Welcome to the new home of the Ark console.

A whole group of people has been working on an improved version of the Ark for over 18 months, with the ultimate goal to deliver a fully modular and configurable analogue console suited for todays workflows and setups, with quality and features unheard of in this price range.
This all-new
Ark8 is now available.



Ark8
High Voltage - Discrete - Class-A - Modular - Configurable - Analogue - Console

Priced as a small-to-medium format analogue recording and mixing console, the Ark has the features and attitude of a large-format console.

The concept and design of the Ark8 has taken over 12 months, and is the sum of the input from professionals from all over the world and from all parts of the audio industry.
The
Ark8 has been designed - from the ground up - by this international team of audio professionals.

Every function, every feature, every switch and every knob has been questioned and discussed, with full respect for decades of recording technology, but also constantly keeping in mind that the best way to use an analogue console today may not necessarily be the way it was used in the past.

* To allow for different workflows and setups, the Ark8 is fully modular, fully configurable and fully expandable.
* For signal amplification and control, all new, high-voltage, discrete op-amp cards have been developed that eliminate crossover distortion while offering extended headroom, dynamic range, and improved frequency response.
* To allow full flexibility, the console has been split-up in 8-channel buckets, each bucket has been split-up in channels, and each channel has been split-up in separate sections. Each of these channel sections is available in different versions.
* The
Ark8 is designed and hand-built in the EU and the UK

Short overview:
* Fully discrete, Class-A design
* High Voltage (48V)
* Fully symmetrically balanced discrete summing bus system
* Fully modular, configurable and expandable
* Independent frames of 8 channels (bucket)
* Independent frame with master section (bucket)
* Independent, 19” wide frame with space for rack mount units or patch bay (producer desk)
* Independent, Double-wide producer desk with flat (horizontal) wooden workspace
* Multiple frames/buckets can be combined to build any size console
* 8 to 64 inline or stereo channels
* 8 to 128 mono or stereo inputs to the mix busses
* Middle section with 500/51x slots or Ark8-specific modules (EQ’s, compressors) per block of 8 channels
* Up to sixteen 500/51x slots per block of 8 channels
* 2 complete signal paths per inline channel
* 8 subgroups, 2 stereo master outputs and insert send/return per signal path per channel
* Unique Aux Doubling Technology offering up to 16 auxes (patent pending)
* Mono, Stereo, 2.1, 5.1 and 7.1 monitoring
* External inputs to Master busses, group busses and aux busses for “side-car” or direct connection from DAW
* Optional Transport Control and Fader Automation
* Designed in the EU and the UK.
* Hand-built in the EU.

The
Ark8 is ready to be installed in your studio.
Our contact information can be found at the …
Contact page



Ark8 - example configuration
Ark8 - hand made master volume
Ark8 - upper inputs
Ark8 - example configuration
Ark8 - EQ section
Ark8 - lower input section
Ark8 - Concept (or how combining channel buckets builds any size console)

To offer maximum flexibility, the
Ark8 has been split-up in:
  • independent modular frames consisting of Inline or Stereo channels
  • input channels split-up in separate modules / sections
  • input channel section modules of which different versions are available
Ark8 - input bucket
Ark8 - 8 channel configuration
The Ark8 is constructed using buckets of 8-channel frames.
Each bucket is fully modular, and has either of the following:

  • 8 Inline Input Channels
  • 8 Stereo Input Channels
  • Master section
The 8-channel buckets can be put right next to each other, or spread out in a wing format. You decide how you want the Ark8 to be configured when you place your order, but you can also add additional buckets at a later stage. Adding buckets to an existing (installed) Ark8 is easier than assembling an Ikea cabinet.

The
Ark8 is fully modular, but to offer extended configurability, each channel has been split up in separate modules / sections. Different versions of each of the channel section modules are available.

  • The upper section of the channels holds input and routing modules.
  • The middle section of the channels can hold 500 / 51x-series modules, or can hold modules which have been specially designed for the Ark8.
  • The lower module section of the channels holds sends and faders.
Ark8 - Quality (or the sound of high-voltage, fully discrete, class-A circuitry)

When designing the
Ark8, we did not want to cut any corners, and took every single detail into consideration.
The
Ark has been designed from the ground up, evaluating every single knob, switch, connection and function.
Even placement of the circuit boards, screws, and cable paths took hours of discussion and evaluation.
Not only to make sure she looks as good on the inside as on the outside, but mostly to make sure that the absolute best signal quality and the absolute best user experience are achieved.

The
Ark8 is a fully Class-A, Discrete design.
As a result, the Ark's performance is “off the charts” in terms of headroom, distortion and dynamic range.
 
This is being achieved by using high-voltage, fully discrete, class-A circuitry throughout the console, in combination with fully balanced master mix busses. In order to keep the audio as clean as possible, active circuitry is kept to a minimum, passive circuits are used where possible and there are no electrolytic capacitors anywhere in the signal path (so no re-capping necessary in the future).

For signal amplification and control, we designed high-voltage, discrete op-amp cards that eliminate crossover distortion while offering extended headroom, dynamic range and improved frequency response. These discrete op-amp cards are used throughout the console.
 
Fully balanced mix busses are more work and more expensive to implement, so most manufacturers (even the “famous” ones) use semi-balanced busses, at the expense of dynamic range. But because our aim is to offer you simply the best analogue console ever built, we have chosen not to take the easy road so in the Ark8 all Group and Mix busses are fully balanced.
 
Even so, and despite using only top quality components, painstaking design of both the electronics and the mechanical construction means we can offer the Ark8 at extremely attractive prices.

In doubt? Check our
Configuration and Pricing page.


Ark8 - example configuration
Ark8 - Input Channels (or how the Ark8 can be fully configured to your needs)

While the
Ark8 has been designed as an inline console from the start, we also offer stereo input channels and split-console functionality.

Each channel is build by combining different channel sections:
  • VU meter section
  • upper input channel section
  • middle input channel section
  • lower input channel section
  • fader section

This is not to confuse you, but to offer maximum flexibility so you can configure the Ark8 the way you want.

Input channel types:
Three types of input channels are available.
Two inline channels, and one stereo channel.

For practical reasons, all modules in an 8-channel bucket need to be of the same kind.
But you can of course have more than one 8-channel bucket, allowing different input module types to be combined in the same console.
Each 8-channel bucket has it’s own, specific modules (inline or stereo)
inline Mic / Line / DAW input channels 
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As standard, the Ark8 has inline input channels which have Mic, Line and DAW input

Each of these inputs can be routed through the small fader path, or the large fader path.

Unlike most other inline consoles, the
Ark8 features two fully independent signal paths per channel.
Each of these signal paths has it’s own independent routing, insert, EQ, fader and auxes. It’s like having 2 channels in one.

The Direct Out of the channel is switchable between small fader or large fader output.

Colour and character are added in the middle input channel section, with either our own EQ (left picture) or with 500 / 51x series modules (right picture).

The lower input channel section features up to 16 auxiliary sends, using our unique Aux Doubling Technology.

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Each 8 channel bucket has it’s own VU meters, which can read Mic/Line input, DAW input or Direct Output.

Global Meter Select (on the master section) switches
all input channel meters to read either the Mic/Line input, the DAW input or the Direct Out.

The meter sensitivity can be globally adjusted on the master section as well. As standard, the meters read 0VU = +4dB
But to avoid the needle parking itself in the right-hand corner when working with “hot” signal levels, the meters can be switched to 0VU = +10dB

The upper section of the input channel holds the IP111 which is our inline input / routing module.
Like the rest of the
Ark, it is a fully discrete, class-A design and offers exceptional sound quality.
It’s designed to effectively handle multiple sources, and to offer extended routing options for each of these sources.
The
IP111 has a Mic, Line and DAW input, each controlled with their own trim pot.
Any of these inputs can use the small fader or the large fader path.
The
IP111 also holds the routing controls for the small fader and large fader output.
Each of these can be independently routed to 14 outputs, including subgroup 1 to 8, stereo master 1 and 2, insert send and direct out.
Yes, this means that both of the signal paths have their own insert send and return.

Check the
IP111 page for more details

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The middle section of the input channels is where colour is added to the Ark8.

Two options are available.
* Our own
IP211, which is an inductive EQ / Hi-Cut filter / Lo-Cut filter / Swing EQ.
* Slots for 500 / 51x -series modules so you can add any brand / colour you like.



More details on the
IP211 can be found here.
More details on the 500 / 51x slots are on the
500 page.
The lower section of the Mic/Line input channel holds the IP311.
It’s designed to offer extended auxiliary send options for the Large Fader and Small Fader.
The IP311 can send the LF and SF signals to a total of 16 auxes.

Check the
IP311 page for more details

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As standard, the Ark8 comes with high-quality 100mm ALPS K-series faders.
Optionally, Penny & Gilles faders can be installed.

Like all other switches on the
Ark8, the large [Mute] switch is illuminated, with light intensity controlled from the master section.

inline Group / Line / DAW input channels 
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The inline Group / Line / DAW input channel is an alternative to our standard Mic/Line channel.
This input channel is very similar to the standard Mic/Line channel, with one large and important exception.

Instead of a Mic input, there is a Group input, which actually turns the complete channel in master channel for one of the subgroups.


Similar to the standard inline input channels, each of these inputs can be routed through the small fader path, or the large fader path.

Independent routing and insert points are available for each of the paths.
The Direct Out of the channel can be switched post small fader or large fader.

There are a total of 16 auxiliary sends, using our unique Aux doubling technology.

Colour is added with either our own EQ sections or with 500 series modules.

Each 8 channel bucket has it’s own VU meters, which can read :
* Mic / Line input
* DAW input
* Direct output
Global Meter Select (on the master section) switches all input channel meters to read either the Mic/Line input, the DAW input or the Direct Out.

The meter sensitivity can be globally adjusted from the master section. As standard, the meters read 0VU = +4dB
But to avoid the needle parking itself in the right-hand corner when working with “hot” signal levels, the meters can be switched to 0VU = +10dB
The upper section of the Line/Group input channel holds the IP115 which is one of our inline input / routing modules.

The
IP115 has a Group, Line and DAW input, each controlled with their own trim pot.
Any of these inputs can use the small fader or the large fader path.
Similar to the IP111, the
IP115 also holds the routing controls for the small fader and large fader output. Each of these can be independently routed to 14 outputs, including subgroup 1 to 8, stereo master 1 and 2, insert send and direct out.

The
IP115 can be used as group master, actually turning the complete channel into master channel for one of the subgroups.

Check the
IP115 page for more details

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The middle section of the input channels is where colour is added to the Ark8.

Two options are available.
* Our own
IP211, which is an inductive EQ / Hi-Cut filter / Lo-Cut filter / Swing EQ.
* Or slots for 500-series modules so you can add any brand / colour you like.



More details on the
IP211 can be found here.
More details on the 500-series slots are on the
500 page.
The lower input section of the Line/Group/DAW input channel holds the IP311.
It’s designed to offer extended auxiliary send options for the Large Fader and Small Fader.
The IP311 can send the LF and SF signals to a total of 16 auxes.

Check the
IP311 page for more details

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As standard, the Ark8 comes with high-quality 100mm ALPS faders.
Optionally, Penny & Gilles faders can be installed.

Like all other switches on the
Ark8, the large [Mute] switch is illuminated, with light intensity controlled from the master section.

Stereo input channels 
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The stereo input channels are another alternative to our standard Mic/Line channels.

These stereo input channels are actually dual stereo line channels, meaning they have two stereo inputs (for a total of 4 channels).


The main stereo input can be routed to any of the subgroups and either (or both) of the master outputs.

The secondary stereo input is directly routed to either (or both) of the master outputs.


The lower stereo input channel section features up to 16 auxiliary sends, using our
unique Aux Doubling Technology.

Colour is added with either our own EQ section or with 500 series modules.
Each 8 channel bucket has it’s own VU meters, which can read :
* Mic / Line input
* DAW input
* Direct output
Global Meter Select (on the master section) switches all input channel meters to read either the Mic/Line input, the DAW input or the Direct Out.

The meter sensitivity can be globally adjusted from the master section. As standard, the meters read 0VU = +4dB
But to avoid the needle parking itself in the right-hand corner when working with “hot” signal levels, the meters can be switched to 0VU = +10dB
The IP125 is our dual stereo line input module.

Like the rest of the
Ark8, it is a fully discrete, class-A design and offers exceptional sound quality.
The
IP125 has 2 stereo inputs for increased input count.

Stereo A offers full routing and control, Stereo B is directly routed to the master mix busses.

Check the
IP125 page for more details
The middle section of the input channels is where colour is added to the Ark.

Two options are available.
* Our own
IP221, which is a stereo inductive EQ (under development)
* Or slots for 500-series modules so you can add any brand / colour you like.



More details on the 500-series slots are on the
500 page.

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The lower section of the stereo input channel holds the IP321.
It’s designed to offer extended auxiliary send options for the main stereo input.
The
IP321 can send the signal to a total of 16 auxes.

Check the
IP321 page for more details
As standard, the Ark comes with high-quality 100mm ALPS faders.
Optionally, Penny & Gilles faders can be installed.

Like all other switches on the
Ark, the large [Mute] switch is illuminated, with light intensity controlled from the master section.

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Ark - Master Section (or how the Ark becomes the centre of your universe)


Like the input channels, the Ark master section is 8 channels wide.

It contains the following :

  • Master VU meter section
  • upper section with master controls for Group 1-8, Aux “A” 1-8, Aux “B” 1-8
  • lower master section offering full control of speakers, talkback, etc
  • 8 multipurpose stereo (or mono) inputs which can be routed directly to either or both master outputs
  • optional transport control
  • producer desk with space for keyboard and/or trackpad


The middle master section can contain either:

* 2 rows of 8 slots for 500 or 51x modules (for a total of 16 modules)
* blank panels with room for an iPad, FX controls or whatever you feel like putting there
* 1 row of 8 slots for 500/51x modules and our optional 8 multipurpose stereo inputs
* 1 or 2 of our 8 multipurpose stereo inputs









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Ark8_Master_VU
The master section has 6 VU meters, which read Left and Right of each of the master outputs, and Left and Right of the Solo bus.

The meter sensitivity can be globally controlled from the master section.
As standard, the meters read 0VU = +4dB
But to avoid the needle parking itself in the right-hand corner when working with “hot” signal levels, the meters can be switched to 0VU = +10dB
Ark8_Master_VU
The Upper Master Section contains :
* Group master 1-8
* Aux master “A” 1-8
* Aux master “B” 1-8

The rest of the upper master section has blank panels for which we may find some good use.
But behind these blank panels are all the input and output amplifier cards. Full of Class-A, discrete circuits, and actually the heart of the Ark8. It’s almost a pity these cards are hidden.


IP60x - Upper Master

There are 3 upper master modules, which are actually all the same.
IP601 is the master for groups 1-8
IP602 is the master for auxes
A 1-8
IP603 is the master for auxes
B 1-8

Each of them has 8 master output controls, and AFL selection for each of the group/aux master outputs.

IP602 and IP603 serve as master outputs for our unique “Aux Doubling Technology”.
Check the
Aux Doubling Technology page for more detailed description.


Routing
Each of the master bus outputs is routed to it’s respective output on the rear panel.


IP601 Group Master
Note that the IP601 is removed, when the IP115 upper input is installed and configured as Group Master.
Ark8_Master_VU
The Middle Master Sections has room for two rows of 8 slots for 500 or 51x-series modules. (for a total of 16 slots)

If nothing is installed in the middle section, you get blank space which can nicely hold an iPad or similar, remote controls or some effect pedals if you like.


Note that none of the 500/51x slots are “tied” to anything in the master section.
Actually the 500 slots are totally independent from the rest of the console.
They have their own I/O connectors on the back panel, and even have their own power supply.

Consider it two 8-slot racks which are installed in the
Ark8.
This allows full flexibility, since you can use any 500/51x module (or chain of modules) anywhere.

Ark8_Master_VU
Alternatively, either row of 500 series slots can be replaced by our optional IP516 module, which offers 8 additional stereo inputs to either or both of the main stereo masters.

Or if you really want to go wild (and don’t need any 500 slots), you can have two IP516 modules installed, for an extra 32 inputs to the mix bus.

The IP516 module is also available as IP816 module, which is positioned below the IP701 master module.

More info on the
IP516 / IP816 page

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IP701 - Master module

The main master module of the Ark is really amazing and offers an incredible amount of functionality at your fingertips.

It features:
* Global functions including lights dim, VU level, and Solo functionality
* Communications with Talkback and Listen input, both with auto function
* Two independent Cue mixes with routing from auxes, masters and CRM (all can be used at the same time)
* Two stereo Master output faders with switchable inserts
* 4 external stereo inputs (with parallel input to Ext 4 on the front panel)
* One external 7.1 (or 5.1 or 2.1) input
* 4 stereo Control Room Monitor outputs
* One 7.1 (or 5.1 or 2.1) Control Room Monitor output
* Independent Trim control for each of the speaker sets
* Independent Trim control for Dim and Solo
* Talkback to Comms or Cues, with individually selectable Talkback Latch
* External inputs to L/R masters, master busses and master auxes
* One large, beautiful, handmade, wooden Control Room Master Volume knob


More details can be found on the
IP701 page

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Ark - Bus and Master Inputs (or how you can easily connect a side-car to the Ark)

The Ark master rear panel holds all master connections.

But apart from all the inputs and outputs you may expect from the descriptions above, we also added direct inputs to the master busses.

Inputs to the master busses? Why would you do that?
Well, in our opinion, these inputs to the master busses can be put to very good use.
Here are a couple of scenarios we have in mind.

Connect an additional console or a sidecar
If you happen to own this exclusive sidecar, or have this extra console lying around (maybe one for all your synths), you can connect this directly to the Master busses of the
Ark.
- Connect the master outputs of the other console to the master bus inputs of the
Ark
- Connect the aux outputs of the other console to the aux bus inputs of the
Ark
- Connect subgroup outputs of the other console to the group bus inputs of the
Ark
You get full access to auxes, subgroups and masters from both the
Ark and from your additional console or sidecar. It’s like both consoles become one.

Connect automated effect outputs from your DAW
Maybe you like to automate the effect sends in your DAW, but don’t really feel like using up input channels for this?
- Send the effect (aux) masters from your DAW to separate outputs on your audio interface
- Connect these outputs to the aux bus inputs of the
Ark
You get full access to your hardware effects from both the
Ark and from your DAW.

Connect mix outputs from your DAW
Maybe you have grouped and automated channels in your DAW, but don’t really feel like using up input channels for this?
- Send these grouped master outputs from your DAW to separate outputs on your audio interface
- Connect these outputs to the master bus inputs or group bus inputs of the
Ark
You get full access to 2 stereo Master mixes or 8 Group busses from both the
Ark and from your DAW.



We can’t wait to find out what other uses you may come up with.

Ark - Transport Control (or how you can stay in the sweet spot while controlling your DAW)

Our team is working on this option.
We prefer not to share information before we are ready, so will have more info shortly.
Ark - Fader8 (or how Fader Automation becomes affordable)

Our team is working on this option.
We prefer not to share information before we are ready, so will have more info shortly.
Ark - Customisation (or how the Ark can look almost anyway you want)

The
Ark offers different configuration options, but we can customise a lot more things.

* The
Ark is fully modular, so you can get any size console (from the start, or build it step-by-step)
* Standard metal parts hold both side profiles together, and hold the modules and motherboards. The side profiles can have different angles or dimensions. (so yes, an upright console is possible, if you like)
* Faceplates are done in small quantities using unique technology. The print is actually IN the anodising of the aluminium. The faceplates can be printed with any background colour and/or marking.
* We use custom silver aluminium knobs, but can also install black knobs.
* Solo and Mute buttons have custom inlays, which are done in house. These inlays can have any marking (or logo or picture).


Ark - Pricing (or how a top-class console can be within your reach)
The Ark is in production.

You can find more info on our pricing page.
Ark - More info (or how to contact us)
The Ark is in production.

You can get more info, or subscribe to our Newsletter on our contact page.
Ark - Social Media (or how to add to your daily dose)
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