Ark Modules

A number of modules have been designed for the Ark console.
These are the different upper input modules.

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The IP111 is our inline input / routing module, situated in the upper section of the Ark console, and a little over 4U high.
Like the rest of the
Ark, it is a fully discrete, class-A design and offers exceptional sound quality.
It’s designed to handle multiple sources, and to offer extended routing options for each of these sources.

Unlike most other inline consoles, The Ark features two fully independent audio paths per channel.
Each of these audio paths has its own independent routing, insert, EQ, fader and auxes.


The IP111 has 3 inputs, each controlled with their own trim pot.

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Mic input
For pure sonic clarity, the
Ark’s transformerless, universal, solid-state Mic amp can accept signals from any type of microphone whatsoever. Even older Ribbon microphones, synths or guitars can be directly connected to the Mic input without a problem (so yes, you can also use this mic input as a line input).
With an extraordinarily low Equivalent Input Noise of -138dBu, our Mic pre will not add any noise over and above that coming from the microphone itself.
The Mic trim pot gain range has been limited from +20dB to +60dB to allow fine level control.
To allow for lower input level boost, we added a 20dB
[Range] switch, so the range can be changed to be 0dB to +40dB, keeping the same fine control of the input signal.

Note that the
[Range] switch is not a “Pad”, but changes the gain range of the microphone amplifier by modifying the following parameters:
- the value of the gain pot
- the quiescent current of the input stage
- the amount of feedback used to stabilise the circuit accordingly
All of these are necessary to preserve the exemplary noise, distortion and headroom performance at all gains.
In short: While a “pad” and our “range” have a similar effect, a “pad” adds noise to the circuit, our
[Range] switch does not

If you like extra warmth and character (and some extra noise), the Mic inputs can be supplied with a “classic” microphone transformer.

Line input
The Line input can be trimmed from -20dB to +20dB, and has centre detent.

The
[Line] switch selects between the external Mic or Line input.

[Phase Reverse] switch is situated after the Mic/Line selection, and phase reverses both Mic and Line input signals.

DAW input
The DAW input has it’s own trim pot with centre detent, and has a gain range of -20dB to +20dB.
Note that the DAW input is actually another external line input, so apart from return from your DAW (through your audio interface), it can also be used for any line level source or for analogue tape returns.

Audio Path
Standard, the Mic/Line input is routed through the Small Fader (SF) path, while the DAW input is routed through the Large Fader (LF) path.

IP Rev
The
[IP Rev] switch reverses the signal path of Mic/Line and DAW.
When
[IP Rev] is active, the Mic/Line input is routed through the Large Fader (LF) path, and the DAW input is routed through the Small Fader (SF) path.

Routing
Both the SF (small fader) and LF (large fader) path have their own independent routing. This routing comes from the respective fader and pan on the lower input section (
IP311). Each of the paths can be independently send to pairs of subgroups and to 2 stereo master outputs.

Dual Inserts
Each path has its own insert send and return, standard just behind the input trim.
The
[Ins Post] switch moves the insert points just before the fader, post anything which may be in the middle input section (see middle input section).
The
[Ins On] switch activates the insert return.
Note that both Insert Sends are always active and can be used as additional pre-fader / pre- or post-eq outs or sends.

Direct Out
Each channel has one Direct Out which comes from the small fader, but can be changed to come from the large fader, using the
[Dir Out LF] switch.

All switches are illuminated.
Global Lights Dim on the master section controls the light intensity of
all switch LED’s. Turn it up if you work in a bright room, turn it down if you work in a darkened room.


To wrap up: With the IP111 input and routing module, you can route each of 3 inputs to the LF or SF path. The outputs of the faders can each be routed to 14 outputs. (subgroup 1 to 8, stereo master 1 and 2, insert send and direct out).




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The IP115 inline input / routing module is very similar to the IP111.
But the Mic input of the IP111 has been replaced by a Group input.

The
IP115 turns any channel into a group master channel.
This allows you to use full channel functionality - including inserts, routing and auxes - on the group signal.
Additionally, the
IP115 features a Line and DAW input.

Unlike most other inline consoles, The Ark features two fully independent audio paths per channel.
Each of these audio paths has its own independent routing, insert, EQ, fader and auxes.


The
IP115 has 3 inputs, each controlled with their own independent trim pot.

Group input
This pot controls the gain of the Group input. Gain is from -12dB to +12dB

Line input
This is a standard Line input which can be trimmed -20dB to +20dB, and has centre detent.

[Line] switch selects between Group or Line input.

[Phase Reverse] switch is situated after the Line selection, and inverses the Line signal.


DAW input
The DAW input has it’s own trim pot with centre detent, and gain range of -20dB to +20dB.
Note that the DAW input is actually another line input, and can be used for any line level source or for analogue tape returns.

Signal Path
Standard, the Line/Group input is routed through the Small Fader (SF) path, while the DAW input is routed through the Large Fader (LF) path.

IP Rev
The
[IP Rev] switch reverses the signal path of Line/Group and DAW. When [IP Rev] is active, the Line/Group input is routed through the Large Fader (LF) path, and the DAW input is routed through the Small Fader (SF) path.

Routing
Both the SF (small fader) and LF (large fader) path have their own independent routing. This routing comes from the output of the respective fader and pan on the lower input section. Each of the paths can be independently routed to pairs of subgroups and to 2 stereo master outputs.

Inserts
Each path has it’s own insert send and return, which are standard just behind the input trim.
The
[Insert Post] switch moves the insert points just before the fader, post anything which may be in the middle input section (see middle input section).
The
[Insert On] switch activates the insert return.
Note that both Insert Sends are always active and can be used as additional pre-fader / pre- or post-eq outs or sends.

Direct Out
The IP115 has one Direct Out. The Direct Out signal comes from the small fader, but can be changed to come from the large fader, using the
[Direct Out LF] switch.



To wrap up: With the IP115 input and routing module, you can route each of the 3 inputs to the LF or SF path. The outputs of the faders can each be routed to 14 outputs. (subgroup 1 to 8, stereo master 1 and 2, insert send and direct out). The IP115 can be used as a line input, or can be used as group master for the respective subgroup busses.

Use as group master:
Configuration of this module as group master is done when we assemble the console. While you can have as much of these input modules as you want, only 8 of them can be configured as group master. When this module functions as group master, you can effectively use the complete channel and all it’s functions to control the master group signal (just think about all the possibilities).
Use the pre- or post EQ insert points to connect outboard processors.
Use the EQ for group-channel EQ.
Use the auxes to send group-channel FX
Use the direct-outs for further processing of the groups or for multi-channel recording of each group.

Starting from the left, the first IP115 is master for subgroup 1, the second IP115 is master for subgroup 2, and so on. This order can not be changed.






Module Overview

Upper Input :
IP111
IP115

Upper Master :
IP60x
Middle Input :
IP211
IP508
IP51x

Middle Master :
IP508
IP51x
IP516
Lower Input :
IP311

Main Master :
IP701
IP702

Input Faders :
IP401
Lower Master :
IP516


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