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Ferrofish Pulse16

Ferrofish Pulse16

4.75 4.75 out of 5, based on 2 Reviews

Incredible converter which is well build and has very neutral sounding converters. Adding 16 inputs and 16 outputs for less then 1000 EUR is a no-brainer!


29th September 2017

Ferrofish Pulse16 by Ian Mono

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 4 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.75
Ferrofish Pulse16

This is my first review on Gearslutz. I'm normally the guy who lurks reviews, but never writes them. I felt I needed to give the Ferrofish Pulse16 a review because it's such an amazing piece of hardware. I hope this review helps future buyers. Take into account that I'm not a native English speaker or an expert in reviewing audio gear. If there is anything missing or you want to have tested, leave message and I can definitely add this.

Why I bought it?
I'm using a lot of outboard gear like reverbs, delays and Eurorack modules for my electronic music productions. I already owned a RME 802 which serves me really well but has very limited amount of jack input and outputs. Luckily the device had 4 ADAT ports so I started searching for an expansion to add as much inputs and outputs to my setup as possible. RME offered some options, but were really limited (like the RME ADI-8).

I stumbled upon Ferrofish and the news they were about to release a new product which basically covert all my needs.

Features: https://ferrofish.com/en/products/pulse-16/

Enough inputs and outputs, option madi (might be useful if I ever switch to a full madi setup) and slick looking design.

My experience
When I unboxed the Ferrofish Pulse I immediately noticed the weight of the converter and the how well build it is. It's similar to RME in that regard.

The manual wasn't very helpful on how to setup the device with the RME 802. I gave Ferrofish some feedback about this.

After the connecting the right ADAT cables to the 802 and setting the RME clock source to ADAT I noticed that Totalmix and my DAW (Ableton) had a lot more channels to chose from.
Awesome!

I tested the Pulse by running a audio signal through them and did some comparison between the RME and the Pulse. To my ear I barely hear a difference when recording or playing back audio.

The Pulse has a two tft displays with some menu options which can easily be navigated with the rotary encoder. The encoder also feels really solid. In the menu you can configure internal routing, set a lock so know one can overwrite your setting, configure additional madi, save/load presets and set gain levels.

Communication with Ferrofish was really good! Every question I had was answered through facebook and they even kept me up to date with delivery times and future development. I really like it when small passionate companies build high-quality products and listen to their customers.

Conclusion
Should you buy it? Yes! Although the manual wasn't very informational on everything, I think it's still a no brainer to buy one of you're looking for i/o expansion. For less then 1000 EUR you get everything you need in great quality with a lot of option for future expansion.

  • 4
20th October 2019

Ferrofish Pulse16 by Morgueritual

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 4 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.75
Ferrofish Pulse16

So I have had the Ferrofish Pulse 16 for a few weeks now and I wanted to let you guys in on what I thought.

For those who dont know Ferrofish is a German company that makes mid to high end AD/DA converters. The Pulse 16 I would consider a "mid grade" converter. It has the latest converters from Cirrus Logic which in all honesty are not bad at all these days. Can the Pulse 16 go up against a Lynx or Orion 32? Maybe, maybe not BUT.... The Pulse 16 also does not cost $4000 either. "Apples and oranges". While they do have a MADI/DANTE version called the A32 Dante for $3400 but the Pulse 16 will only set you back $1000. The Pulse 16 is also MADI up-gradable with a plugin MADI SFP module sold separately. But stock, the Pulse 16 comes with 16 1/4' TPS I/O and 32 ADAT I/O. With the MADI upgrade you get another 64 channels. This converter is perfect for a mid size professional or home hybrid setup like mine. I like hardware compressors and EQ's and it works PERFECT with my MOTU 828es. The Pulse has a really good clock in it with an additional low jitter circuit. The clock is temp controlled as well. Im using the Pulse 16 as my main clock and running the motu off that. I keep my Pultecs on the 2 bus through the MOTU I/O and I run my Kemper into the MOTU as well. All the rest of my gear goes in and out of the 16. Im using Distrssors, IGS Rubberbands, Neve Pre's and Neve 551 EQ's. Also some Radial Q4 and some SSL compressors as well. All sounds great and runs flawless with Reaper and realinsert. RTL is showing 35-50 samples depending on the hardware which is REALLY low. Sound quality is killer. No pops, clicks or crackles whatsoever. The Ferrofish has its own menu and jog dial to go through the menu. The routing matrix is aslo in the menu as well. The ONLY thing I dont like about the unit is the LED input and output indicators are PRE fader. So if you want to see the levels move you must adjust that in the insert plugin send or on the gain/output of the hardware itself. Which is no biggy. SUPER easy to get used to. The unit is also made in Germany. $1000 for a converter made in Germany is a killer deal. Ill leave a link below if you guys want to check it out.
https://ferrofish-usa.com/pulse_16_a...dat_converter/

 
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