TC Electronic Konnekt 48 Audio InterfaceStudio Konnekt 48 is the newest member of the FireWire powered Konnekt audio interface family, offering the most comprehensive feature set that the world has ever seen in an audio interface. It is the most complete product TC Electronic has ever made, and it represents a milestone to the computer recording world.
Studio Konnekt 48 offers a comprehensive array of professional features that make recording, mixing and monitoring a breeze. All essential recording tools are in one box including world-class DSP effects, a wealth of I/O options, speaker management and many other powerful tools to take your recordings to the next level.
The extensive I/O section features 4 IMPACT II preamps. With 8 line ins on the rear panel, the total amount of simultaneously streamable analog inputs is 12 as well as 12 analog outputs. Two outputs feature digitally controlled analog XLR connections for optimal connection with your main monitor speakers while the analog output section has 2 independent phones out.
The comprehensive digital I/O section features double ADAT 96 kHz SMUX, TOS, S/PDIF and Word Clock I/O and the digital part is powered by the second-to-none DICE Jet jitter elimination engine.
Studio Konnekt 48 comes with nothing short of world-class DSP effects, including the Fabrik C Studio, an easy-to-use channel strip and mastering tool that offers 4-band EQ, multiband compression and limiting based on algorithms from TC’s high-end System 6000. Also running on DSPs you'll find the Fabrik R Studio no compromise reverb based on TC Electronic Reverb 4000 technology.
It has a DSP powered 24/8 digital mixer with 48-bit double precision summing on all mix points. There is no compromise routing for all outputs and a wealth of insert points offering top-notch flexibility.
Not only does Studio Konnekt 48 offer support for surround speaker systems, it does way more than that. The speaker management section is based on technology from the famous AIR speaker series, featuring individual speaker level and delay settings. The Bass Management feature gives you total control of your sub speaker and the speaker management offers instant control of up to 3 speaker sets.
Extensive I/O section
The extensive I/O section features 4 IMPACT II preamps. With a very wide gain range, any type of microphone can be used with these great sounding mic preamps. Customized headroom ensures high quality recordings by treating very hot signal levels equal to low signal levels. Phantom power for condenser microphones goes without saying. The phantom power of Studio Konnekt 48 is compatible with all dynamic microphones and it is no problem using condenser microphones and dynamic microphones simultaneously.
The four combo inputs on the front of Studio Konnekt 48 also feature inputs for high impedance instruments such as guitars or basses, and to get the best possible sound quality, there is a separate electronic circuit handling guitar signals. An auto detecting sensor detects whether you have attached an instrument and selects the appropriate circuit via the built-in relay switch.
With 8 TRS line inputs on the rear panel, the total amount of simultaneously streamable analog inputs is 12. The TRS inputs are balanced and the input sensitivity can be set to -10 or +4 dB.
Analog and digital inputs can be monitored using the high resolution input display.
On the rear panel, you will also find 8 TRS line outputs. These would do nicely with a surround speaker setup, typically 5.1 (left, right, center, LFE, left surround, right surround). Also, line outs would make sense for sending out separate mixes to external headphone amps, or even to an external mixing desk if needed. They are also perfect for integrating external analog hardware with your DAW based studio.
For your main monitor speakers we've provided special XLR connections. This balanced stereo output is analog, but at the same time it is digitally controlled. This combines the great analog sound with the flexibility and precision of digital control.
The comprehensive digital I/O section features double ADAT (8 channels, 96 kHz SMUX), TOS, S/PDIF, MIDI and word clock I/O and the digital part is powered by the next to nothing DICE Jet jitter elimination engine securing the best possible digital quality. 30 channels are streamed to and 28 channels are streamed from the DAW simultaneously.
The two headphone outputs on the front of Studio Konnekt 48 have individual level control and source. The left headphone output has its own D/A converter, while the right one uses the same D/A converter as line out 11/12. The flexible routing of Studio Konnekt 48 even allows you to route two independent signals to each side (left and right) of your headphones - if you're a DJ, you'll like this feature, because it allows you to have the main track in one side and the cue in the other - at the same time.
The Studio Konnekt 48 is a 1394 FireWire based audio interface. One great advantage about this is that it is extremely easy to connect other Konnekt audio interfaces to your setup, thereby enhancing the number of I/Os and effect channels in your system. But not only is it easy to connect to your computer, the future proof network design also enables direct monitoring between devices.
An important part of the FireWire design of the Konnekt interfaces is based on a TC designed chip called DICE II. The DICE II chip is the electronic part that makes the connection between all the inputs and outputs of Konnekt, but it does way more than that.
One important feature of the chip is the JET jitter elimination technology. JET is TC’s next generation of jitter elimination and sync handling, based on experience from TC flag ship System 6000, EQ Station and AIR speakers.
Caused by the variations in the timing of digital clocks controlling audio devices in the digital system, packets being streamed can arrive with varying delays. Jitter appears as audio degradation including reduced dynamic range and collapsed stereo fields.
With integrated JET technology the Studio Konnekt 48 is able to perfectly align all digital signals from external digital sources, including the ones from FireWire. This means that all supported digital formats will be aligned to ensure maximal digital quality.
JetPLL makes sure that unwanted jitter is eliminated, and plays a significant part of why Studio Konnekt 48 will enhance the sound of your projects dramatically.
Sometimes users would like to synchronize the system to an external source. For this purpose, they use a house clock product to sync to. Studio Konnekt 48 can of course sync to an external source, using one of its digital ins, including word clock.
One of the problems with syncing to external sources is that the system is totally dependent on the sync device. If the connection is broke or the external device is turned of, the system will potentially stop playing. Some audio interfaces will automatically shift from external sync to internal sync, and this will keep audio playing, but at a different sample rate.
A unique feature in Studio Konnekt 48, called clock recovery, not only ensures that the system continues to play, but it also makes sure that it continues to play at the sample rate that it was syncing up to.
Thanks to the DICE II and the JET technology, the FireWire connections are used to their full potential. Not only does the DICE II ensure ultra stable audio streaming, it also gives you the potential of streaming a great number of simultaneous audio channels, without any loss of quality, and with an extremely accurate timing. And don’t forget that all of this can be done in a massive 192 kHz, 24-bit resolution.
Anybody familiar with TC, knows that our hardware products boast superior and award-winning sound quality. The Studio Konnekt 48 effects are no exception! We are delighted to present you with “the sound of TC”. In fact, what you get is the capability and the sound quality of two full-blown 19-inch rack unit effects processors – built directly into the Studio Konnekt 48.
The software package that comes with Studio Konnekt 48 contains a nice mix between plug-ins running on the Studio Konnekt 48 DSPs and native plug-ins that run on your computer’s CPU.
24/8 channel digital mixer with 48-bit double precision summing
Studio Konnekt 48 features a 24 in 8 out digital mixer with 48-bit double precision sum busses and 56-bit internal processing. The mixer runs on the DSPs of Studio Konnekt, and can therefore be used at all times; if your host application is not running or even if the computer is shut down. The mixer has insert points for the Fabrik plug-ins, also available in DSP. Each of the mixer’s outputs can be routed to any of the physical outputs.
With this mixer, you can skip your physical mixer in the studio; Studio Konnekt 48 offers all you need, and with the built-in DSP reverb, it even has a nice cue verb for the artist in the recording booth.
The mixer also features a comprehensive talkback feature with listen back, which allows you to communicate with the artist(s) in the recording booth.
Studio Konnekt 48 comes with professional and innovative high quality TC effects. Running on the DSPs inside the audio interface you’ll find the Fabrik C Studio which is a 4-band EQ, multiband compressor and limiter. Fabrik C Studio works like a very nice channel strip and is very suited as a mastering tool and is based on technology from TC’s renowned System 6000.
Also running on DSPs is the Fabrik R Studio, a TC Reverb 4000 based processor that includes 9 stunning reverb algorithms.
In MINT condition
The Fabrik C Studio and Fabrik R Studio plug-ins are both based on MINT – Meta Intuitive Navigation Technology – a novel approach to internal audio processing.
The design and programming philosophy gives you instant gratification and ensures that you won’t waste time tweaking a bunch of parameters to get professional results; simply get the sound you want by moving the MINT icons. It literally lets your ears back into audio production. Because that’s what it’s all about; listening, not tweaking.
On top of that, we’re sure you’ll be amazed by the superior processing and sound quality that these MINT based effects have to offer.
Speaker management with bass management
Studio Konnekt 48 features support for surround systems at an unprecedented level for audio interfaces. The speaker management section is based on AIR technology, and it enables you to set individual speaker level and delay.
This ensures perfect level alignment between speakers and if the physical nature of your control room is not perfectly suited for the speaker sets, the delay can be used to compensate for this.
Part of the speaker management section is the integrated bass management with selectable filters and frequency crossover points. The bass management system is designed to subtract the bass contents of the main channels and reproduce this by the use of a subwoofer.
Typically, you’d check your mix on a number of different speakers. Therefore, most studios have at least a couple of speaker sets or three. Studio Konnekt 48 has support for 3 speaker sets.
Intuitive guitar tuner
An intuitive guitar tuner is also part of the DSP effects included with Studio Konnekt 48. You can access the tuner from within the control panel. Choose between tuner modes, generate a reference tone for acoustic tuning and choose between a number of scales.
The software package that comes with Studio Konnekt 48 contains a nice mix between plug-ins running on the Studio Konnekt 48 DSPs and native plug-ins that run on your computer's CPU.
Natively running plug-ins included with Studio Konnekt 48 are:
ResFilter is a resonance filter that offers ultra fat filtering effects. You can choose between 6, 12 and 24 dB slopes to get the filter sound you need, and the Drive option lets you add more juice to your sound.
Innovative, new communication technology offers communication between plug-ins. If you have more instances, you can have parameters from one instance control parameters of other instances. This will let you do cross-overs between tracks using cutoff to obtain the nice sound of filters blending in and out. If you insert a filter on each of your tracks, you can setup one of them to be "Master" to control all the others, assigning very powerful control options to just one button. The number of instances you can run is only limited by the power of your CPU.
Assimilator Konnekt is a native fingerprint EQ which is an extremely powerful equalization tool that “learns” the frequency curve of one piece of audio so it can be applied to another audio file - Ideal for analyzing and copying EQ curves of individual instruments, voices or reference mixes. It truly excels when applied to align the frequency response of different tracks recorded at different times compiled to appear on the same album.
Assimilator Konnekt derives from Assimilator - a very popular plug-in originally developed for PowerCore. It has been re-designed to run as a native plug-in.
The Integrator plug-in (VST and AU) makes integration of external hardware into your DAW environment seamless. It offers a “plug-in” audio routing representation of your external hardware: Reverb 4000, Finalizer, System 6000, etc.
Since Integrator operates like a normal VST/AU plug-in it can be inserted on any track, as a send effect or on your host application’s master output.
It works with up to four Konnekt audio interfaces at a time, so if you have more interfaces, simply select the one that the external hardware is attached to.
All plug-ins VST- and AU-compatible
All the plug-ins that come with Studio Konnekt 48 are VST and AU compatible. This means that you can use them with any VST and AU compatible host application, such as Logic, Garageband, Nuendo, Cubase, Ableton Live, Cakewalk etc. Even the DSP based effects are VST/AU compatible and can be used with those applications.
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Digital Inputs and Outputs
Analog inputs: 4 IMPACT II MIC/INST / 8 Analog Line bal/unbal
2 XLR digitally controlled analog outputs
8 LINE outs with surround support
2 separate channels for headphones
S/PDIF I/O: 2
ADAT/TOS: 8 x 96kHz SMUX I/O /4 I/O
Headphone out: 2, with individual source and level control
Input meter: 6 segments, 12 channels
DSP mixer/router: 24/8 channels Double precision summing, 56bit internal processing mixer
Fabrik C Studio
Fabrik R Studio
Routing DSP effects to outputs: Yes
VST, AU compatible: Yes
JetPLL jitter elimination technology: Yes, with Clock Recovery
Max samplerate: 192
DAW FireWire channels: 48 (24x24)
Design: 19-inch full rack studio design
Minimum system requirements
Mac OSX 10.4
PowerPC (1 GHz or faster) or Intel CPU
512 MB RAM
FireWire (IEEE 1394) port*
OS X 10.4.10
Windows XP SP2 or Vista x32
Pentium 4, 1.6 GHz or faster
512 MB RAM
FireWire (IEEE 1394) port*
* TC Electronic recommends running Konnekts on a dedicated FireWire bus.
If your computer has one or more FireWire connections on the chassis they will typically run on the same FireWire bus. You may connect the Konnekt to one of these. If you intend to run more FireWire devices simultaneously, such as e.g. an external hard drive, we recommend running this device on a separate bus.
This would typically be on an installed FireWire PCI card. Note that such a FireWire PCI card typically has 3 ports but these also operate on a single bus.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 519-745-1158