steps

EQ

High Shelf

  • Frequency range: 200Hz to 20kHz
  • Gain: +/-18dB

Mid Band

  • Frequency range: 100Hz to 10kHz
  • Gain: +/-18dB
  • Q: variable between 0.8 and 2.5

Low Shelf

  • Frequency range: 10Hz to 1kHz
  • Gain: +/-18dB

Weight

  • 8.6kg
  • 19Ibs

Dimensions

    • 484mm (W) x 85mm (H) x 270mm (D)
    • 19" (W) x 3.5" (H) x 10.6" (D)
    • 2U rackmount

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: FOCUSRITE, the FF logo, LIQUID TECHNOLOGY, LIQUID CONTROL and the LIQUID logo are trademarks of Focusrite Audio Engineering Ltd. DYNAMIC CONVOLUTION is a trademark of Sintefex Ltd. All other product names, trademarks, or trade names are the names of their respective owners, which are in no way associated, connected nor affiliated with Focusrite or its LIQUID CHANNEL product and which have not endorsed Focusrite's LIQUID CHANNEL product. These other product names, trademarks, and trade names are used solely to identify and describe the third party products the sonic behaviour of which was studied for the LIQUID CHANNEL product, and to accurately describe the functionality of the LIQUID CHANNEL product. The LIQUID CHANNEL product is an independently engineered technology which utilises the patented process of Dynamic Convolution to actually measure examples of the sonic impact of original analogue products upon an audio stream, so as to electronically emulate the performance of the original product studied. The result of this process is subjective and may not be perceived by a user as producing the same effects as the original products studied.